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Monday: In Business | VIEW ALL

News from the Greater Munising Area: The folklore of Pictured Rocks

While millions of people have explored the Munising, Grand Island, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore areas over the last century, the land has been cherished the land for thousands of years. Before French fur traders and Europeans voyaged to what would become Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, ...

Upper Peninsula State Bank announces plans to open new office in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Upper Peninsula State Bank recently announced its plans to expand to Houghton County and the Copper Country. The bank will be located at 906 Razorback Drive, Suite #1 and “is excited to be bringing their Upper Peninsula focused brand of banking to that beautiful area of the ...

More cruise ships under CDC investigation due to COVID cases

MIAMI — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more cruise ships due to new cases of COVID-19 as the omicron variant drives extremely high infection levels in the industry hub of Florida. The CDC said 88 vessels are now either under investigation or ...

Tuesday: Health | VIEW ALL

Pope Francis on COVID vaccines says health care a ‘moral obligation’

ROME — Pope Francis suggested Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation” and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic. Francis used some of his ...

Urology Pearls: How to fool a baboon in the desert

I want to tell you about the relationship between salt consumption, diet and hypertension. But first I wanted to teach you how to fool a baboon into showing you where to find water in the desert. I learned about the baboon watching the movie Animals are Beautiful People.The movie, a nature ...

Inflation up, virus down as priorities in US: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON — Heading into a critical midterm election year, the top political concerns of Americans are shifting in ways that suggest Democrats face considerable challenges to maintaining their control of Congress. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research ...

Talk with the Doc

Veterinarians provide great needed medical care for our pets, our farm animals, and so many various types of animals in significant need of their great health care delivery. Today, let’s take a brief look at this wonderful caring profession that does so much for so many animals in ...

Wednesday: Learning | VIEW ALL

Asahi course offered at NMU

MARQUETTE — With the region’s heavy Finnish influence, maybe it’s appropriate that people can learn a way to be physically fit in a Nordic way. And you don’t need a sauna or reindeer. A Nordic health practice called Asahi is being taught at Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan ...

Center combines indigenous, western knowledge to fight climate change

MARQUETTE — Michigan State University and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are fighting climate change while preserving Anishinaabeg cultural practices. Incorporating Indigenous voices and working with the tribe has transformed their approach to science and research, according ...

‘In the Night of Memory’

MARQUETTE — Two separated sisters in a Native American family are the subject of the 13th U.P. Notable Book Club event on Jan. 13. The Crystal Falls Community District Library, in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, has scheduled author events with ...

FUNDING MAY HELP BOOST STUDENTS WHO ARE HOMELESS

MARQUETTE — Michigan students without homes will gain more than $2 million in funding from the federal stimulus package, according to the Michigan Department of Education. The estimated funding for what is known as the McKinney-Vento program for 2021-22 is about $1.8 million now. The $2.2 ...

Thursday: Boomers & Beyond | VIEW ALL

100 years young: Shirley Moore marks centennial birthday

MARQUETTE — You’d never guess Shirley Moore is 100 years old. Her current bucket list consists of getting a pilot’s license and zip lining. Within the past year, she had done something most people are too nervous to do. “My dad had the most beautiful tattoo of a butterfly and he used ...

Battling dementia

MARQUETTE — Chances are, you know or have known someone with dementia. Maybe it is a loved one, a friend, or an acquaintance. An estimated 5 million adults at least 65 years of age had dementia in 2014, and this number is projected to be nearly 14 million by 2060, according to the Centers ...

How to help your parents navigate health care in retirement

Many adults find themselves helping their aging parents sign up for Medicare, a complex process with many steps and considerations. There are penalties for delaying enrollment, and not everyone understands their options. “You can’t go into it thinking it’s really easy,” says Melinda ...

Tiny wasps may be the key to saving ash

MARQUETTE — Ash trees were once abundant in Michigan but now hundreds of millions of them are dead. They were killed by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Eastern Asia. In a forest overlooking Lake Charlevoix, Derek Shiels says he hopes to find the trees. He’s the ...

Friday: Outdoors | VIEW ALL

Fishin’ tip

Many anglers have stored their gear for the season. Below are a few maintenance tips you should follow so your gear is cared for and ready to be used next season. ≤ Make sure your gear is clean and completely dry before storing it. Start by cleaning everything (rods, reels and line) in ...

Outdoors North

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows.” — Steve Miller It began with snowflakes sifting down gently like feathers through the yellowish beam of a streetlight that hung over the county roadway. The night was still and quiet, but before long the wind would ...

