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Sunday: Our Youth

8-18 Media: Quarantine in Kuwait

Personally, I can’t think of any 14-year-old who would say quarantine is an amazing and an enjoyable experience, but if any 14-year-old has said that, then that child's mother or father better get the soap because what just came out of their mouth was a lie. I’m just a regular, tall, ...

NMU pilots new ‘test-blind’ policy for incoming freshmen

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University is piloting a “test-blind” admissions policy, in which freshmen applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores to be admitted. The change was prompted in part by barriers to administering standardized tests during the coronavirus ...

Warm weather and words can mix: PWPL starting summer reading program

MARQUETTE — Summer is supposed to be carefree for kids and teens, right? So why would they want to spend time reading when they can be outside playing in the woods, the beach or even the front yard? Because a book can take them to those places too – and, depending on what they read, the ...

Lou Gehrig’s generosity of spirit shines in new book

In the pre-television and internet era, it’s hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as Lou Gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Decades later, as the Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken closed in on the consecutive games record ...

8-18 Media: Team Spirit

During quarantine, I have had a lot of time to revisit old memories. One of my favorite memories occurred just last summer. I spent a week with my family in Lombard, Illinois. I loved every minute of that trip, from watching Netflix and HGTV with my aunts, to going to my first Major League ...

France comes to Sandy Knoll virtually

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has not let COVID-19 disrupt its French Camp for Young Learners, a 15-year collaboration with a local elementary school that provides students with basic knowledge of French language and culture. The silver lining of this year’s modified, ...

‘Reacting to the Past’ Active learning tool goes virtual

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s History Department has implemented “Reacting to the Past,” an active learning pedagogy of role-playing games designed for higher education. Students are assigned character roles with specific goals and must communicate, collaborate and compete ...

8-18 Media: Lost and found

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column refers to events that took place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing closure of nonessential businesses. A few months ago, I lost a pet, a guinea pig. Her name was Shy and I got her and Lady three years ago. I had just finished my homework and I went ...

Still celebrating: Local school’s Earth Day efforts go digital

ISHPEMING — Each year, Jim Maki’s Earth Science class at Aspen Ridge Middle School participates in a roadside trash collection to commemorate Earth Day, which takes place on April 22 every year. Obviously, because of the COVID-19 crisis and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, ...

8-18 Media: Step up in crisis

My alarm didn’t go off. I looked at the clock. It was 7:15 am. “Oh, no!” I thought. “I am going to be late for school!” When I spoke with my mom, she told me that we weren’t going to have school for three weeks. I was excited. Three whole weeks off from school! It has now been ...

Recent NMU grad returns from COVID-19 hot spot in Italy

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — NMU alumna Elle Gallager recently found herself on lockdown in the Veneto region of northern Italy, one of the first COVID-19 hot spots in the country. The May 2019 graduate had traveled there for a unique au pair cultural exchange ...

Making ice-fishing memories

By JENNIFER JOHNSON Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — When I first decided to write this story, I wanted to describe how I bring my daughter, Rhiannon, ice fishing and the amazing bond that comes with it. However, that would be telling only part of the story. I ...

Manistique student wins U.P. spelling bee

NEGAUNEE — Kevin Baker, a seventh-grader at Manistique Middle School, is the new champion of the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association’s Spelling Bee Finals, which took place on Wednesday at Negaunee High School. Put on by the Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE Community Education ...

Carting off history

NEGAUNEE — Historically speaking, the year 1844 is special for the city of Negaunee, but in case anyone forgets, all they have to do is look at one of the new decorative ore cart planters that will be placed around town. Carts that will bear that date are being created by students of ...

Globetrotters delight

Solomon gorsalitz, 9 Hi, my name is Solomon Gorsalitz and I’m 9 years old and I’m in the third grade at Father Marquette Catholic Academy. Last year, I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters. They played a game at NMU’s Berry Events Center. I went to the game with my parents and with ...