Mikel B.Classen

U.S. Coast Guard Ice Breaker Katmai Bay On A Cold Frigid Morning - Sugar Island - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

   Good morning campers, I've set up another book signing! This time it will be at Hancock in the legendary Copper Country. This will be the first time I've done a signing at Finlandia University, formerly Suomi College. I will be in the Finnish Heritage Center on the 9th of April.

Over the weekend we received one those endlessly treasured polar vortexes. Yes, that was sarcasm, or was it? You see if it wasn't for the -13F temps, the photographs you see above and below wouldn't be nearly as awesome looking. The super frigid temps caused the steam effect you see in the pictures. The Coast Guard Ice Breakers were sailing up and down the St. Mary's River keeping it open. It has not been cold enough over all for the river to freeze up like usual and should still be flowing by the Locks opening. Also, to take the edge off the brutal temperatures, Clyde's Drive-In opened for the weekend. Yes, apparently, for no particular reason, Clyde's decided to open for four days only. So, these pictures were taken while I was enthusiastically eating a double cheeseburger and some onion rings. Hey, can't let the winter get the best of us.

I was recently interviewed for a Television show in Marquette, Michigan. The show is called "Discovering" and has been a staple television show in the area for many years. I was interviewed by Brian Whitens and he did a nice job putting it together. Below is the link to the show. It is the entire episode and I am the second interview so watch the part about the cool photographer and then I'm right behind him. The last interview is of an old friend of mine named Carl Behrend and is an awesome musician. So the entire episode is WORTH watching. There is no clip of just me so enjoy the show. Learn about some artistic yoopers, myself included.

To contact me, email: mikel_classen@yahoo.com

 Ice Breaker in Frigid Steam Fog - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Mackinac Bridge Under Construction and Freighter - Mackinac Straits - Michigan

This is taken from an old postcard I can across. It appears to be taken from one of the cables and is looking towards St. Ignace and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The freighter going under the roadbedless bridge makes this a classic image of the Mackinac Bridge. A close look shows several workers more clearly on the left side. 

If you would like to see more pictures from my historical photograph collection, including past pics from here, go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikel_classen/sets/72157630887269582/


On The Road

Mackinac Grille - St. Ignace - Michigan


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I'm standing next to the plaque that dedicates the Marquette County Courthouse as an historical site. This is where Theodore Roosevelt came to clear his name in 1913 of a libelous statement made by the editor of the Ishpeming Iron Ore who had called Roosevelt a drunk in an editorial, a perception that had been following Roosevelt with rumors and gossip of his disorderly and intoxicated behavior. My new book, Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial, published by the History Press, tells the story of this fascinating trial which would forever change the world-wide perception of an American President.


Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial
Au Sable Point Lighthouse

Sharon Brunner, a Sault Ste. Marie author and myself, signing books at Island Books and Crafts in Sault Ste. Marie during the I-500 Snowmobile Race.

April 9 - Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm - Finnish American Heritage Center - Writers of the Northern Persuasion, All Author Forum - Finlandia University - Hancock - Michigan

June 18 - Saturday - 1-4pm - Peter White Library - UPPAA Book Fest - Marquette - Michigan


Now Available From the History Press
Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial

On the same day Theodore Roosevelt narrowly survived an assassination attempt, his press secretary handed him a newspaper editorial from the Iron Ore, a small town daily located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Its publisher, George Newett, had printed "...Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way; he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it." Tired of having his boisterous personality equated with intoxication, Roosevelt angrily shouted, “Let’s go at him!” and the paper was formally charged with a suit of libel. As the case convened, a cadre of admirals, statesmen and fellow explorers descended on Marquette to testify to T.R.’s unimpeachable personal character in the biggest libel trial of the early Twentieth Century.

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Skeleton ship frames surround Au Sable Point, marking a mile-long sandstone reef that reached out into Lake Superior waiting to grab any and all ships that passed by. In an effort to end this tragic loss of lives, the Au Sable Point Lighthouse was constructed to warn mariners of its hidden reef. At the heart of the famed “Shipwreck Coast,” Au Sable Point was a beacon of hope and safety. Mikel B. Classen charts the history of the lighthouse and the dangerous reef that waits six feet under the lake’s surface and serves as the final resting place for so many sailors.

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Stories of humor and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier.

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Pirates, thieves, shipwrecks, sexy women, lost gold, and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier. Nine stories, including "Wreck of the Marie Jenny," "The Bigg Man," "Wolf Killer," "Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight," and several more. This collection of stories filled with adventure, humor, thrills and suspense are expertly penned by Mikel B. Classen and published by NetBound Publishing. 

Sail on a ship full of gold. Meet the incomparable Rayna Daye. Who is the mysterious man that Andrew Jackson called "The meanest man he ever knew? These stories and more fill the pages of Lake Superior Tales. packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense, this book has a little bit of everything. Journey to the wilds of the Lake Superior shoreline with regions still untamed today.

Included in this collection are:
The Bigg Man
Moby Pike
Bullets Shine Silver In The Moonlight
The Encounter
The Wreck of the Marie Jenny
The Death Trip
Sherman Yetty
Close Encounters Of The Deer Blind Kind
Wolf Killer
  My Collection Of Short Horror Stories, 


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Ever wonder what happens when a vampire is turned into a Zombie? Ever attend a seance that went horribly wrong? Ever think of what it would be like to fall in love with a woman that has been dead for 150 years? These are just a few of the experiences you will have on your Journeys Into The Macabre.

   NetBound Publishing and author Mikel B. Classen have put together a collection of masterfully crafted horror stories that bring back the richness and feel of traditional gothic horror while adding the sharp textures of contemporary writing that creates a witch's brew of tales unlike anything published before. This is a must for any lover of dark fiction.

Deliver Me From Evil
M'Ganga's Curse
House of Seances
The Gray Tower
The Sorceress
The Donner Trailer
Senn's Vampire
The Dive
The Late Hero
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