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Wednesday: Learning

Grandparents Teach, too

According to the American Horticultural Society and horticultural therapists, gardening helps with diseases like migraines, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s, and provides physical, nutritional, and mental health. Gardening provides the joy of fresh air and boosts vitamin D thanks to the ...

Updated Isle Royale trail guide published

LANSING — A longtime guidebook to trails on Michigan’s Isle Royale has been updated with downloadable maps and QR codes. “What we tried to do with this edition is merge the printed guidebook with digital, downloaded content,” said Jim DuFresne, the author of “Isle Royale National ...

NMU student decides to stay in South Korea

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University student Maggie Compton of Marquette had already departed on a plane bound for South Korea in February when she received official notification that her study-abroad semester at Konkuk University in Seoul would be delayed by COVID-19. She decided to ...

Grandparents Teach, too

During World War I and World War II, Victory Gardens filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs were planted at private residences. They were planted to supplement food stocks, boost national morale, aid general physical and mental health. Everyone had a role to play, especially ...

School employees worry about their paychecks

LANSING — Amidst shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 crisis, school districts are being forced to make tough decisions about payments to by-the-hour and contract workers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered public schools to close until April 13, and while teachers are guaranteed salaries through ...

Schooling kids at home possible

If families can keep a predictable schedule and continue school work in some fashion we can reduce children’s anxiety, according to psychologists and educators. Children respond well to ten to twenty minute segments of active and quiet activities similar to a school day with rest, meals, and ...

Grandparents Teach Too: Math fun with creative graphing

Graphing helps children look at numbers in different ways. Starting children with graphs when they are young helps them count items quickly, organize, compare, and discuss information. Using different items makes graphing fun. You’ll need four varieties of pasta, beans, or M&M type ...

Mugging it: Student designs WNMU-TV promotional item

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University senior ceramics major Niikah Hatfield has designed and produced special-edition WNMU-TV mugs for the station to give as promotional gifts during its fundraising campaign that begins this week. This is the first time a student’s design has been ...

Water and milk healthier for kids

Sixty percent of children and teens ages 2-19 are drinking one soda or other sugary drink on any given day-- sugar, water, a little flavor, chemicals, and a little fizz, according to federal statistics. Pediatrician, Dr. Natalie Muth states, “For children, the biggest source of added sugars ...

Keeping our children safe from THC

Good news: health agencies have made great strides in teaching adults not to smoke around children. Bad news: according to a Columbia University study an increase in parents smoking cannabis around their children could undo decades of effort to protect our kids against second hand smoke, ...

A Congo Valentine story: NMU student makes special connection

Editor’s note: This is a story about Northern Michigan University student Billy McCoy, who is in the Congo on a study program, and his marriage to a local woman. BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO — OK, I have to start with a short recap of the last 10 years. In 2010 I took a trip to Africa. I visited ...

Grandparents Teach, too: How to help sad or angry children relax

When children are angry or out of sorts we need many techniques to calm them down before we can talk together. No matter what it is, the situation begs for calmness. Child psychologist, Angela Pruess’ parentswithconfidence.com is a wonderful site to help. It may depend on whether there is ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“Emotional Health is a lifelong Superpower.”— Angela Pruess, child psychologist How do we help our children develop emotional health? Angela Pruess has some every good scientific and practical ways to help families. Her many helpful suggestions are at parentswith confidence.com and some ...

Trump seeks big increase in career-technical ed money

By JEFF AMY Associated Press President Donald Trump is proposing a $900 million increase in education spending to teach skills and trades, in what would be a historic federal infusion into a spending area that's been stagnant for years. The announcement this week follows Trump's State of ...

Northern Michigan University alumnus publishes inspirational book

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Six years ago, Northern Michigan University alumnus Mylan Murphy posted a photo caption on Facebook that stated “It Only Takes 1” — as in one person, place, thing or opportunity to change someone’s life. That’s the guiding principle ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?” — Cicero 106-43 BC Whether the virtue is called frugality, thriftiness, parsimony, prudence, or economy, this grandma has a fun way to encourage it. Grandma Dee arranges for her grandchildren to go grocery shopping with ...

Confusion over what data schools can provide 2020 Census

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau this week starts its process of counting students living in college-run housing, but there’s confusion over what demographic information university officials can share with the agency. Two weeks ago, the U.S. ...