December 2014

City Notes
Edited by Senja Wahlman

Marquette resident June Rydholm has written a powerful open letter to Karen Maidlow of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Property Analyst, Minerals Management office), asking for the denial of Eagle Mine's application for a new mineral lease on the Yellow Dog River, and demanding a public hearing on this issue. We reprint the letter at her request.

Dear editor,
This letter is with regard to land owned by the State of Michigan on the Yellow Dog Plains and next to the Yellow Dog River in Michigamme Township, Marquette County (40 acres, NE1/4 SE1/4, Sec.13, T50N, R29W).
I am a property owner on the west side of Eagle Mine and also on the east side.  We have owned our property since 1949, and built a seasonal home there. The Eagle Mine has taken away the wilderness we have previously enjoyed.
I feel the DNR is mandated to care for the resources on Michigan-owned land for all citizens of Michigan, both living and future generations. Michigan is known throughout the country for its valuable natural resources.
The DNR recently stated in an interview, “All we’re doing is saying that if there’s activity on state-owned land, we need to be paid for it. That’s what the lease does.” You must understand, however, that this public land is more valuable because its minerals have not been leased, because natural resources on the surface are not undermined or threatened by mine activity.  What value does the DNR assign to silence, to the tranquility of being in a wilderness area, to the experience of seeing wild animals and sleeping to the sound of wolves howling at night? What value does the DNR assign to the health of the Yellow Dog River, spring-fed lakes, or a drink of pure, cold spring-water?  How do you put a price-tag on the experience of a family picking a full pail of wild blueberries, kneeling in soft reindeer lichen, enjoying pine-fresh air unpolluted by industry?
Clearly, Eagle Mine has removed value from public land. They have taken away the resources I describe above, along with their ore.  Their profits go to stockholders in other states and countries with precious little benefit for the citizens of Michigan.  Future generations will not have the pleasure of breathing clean air and enjoying pure water.  The mine has drawn up so much water from the aquifer that we cannot hand-pump our needs for the cabin.  Animals we used to enjoy seeing are dislocated from their places of feeding and nesting: the mine already occupies so much acreage with noise, pollution and vehicle activity that our wildlife are forced from their native habitats. By allowing more mineral exploration, the DNR is not caring for Michigan’s natural resources. The DNR will be leaving our children with holes filled with waste rock and tailings to replace the minerals extracted from below.  Will our water ever be the same again?
Test-drilling for minerals on state-owned land must cease! The DNR must recognize that protecting all of our state’s natural resources is more than seeking glad-handing and backslapping from corporate executives. The constitution and laws of the State of Michigan are intended to serve the public, not the whims of Eagle Mine or Lundin Mining.
The DNR is not obligated to lease additional mineral rights simply because a mine requests them.  Eagle Mine will be gone when it obtains what it came for,  leaving a barren landscape in their wake. Michigan’s citizens deserve better. Our regulatory agencies must stop serving profit-minded shareholders and begin to preserve and protect the experience of wilderness as it was before the mine — for all to enjoy.
I am asking you to deny Eagle Mine’s request for a new mineral lease on the Yellow Dog Plains (NE1/4 SE1/4, Sec.13, T50N, R29W).  Please hold a public hearing concerning this lease request.
-June E. Rydholm

The DNR’s public comment period ends December 1.To view and sign the petition jointly created by Save the Wild U.P. and Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, please visit,

