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World War II book discussion set

MARQUETTE - The Peter White Library Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.Based on the unpublished diary of Antonina Zabinski, this is a true recounting of how she and her husband, Jan Zabinski, ...

Church to serve community meal

MARQUETTE - Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette will host its monthly community meal at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4.All are welcome. For more information about this or other programs at Messiah, go to marquettelutherans.org or call 225-1119. The church is located at 305 W. Magnetic St., in Marquette.

NMU prof works on whale of a project

MARQUETTE - Thousands of new species of animals are described each year. Few are mammals and even fewer of those are as large as a standard school bus. While it may seem hard for a whale to hide, it took two years for a team of conservation biologists, including Northern Michigan University ...

Debate dissection: Dems, Sanders come away big winners

MARQUETTE - I had an unfamiliar feeling as the Democratic debate wrapped up last week. It wasn't nausea, disappointment or the ocean of hopelessness I've come to associate with politics, which has so many citizens dangerously disengaged from our democratic process in general.Instead, I felt ...

Seed savers

MARQUETTE - It's that time of year for pumpkins, chrysanthemums and raking leaves, but for conservationists and like-minded people, it's also time to harvest seeds.Ally Dale, program manager with the Marquette County Conservation District, talked about native plant seeds Oct. 2 at a workshop ...

Janzen House fundraiser set

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University Student Nurses Association will hold a Run For Shelter 5K run/walk on Saturday.The SNA is donating all proceeds to the Janzen House, a non-profit shelter for low-income, potentially homeless people in the Marquette area.Registration for the event ...

A tough goodbye: Death of a pet is losing family member

My last column in this space back on Sept. 28 included mention of having the chance to pat Nero-Bob during the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter's Strut Your Mutt event along with a photo of the handsome dog.Nero-Bob had been the subject of several stories in 2014 after he had been lost, ...

Sponsors needed for senior meals effort

MARQUETTE - Officials with the AMCAB Meals on Wheels program are hoping to raise enough money for 5,000 meals for homebound seniors in Marquette and Alger counties with a fundraising Harvest Pig Roast on Nov. 5 at the Lost Creek Community Center in Marquette.Local chefs will prepare a harvest ...

Befriending anger: Harmful reactions can be a teacher

"He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)MARQUETTE - When the coffee grounds spill across the kitchen, when that car won't get out of the left lane, when you mess up, you don't get what you want or the world won't conform to your idea ...

73-year-old great-grandmother shoots black bear in Luce County

NEWBERRY - Like your typical great-grandmother, Karen Kuch enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading books and baking.But Kuch is anything but typical.Measuring in at 4 feet, 11 inches tall, the 73-year-old great-grandmother traveled to the Upper Peninsula recently with her Ruger 44 Magnum rifle ...

Finding some joy: Not all of the news is going to be bad

It would be easy to become jaded, cynical, bitter, snide and depressed while working in a newsroom. After all, this is a place where we gather information about the most horrendous actions imaginable and the most tragic results of disaster.Putting together pages featuring news from around the ...

Schools see need to address LGBT issues

LANSING - Over the past several years, Kim Phillips-Knope's role in assisting Michigan high school staff address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues has changed.Phillips-Knope, who has worked with educators and administrators through a program called "A Silent Crisis" for the past ...

Everything passes: Work to transform pain into freedom

MARQUETTE - Watching curled red leaves swirl over roads and sidewalks, I can't help but think of what comes next - with no little dread.Despite luxurious record heat last week, the days are getting shorter. The earthy smell of autumn ushers in sweaters, pumpkins, football and cider, and invites ...

4-H member supported by livestock buyers

ESCANABA - For the second time in as many years, U.P. State Fair livestock buyers came together to support a 4-H member dealing with a health issue.This year, more than 80 businesses and individuals submitted a joint bid of more than $62 a pound for 18-year-old 4-H member and muscular dystrophy ...

Column updates: A mutt to strut; my flowers are alive!

I wanted to provide updates on two past columns: yes, there will be a mutt to strut; and no, the flowers aren't dead.The former is regarding the upcoming Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter Strut Your Mutt fundraiser, which is taking place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park Sept. 19.In my column ...

Book explores U.P.’s mining, logging towns

LANSING - They were shaped by the mines, forests and quarries of the Upper Peninsula - and by the companies that owned those resources.They were communities that drew workers to the U.P. from across the globe in search of jobs and opportunities.And today they're largely gone. Some, like Ford ...

Presidential election: Too soon to call but not too soon to laugh

I know we still have a long election season before us, but can I talk about the elephants (and asses) in the room?Never have I seen such a bizarre and disparate cast of presidential hopefuls.Never has the prospect of a Clinton v. Bush showdown felt so redundant and unappealing.And never would I ...

Presidential election: Too soon to call but not too soon to laugh

I know we still have a long election season before us, but can I talk about the elephants (and asses) in the room?Never have I seen such a bizarre and disparate cast of presidential hopefuls.Never has the prospect of a Clinton v. Bush showdown felt so redundant and unappealing.And never would I ...

Just doggin’ it: UPAWS benefit event sounds like great fun

Ssshhhh! Don't ever tell my cat trio, but there are days when I long for a dog to be part of our household.My cats are sweet, loving, funny and a joy to be around. They are family to me and I would be lost without them.That being said, dogs are pretty darn wonderful, too. In fact, dogs were ...

New school-based medical center under construction

ISHPEMING - Construction of a new school-based adolescent health center in the Ishpeming High School is nearing completion.The Hematite Health Clinic serves students ages 10 to 21 years old within the city's school district, providing medical care that includes wellness checks, sports physicals ...