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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

Small businesses strengthen communities

There was a time not long ago that a business person with a local retail establishment was able to make a living, raise a family and contribute to local community causes. These retailers were the bedrock of local downtowns and neighborhoods. Clothing, sporting good, tools, building supplies, ...

In brief

Voegtline appointed new CEO at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice MARQUETTE — Jennifer Voegtline was recently appointed as the CEO of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. “We’re excited to have Jennifer lead our team,” Michelle Sellers, the hospice organization’s board ...

Rising home prices, falling sales hurting small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Many small companies tied to the housing market are seeing a slowdown in business, one that’s forecast to continue well into 2020. Reports on home sales, the home remodeling market and sales of furniture and home furnishings show ...

Report: Market for small businesses cools further

ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — The market for small businesses cooled further during the third quarter as fallout from trade wars made companies look less appealing to buyers. That’s the finding of a quarterly report analyzing small business sales released by BizBuySell.com, an ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Caring for the community

MARQUETTE — Looking for a way to help neighbors in need this holiday season? U.P. Home Health and Hospice is working with the TV6 Canathon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots programs in “their efforts to help our community during the holidays,” by collecting ...

Foot drop makes walking dangerous

Walking is a complex act. So many different structures are involved in putting one foot in front of the other. Muscles pulling, joints moving, ligaments tightening, as a person strolls casually down the street, nary a thought given to the complexity of the act. It’s an unconscious process, ...

Talk with the Doc

Yesterday, on Nov. 11, we celebrated our annual U.S. Veterans Day. The date of Nov. 11 is very significant because it was on 11/11/1918 that an armistice was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany. Fortunately, this armistice was the beginning of the end of World War I. This ...

Bells for Hospice

MARQUETTE — As the clocks struck noon on Friday in Marquette, a choir of handbells joined church bells to honor and recognize hospice patients who have passed away, as well as the families who have lost a loved one under hospice care. The Marquette County Bells for Hospice event, which was ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

‘Good morning, Wildcats’

MARQUETTE — It’s a multi-media world. The North Wind, Northern Michigan University’s student newspaper, already was online and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Now it’s on the air. North Wind Editor Jackie Jahfetson hosts a radio show from 8 to 9 a.m. every Friday on ...

Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark under fire

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK — Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The results Solomon was describing looked promising: Patients who took the medication had a lower rate of ...

Grandparents Teach, too

While a meal is in the oven children and adults can do a little cooking together. On average, American families are spending about 29 minutes a day talking together. Most of the time is spent giving children directions to finish meals, prepare for school, lessons, and bedtime. Those minutes ...

Learning Spanish in the real world

MARQUETTE — Marquette, meet Costa Rica. Costa Rica, meet Marquette. The Upper Peninsula and a part of Central America should learn more about each other through a new Costa Rican exchange program for Spanish students at Marquette Senior High School. Eighteen Costa Rican students and four ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

Meteorology methods

MARQUETTE — Have you ever wondered how weather and climate data displayed on your phone, computer, newspaper or TV is gathered, analyzed and delivered? A group received an in-depth look at this topic on Tuesday during a Northern Center for Lifelong Learning presentation by Dr. Ken Hinkel, a ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM noon-Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN Closed Veterans Day LOST CREEK noon-Senior Dining, Community Building, 228-6522 before 9 a.m. MARQUETTE 8:45 a.m. ABC Fitness-LVA 9 a.m. Paula’s Fitness 10:15 a.m. Pickleball-Gym 10:30 ...

The calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information for the Community Calendar should be submitted in writing, including the phone number of a contact person, no later than one week before the event. Mail to The Mining Journal, Attention: Newsroom/Community Calendar, Box 430, Marquette, MI 49855; fax to 906-228-2617; ...

Halloween festivities

MARQUETTE — Trick-or-treating is a longstanding Halloween tradition enjoyed by children, as well as the adults who get to accompany them or pass out candy. For residents in assisted living communities, visits from trick-or-treaters can provide a joyful experience that makes the residents’ ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Winter like weather is upon us as anglers start targeting primarily walleye. Overall, walleye fishing was pretty good with bigger fishing showing up. Some reported catching over a limit of fish however because of size they were only able to keep a few. ...

From school to skiing

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer BIG BAY — It takes a Big Bay village to raise a child. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Monday to celebrate a new trail connecting Powell Township School to the Big Bay Pathway. “It’s really a special and beautiful little trail,” ...

Fishing expedition includes burst of color

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows so chill.” — Steve Miller On several occasions over the past few weeks I have been treated to whimsical displays of leaves bursting into the air, often with the help of a convincing wind gust. The leaves fall to the ...

