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U.P. towns listed for charm, beauty

A recent listing claims to have found the most charming small towns in Michigan. Some of these picks seem a little random.. Battle Creek, really? But we won't argue over Crystal Falls and Ishpeming, both sleepy gems of the U.P.
Excerpt: There’s something special about a small town, that you just can’t find in the big city. Maybe it’s the way everyone seems to know you (that can be a good AND bad thing, but that’s another story). Maybe it’s the sense of pride that comes from making a difference in a tight-knit community. Or perhaps it’s the friendly, independent shops where you’d rather patronize because you know the families that run them. Here are some of those charming, beautiful towns across Michigan that you should be proud to call home.
For the whole list, go here.

Lansing State Journal picks favorite Michigan spots, heavy on the U.P.

Pick a favorite place in Michigan? That's a tough question for any resident. The staffers at the Lansing State Journal offered up their favorites to kick off a statewide contest, and the results are very flattering to the U.P.
Excerpt: By any route, the hike is rich with lakes, ponds, streams, birdlife and flowers, such as lady slippers, found in so few other places.  The payoff comes when you pop out of the forest and onto the beach. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see another person in any direction. If winds are calm and Lake Superior is flat, you won’t have to die to experience heaven.
For the whole list of choices, click here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Upper Hand Brewery releases 906 Ale

Based in Escanaba, Upper Hand Brewery is rolling out the latest addition to its U.P.-made beers. the 906 Ale. It's a U.P.-palate friendly red ale.
Excerpt: Upper Hand Brewery is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 906™ Ale (9.06% ABV). An Imperial Red Ale brewed in celebration of the 906 area code, the beer’s name is a tribute to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the brewery calls its home.
For the whole story, go here.

U.P. photos highlighted in Detroit News contest

A photo from Isle Royale won a recent Michigan photo contest run by the Detroit News, in company with two other U.P. photo finalists... and the contest is ongoing, so if you have the perfect photo with the theme "Celebrate Michigan," they want to see it at the link below.
Excerpt: His shot, "Sunrise Fishing on Isle Royale," wins a place in the finals of The Detroit News’ ninth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. Each Wednesday through Sept. 2, Detroit News judges will select four photos of Michigan that reflect what’s special about our state.
Check out all the photos online here.
Source: Detroit News

Sault Ste. Marie to get new PlacePlan

The Sault is participating in the placemaking program PlacePlans, enrolling in the latest round of communities to focus on improving its downtown.
Excerpt: The city of Sault Ste. Marie is considering development of Moloney Alley in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Moloney Alley would serve as a focal point in the community, acting as a bridge between the Soo Locks tourist attractions and more traditional downtown uses. In doing so, the Alley will fulfill a need for such a space that was recently identified in a survey conducted by Lake Superior State University students. The Alley development project will also complement past and ongoing investments and partnerships fostered by the city in the effort to revitalize and enhance downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
More on the plan is online here.
Source: Michigan Municipal League

Marquette implements parklets on downtown streets

The new bike corral, benches and parklets in downtown Marquette are part of a placemaking project to improve streets in the city.
Excerpt: The City of Marquette recently began experimenting with an approach to placemaking called Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper. Thanks to a grant from the Michigan Association of Realtors, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority worked with local businesses to implement several Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects along Third Street in Marquette. 
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Michigan State University Extension

Watch 24 hours of Upper Peninsula skies in time-lapse

Sometimes, the U.P. just gives you days of extraordinary beauty. A 24-hour time-lapse video of the skies near Marquette shows one of them recently.
Excerpt: Marquette photographer Shawn Malone did not set out to photograph variations of Michigan's sky within a 24-hour period. But on June 22, it just kind of happened.
Weather conditions in Marquette were ripe for capturing stunning photos of the starry Milky Way, morning's first glow, a passing storm, a double rainbow, dusk and the aurora borealis -- all during a single day at a Lake Superior beach about a mile from Malone's home.
To see the video, go here.