Dear editor,
Merry Christmas everyone, and from the looks of it, it should be a white one.  As I write this, the snow is falling and I cannot help but think about my holiday plans.  Christmas cookies, lights, tree, gifts. Oh yeah, gifts.
I am always trying to find something unusual for my friends and family.  I hate the thought of hitting the mall, on Christmas Eve, trying to figure out what to get, for whom.
In Marquette, we are blessed to have a lot of different options for unique gifts, and I am here to tell you about one of those options.  It is an opportunity to give more than once,  and the gifts are so unique. The first weekend of December there is a little event called the International Craft Fair and Alternative Gifts Market.  It is held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at 201 East Ridge Street, and is a wonderful way to spend those Christmas dollars and find something truly unique for the people on your list.
The Craft Fair supports artists, around the world.  The mission is to help communities and individuals to become more self-sustaining through the sales of their artwork.
Then there is the Alternative Gift Market that provides a helping hand to people who are struggling with medical supplies, food, clean water and other things, that you and I may take for granted. You can offer a family livestock, medication, school supplies, clothing, etc. These things can be purchased as gifts and given in another person’s name.
Is there a coffee lover on your list?  Well, we have that covered. There will be a table set up for the purchase of Haitian Coffee. The proceeds help the people of Haiti in their goal to build a better future.
Saturday is a special day at the fair.  Starting at 11:00 a.m., there is a soup luncheon. The proceeds are given to Harbor House. There is also a Bake Sale that will benefit our mission in Haiti, and a White Elephant to help with the operation of Camp New Day.
One of our special fundraising efforts is the Men’s Kitchen Bread Sale.  All of the guys get together and bake bread to raise money for Harbor House.  The bread is always one of our star attractions.
So, as you can see, we have many moving parts.  None of the proceeds go to St. Paul’s; they are all distributed to charities on a global and local basis.
Now, for the important part.  Our hours of operation are Friday, December 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We hope to see you at The Fair.
-Karan Hendricks 

Dear editor,
The 5th annual Marquette Marathon is now in the books and we are getting wonderful reviews and comments about our new course and finish line! This year’s race brought in over 1100 runners from four countries and thirty-six states. On average, every racer brings 2.5 family members or friends with them to every race and with most of our visitors staying Thursday through Sunday, that is about 3000 to 4000 people in Marquette during those four days! Not only that, over twenty-one percent of those runners qualified for the Boston Marathon and numerous racers earned PRs (personal records). Having qualifications and achievements like these helps bring runners back year after year. It also brings in new racers who want to accomplish those same goals. Everyone survived the weather, and even though it was raining all day and was a bit on the chilly side, many runners said they loved the race and would be back next year. Our numbers climb tremendously each year (participation has grown over 500 percent in the past five years) and we just get bigger and better as we go.
On behalf of the Marquette Marathon race committee, I want to extend a heart-felt thank you for your support in helping make our race a success. We understand closing Third Street down can cause a bit of creative thinking on your part as a business or homeowner, and we were very unfortunate this year to not have the weather on our side. We have been working closely with the Downtown Development Authority to ensure that the Third Street businesses and residents are taken care of during the time of the race. We have already conducted a wrap up meeting with the DDA, and together we have some wonderful ideas to promote Third Street and bring more visitors in the stores and restaurants on that day. As previously mentioned, our race numbers have climbed drastically every year. It is our goal to make the Marquette Marathon one of the biggest in the Midwest, and with this goal will come MANY visitors to our great town, which will translate into business for you.
As the Marquette Marathon continues to grow, we look forward to working with you to make this race work best for both our team and your business or residence. We appreciate your understanding and patience this year as we ventured into a new finish line on Third Street. We are striving to work with you to create the most we can for your business in the days leading up to, during, and following the Marathon. We will be in touch after the New Year to start planning for 2015! If you have feedback for us, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Thank you again for all of your support.
-Jeri Mommaerts, Race Director,
and the Marquette Marathon Race Committee

Downtown parade and tree lighting scheduled
The Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade and thirty-ninth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 4. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Fair Avenue and venture down North Front Street, ending at the Marquette Commons. The Marquette Commons is the site of the tree lighting ceremony, which will take place promptly following the conclusion of the parade.
For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 228-9475 or visit   

Snowshoe-making workshop at Iron Industry Museum
The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will offer participants the chance to lace their own pair of traditional snowshoes to give as a gift or to enjoy for personal use in its snowshoe-making workshop on Saturday, December 6. The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the class or reservations, contact Troy Henderson at 475-7857 or

Christmas at the Gossard to be held in Ishpeming
Christmas at the Gossard will take place on Thursday, December 4, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Retail businesses will be open as well as vendors on two floors. Shoppers will have a chance at the “Shop to Win” grand prize, a gift basket made up of items from Gossard retail businesses. The Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum will be open. The Ishpeming Business Association will offer sleigh rides and a visit with Santa, downtown from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

MAPS increases substitute employee rates
Marquette Area Public School Board has approved an increase in substitute rates for teachers, building custodians, kitchen workers, noon supervisors, aides and bus drivers. Substitutes are needed in all areas of the school district. For more information, visit or call 225-5410.

