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Northern Michigan musician is in Top 5 on The Voice

Born in Marquette and having lived all over Michigan, folk musician Joshua Davis has had widespread support from his home state as he advances through several rounds of competition on The Voice. Now he's bringing his music back home with a Traverse City concert this week.
 
Excerpt: Now that Traverse City's Joshua Davis has made it into the Top 5 of NBC's "The Voice" 2015, he has to get ready for a big concert.
 
The State Theatre in Traverse City posted on its Facebook page that Davis will return to the area to perform on Thursday, May 7.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Michigan lighthouses are beacons for tourists

If you're interested in seeing America's lighthouses, there aren't a lot of places that offer a wider range than Michigan, and some remote locales on the Great Lakes are seeing slow but steady drips of tourism because of it.
 
Excerpt: The Point Betsie Lighthouse is a classic: a four-story white tower attached to a red-roofed keeper's house, surrounded by a windswept vista of dunes and water.
 
Built in 1858, the lighthouse near Frankfort is the oldest standing structure in Benzie County.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: WZZM13.com

Meijer plans long-awaited expansion into U.P.

As Meijer stores open in northern Michigan locations, the U.P. is next on the retailer's list of places to expand.
 
Excerpt: Meijer's much-anticipated arrival in Manistee and Alpena has been the talk at the coffee shops in recent months.
 
Part of the excitement is that many can't believe the nearly 80-year-old Grand Rapids-area retailer headquartered in Walker is finally pushing into smaller cities up north after decades of expanding south into other Midwest states.
 
The rest of the story can be found here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Beauty of Upper Peninsula inspires Esto's new album

Listeners of NPR might have been surprised to hear a song about the U.P. winding its way through the breakfast-hour news this week. It's thanks to a Minneapolis musician, Esto, who recently released a whole pop-folk album based on a summer spent in the Keweenaw.
 
Excerpt: Today's Morning Edition music is from the Minneapolis singer Esto with "Brockway Mountain Drive," a song from his brand new album "Houghton-Hancock Hum-Alongs."
 
Esto, whose real name is Blake Morgan, is also a member of the popular vocal ensemble Cantus.
 
For more on the album, click here.
 
Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Joshua Davis advances on The Voice

Michigan musician Joshua Davis made it through one more round on The Voice TV show this week.
 
Excerpt: The top eight contestants on the popular NBC reality talent show were cut to six this week.
 
Davis sang Sting's "Fields of Gold" Monday night. His cover song was so popular that it shot to No. 2 on the iTunes rock chart overnight.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Documentary reveals life of Keweenaw monks

Most people might know the Society of St. John in the Keweenaw from its amazing jams and bakery goods at the Jampot. But, the monastery shows a different side in a new documentary exploring the daily life of monks there.

Excerpt: A monk's life isn't for everybody, but the beauty and spirituality of one monastery is depicted in the new documentary "Gladsome Light."
 
The film, by Negaunee Township native Dustin Katona and Denver native Jeffrey Geniesse, shows the life of the Byzantine Catholic monks living at the Holy Transfiguration Skete according to The Mining Journal.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: The Republic.com

Thrillist names best 24 U.P. restaurants

You're sure to find at least one of your favorites on this list chronicling the best places to eat in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: "Rustic" by nature instead of design, food in the UP mirrors life in the UP; it's a bit more challenging, shaped by the often-harsh geography and the once-predominant mining and logging industries requiring a hardier stock of human, and further influenced by the Finnish, Cornish, Swedish, German, French Canadian, and Italian immigrants who flocked here for those industries.
 
For the whole list, go here.
 
Source: Thrilllist.com

Sault Ste. Marie hockey arena is in final 4 of Hockeyville contest

A Sault Ste. Marie hockey rink has made it to the final round of voting for renovation funding at Kraft Hockeyville. Online voting has been key to the success so far, and votes are still needed.
 
