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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

Retail sales climb

NEW YORK — Americans continued to spend at a solid clip in September even while facing sticker shock in grocery aisles, car lots and restaurants as snarled global supply chains slow the flow of goods. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in September from the month before, the U.S. ...

News from the Greater Munising Area

MUNISING — Although first explored by the Ojibwe, formal tours of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore didn’t begin until the early 1900s when Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company brought passengers along the towering sandstone cliffs and sea caves during the weekends. Their vessel, the Ottawa, ...

Partnership News and Views

The Marquette County Ambassadors are making their trip to Lansing this week – again virtually. Each spring and fall, the LSCP works with the Marquette County Ambassadors, a cross-sector group of leaders from business, local governments, schools, and more, bring our region’s issues and ...

Partnership News and Views: Sawyer keeps the world close to home

If the number of times the U.P. has been left off of US maps is any indication, it’s safe to say that Marquette County is considered by many to be, well, remote. But for those of us that live here, we know that the rest of the world isn’t that far away. In fact, it’s right here in our ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Health Matters: Aspirin no longer a wonder drug

Not very long ago, an arthritic knee or aching head were to be suffered through, endured, with no options for pain relief. With the advent of modern pharmacology and the rise of the pharmaceutical industry, it would seem we now have innumerable options for reducing pain. Walk through the aisles ...

Nursing schools see applications rise, despite COVID burnout

STORRS, Conn. — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge. Among them is University of ...

Nursing shortage renews push for patient load limits

MARQUETTE — A staffing crisis at Michigan hospitals has renewed efforts to protect nurses from unmanageable patient loads and too many hours of consecutive work. The Safe Patient Care Act, first introduced in 2017, has picked up additional cosponsors from both parties in the House and ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Author continues to write despite challenges

MARQUETTE — Michigan author Kara L. Swanson’s life changed dramatically in 1996 when a devastating car accident left her with a traumatic brain injury. However, that — and losing her job at the Detroit Institute of Arts, her catering career, her home — hasn’t stopped her from ...

New graphic novel recounts Holocaust survivor Eva Kor’s life

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In a twist of fate — something he’s become acquainted with — Bloomington artist Joe Lee’s personal history has led him to create a graphic novel he hopes will tell the story of a Holocaust survivor who forgave her tormentors. The loss of two special people in ...

NMU Distinguished Alumni Award given

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Mary Jo Mulligan-Kehoe. Mulligan-Kehoe demonstrated both patience and adaptability on her journey to a highly successful career in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and in ...

Fewer cubicles, more collaborative spaces projected for state’s downtowns

MARQUETTE — Remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and projections that some of it will be permanent is reshaping Michigan downtowns and traditional office spaces. Workers who continue to work from home are still going out into the community and making use of alternative ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

At 105, she can still throw a party

PLEASANT VALLEY, WV— Renata “Lily” Julian celebrated her 105th birthday Saturday with a somewhat boisterous crowd at her residence at Conchetta’s Home Care Suites on Davis Street. When celebrating a triple-digit birthday, guests might expect a quiet gathering with a few snacks and ...

Legion fish fry Friday

MARQUETTE — American Legion Post #44 Fish Fry will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday at the post, 700 W. Bluff St., Marquette. Whitefish ia $12, shrimp $11 or chicken strips $10. Meals come witih a choice of baked potato or french fries. All meals are served with coleslaw. Volunteers ...

Church bazaar planned

MARQUETTE — St. Louis Fall Bazaar, 264 Silver Creek Road, Harvey, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Vendors, bake sale, Rada knives, jewelry, handmade local crafts, rummage sale and luncheon all will be featured. A hot open face turkey sandwich, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and ...

Medicare info available

ISHPEMING — Northern Center for Lifelong Learning presents: Tour of Ishpeming Senior Center and Medicare Open Enrollment from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Ishpeming Senior Center, 121 Greenwood St. The presenters will be Elyse Bertucci and Ashley Roberts. This will be a tour/update of the new ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Outdoors North

“On a crystal morning, I can see the dewdrops falling.” — Kerry Livgren The morning air that greeted me was crisp and chilled, just the way I’d hoped it would be. There was a decided dampness in the air, but the day to come would be sunny and fair. Late the night before, I stepped ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ontonagon: Anglers were catching lake trout but having to put in some time to catch them. The average size was between two to four pounds with a few coming in around 10 pounds. Depths were ranging between 50 and 100 feet. Black River: Boat anglers were catching lake trout in ...

‘Food as Medicine’

By KRISTI EVANS News director Northern Michigan University AU TRAIN — Northern Michigan University’s indoor agriculture and construction management programs are partnering with the True North Treks Foglia Foundation WALDEN Institute, a wilderness retreat facility built into the cliffs ...

Outdoors North

“Here I am just waiting for a sign, asking questions, learning all the time.” — Kerry Livgren There’s a sharp corner on a two-lane, blacktopped road that sticks out in my mind on occasion and usually triggers a memory or two when I drive past it. What makes this place, and ...

Saturday: Weekend | VIEW ALL

Taking note: Looking back

My unease grew as I scrolled through the news notifications on my phone on the evening of March 11, 2020, the lit-up screen a bright contrast to the surrounding darkness. “Tom Hanks tests positive for COVID-19.” “NBA suspends season.” “Restrictions announced on travel from ...