New book chronicles company towns of the U.P.

A native U.P. writer turned to the history of the U.P.'s many small towns that were both built and abandoned by companies for his latest volume.
Excerpt: Author Christian Holmes uncovers stories of struggle and celebration as he explores vanished communities and their legacy that make up the history of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
For more on the book, click here.
Source: Holland Sentinel

Michigan ranked best of all 50 states

Well, those of us who live here already knew there was good reason to think so... But in a very unscientific ranking, Thrillist decided Michigan was the best of all the states.
Excerpt: Seeing how it's America Week at Thrillist, and we've already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche "go big or go home" and rank the states based on everything. More specifically, their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.
For the whole list, go here.

Peregrine chicks hatching atop U.P. bridges draw wide attention

Two landmark U.P. bridges are home to peregrine falcon nesting pairs, and reported successful hatchings for the endangered species this spring, on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge and the Lift Bridge in the Keweenaw.
Excerpt: Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched atop the Houghton-Hancock Lift Bridge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The state Department of Transportation installed nest boxes on the north and south bridge towers in 2012 and a pair of peregrine falcons showed up the next spring.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Detroit News 

New book highlights women writing about the U.P.

Ron Riekki, the force behind the U.P. Book Tour, has a new volume out that discusses notable women's writing about the Upper Peninsula.
Excerpt: How does place impact prose? "Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula" explores that very question, drawing on the work of Upper Peninsula authors, past and present, to create a kaleidoscope of voices and experiences. 
For the whole article, go here.
Source: Holland Sentinel

Marquette author turns historic play into new book

The play Willpower, about a historic notable Marquette resident, has been adapted into a book by its playwright and local author, Tyler Tichelaar. The story of Will Adams, the "Ossified Man," now has been released in several forms including a book and DVD.

Excerpt: When Will S. Adams was diagnosed with ossification, a mysterious disease that caused his tissues to harden until he became nearly a living statue, he refused to quit living life fully and was immensely productive. Now the original play Willpower, which translated his life story to the stage, is available as a book and a DVD.
For more on the book and play, go here.
Source: Tyler Tichelaar

Marquette named best paddling town

Access to freshwater is about as good as it gets in the U.P., which helps explain why recently named Marquette among its best paddling towns.
Excerpt: Anywhere in Michigan, you'll never find yourself more than six miles away from some sort of body of water. With that water, comes water sports.
"Kayaking draws a lot of people to the area," said Downwind Sports Co-owner Todd King. named Marquette, Michigan one of the best paddling towns in North America.
For the whole story, go here.

U.P. Second Wave article receives certificate from Good News Awards

U.P. Second Wave writer Brian Martucci recently was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2015 Good News Awards hosted by local religious leaders. He won the certificate in the non-daily written news category for a story from May 2014 exploring how the U.P. can solve the problem of population decline.
The full category results are below:
Nearly 50 media professionals and groups from throughout the Upper Peninsula were recognized for the positive stories they wrote and programs they produced during 2014 at the 18th annual Good News Awards luncheon held at Grace United Methodist Church in Marquette on June 9.  This year 16 media outlets, including newspapers, online publications, and TV and radio stations entered a total of 63 entries in the Good News Awards, resulting in 27 Good News Awards and 16 Certificates of Merit being given out.

