Bekkering Selected for Global Leaders Program

April 11, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University student and McNair Scholar Marissa Bekkering is one of 20 students accepted into the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, Netherlands. The Hudsonville, Mich., native will participate in the program from June 29-July 21.

Bekkering is a double major in international studies and communications with a minor in technical theater. She applied for the program due to her excelled interest in pursuing doctoral studies in intercultural communication after she graduates from NMU.

“I was completely in shock when I found out I was accepted into the program,” said Bekkering. ”I have been out of the Midwest a handful of times and I have never actually left the country, so it is very exciting to have this opportunity to go abroad and learn more about how I can make the world a better place.”

The Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program is co-sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education and ECHO Center for Diversity Policy. It accredited by The Hague University of Applied Sciences, an institute made up of 14 academies.

The university offers 42 full-time undergraduate degrees, 21 part-time (nine taught in English) and 10 dual bachelor’s courses. The university also offers nine master’s degrees (three taught in English), has a student population of approximately 25,000 students and is known for the international characteristic of its student population, with about 146 nationalities represented on campus.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants have demonstrated strong academic potential and are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

200 Block of W. Washington Street Walkway Closure

April 11, 2019

Marquette, MI – The walkway on the south side of the 200 block of W. Washington St., located between 231 W. Washington St. and 239 W. Washington St., will be closed Monday, April 15th, 2019 for complete reconstruction of both the walkway and stairs. Intermittent pedestrian passage may be allowed, depending on the construction schedule.The length of the closure is dependent on weather, but is anticipated to be completed by the beginning of May, 2019.

UPPAA Announces Winners of Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest

April 11, 2019

Marquette, MI – The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) has announced the winners of its second Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest.
UPPAA, established in 1998 as an organization for anyone from or associated with Upper Michigan who is interested in writing and publishing, has continually sought to educate its members on all aspects of writing, publishing, and book marketing. Since its founding, the organization has grown to more than one hundred members. Its members have produced a wide variety of books ranging from U.P. history and travel books to historical fiction, mysteries, romance, fantasy, science fiction, nature, recreation, childrens books, and poetry.

The idea to hold a short story contest for high school students was the brain child of Larry Buege, UPPAAs current treasurer and the author of several books, including his popular young-adult Chogan Native American series. Buege said he was inspired by his granddaughter in Wisconsin who published her first novel while in the sixth grade. I was convinced that we may have similar talent in the U.P., Buege said.

Buege approached the rest of the UPPAA board members, who embraced the idea of a contest that would encourage students to pursue writing. Buege also found an anonymous donor to provide financial support. He named the contest after the classic childrens book Dandelion Cottage (1904) by Carroll Watson Rankin, an author from Marquette who published several childrens novels. Once the contest was announced and entries began to come in, Bueges suspicion was confirmed. I was not disappointed, he said. The quality of the submissions was beyond my expectations.

The submissions are judged by a group of UPPAA members, all authors themselves. Prizes for the contest are $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition to the cash prizes, the first place winners name is engraved on a traveling trophy that resides at the students school during the following school year. First, second, and third place winners receive medallions with their names and award placement engraved on them. Finally, the winning stories are published in the annual U.P. Reader, which is the literary publication of UPPAA.

Our first place winner is Emma Locknane with her story Trouble with Terrans. Emma is a senior from Gwinn High School. Last year she took second place honors. The second place award went to Lucy Woods, a junior from Copper Country Christian Schools, for her story Stellae. Katlin Ambuehl, a senior from Republic/Michigamme, took third place with her story Free.

We had 60% more submissions this year than the previous year, and we expect the submissions will continue to grow in the future. The one criticism we hear most is, Why not have a similar contest for middle-grade students? UPPAA is listening. We always considered having a second contest as a distant future plan, but this year 25% of the submissions were from middle-school students or younger. A plan for the distant future is no longer acceptable. The Modern History Press has stepped up to the plate to provide financial backing for a middle-school contest. Beginning with the next school year, UPPAA will provide $200 for the best short story by a 5th – 8th grader. Contest rules will be similar to the current contest found on the Dandelion Cottage web page found at:

UPPAA will hold its annual conference this year at the Peter White Library in Marquette from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 1st. We will dispense prize money at that time. To attend the conference, visit A full schedule of the conference, including speakers and presentations, is included at the website. Deadline for registration is May 25. Writers of all ages are welcome.

TV6 Spring Craft Show Comes to Escanaba April 12-14

April 11, 2019

Escanaba, MI – The TV6 Spring Craft Show will be at the Ruth Butler Building in Escanaba, MI from Friday, April 12th to Sunday, April 14th.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Linda Ronstadt Experience at Ironwood Theatre April 12th

April 11, 2019

Ironwood, MI – The Linda Ronstadt Experience comes to the Ironwood Theatre on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh brings the Ronstadt experience to the stage as she belts out the iconic singer’s greatest hits. To learn more, visit the event website.

Alger County Tourism Workshop April 12th

April 11, 2019

Munising, MI – Voice your views on future tourism in Alger County! Attend the workshop “Designing A Sustainable Tourist Economy For the Alger County Area” on Friday, April 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch is included. To register contact

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Sustainable Ecotourism Organization (SEO) of Northern Michigan University.

Astronomy Night at Shiras Planetarium April 12th

April 11, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Shiras Planetarium is a satellite location for Michigan State University’s Statewide Astronomy night on Friday, April 12 beginning at 6 pm. The Shiras Planetarium is one of many locations around the state hosting events in conjunction with MSU. You can learn more by visiting

This is a free event, open to all! We will host an open house from 6 pm-7:30 pm with activities for all ages including making constellation greeting cards, playing astronomy themed board games, and much more! At 7:30 pm there will be a star show, highlighting what is happening in the April night sky! Stop down for a fun, free, family-friendly event!

For more information, visit or contact Becky Simmons, Shiras Planetarium Director at