Granite Island GRANDEUR

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — English graduate students and faculty members from Northern Michigan University delved into environmental fiction and ecocriticism during a stay on Granite Island Oct. 18-20, surrounded by the grandeur and moods of Lake Superior. NMU is the ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

Little Town, big ideas

MICHIGAMME — Michigamme Township proves over and over again that when it comes to preserving history, it's the little town that could. It started with the 20-year pursuit and finally the procurement of the township’s own 1900 steam fire engine, which had been sold to a private collector in ...

Marquette County students share their opinions in Tom Baldini Soapbox Showcase

MARQUETTE — Eleven Marquette County students had something important to say, and believed in their viewpoints so much they got up in front of a large audience on Tuesday at Kaufman Auditorium for the second annual Tom Baldini Soapbox Showcase. Named after the late Tom Baldini, a longtime ...

Magic on a screen

NEGAUNEE — A group of second-graders at Lakeview Elementary School walked in their classroom recently, saw what was new — and jumped up and down, cheering. A “Magic TV” can bring on that sort of reaction. Using chalk and a blackboard is all well and good to educate students, but ...

New life for an old dock

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Students and faculty from three academic disciplines are collaborating on behalf of a Marquette organization’s endeavor to repurpose the deactivated Lower Harbor Ore Dock as a botanical and ecological center. The project was one of two ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

Brew for all

By TRINITY CAREY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Located on South Lake Street in South Marquette, Drifa Brewing Co. officially opened Oct. 3 and is Michigan’s first brewing cooperative. While the brewery came to fruition with the help of hundreds of partial owners, its doors are open ...

The Cobbler and the Lord

Rachel jenkins, 15 Let me tell you a lovely little anecdote; it may or may not be true, but that is up for you to decide. Once upon a time, there was a humble cobbler. A cobbler, if you didn’t know, is someone who makes shoes. Well, this particular cobbler was quite adept at his art, and ...

Armageddon on wheels a fun experience

miriam miljour Hi my name is Miriam, I am 9 years old and I went to my first monster truck race. It was a few weeks ago and it was called Armageddon. It was in Escanaba at the state fairgrounds. I went because it was my dad’s birthday and because my mom was really excited to go see the ...

Decor adds to junior kindergarten experience

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A bare classroom with nothing but a chalkboard and blank walls isn’t exactly the best setting to nurture a young child’s mind. Fortunately for the students in Graveraet Elementary School’s new junior kindergarten program, they ...

Gas tank getaways | VIEW ALL

Copper Country adventure

Houghton and Keweenaw counties exhibit a vast historical mining heritage and unmistakable exquisite beauty fanned out from the west to the northeast over what is commonly referred to as the “Copper Country.” The copper mining tradition here is displayed prominently in the holdings of the ...

Summertime on the southern shoreline

Across southern portions of Schoolcraft and Delta counties, U.S. 2 skirts the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, providing access to a range of places to explore for everyone from campers and birdwatchers to boaters, history buffs and anglers. The city of Manistique, the county seat in ...

Rest, relax & refresh

If you’ve ever pictured yourself riding up a highway along some beautiful windswept coastline, to the top of a mountain with a commanding view, then you may well enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula. From just outside Mass City in Ontonagon County, M-26 winds north through ...

Paddle the day away on Lake Gogebic

In the mid to late 19th century, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway had established a station at Lake Gogebic, the area was known then for its mining, and the small locality boasted a population of 40 souls. The U.S. Postal Service office here was dubbed “Ballentine” in honor of ...

Home and Garden | VIEW ALL

Some midcentury homes in Houston decimated by Harvey floods

By NANCY SARNOFF Houston Chronicle AP Member Exchange HOUSTON (AP) — On a recent Friday morning Sam Scott walked through his house for the last time. The Houston Chronicle reports he grabbed a dust mask from his car and entered through the open garage. The door had buckled during ...

Gear and gadgets for cleaning a dirty dog from home

Those of us with outdoor-loving pets know the downside to all that freewheeling frolic: muddy paws, tangled fur and often much worse. Animal behavior experts have many theories on why some dogs roll in noxious odors. Some researchers posit that getting one’s neck into a smell is an ...

Scene | VIEW ALL

In ‘Doctor Sleep,’ a filmmaker reconciles ‘The Shining’ rift

LOS ANGELES — Filmmaker Mike Flanagan knew his vision to fuse Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” with Stephen King’s 2013 sequel “Doctor Sleep” would be a hard sell with the author. King’s disdain for the 1980 adaptation is well-known and has not abated with time. “No, no,” ...

‘Midway’ turns the WWII battle into a cartoon

The first thing director Roland Emmerich should do after his latest movie “Midway” hits theaters is apologize. Apologize to the visual effects crew, the stuntmen, the carpenters, the costumers and artists. He has squandered their considerable visual skill in retelling the crucial World ...