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Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the ...

So long, for now

My parents’ home, where I grew up, still brings back sharp memories and feelings of long summer days, of the squishy soil and prickly grass beneath my feet running through the sprinkler in the front yard, and of the smack sound a baseball makes when it hits the pocket of my glove just ...

Seeking stories

MARQUETTE — Greek storyteller Aesop once said: “The level of our success is only limited by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Janelle Franz and Julia Enz have made it their mission to document stories of their grandmother Margaret “Maggie” ...

Party like it’s 1999

Remember Y2K and Will Smith’s “Willennium” album? I was 12 years old when Big Will dropped that musical hit list. I got it for Christmas that year, and I remember sitting on the couch in our living room listening to the CD on my Sony Discman on New Year’s Eve. Man, those were the ...

Slavery museum in Liverpool aims to confront painful legacy

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England — Scarlet shackles sit peacefully on display in front of a sad, gray backdrop. The now rusted leg irons once locked human ankles during 18th century voyages from Africa to some European port, then to the Americas. Who the ...

BLP announces 2019 Lighting Contest winners

By AMY GRIGAS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula may have received a lot of snow in the past few weeks but that hasn’t stopped the lights from shining brightly throughout Marquette County. The Marquette Board of Light and Power has released its list of ...

Looking at the past, present

I’ve been walking down Memory Lane lately. Here’s one for you: When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. But who doesn’t? I thought going to the moon would be the coolest thing since sliced bread. Just being in space alone would be amazing. My weightless body could glide around ...

NRC honors former Marquette resident for lifetime commitment

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources COMSTOCK PARK — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently honored longtime conservationist Thomas Bailey with the Thomas L. Washington Award for Lifetime Commitment to Conservation and Outdoor Recreation at the commission’s ...

Hurley Field to get improvements

MARQUETTE — What cheers up a youngster more than a new playground? Hurley Field, located along Adams Street in south Marquette, will be the beneficiary of new play equipment courtesy of the Rotary Club of Marquette. Sally Davis, Rotary Club past president, addressed members at the ...

Honoring a local icon

MARQUETTE — Local icon Phil Niemisto is commemorated each day through a local landmark — the Phil Niemisto Pocket Park along Washington Street in Marquette. In October 2017, Marquette artist and inventor Earl Senchuk added a statue in Niemisto’s likeness to the park. While ...

Parrots on the attack

Have you ever heard of the term “self-fulfilling prophecy”? As defined by Encyclopaedia Britannica, a self-fulfilling prophecy is a “process through which an originally false expectation leads to its own confirmation. In a self-fulfilling prophecy an individual’s expectations about ...

Pictured Rocks of the past

MARQUETTE — The multi-colored and cavernous rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline known as Pictured Rocks and the pristine beaches tucked between its unique formations are beloved and frequented by locals and tourists alike. It’s one of the Upper Peninsula’s many great beauties and ...

Girls on the Run seeking new U.P. sites

By MARQUETTE — Girls on the Run Upper Peninsula is recruiting new sites and volunteers in all U.P. communities for its spring 2020 season. Girls on the Run, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is “dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free ...

Strong ARMing robots

ISHPEMING — Even though Monday was a snow day, one room at Westwood High School was filled with whirring sounds and the occasional frustrated grunt. It was all for a good purpose, however. Robotics teams from Aspen Ridge School, North Star Montessori Academy and Bothwell Middle School ...

Messy politics

Sometimes I wonder whether elected officials forget that they’re entitled to their own opinions. Take a look at the national level of politics, for example. How many people are swayed by their own party’s opinion, rather than voting with their own conscience or with what their ...

NMU grad helps cannabis company build brand

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Michigan is on the cusp of explosive growth in the cannabis marketplace, with the first recreational dispensaries scheduled to open in early 2020. Northern Michigan University alumnus Brandon Frisk is in the thick of this fast-paced and ...

Couples, woman receive Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award

From the Diocese of Marquette MARQUETTE — Two couples from Marquette and a woman from Ontonagon have been selected to receive the 2019 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The recipients are Bob and Sandy Jurkovich of St. Peter Cathedral; Sally Luft and her deceased husband, Cliff, ...

Holiday survival

With Thanksgiving now already gone, I may be a little late to the party with this one, but I wanted to lay out a few tips on how to survive the holiday season, especially when spending that time with family — yours, your spouse’s, a friend’s or even just some random family you found on ...

Anyone can help prevent climate change

harlow leisure, 8 Hi! My name is Harlow. I am 8 years old and in fourth grade. Today I would like to tell you a story about a climate change rally I attended. I heard about the rally because my mom told me about it. She gave me the choice to go or not and I said for sure. I went to the ...

An array of art

MARQUETTE — Acrylic paintings, photographs, digital cinema, sculptures, woodworking — a variety of colorful and intriguing art pieces are on display in Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum for this year’s Fall 2019 Senior Exhibition, which showcases the work of ...