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The trip of a lifetime: U.P. Honor Flight left me speechless

By Sterling McGinn In May of 2017, I had the privilege to accompany my Korean War Veteran grandfather, Rolland Rieger, and 70 more veterans on Mission XII of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. It is a trip I will never forget, and the experience is difficult to put...

Just Bill – Why cartoons are important

By Bill Diem Jean Plantu has been drawing editorial cartoons for French newspapers since the 1970s. He recently spoke to the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris about his career. The police bodyguard with him sat quietly in the back of the room while Plantu...

Howie’s girl

By Carol Stiffler Nineteen years ago, a litter of kittens were born under a trailer home near Gladstone, Michigan. The momma cat was a short-haired tabby cat. No one knew who the daddy was. Their arrival was not celebrated; this new litter of fluff equaled too many...

Republican candidates for Michigan’s new 108th District

The Newberry News recently interviewed the four Republican candidates for Michigan’s new 108th District.  Below are links to each interview.  We encourage our readers to learn more about the candidates before the August 2nd primary.   Getting to know Kurt...

Save the Sportsman’s Club

By Caitlynn Canfield First, let me introduce myself. My name is Caitlynn Canfield, and I love spending time outdoors. I like hiking, hunting, and my hometown. I grew up watching my grandpa and father do all the things I love to do now. I also watched them introduce...

Just Bill – Yearly change is slow, but in a generation

By Bill Diem A few things are new in Portage Township since last summer. I don’t see it all at once, but little by little the changes become apparent. What happened was, I flew from Paris to Marquette last week, got a ride from Mark Gordon to Curtis, and am now nearly...