LSYT to hold auditions for Mary Poppins
Lake Superior Youth Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming winter production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins.
All auditions will take place at the Graveraet School third floor, located at 611 North Front Street, Marquette. Vocal and acting auditions will take place on Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sign up for an audition time at
Dance audtions will take place on Wednesday, December 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Youth ages preschool to twelfth grade are eligible to audition.
Performances will take place February 27 through March 1, at the Forest Roberts Theatre.
For more information, call Nikke at 362-6453, email or visit

UPEC seeking Environmental Education Grant applications
The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has a grant opportunity for educators and youth workers who provide quality environmental education programs to regional children from preschool through high school. The UPEC Environmental Education Fund offers grants of up to $500.00 for the 2015 calendar year. Applications are due Monday, January 5, 2015.
For more information, visit Funding for successful proposals will be announced by the end of January.

Speaker and a Film at Finn-Am Program
The new Marquette Township Town Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, is the site of the combined Finnish Independence Day and Pikkujoulu (Little Christmas) celebration, sponsored by the League of Finnish American Societies UP Chapter, Finlandia Foundation affiliate. The program will take place on Saturday, December 6 starting at 2:00 p.m, and is open to all.
LFAS President Ron Hill will speak about Finnish Independence Day and some of the traditions of Pikkujoulu.
Stan Wright and his daughter Caitlin will present a program of Finnish music, including folk songs and a little Christmas music.
 The film The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyytta) will be shown. It won the grand prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome.
For more information, visit or call 226-7085.

December Events at Calumet Theatre
On December 5, Terry Lee Goffee will perform as Johnny Cash. Tickets range from $20.00 to $28.00. In addition to this 7:30 p.m. showtime performance, the Theatre’s Grand Raffle drawing will be held during intermission. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold with a top prize of $20,000. Call the box office Wednesday through Friday to reserve show tickets and buy Grand Raffle ticket at 337-2610.
On December 10, the Calumet High School band and choir will perform a free concert.
On December 12, Club Indigo will show The Bishop’s Wife.
On December 20 and 21, Calumet High School senior class will perform A Christmas Story.

Heifer International Soup & Dessert Dinner Fund-raiser
All are invited to attend the tenth annual Heifer Soup & Dessert Dinner on Saturday, December 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Marquette Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, located on M28 East. A wide variety of homemade soups and desserts will be available for a donation.
This event is hosted by children and teens of the Marquette UU Congregation to help those less fortunate. All money will be donated to the Heifer Project International to be used to purchase animals, seedlings and provide technical assistance to needy families who then reap the harvest. For more information, visit or or call (248) 321-2794.
UPAWS events in December
The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter invites the public to “Raise the Wool” Comedy Night on Friday, December 12, at the Ramada Inn, Marquette. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and the cash bar stays open from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are available at all NMU ticket outlets and can be purchased online at or by calling 227-1032. 
UPAWS annual “Home for the Holidays” open house takes place on Saturday, December 13, from noon until 6:30 p.m., at the shelter. UPAWS invites the community to visit, meet shelter staff and volunteers as well as all the wonderful pets. Enjoy baked goods and refreshments. Pets for adoption will have special adoption offers plus all adopted pets will go home with a Christmas stocking gift package. Please come and celebrate the holidays with UPAWS and the pets.