Excerpt: Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan was constructed in 1939 and is one of the oldest artificial ice rinks in the U.S. still in operation. The Pullar has always been known for having excellent hard and fast ice. 2014 was the 75th Anniversary of the rink and the community of Sault Ste. Marie has begun a Building Renovation Project to preserve what I call, the "Pullar Feeling" for decades to come. 
 
For more on the arena and how to vote, go here.
 
Source: Hockeyville

Michigan native with U.P. ties makes it to top 10 on The Voice

Fans of Michigan folk music have been watching, of all things, The Voice lately, in support of a homegrown contestant with ties to the U.P., Joshua Davis.
 
Excerpt: Joshua Davis -- a Top 10 contender on "The Voice" 2015 -- is no stranger to fans of the Michigan folk music scene.
 
He's been a fixture here; performing at festivals and clubs throughout the state, and jamming with fellow musicians of Steppin' In It and the network of acts signed to Earthwork Music, a collective of Michigan musicians who support each other.
 
For the whole interview, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Marquette runner goes to Boston Marathon

Michigan runners made a good showing in this year's Boston Marathon, including one runner from Marquette who went to the event for the first time.
 
Excerpt: Ben Kinney ran his first Boston Marathon on Monday. The 27-year-old Marquette resident finished with a time of 03:33:42, good for 11,324th place overall. Following the race, Kinney shared his experience with Local 3.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: UPMatters.com

Smithsonian traveling exhibit arrives in Ironwood

A traveling exhibit from The Smithsonian is focusing on America's history of work and the working class, and one of its stops, through the end of May, is in Ironwood.
 
Excerpt: The Downtown Art Place (DAP) is proud to host The Smithsonian's "The Way We Worked" traveling exhibition from April 4th to May 31st. The doors will open on the exhibit Saturday, April 4th, 10 am to 4 pm (Easter Saturday). The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 11th with a roundtable "Mining Our Heritage" discussion 10 am at the Gogebic Community College, and an Opening Ceremony 3 pm and a 5 pm Reception at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.
 
For more about the exhibit, go here.
 
Source: Downtown Art Place

Two U.P. lighthouses to be renovated

The Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba and the Crisp Point Lighthouse in Newberry both are getting renovation grants from the state historic preservation office, with the help of local historical groups.
 
Excerpt: Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway made the grant announcement on Thursday.
 
He says that the Delta County Historical Society will have to come up with a 50%  ($7,000) "local match", bringing the total project cost to $21,000 dollars.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: UPMatters.com

LSJ explores challenges and growth for Michigan tourism

From downstate water parks to the shores of Lake Superior, this is a lengthy look at statistics and trends for Michigan tourism in recent years, well worth a read for those interested in the future of the U.P.
 
Excerpt: The biggest tourism success is the Pure Michigan ad campaign, which celebrates its 10th year in 2016. But there are challenges, including pothole-ridden roads, convincing the Legislature to invest more funds to promote tourism and bringing visitors in year-round. Tourism officials also would like to develop a culture inside and outside of hotels and resorts that welcomes tourists and treats them with respect.
 
The rest of the story, and there's quite a bit, is here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Things no one tells you about leaving the U.P.

There comes a time in every young Yooper's life…Time to leave the confines of home and strike out into the wide world. But when you come from the U.P., that looks a little different than it does to most people. Movoto has a list of the things that you might find a little strange in the rest of the world.
 
Excerpt: After spending your entire life driving mostly in the UP, you probably don’t have much tolerance for overcrowding on the roads. When you consider anything more than a 5 minute delay to be heavy traffic, you’ll be shocked to see what most Americans put up with daily.
 
For the whole list, or to add more of your own, go here.
 
Source: Movoto.com

Two U.P. towns on top 10 snowiest list

It might seem a little early to be compiling lists of who got the most snow this winter, but at least so far, the U.P. is still on top.
 
Excerpt: This winter was long and brutal for many, but none of us got as much of the year’s coldest, darkest season as these locations in the Northeast and Midwest.
 
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula takes the prize, with two climate-tracking sites leading the top 10 list. 
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Washington Post
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