The Good News Awards, which began in 1998, honors local works of excellence in broadcasting, print and on the web that affirm the dignity of people, recognize and uphold universally-recognized human values, and uplift and nourish the human spirit.  They are sponsored by the religious leaders of the Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches in the Upper Peninsula region.
Here are the 2015 Good News Awards by division and category:
Non-daily Written News
Straight News Story
Certificate of Merit:  The Munising News, Munising for "Warming up Trenary's Elderly" (a local tavern raised money to assist elderly neighbors heat their homes) by Toni Mann
Certificate of Merit:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Athletics to Lead Way for Finlandia's Growth" (university remains true to ethnic roots when implementing new athletic programs) by David Maki
Feature Story
Good News Award:  Pioneer Tribune, Manistique for "Digging into the Good:  Veteran, Philanthropist is 'Person of the Year'" (one man's mission to better the town despite his own obstacles) by Ashley Hoholik
Good News Award:  Marquette Monthly, Marquette for "The Guardians" (spiritualism and environmental advocacy linked by Native American culture) by Jon Magnuson
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Joseph Riippa's Life and Legacy" (a long-deceased pastor is remembered for his multiple contributions to Finnish-American culture) by Minna Salomaa
Good News Award:  The Munising News, Munising for "The Chatham Ski Hill" (an old-fashioned ski hill continues to unite the community with family-oriented recreation) by Toni Mann
Certificate of Merit:  Upper Peninsula Second Wave, Little Lake for "How the U.P. Can Fight Population Decline and Foster Economic Development" (how the region can tackle its population challenges head-on) by Brian Martucci
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Out of Respect" (a teacher is recalled for her efforts to teach students how to respect each other and live in harmony) by James Kurtti
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Heikinpäivä 2014: A Look Back at Midwinter Finnish Fun" (one of the events, the kicksled race, that make up the midwinter ethnic festival, Heikinpäivä) by James Kurtti
Good News Award:  The Munising News, Munising for "Mike's Hiking for Heroes" (following a Munising native, who was part of an eight-month-long journey across the country meant to bring awareness and support to America's Gold Star families) by Amanda Ingraham
Source: Good News Awards

Houghton named among most livable places

Houghton, Michigan got some recognition recently by, which focuses on quality of life across the U.S. Houghton made it into the top 100 small towns list on the site.
Excerpt: With more than 12,000 small towns considered, the city of Houghton was selected to be in the top 100 of the most livable small towns in America. The Copper Country city was ranked 96th on the national list released by — one of three Michigan cities to make the list and the only one in the Upper Peninsula.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: ABC 10

Marquette makes it onto best small cities list

Marquette made it into the top 10 of NerdWallet's best small cities in the country--take a look at the list and see how it stacks up at number 8.
Excerpt: If urban centers such as New York and Los Angeles are overwhelming and rural towns are too sleepy, there are many small cities across the U.S. that could be the perfect fit.
NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best small cities in America — places that hit the mark in three key areas: economic health, affordability and quality of life. To do this, we looked at over 1,300 cities with less than 75,000 residents and used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The entire list is online here.

Manly Mr. U.P. pageant kicks off

If you needed a little more masculinity in your pageant-watching, the Mr. U.P. Pageant will soon have you covered, as contestants vie for a new title.
Excerpt: Presenting the Mister Upper Peninsula Pageant, where men 18 and older can compete for a title that personifies all things Yooper. Just like the Miss U.P. Pageant, contestants will have a swimwear competition, but the other categories have a "Yooper" twist.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: ABC 10

Scouts tackle new statewide trail

The state of Michigan's new trail that runs the extent of the whole state is getting an inaugural celebration from Scout troops across the state this week as every section of the trail is hiked by a group of Scouts.
Excerpt: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across Michigan are teaming up to tackle the state's newest trail that runs from Detroit to the western Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the Scouts are taking part in a dedication hike Saturday for the Iron Belle Trail. The Scouts, parents and volunteers are hiking different sections of the trail at the same time, averaging about 6 ½ miles.
The whole story is online here.
Source: The Greenfield Reporter

Ishpeming, Iron Mountain among best places to start a business in Michigan

Ishpeming and Iron Mountain were named to a recent list from NerdWallet of the best places to start a business in Michigan.
Excerpt: Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, is digging out of a financial crisis years in the making. But a NerdWallet analysis has found that some of Detroit’s closest neighbors have strong economies and are great places to start a business. We pinpointed the best locations — and also came across some striking findings.
The whole list is online here.
Source: NerdWallet

Two U.P. spots make BuzzFeed 'must visit' list

On a short list of great places to visit in the summer that are usually overlooked, the U.P. holds two spots, and nearby northern Wisconsin got two, too.
Excerpt: We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most underrated vacation spots in the U.S. Here are the places you won’t want to miss.
For the rest of the list, click here.

