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Spiffing up the salon atmosphere

May 2, 2016 MARQUETTE — If there’s any workplace that needs good lighting and a soft, welcoming atmosphere, it’s a beauty salon. more »»

Crazy modern living: Simple tool can help put it in perspective

May 2, 2016 MARQUETTE — We operate at a speed in our culture that is giving us collective whiplash. It feels to me as though my whole messy life is balancing on a point like a circus act. more »»

Memories retained: New home summons warm recollections

April 25, 2016 MARQUETTE — My earliest memories are almost entirely based at the house I grew up at on Michigan Avenue in Gladstone. more »»

From classroom to climate: NMU students organize fair

April 25, 2016 MARQUETTE — Although they had help from vendors, the April 16 Spring Community Climate Fair came about mostly due to the efforts of Northern Michigan University students. more »»

Oh, what a weirdo: Hated word becomes welcomed description

April 18, 2016 The older I get, the less it bothers me to be called a weirdo, because, well, I am a weirdo. Weirdo was an insult that cut me to the quick in my youth. more »»

Including the internet in the war against invasives

April 18, 2016 MARQUETTE — If species like the emerald ash borer, garlic mustard and Eurasian watermilfoil can invade landscapes, perhaps they should invade your thoughts as wel. more »»

Ceramics for the young set

April 11, 2016 MARQUETTE — An art education major typically focuses on two major things: the art itself, and educating people about that art. more »»

Friend, hero, confidant: Mom deserves thanks, more on her birthday

April 11, 2016 MARQUETTE — When I think about my childhood, it’s mostly a blur. But it’s my mother who stands out the most. Relationships with our parents are always complicated. more »»

Traversing America’s trails

April 4, 2016 MARQUETTE — If James Lunning isn’t an avid hiker by now, he soon will be. Lunning, who hails from Minneapolis, recently came through Marquette as a thru-hiker on the North Country Scenic Trail. more »»

Family cancer scare: News from loved one brings perspective

April 4, 2016 MARQUETTE — A few weeks ago, I got the dreaded phone call. One of those calls where before words are even spoken, you know that something isn’t quite right. My mom had just left the doctor’s offic. more »»

Grandfathers: Cherish offer to spend time together

March 28, 2016 By now, most of you have probably read about the grandfather — the PaPaw — who had invited his six grandchildren to dinner, making 12 burgers, only to have just one of the kids show up for the meal. more »»

Munising man pens chapter for new book

March 28, 2016 MUNISING — David Kronk of Munising has interesting memories of working for the National Park Service. Now other people can share them as well as the recollections of other NPS employees. more »»

Dreamer’s dreams: Better society, world possible if we try

March 21, 2016 MARQUETTE — In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with data, technical minutiae, sales, profits, individual attainment and winning, I often feel left behind. more »»

Local climbing group receives national award

March 21, 2016 MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition has been awarded a 2015 Sharp End Award by the Access Fund for successfully opening the AAA Walls to recreational climbin. more »»

Body image basics: There’s much more than meets the eye

March 14, 2016 MARQUETTE — While paying for gas a few weeks back, the cashier stopped, looked at me, cocked his head to the side and asked, “Did you get punched in the face?” Throughout my life, I’ve been asked... more »»

Centennial celebration

March 14, 2016 MARQUETTE — Migratory bird biologist Katie Koch gets emotional when she thinks of Marquette’s connection to the Migratory Bird Treaty, the centennial of which is being celebrated this year. more »»

Bicycle bling

March 7, 2016 MARQUETTE — It’s probably a bit much to try to make a necklace out of a bicycle tire, but the smaller bits and pieces from a used bike make much better bling. more »»

Springfield a treat: Veteran musician rocks, inspires crowd

March 7, 2016 Rick Springfield, thank you for giving me hope. And a great evening of music. more »»

Survival of the fittest: Limping through the last of winter season

February 29, 2016 MARQUETTE — It’s happened a couple times already: That feeling when you step outside into unexpected sunshine, and the smell of melting and the sound of birds sends your heart into the clouds. more »»

Drive to support St. Vincent’s store

February 29, 2016 MARQUETTE — Do you have a food processor you don’t use? A winter jacket in a color you don’t like? Don’t get rid of them just yet. more »»

Superior seed saving

February 22, 2016 MARQUETTE — It is possible to grow vegetables in weather as cold as Marquette’s seemingly sub-Arctic climate. And not only that, they can be heirloom and open-pollinated. more »»



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