A Victorian Christmas at the MRHC
The Marquette Regional History Center will present A Victorian Christmas on December 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Victorian era really made the celebration of Christmas something special. Mistletoe, exchanging gifts, caroling and sending greeting cards were all traditions adopted by the Victorians. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German husband, introduced the first Christmas tree to England.
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with bell ringing, followed by a reading at 7:00 by Jessica “Red” Bays of Twas The Night Before Christmas. It is free and open to the public, but donations are always welcome.
Gift of Reading still accepting new books
The Marquette-Alger Reading Council will continue to accept new books for needy families as well as distribution to local health centers, nursing homes and service providers such as Beacon House and the Women’s Center. Schools and libraries in the two-county area will serve as drop-off locations. In addition, donors in Marquette may contribute books at Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books.
The last day for donations is December 5.  Contributions are welcome at any time during the year by sending a check to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette MI 49855. For more information, call 226-7030.

Willpower Video Coming Soon
For all those who enjoyed the performances of Willpower at Kaufman Auditorium this past September or wished they had been able to see one, a video will soon be released by the Marquette Regional History Center of the performance. Willpower is an original play written by Tyler Tichelaar, directed by Moire Embley, and produced by the Marquette Regional History Center. It tells the story of Marquette entrepreneur Will Adams, who lived at the turn of the last century. Despite suffering from ossification, he lived a remarkably productive, literary, and creative life, including writing an operetta with his good friend Norma Ross. Videos will be available at the MRHC gift shop. Visit for updates.

Julefest in Hancock
“Hei” all. It’s that time again to don your Norsk clothing and come on out to celebrate Julefest with other Norskis in the Copper Country.
On Sunday, December 7, the Sons of Norway will celebrate Julefest with a Potluck dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock starting at 5:00 p.m. with music and a program and potluck dinner.  All members and those interested in Norway are welcome. Velkommen. To RSVP and for more information, call 482-0292.

SWP to give CEMP update
The Superior Watershed Partnership invites the public for an update regarding the CEMP’s on-going, independent assessment of the Eagle Mine at two meetings in December. Since October 2012, monitoring includes verification of Eagle’s permit requirements for groundwater, surface water, wildlife, plant life, as well as additional monitoring of other potential impacts, including air quality. Members of the public, community organizations, tribes and others are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program, ask questions and provide input. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, December 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lakeview Arena Citizen’s Room and Thursday, December 4, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Humbolt Township Hall. To provide feedback, call 228-6095 extension 20 or visit
NSA Student Art Show
In the JAG (the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates) class at North Star Academy, the students gain skills through organizing and executing a variety of projects. As a group, they decided to explore spray paint art. Guest speakers came in to talk about their art and techniques and the students created their own works. Each project includes a service aspect and the group decided to organize an art show for the community.
The Middle-High School Art Show and Reception will take place on December 11, from  3:45 to 6:00 p.m. at North Star Academy. The reception will showcase and share the talents of NSA students. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. North Star Academy is located at 3030 Wright Street in Marquette. For more information, call Jenna Shelafoe, project coordinator or Sarah Johnson, JAG Specialist at 280-1685.
Chez Nous hours
Chez Nous, NMU’s student restaurant, will be serving dinner through December 4, 2014, and then closing for winter break. It will reopen in the winter semester for lunch. For more information about the restaurant, see this month’s article in Marquette Monthly by Pam Christensen. We will update readers in January with a notice of the restaurant’s future hours.

WMCHF seeking grant applications
The Western Marquette County Health Foundation has announced it is accepting grant applications for the December 31 funding cycle. The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County. Grant size varies based on requests, however the average size is expected to range from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00. Multi-year grant proposals will be accepted.
The Western Marquette County Health Foundation was created upon the completion of the sale of Bell Hospital.
To obtain a copy of the funding guidelines and grant application, call 204-2395, email, visit or the office at 910 US 41 West, Ishpeming, MI 49849.

Blues Society nominations needed
The Marquette Area Blues Society announces upcoming elections for its board of directors. There are six spots open on the board, with each term lasting two years. For those interested, nominations must be submitted by the December board meeting, which will be held at the Landmark Inn Boardroom at 6:30 p.m. on December 17. The elections will be held at the January 21 meeting. For more information about MABS, visit or call Mark Hamari at 235-9690.