More funding, different priotities?

MARQUETTE — In a way, it’s a nice problem to have: deciding how to spend money. A Wednesday Zoom event titled “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: How do we spend the funds?” addressed this question. The event was part of Bridge Michigan’s Lunch Break series. The Great Lakes ...

Outdoors North

“This time tomorrow we might all be packed and gone. I believe it’s best we carry on.” — Gordon Lightfoot There was certainly a stiffness to the new year as it rolled itself out before me, a stiffness that I could feel in my bones and body as I headed outside for my first hike of a ...

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

ART IN THE WILD

HOUGHTON — There’s nothing like a wilderness to inspire artistic creativity. Even if you’re a teenager. Applications for Isle Royale National Park’s 2022 Teen Artist Exploration are being accepted through Feb. 16, the National Park Service announced. This artistic endeavor is geared ...

8-18 Media: Life with Jack

Hi, my name is Indie. I'm 9- years- old and I am going to tell you about a living fluff ball a.k.a. my dog, Jack. If you want to know what he looks like, just picture the perfect marshmallow. My mom rescued him from a hoarding situation. When we first got him he was all knotted and stank as ...

8-18 Media: Cultural travels, part 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a two-part column series on a school trip to Chicago. Part one ran in the Dec. 11-12 weekend edition. Once everyone had finished purchasing their items from the El Condor grocery store, it was time to go to our next stop. However, we did not have access to ...

8-18 Media: ‘Bracing’ for a long-awaited moment

I’ve written before about my long journey with my oral health, which is affected greatly by the condition I inherited from my mother, Gorlin Syndrome. For the past eight years of my life, I’ve undergone nine oral surgeries to remove tumors in my jaw. While beneficial to my health, these ...

House To Home | VIEW ALL

Dog called hero after finding help following owner’s car crash

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A German shepherd named Tinsley, first thought to be a lost dog, successfully led New Hampshire state police to the site of its owner’s rollover crash. Both the vehicle’s occupants were seriously hurt, but thanks to Tinsley’s dogged efforts they quickly received ...

Parting tips from longtime garden writer Lee Reich

Farewell, fellow gardener. After almost 30 years of sharing my gardening experience, expertise, and enthusiasm in columns for The Associated Press, I’ve decided to focus my time and energy in other directions. Thanks for joining me as, according to the seasons, I selected tomato varieties ...

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

Layer flavors for tastier Spanish meatballs

By CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street The secret to bold, elegant food is a technique called layering flavor. When you layer flavor, you maximize the effect of a single ingredient, producing multiple distinct but complementary tastes. The result is a dish that ...

Queen’s Jubilee to include recipe competition

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — The United Kingdom will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne with a military parade, neighborhood parties and a competition to create a new dessert for the Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said Monday. Elizabeth will ...

Recipe: For tastier pasta, toast the noodles

By CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the final result. And a great example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” from ...

Nitehawk Cinema puts out film-themed cookbook

By LEANNE ITALIE AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — More than a decade ago, Matthew Viragh was a Texan with a dream. He wanted to serve moviegoers booze and prepared food as they sat in their seats. In Brooklyn. But he had a state Prohibition-era liquor ban to contend with ...

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A solid if by-the-numbers spy thriller in ‘The 355’

It’s always a little suspect when too much is made of a big action movie being “female-fronted.” Unfortunately, Hollywood has decided lately that in course correcting for decades of gender inequity in certain genres that it’s not enough to just make an action-packed movie starring more ...

‘Jockey’ is a winner for Clifton Collins, Jr.

Clifton Collins Jr. has made a career out of being a supporting player. Even if the average moviegoer might not know his name, you know his face and his work. Collins always manages to stand out, whether in a pivotal role like Perry Ellis in “Capote” or a glorified cameo in “Once Upon a ...

‘Matrix Resurrections’ rewrites its programming

How deep does the rabbit hole go? Deep enough, it turns out, to accommodate at least four movies, several videogames, a comic and countless pairs of sunglasses. In the 22 years since the “The Matrix” debuted, it has never left us — or depending on your pill of choice, we have never left ...

The pop parade continues in ‘Sing 2’

There are a lot of movies out this holiday season but only one where you can see a slug sing Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Ah, the magic of cinema! “Sing 2,” the sequel to the 2016 animated hit, packs the jukebox again with more than 40 songs, from BTS to Billie Eilish. The two films ...