Board game based on Copper Country now available

It's not Monopoly or Life, but it's kind of like both of them. A new board game puts you in charge of running a U.P. copper mine in its heyday.
Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to know what running a mining company was like in the days of the copper boom? A new board game just released by CMX Games allows you to do just that. Game developers David Lankton and Scott Diehl have captured the intrigue and competitiveness of the local mining history in Copper Country, the board game. Diehl talks about the experience of playing the game.
More on the story is online here.
Source: ABC 10

Dessert recipes from the Grand Hotel featured in Tennessee newspaper

Recipes from the Grand Hotel made their way down a little farther south than usual, as a Tennessee columnist recounted stories of the fine old hotel in a recent piece.
Excerpt: I first learned about the Grand Hotel on  Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island, Michigan, from the great old movie, Somewhere In Time.  Like a magnet and billing itself and the world’s largest summer hotel, it draws guests from all over the world.  Situated on Mackinaw Island where no motorized vehicles are allowed, the pace is slow, elegant, and easy. 
For the original story, go here.
Source: Rhea Herald-News

Fox Negaunee car salesman tries out with Detroit Lions

A former NMU football player headed to Detroit recently for a tryout with the Detroit Lions as a long snapper.
Excerpt: Trever Kruzel works as a car salesman at Fox Motors out on Highway 41 in the western half of MIchigan's Upper Peninsula, deep in iron ore country.
The dealership is on the edge of town (population 4,568), wedged up against the wilderness. You can stand in the showroom and see deer or coyotes and all kinds of birds in the woods.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: USA Today

Turkey hunting on the rise in Michigan

Hunters in both peninsulas of Michigan are seeing a plentiful turkey population, and turkey hunting is becoming successful enough to have a real impact on the natural resources picture in the state.
Excerpt: Every year, about 100,000 Michigan hunters venture into the field in the hopes of bagging a gobbler, and about 30,000 of them are successful. And this year, for the first time on record, state wildlife officials say that there is a turkey population in every single county in the Lower Peninsula.
For the whole story, click here.

New off-road trail opened in central U.P.

More expansion is happening with the trails network in the central U.P., this time giving increased access to off-road vehicles.
Excerpt: The state has opened a new off-road vehicle route in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that's also for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and equestrian use.
The state Department of Natural Resources and the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority plan to host a ribbon-cutting this morning in Marquette County's Tilden Township. The 19-mile-long trail connects the communities of Ishpeming, Clarksburg, Humboldt and Republic.
More on the story can be found here.
Source: Crain's Detroit Business

One-room schoolhouses dot Michigan educational system

Some states have done away entirely with the old form of education, one-room schoolhouses. In Michigan, there are dozens of schools that still fit this description, including several in the U.P.
Excerpt: Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance.
But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. A
For more on the story, go here.
Source: Bridge Michigan

Appleseed Collective will perform in Marquette, Houghton

Ann Arbor-based Americana group The Appleseed Collective is coming to the U.P. with stops at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette on May 27 at 8 p.m. and the Orpheum Theater in Houghton at 7:30 p.m. May 29.
Excerpt: No Americana sound could ring so true without miles of highway to back it up, and The Appleseed Collective certainly has that- 2014 has seen them travel coast to coast in support of their two studio albums, Baby to Beast (2012) and Young Love (January 2014). According to Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune, "Young Love sweeps out the various corners of American music, taking a long look at both the sublime and the strange. The group explores both dark and light in a way that other string-band revivalists haven’t touched."

For more on the band, go here.

