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Wednesday: Learning

NMU Center for Rural Health gets federal grant, Bur named director

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health has received a $100,000 federal development grant that will focus on diabetes prevention and treatment, as well as access to emergency medical services, across much of the Upper Peninsula. It also has its first director. ...

MARIGOLD MANIA: Smaller event still comes off at Miners Park amid pandemic

NEGAUNEE — There will be marigolds, at least in Miners Park. Every year, the Negaunee Beautification Committee, a group formed within the Negaunee Parks and Recreation Commission, organizes the event, in which Lakeview Elementary School fourth-grade students raise flowers in the school ...

STEM processes: Awesome for all

“Accept the challenge so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” George S. Patton When we talk the challenging language of STEM: science, technology, engineering, math plus art with our children, we give them the power and confidence to solve problems for themselves. Talking the ...

Grad gets degree at 40, 20 years after first college class

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Twenty years after taking his first college class, Andy Braden has a job, two children and recently received a diploma from Athens State University. Right out of high school, Andy Braden took classes at Gadsden State for a year and a half, while working at a woodworking ...

Sharing knowledge

From MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Economics Professor Gary McDonnell was one of the featured expert panelists in a recent WalletHub piece comparing states’ unemployment rates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He addressed the impact of the $2.2 trillion federal emergency ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Does your family have special collections? Maybe they collect tools, spare change, stamps, ornaments, seashells, or photos. Young children also are drawn to collecting things. These collections can help them prepare for reading, math, and science. Sharing Treasures Gather the collection ...

Musicians explore innovation during new age ‘wild west’

HARRISONBURG, Va. — At the foot of the bed rests a glittery blue drum set and lodged between a worn leather sofa and his desk are four instruments crammed, but within arm’s reach. Boundaries between personal, private and work life have become obsolete for many, but Valentin Prince has ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Sometimes, pounding nails is perfect

Time spent among trees is never wasted." Katrina Mayer Most people think of trees as something to plant for generations to come, to appreciate, study, read, write poetry about, have a picnic under, or take a nap beside. They can be safe places during tag, or places to climb and hide. A stump ...

NMU grad joins SmartZone staff: Management team expanded

MARQUETTE — Innovate Marquette SmartZone has expanded its project management team with the hire of new Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator Catherine “Cat” Stenberg. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in May with a degree in marketing and considers herself an Upper Peninsula ...

Recent high school grads now helping, learning on the front lines

ROANOKE, Va. — Two months ago they were pulling down rebounds for Cave Spring High School’s boys basketball team. Today, Parker Huffman and Matt Cagle are grabbing groceries off the top shelf. The two Cave Spring seniors stood out in the winter of 2019-20, helping the Knights win a VHSL ...

Warren to serve on committee

MARQUETTE — Leslie Warren, Northern Michigan University’s dean of library and instructional support, has been invited to serve on the American Library Association’s Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee. Her term begins July 1 and continues through June 30, ...

FEAR OF THE FUTURE: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis

Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in ...

Talking books still available amid pandemic

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Talking Books Advisory and Outreach Center, which serves patrons in the Upper Peninsula, Alpena and Crawford counties, remains “open” via the internet and phone service. Its Reader Advisors are working remotely from home and are able to provide all of the ...

Essay contest deadline extended

MARQUETTE —Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has extended the deadline for its spring 2020 essay contest. People are asked to consider writing a little something about the healing and rejuvenating power of nature and submitting it to the contest. The theme is The Healing Power of Nature. ...

First District Congressional Art Competition Deadline Announced

WASHINGTON — Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Good mental health for everyone

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is every month, every day, no matter what is going on in the world. It’s OK not to be OK. And it’s OK to talk to somebody about this. A new documentary titled” Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health” will be available on YouTube after the ...

Rural schools hit hard by teen suicide

LANSING — Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds in Michigan, and the rates are nearly double in rural communities, according to state and federal surveys. That’s above the national average and has risen in recent years. The state Department of Health and ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Savvy online grandparents assist

With parents managing the house and juggling their children’s on-line school work, grandparents again can come to the rescue a few times a week. Grandparents can talk by Skype, Facetime or Zoom. Grandparents can begin a social time on the phone or computer by asking about one positive thing ...