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Sunday: Our Youth

Shades for Schools

MARQUETTE — In this case, “throwing shade” is not a bad thing. Spread Goodness Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Marquette resident Anna Dravland, will celebrate its third year on March 13. This year, the Shades for Schools fundraising goal is $20,000, with the deadline Feb. ...

Reading always a valuable activity

Hunter Vedder, 12 Books. That’s my topic for today. Yeah, I can hear your groans already, but they are good. Fantasy is my favorite or realistic fiction. Fantasy consists of wizards, dragons, magic and spells cast down by the evil witch; Harry Potter if you must put it that way. Keeper of ...

Snowfest 2020

MARQUETTE — A makeshift track for fat tire bikes and a sizable snow sculpture was part of the Northern Michigan University Academic Mall on Wednesday during Snowfest. Put on by NMU Rec Sports, the event gave students an introduction to winter activities as well as various campus ...

More than I thought: Cheerleading reflections

Hayden Graves, 14 Cheer is so much more than I thought it would be. When I was little I would watch shows and movies which would include cheerleaders and I always wanted to be one. Now that I am a cheerleader, I never thought about just how much goes into it. For example, when we stunt we ...

Community continues to help Paw Packs

GWINN — The food program for youngsters in need at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School is going well, but a little — or a lot — of added help now and then can’t hurt. Hannah Erickson, coordinator of the nonprofit organization that began in August 2018, acknowledged Paw Packs is going ...

Oozing their way into 2020

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — They were told to “dress for a mess.” And a mess is what they got. Youngsters took part in several Thursday sessions of the New Year’s Slime activity at the Peter White Public Library’s Great Room. Mary Harma, PWPL Youth ...

Consider supporting the Prime Time program

Anja mcbride, 14 This past fall, I spent hours at the Peter White Public Library every Saturday for six weeks. While, it isn’t unusual for me to spend my days in the library (it is like my second home), this time it was for an extra special reason. From Oct. 5 to Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to ...

N. Dakota youth court program aims to help at-risk youth

By JACK DURA The Bismarck Tribune AP Member Exchange BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly half of all youth referred to North Dakota’s juvenile court since March have involvement with child welfare. One new program aims to reduce that number. North Dakota’s Supreme Court and ...

Kids hop aboard the Polar Express

MARQUETTE — Kids had the chance to take a ride on the Polar Express on Thursday, even if wasn’t the actual train — which is fictional anyway. The popular tale was the focus on the Second Thursday Creativity Series at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, the ...

Fishing with the family can be fun

Hunter Vedder, 12 This past summer I started fishing, like actual fishing, not just me throwing the line out in the water and hoping to catch a fish. I learned how to do the fisherman’s knot, how to put a worm on so it stays, and which kind of artificial bait catches what kind of fish. I ...

‘Ode to Hope’

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library is a fitting home for Hope’s Wall, which celebrates writing by area youths. The wall, which previously was at Westwood Mall, was dedicated in a Wednesday ceremony at the new location in the lower ...

Surfing California waves

Ana alexander, 11 This past summer I traveled to California to go surfing. I wanted to go surfing because it would be a cool experience that would probably never happen again. I flew to California with my friend and her mom. I went with my friend Katja who is 10, almost 11 and her mother. ...

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 ...

Janesville Mall testing new ways to lure youths, families

By NEIL JOHNSON The Janesville Gazette AP?Member Exchange JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — This fall, a space that once housed a jewelry store on the Janesville Mall’s north end will become a vintage video game arcade, replete with Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers murals on the walls. What ...

Voices of youth

What will you miss most about summer vacation?

Starting school

MARQUETTE — Negaunee Public Schools will begin school this year early, on Tuesday to be exact. A look on a calendar will show Aug. 27 to fall before Labor Day. NPS Superintendent Dan Skewis said a tie-in with Northern Michigan University is partly responsible for the early ...

Big time trivia

Esme ulland-joy, 10 April 17, 2020 next trivia In 236 days from now my family will be packing our car and heading to Stevens Point for the World’s Largest Trivia Contest. The contest is run by 90FM WWSP. It will be their 51st year putting on the contest. Going to trivia has been a ...