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Marion Roller Mills-What a Grind

Mark Sherk poses with the mill’s water powered machinery, about 1893. Sherk and Thomson’s Marion Roller Mill and Mark Sherk’s home, about 1892 By Julie Traynor A good many towns all across Michigan had mills. After all, we were the white pine kings of the country for quite a while. Lumber mills were behind the founding of […]






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Buy Local, Give to Disadvantaged This Holiday

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist There are a few things I would like to get off my chest before I sit down to the Thanksgiving feast I am about to engorge. First although some of you might be reading this the day after Thanksgiving, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful […]






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Family Time

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist Somehow we think Bruce might just appreciate this photo of he and fellow MHS footballer, the late Pete Stein. Bruce, right, was a senior. This was taken in the fall of 1955. If the call of the wild and the annual white tail firearm hunt has claimed your […]






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What’s Cooking?

Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes   Now that we have had all that Turkey, Ham and Pheasant, which is what we had…My Son-in-law went hunting several times to a preserve that had a shoot and this is what we enjoyed…We did have all the trimmings…. With the Christmas Season fast approaching, I am going to […]






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Travel With Caution: Michiganders Urged To Stay Safe Traveling For The Holidays

Weather officials are urging those traveling for the holidays in Michigan to drive with caution. According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning and winter weather advisory were issued Sunday, December 1, for over two dozen counties in northern Michigan. The advisories are expected to stay in effect through Monday, December 2. Winter […]






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Ghosts of Main Street: From Howard’s Restaurant to the Flashback Cafe

A postcard featuring businesses at the center of Marion came out in 1957. It featured this iconic photo of the Corner Cafe, then under the ownership of Ox and Kay Wittenburg. Archie McLeod, l, and his Grant Howard, r, builder of the Flashback Cafe. He was also postmaster at Marion, Michigan. The occasion for this […]






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Kapernik-Fool or Genius

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist I’ve decided after this weekend’s fiasco, Colin Kaepernik is either a fool or a genius- I’m not sure which. He was certainly clever when he parlayed his kneeling for the National Anthem, into a multi-million dollar enterprise, mostly coming from Nike. His frizzy afro and fast talk made him the […]






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Thanksgiving Thankful

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist Happy Thanksgiving from the Pines.   It’s gradual, like the cooling temperatures and the sun sliding south. This is the time of year we begin thinking turkey. It’s a slow but sure, and eventually leads us to talking about turkey, and that, naturally leads to eating turkey. It is […]






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Cooking & Recipes: What’s Cooking?

Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes For all the Michigan fans, congratulations,, and to the Green and White Spartan fans, just wait until next year….I really think that both teams played a good game..up until State gave up….Now for some more recipes for the up and coming Thanksgiving gatherings………. ROAST TURKEY from our family Preparation time […]






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May I Walk With You? By Invitation Only

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com In my counseling practice I often hear horror stories about people who have been traumatized by being proselytized. In a recent article in the […]






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