Newberry business wins Prosperity Award

A minority- and veteran-owned company in Newberry, Northern Wings Repair, was honored by Michigan Works recently for its growth in the aviation field.
Excerpt: Upper Peninsula hiring and employment successes were among those celebrated recently by the Michigan Works! Association at its 2nd Annual Prosperity Awards.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! recently worked with Northern Wings Repair, one of the local honorees, to identify and hire qualified workers like A.J. Downey, who was also honored at the Lansing Awards ceremony.  
For more on the story, go here.

UP Publishers and Authors will hold annual conference

If you're a U.P. author or publisher, or are interested in becoming one, the annual conference for those folks is coming up at the end of May, offering networking and educational opportunities.
Excerpt: In its constant commitment to informing regional authors and publishers of the latest changes in the publishing world and offering effective marketing and writing strategies, the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) will hold its 18th Annual Conference on Saturday, May 30th in Marquette at the Peter White Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
As always, this year's conference will cover a variety of topics relevant to writing, publishing, and marketing and will be of interest to beginning writers as well as seasoned, published authors.
For more information, go here.

Joshua Davis makes it to The Voice final round

Marquette native Joshua Davis made it to the end of The Voice competition thanks to a swell of support from his fanbase, including lots of Michigan folk musicians, although perhaps that’s an unlikely voting cadre on a reality TV show.
Excerpt: Joshua Davis is golden. The Michigan-based musician has made it into the finals on NBC's "The Voice." Davis performed Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and The Band's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" this week.
Davis, whose coach is Adam Levine, made it to the finals along with Meghen Linsey (Blake Shelton); Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne (Pharrell Williams). India Carney (Christina Aguilera) went home, but enjoyed a long run.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lilac Festival makes best small-town festival list

A festival all about lilacs? You'd believe it if you've ever been to Mackinac Island in the spring, where lilacs scent every corner. Its Lilac Festival got some recognition for best small town festival on a list from travel giant Fodor's.
Excerpt: You may not know it, but some of the country's best festivals are held in small towns scattered throughout the U.S. Featuring a wide range of unique themes, and ranging in size and scope, these celebrations often include parades, entertainment, food, and plenty of special events. Make an effort to time a vacation with one of these beloved fests, which are held at various points throughout the year. 
For the whole list, click here.
Source: Huffington Post

Biker tracks an 1800-mile course across the U.P.

Check out the Pure Michigan blog if you have a motorcycle and like to travel the U.P. Thorough maps, reviews and neat photos all come from a biker who's already been there, done that.
Excerpt: I like to do my exploring on an adventure motorcycle, but a car – or even a horse (as I learned along the way) – will take you to treasure. With motorcycle riding upon us, it’s a good time to share some opportunities for the curious to explore and enjoy.
Rolling along to take in hundreds of points of interest, I covered about 1,800 miles of Pure Michigan goodness. My goal went beyond the entertainment of taking my own trip.  I wanted to share some information that would make it easier for others to plan a trip of their own. 
For the whole story plus maps, click here.
Source: Pure Michigan

Grand Hotel named best wedding venue by Brides magazine

High-end details plus the romance of an island with no cars allowed--plenty of reason right there to have a Grand Hotel wedding, if that's in your price range. Brides magazine agrees, listing it among the best places to get married.
Excerpt: The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the perfect locale for a Michigan bride's idyllic wedding day. Tucked away on an island in Lake Huron, your guests will be transported into a magical wedding weekend from the moment they set foot on the island. Since cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, arrange for horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport guests to the hotel.
Find out what else is on the list here.

U.P. universities win collaboration award

A recent ceremony brought together economic developers, state officials and various stakeholders from across the state to honor outstanding accomplishments, including an award that went to three U.P. universities for how well they work together.
Excerpt: The Collaborate, Connect, and Create awards are each presented to one of Michigan's 10 Prosperity Regions, which were created under the Gov. Rick Snyder to inspire collaboration and provide services more effectively and efficiently. The awards were presented by MEDC CEO Steve Arwood at the Michigan Governor’s Economic and Education Summit in Detroit.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: MI Newswire

Houghton couple visits every county in the continental U.S.