Houghton’s Carnegie Museum events and exhibits
On Saturday, December 6, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. homebrewer Erik Hansen will perform an illustrated talk called “The Art and Science of Brewing Beer” in the Community Room. This event is free and open to the public, however, tasting is reserved for those twenty-one years old and older.
Also, featured in December is the Gingerbread Extravaganza. On December 4, from noon to 5:00 p.m., a gingerbread workshop will be held. All ages welcome.
On December 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. a holiday open house will be held. On December 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. a talk by Dr. Rolf Peterson on the wildlife of Keweenaw and Isle Royale will be given.
Current exhibits are: Beer UP: A history of brewing & Prohibition in the Keweenaw from 1844 to 2014, which runs through fall 2014; and No Place Like Home: Sense of Place in the Keweenaw, which runs through March 2015.
SSA Pavo Quartet mini tour
The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players presents the Pavo Quartet. The schedule is Friday, January 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Michigamme Moonshine Fine Art Gallery; Saturday, January 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Falling Rock Café  in Munising; Sunday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. at PWPL; and Saturday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.
Donations will be accepted at all concerts. For more information, call 362-0439.

NTN Snowball Benefit in December
On December 5, at the Marquette Regional History Center, the Noquemenon Trail Network will host the tenth annual Snowball Benefit from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., featuring food from Sweet Basil, silent auction items, excellent music and community friends.
Tickets are available at Down Wind Sports, Sports Rack, and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members  and at the door. Tickets are $60.00 per person or $100.00 per couple.  Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.
All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network, which promotes the development of integrated, multiuse, nonmotorized trails.  For more information,

K-SNAG offers spay/neuter assistance
Keweenaw Spay Neuter Assistance Group (K-SNAG) can provide financial assistance with spaying and neutering pets. The group has cats and kittens available for adoption and to foster in the Copper Country area. K-SNAG accepts cans and metal for scrap, rummage items and cash donations. Specific needs include one pound red plastic coffee canisters.
K-SNAG is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization. For more information, call 296-9144.

Results from Keweenaw Energy Summit
Asko Ojaniemi of Finland’s Benet Oy was the lead presenter at the Keweenaw Energy Summit, held on November 10, at the Finnish-American Heritage Center on the Campus of Finlandia University in Hancock.
He has identified a Finnish supplier of prefab, modular biomass electric units—Valmet—who deploys such units across the EU, particularly Germany.
KREC estimates ten megawatts of biomass electric base load generation is necessary to provide 24/7/365 dispatchable power for the area’s 38,000+ residents and businesses. Valmet estimates total project costs for KREC’s BioPower 5 MW units is 25 M€ ($31.25 M U.S.), with one unit placed in Houghton County, and one unit in Keweenaw County; or a single BioPower eleven-unit, at 35 to 40 M€ ($43.75 M to $50 M U.S.). KREC continues to evaluate Brownfield-type sites in both Counties to host the modular biomass electric plants.
KREC has made equivalent progress in its discussions with third party developers for the twenty-two MW of commercial-scale solar it proposes for Houghton & Keweenaw Counties.

MACC looking for artists
Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking instructors, musicians and artists interested in scheduling workshops, performances and exhibits for the 2015 Winter and Spring schedule.
Instructors interested in renting the art center for workshops are encouraged to contact the MACC at
MACC offers a great location, accommodations fit for art classes, many hours of availability, affordable rates and great benefits. Please include resume and class proposal including desired dates and times.
Potential instructors, performers and exhibitors are welcome to submit proposals at any time; however, in order to be considered for inclusion in the semiannual brochure, completed rental requests are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15. For more information or questions, call 228-0472 or email

GINCC annual dinner
The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) hosted its annual dinner, presented by Cliffs Natural Resources, on October 23, at Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming. Awards were presented to the following parties: Chamber Member of the Year to Peninsula Bank; Business of the Year to Active Physical Therapy; Business Person of the Year to Diane Gauthier of St. Onge Insurance; Organization of the Year to The Kiwanis Organization, both the Pioneer Kiwanis and Noon Kiwanis; and Volunteer of the Year to Leo LaFond. For more information, please contact the Chamber.

