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U.P. writer explores modern Native culture

Sault Ste Marie's Beverly McBride has a new book out, and it includes some serious exploration of the U.P.'s Native culture.

Excerpt: Writer Beverly McBride tells a story about cultural identity among the Native American population. 

The story is from the first chapter in her latest book in the series "One Foot in Two Canoes." 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Marquette city manager talks micropolitan development

Marquette's Bill Vajda wrote an extensive look at how the city is pursuing development for trade publication Government Executive.

Excerpt: We’re on that path here in the largest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a lakeshore community with a population of more than 20,000 people. For micropolitan communities like Marquette, it’s becoming easier to punch above our weight class in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Government Executive

App might make winter driving easier

The U.P. has a history of innovation when it comes to snow, and the latest on that front is an idea for a new mobile app from a recent coding event held in Marquette.

Excerpt: Commuting to work during a Michigan winter could be a little easier and safer with the SnowFi app.

Using real-time data from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the app would let users know when roads have been plowed.

For more on the idea, go here.


State taking suggestions on name for trail from Detroit to the U.P.

The new statewide trail that will straddle all of Michigan is in need of a name, so the state DNR is asking for help.

Excerpt: Want to help name a potentially historic feature of Michigan?

The state’s Department of Natural Resources is asking Michiganders for suggestions on what to name a trail that runs from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. The trail will connect existing trail paths across Michigan.

The rest of the story is online here.


Daggett farmers win silage contest

Yes, there's a Super Bowl for farmers, and this year, a farm in Daggett won the championship for its high-quality corn silage.

Excerpt: Johnson Farms LLC, Daggett, Mich., was awarded a $2,500 check for its standard corn silage entry that was picked as the overall grand champion entry in this year’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl.

For the whole story, go here.


Marquette featured on Michigan Radio

A local professor and author shares his thoughts on Marquette on a recent Michigan Radio story.

Excerpt: Today on Stateside, Upper Peninsula writer John Smolens tells his story "Where Art Thou, Marquette?" 

Smolens recently retired from Northern Michigan University's English department. He now writes full-time in Marquette.

The entire episode is online here.

Source: Michigan Radio

New trade school being built in western U.P.

Students in the western Upper Peninsula will soon have some educational options new to the area with the construction of a new trade school.

Excerpt: The Adams Township School District Foundation broke ground on their new trade school construction project on Friday.

The ceremony was cut a little short by the weather, but the excitement of those involved held strong. 

For the whole article, click here.


Michigan's U.P. goes head-to-head with its energy future

A major problem facing utilities and governments in the U.P. right now is how energy will be provided in the near future, once the region's main power plant closes. This extensive look at some suggested solutions is worth a read.

Excerpt: Across the country, utilities, regulators and government officials are grappling with the complex question of how to replace the energy from retiring power plants.

On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, that transition is playing out on a much more urgent timescale.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

Second U.P. Authors Day to be held

It's the second year for the U.P. Authors Day to be held in Marquette. The event this week welcomes several U.P. authors to a fair-style event and should draw readers interested in U.P. topics.

Excerpt: Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on October 4, 2014 for the second annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall. All authors who live in or write about the U.P. are welcome to attend.

For more information, click here

Source: My Marquette Blog

Kenton bar named Michigan's best neighborhood bar

Kenton might be a small blip on the highway to travelers, but there's one more reason to stop there now, after Hoppy's Bar there was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar.

Excerpt: During our trip to Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, owner Jane Osinski made it clear that she is not one for the spotlight.

"I'm not a big fan of attention," she said.

But, the spotlight shining on her small-town Upper Peninsula bar continues after Hoppy's was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar by MLive statewide entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez.

For more, including the whole list of winners, go here.


Plaidurday in the U.P. is this week

Plaid is like the unofficial color of the U.P., although you could make a strong argument for green and gold, or hunter orange. But plaid has its own celebration, coming up this week.

Excerpt: If you’ve been a fan or customer of Yooper Steez for a year or longer, you’ll know that we love to celebrate Plaidurday. As Yoopers, we are fortunate to be immersed in a culture plentiful with plaid. However, there are many places without this same fortune. And that’s the goal, to share this the joy with everyone, because in the end we’re all connected by a common thread.

More on the event is online here.


Keweenaw offers rocks, ghosts and mysticism to travelers

This piece on one of the stranger attractions to be found in the Upper Peninsula comes from a Detroit Free Press writer. 

Excerpt: Alex Fagotti sat under a tree, holding a shotgun, waiting in the darkness for the thieves to return.

He was all alone. Except for the ghosts watching from the woods.

Fagotti owns Prospector's Paradise, a rocks and minerals store along U.S.-41 in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, an area so remote and isolated, a sign along the highway calls it "The Last Place on Earth." 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Photographing the Upper Peninsula

A trip to the U.P. should never come without a camera of some type, if only to remember your adventures by. For some, it can serve as a reason in itself to visit.
Excerpt: A world away from the concrete mountains and steel-lined Chicago River is a rolling land filled with trees, rivers and streams, deer, badger, wolverines, moose, wolf and both black and brown bear. Roughly a 6-8 hour drive north of Chicago is the upper peninsula of Michigan, the UP as many call it.
For the whole blog post, go here.
Source: Out of Chicago

Au Sable lighthouse celebrates 140 years

The Au Sable Light turns 140 years old this year near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Excerpt: A north Michigan light house on Lake Superior has turned 140 years old.

WLUC-TV reports the Au Sable Light Station celebrated the milestone by offering free tours to visitors over the weekend, marked down from the usual $3 cost. 

For more on the anniversary, click here.

Source: Petoskey News

10 reasons to visit Marquette this fall

A travel blogger was a recent visitor to Marquette, and was quick to spot several reasons to keep coming back--just what we like to see.

Excerpt: However, after my recent visit to Marquette I realized why you only have to be a little crazy to fall in love with the UP. During my trip I fell in love with Michigan’s U.P. all over again. It may not be THE place for me to live year round, but it is absolutely wonderful to visit in Summer and Fall. If you are a fan of snow sports than you will LOVE it during that season as well.

The whole list is online here.

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