Taking note: ‘In like a lion…’

The first day of March seemed to completely fulfill the beginning of that well-known cliche about the month: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Writing the first half of this old saying in my journal last Sunday was a bit trite, but completely irresistible as winds howled, clouds filled the ...

Taking Note: Hidden stories

For me, there’s no shortage of things to love about secondhand items. There’s the mysteries, the stories, the joyful coincidence of the perfect object somehow finding its way to you, the chance to give something another use, a new life. And whether an item comes from a thrift store, a yard ...

Christie’s Chronicles: Anthropomorphism problems

EDITOR’S NOTE: Christie’s Chronicles is a new monthly column by Journal Staff Writer Christie Mastric that will run the last weekend of each month. At first I balked about naming my column Christie’s Chronicles, as I realize that alliteration is overused in literature. But that’s what ...

Sunday: Our Youth | VIEW ALL

Life on the stage

Ever since I was seven I have enjoyed being on stage and Superior Arts Youth Theater has helped me to do just that. One thing I really enjoy is the positive atmosphere. I have been in four plays with SAYT. So if you enjoy theater don’t hesitate to audition for their next play. For an ...

Critters in the classroom

MARQUETTE — Teachers use all kinds of tools and experiences to help their students learn. This year, Mrs. Sharon Parsons, the 3rd-grade teacher at Father Marquette Catholic Academy, has chosen to bring fun new live additions into her class. “Bringing animals into the classroom is a ...

House To Home | VIEW ALL

It’s good to stay off the ladder

Two millennia ago, the Roman writer Columella described the vintoria falx, a six-part, specialized pruning tool for grapes. What a stir that tool must have caused among Roman grape growers when it was first introduced! A more recent innovation in pruning, in the last century or so, was the ...

EPA plans to regulate toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Monday it will launch a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. Michael Regan, the head of the Environmental ...

Nature meets up with nostalgia: Treehouses return in style

Anthropologists believe our ancient human ancestors spent their time in trees, so it should be no surprise we love treehouses today. Treehouses of all kinds are experiencing a renaissance. When an acre-size slice of land in Gold Hill, Colorado, came on the market earlier this year, local ...

Rare ancient toilet uncovered in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem dating back more than 2,700 years, when private bathrooms were a luxury in the holy city, authorities said Tuesday. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the smooth, carved limestone toilet was found in a ...

Gas tank getaways | VIEW ALL

Michigamme & Three Lakes area: Gateways to abundant waters

Serving as gateway communities on either side of the Marquette-Baraga county line, Michigamme and Three Lakes are places tied indelibly to the waters of peaceful and picturesque inland lakes. This is a land of shoreline cottages, pontoon and fishing boats, swimmers, anglers, campers, ...

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 ...

Saturday: Food & Drink | VIEW ALL

Trisha Yearwood on making jerky, bacon straws, wontons

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Trish Yearwood is a collard greens kind of gal, but her husband, Garth Brooks, is definitely not a collard greens kind of guy. So she had to be a little sly when it came time to perfect her Collard-Stuffed Wontons. When the country ...

Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for fried apple fritters

By TRISHA YEARWOOD My dad, Jack, used to reminisce about small fried apple fritters that his mother, Elizabeth, would make for him when he was a kid. Of course, like many passed-down family recipes, this one wasn’t written down anywhere, so Mama went to work, trying to figure out how to ...

North African spices amp up Italian pasta sauce

By CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Many Americans think of only a handful of countries when they hear the word Mediterranean. But that sea is surrounded by a diverse set of peoples and cuisines that have been blending — deliciously — for millennia. Take, for instance, macroona mbakbka, a ...

‘Taste Off’ finale set for Oct. 16

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer MUNISING — The Two Books, Two Communities program, a partnership between Northern Michigan University and the Marquette and Alger County communities, will host its Battle of the Recipe Box Taste Off Finale at 11 a.m. Oct. 16, at the Munising School ...

Scene | VIEW ALL

Michael Myers returns in ‘Halloween Kills’

The poor folks of Haddonfield, Illinois, are having the worst and longest Halloween ever. It seems one movie wasn’t enough to contain Michael Myers’ 40th anniversary rampage. “ Halloween Kills “ picks up at the moment David Gordon Green’s 2018 “Halloween” ended. Deputy Frank ...

Erickson Center releases remaining October schedule

CURTIS — The Erickson Center for the Arts/The Pine Performance Center, Curtis, has released its remaining October schedule: ≤ Linda Anderson-Paine, artist reception, Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., Waterfront Gallery ≤ Corks & Canvas Painting Class, “Hunter’s Wish,” Wednesday, ...

Superiorland Nightlife

Thursday 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Adam Carpenter at Hiawatha Music Co-op, Marquette 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Electric Words and Music at Superior Culture, Marquette 8 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Kal Marks, Liquid Mike and the Curfews at Ore Dock ...

Cinematic journeys captured on film

MARQUETTE — It’s time to go “Fresh Coasting” again. The Fifth Annual Fresh Coast Film Festival, a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle and spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, is scheduled Oct. 14-17 in Marquette. Over a hundred new films are on the ...