Political Briefs
•  Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow welcomed an announcement by the EPA that, following a successful cleanup effort, two toxic hotspots, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the list of sites targeted for cleanup in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The cleanup effort was funded with $8,000,000.00 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which Levin and Stabenow helped to secure.
• Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced support for the Munson Medical Center to help connect people in rural areas with quality health care. The $217,629.00 grant will benefit twenty-seven counties in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The funding, which comes through the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program, was authorized by Senator Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill.

DNR News & Notes
•  A Chassell man was arrested and arraigned in ninety-seventh District Court, Houghton County, on a six-count warrant after a lengthy undercover investigation by detectives with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division’s Special Investigations Unit.
Danny Loyd, was arrested on a warrant authorized by the Houghton County Prosecutor’s Office. A search warrant also was served on his residence and place of business by Special Investigations Unit investigators and District One conservation officers that resulted in the seizure of a number of items.
• The DNR is updating the 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan and is seeking comment on the implementation of the plan. The plan, and more specifically the four principal goals within the plan, has guided wolf management in Michigan for the last six years.
The Phase 1 electronic survey is now open
Those unable to participate in this survey electronically are asked to contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 to receive a paper survey.
•  The Department of Natural Resources announced the addition of seven species to Michigan’s prohibited species list of aquatic invasive species. An additional species already on the list was modified from a prohibited species to a restricted species.
For more information on Michigan’s fight against aquatic invasive species, visit
•  Since the arrival of heavy snowfall across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the DNR has been monitoring accumulated snow depths for potential impacts to wildlife and assessing the possibility of allowing early supplemental feeding of deer.
With the current forecast indicating snow will continue to accumulate at accelerated rates in the coming month, DNR officials have determined supplemental feeding by permit will be allowed across the entire Upper Peninsula starting Monday, December 15.
Full details on supplemental and recreational feeding rules and regulations can be found online at

News Briefs
•  The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority installed a mile marker for the Cliffs Eagle Mine Community Fund at the Republic Bank Building to recognize its contribution to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  In 2013 the IOHRA was awarded a $156,000.00 grant to place six kiosks along the trail and provide additional funds for the trail upgrade work in Tilden and Republic townships. 
•  The Upper Peninsula Association of Independent Insurance Agents (UPAIIA) recently made a donation of $5,000.00 to Northwoods Airlifeline.
Northwoods Airlifeline is a nonprofit organization of volunteer pilots from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin who donate their time and aircraft to help patients and their families with urgent medical needs for services not found locally. In such cases, flights are provided so that the patient is able to obtain critical medical care. Northwoods Airlifeline helps meet the needs of individuals who are financially distressed, unable to travel by other means or under severe time constraints.
•  A. Lindberg and Sons is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary. A. Lindberg and Sons has been providing the region with heavy construction and aggregate production services since 1914 and employs over one hundred people.
•  Craig Chartier, Director of Home Care and Hospice for UP Health System - Marquette, has been promoted to Regional Director of Home Care and Hospice.
•  Cognition Brewing Company in Ishpeming recently celebrated the delivery of its fermenters and serving tanks from Craftwerks. The brewery is  coming to life slowly in the taproom of the old Mather Inn Hotel. Renovation has begun in the boiler room as well as the old taproom, which will serve as the bar of the brewery. Cognition Brewing Company is set to open in late December or early January.

Correction to Last Month’s Back Then
Last month, we ran an article in our Back Then Column by Kathleen Larson titled “Memories and Mysteries” about the former Northwoods Restaurant. The article included a photograph of several people in front of the Northwoods. The photo was left to George Duchow by his late father, also named George (but incorrectly named Armin in our article). George is asking for help in identifying the people in the photo. The email address also listed in the article was wrong. His correct email is Please contact George Duchow if you can identify any of these people. The photo can also be viewed at



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