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Pandemic drives economy here, elsewhere

Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — Welcome to the COVID economy: Lumber prices and tent sales soared. Great Lakes shipping took a dive. Home sales were up. And energy sales shifted from manufacturing plants to home offices. Here is a sample ride of a segment of the Michigan economic roller ...

NMU still ‘Lighting Up the Holidays’

Northern Michigan University will continue its annual “Lighting Up the Holidays” tradition in a revised virtual format. Beginning Tuesday, an event website will feature DIY ornament kits and festive coloring pages, virtual letters to Santa, downloadable images for photos with Santa and ...

Virtual tech help offered

MARQUETTE — Members of Northern Michigan University’s Student Cybersecurity Association will be available to help Peter White Public Library patrons with their personal technology devices from 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday in December through the Zoom app. This opportunity is for those wanting ...

NCTA part of GivingTuesday

MARQUETTE — The North Country Trail Association is involved in this year’s GivingTuesday, which was created in 2012 as a day that encourages people to do good on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On Giving Tuesday in 2019, the NCTA community raised more than $70,000, and with a match from ...

NMU alumni nominees sought

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors is accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards program through Dec. 31. Graduates will be honored during the 2021 Homecoming celebration in four categories: Distinguished Alumni, Alumni Achievement, ...

Advent events set at St. Michael

MARQUETTE — St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette will be offering the community a Sunday evening faith opportunity at 7 p.m. this Sunday in celebration of the Advent Season. On this date, there will be worship of contemplative reflection, music, and prayer built around the liturgy of ...

Planning group meets on Zoom

MARQUETTE — Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting will be held virtually with commission members and staff attending remotely through Zoom video conferencing. This meeting will be streamed on the City of Marquette YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMarquetteGov). Note ...

Alzheimer’s Association offers tips on celebrating safely

LANSING — The holidays are supposed to be a special time for getting together with family and friends, but the risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is even greater for individuals living with dementia, who tend to be older and have underlying health conditions. As the novel ...

Sand Point sunshine

Reader Debbie Perttula submitted this photo of the hazy late afternoon sun and sparkling waters of Lake Superior at Sand Point beach in Munising. Did you take a great shot of the sunset over Lake Michigamme? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of wildlife? The Mining Journal is ...

Kultalahti: A vanishing piece of history gets preserved

By JIM KURTTI Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — Autumn brings out nostalgia in many with its ever-shortening days, the fallen leaves, and the like. With winter already at the door I long to make a few last-of-the-season walks — on terra firma — to my favorite forest places, or one ...

Sweet autumn sunset

Reader Dorothy Taylor submitted this photo of the Power Plant she shot from her deck in south Marquette on Nov. 1, capturing the sunset. “Soon to be just a memory,” Taylor said. Did you take a great shot of the sunset over Lake Michigamme? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of ...

Winds whip waves on the big lake

Reader John Willette of Marquette submitted this image of Lake Superior being wild. It was shot in May 2017 at Presque Isle Park. Did you take a great shot of the sunset over Teal Lake? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of wildlife? The Mining Journal is accepting original local ...

Senior art exhibit online

MARQUETTE — The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University is hosting the Senior Art Exhibition for graduating seniors of the art and design program through Friday. The museum is currently open to NMU students, faculty and staff only. The general public can explore the exhibition ...

Superior sunset

The gorgeous photo above of Lake Superior was taken by Mining Journal reader Dan Niemi. Did you take a great shot of the sunrise over Teal Lake? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of wildlife? The Mining Journal is accepting original local photo submissions from area residents who ...

Waldo Street closure

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Road Commission will be closing Waldo Street east of Granite Avenue in Marquette Township for the installation of a culvert. This closure will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday and will remain in place until 6 p.m. Friday. No traffic will be allowed to pass this ...

Hiawatha presents virtual concert

MARQUETTE — The Hiawatha Music Co-op will welcome nationally-recognized children and families musician Randy Kaplan to its “Live At The Fold” virtual concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Co-op’s Facebook Page. The Hiawatha Music Co-op offers a sampling of either local, state, ...

Legion Fish Fry Friday

MARQUETTE —American Legion Post 44, 700 W. Bluff St., Marquette, will have fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday. On the menu are whitefish, shrimp or chicken strips plus french fries and cole slaw. All meals are $10. Orders can be called in starting at 3 p.m. Friday. Participants can eat inside ...

NMU has climate webinar

Northern Michigan University will host a virtual Climate@Noon presentation titled “The Color of Bunny” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Assistant Biology Professor Diana Lafferty will present about how a mismatch in seasonal coat color provides a visual metaphor for how climate change may ...

News and commentary

MARQUETTE — Americans use a tremendous amount of wood. Fortunately, forest growth outpaces wood use, and wood is the most environmentally-friendly raw material available. How much wood? For what products? Who owns the trees? Are we running out of trees? All good questions. The U.S. ...