The story of a U.P. couple has even hit the international news of interest, as they recently achieved their goal of visiting every county in every U.S. state--at least, except for Alaska and Hawaii. But, they're working on those, too.
Excerpt: A Michigan couple has completed a quest to visit all 3,108 counties in the lower 48 states after driving around the country in a green 1999 Dodge Intrepid for almost nine years.
Jennifer and Jonathan Riehl put the finish touch on their journey this week when they boarded a ferry to Nantucket in their car, which has accumulated almost 540,000 miles.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Daily Mail

The perfect Michigan road trip has been created in time for spring

The roads are clear, and if the landscape isn't quite green yet, it's definitely inspiring thoughts of road-tripping. This year, a Michigan State student plotted out the ultimate Michigan road trip, posting a route online that will hit most major landmarks in the state. Might be worth a try this summer.
Excerpt: It's a map that makes you dream of summer days and green Michigan landscape sliding by outside your driver's side window.
Randal Olson, a computer science and engineering doctorate student at Michigan State University, has created what he views as the ultimate Michigan road trip. 
For the route and more info, go here.

Marquette food truck mentioned in Michigan Blue magazine

Dia de los Tacos owner Mike Walker of Marquette is interviewed about his Marquette-based food truck in lakefront lifestyle magazine Michigan Blue.
Excerpt: Food trucks are on the move throughout the country. Unique menus and portability have the trend speeding up in Michigan, too, although a special focus on healthy and sustainable ingredients from local sources is driving it.
From Kalamazoo to the Upper Peninsula, Michigan food trucks offer up healthy "fast food" in cities, on college campuses and at special events, redefining grab-and-go for a new generation.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Michigan Blue

Gwinn is named Michigan's most affordable small town

If you're looking for a cheap place to live, you can't do better than the Gwinn area, at least according to Business Insider.
Excerpt: has ranked the most affordable small towns from every state, and Michigan's most affordable small town is right here in the Upper Peninsula.
Gwinn was selected as Michigan's most affordable small town. Business Insider looked at towns with between 1,000 and 10,000 residents.
For the whole story, go here.

Porcupine Mountains State Park needs votes for top U.S. park

USA Today, along with website 10 Best, has listed the Porcupine Mountains as one of the best parks to visit in the U.S. The winner is determined by voting, so if you agree, head over to their website to weigh in.
Excerpt: The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, or the "Porkies" as its known to frequent visitors, encompasses 60,000 acres of lakes, rivers and virgin forest. The park offers camping on the shores of Lake Superior, 90 miles of hiking trails, kayak rentals, mountain biking and, in the winter, access to the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area.
For more on how to vote, click here.
Source: 10Best/USA Today

U.P. cafes take second and third in Best Coffee Shop contest

Java by the Bay in L'Anse and Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising, both cultural mainstays in small U.P. towns, showed how loyal their customers are in a recent Mlive poll that resulted in second and third places for northern Michigan.
Excerpt: Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena has won the people's choice award in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in the search for Michigan's Best Coffee Shop.
Readers nominated and vote for their favorite coffee shops across the state. Cabin Creek Coffee won with 25.7 percent of the vote.
Following Coffee Creek was two Upper Peninsula shops.
The whole results are online here.

Marinette Marine CEO named to U.S. manufacturing council

Jan Allman, CEO of Marinette Marine, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Council for a two-year term, according to a recent announcement.
Excerpt: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 30 private sector leaders to the Manufacturing Council (the Council) for the 2015-2016 charter term. The Council was established in 2004 to serve as the principal private sector advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry. 
For the whole news release, go here.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Finland Calling goes off the air after over 50 years

Finland Calling, or Suomi Kutsuu, a U.P. local TV talk and variety show that linked Finnish culture to U.P. viewers for decades, is ending as its longtime host retires. It was the only Finnish-language show broadcast in the U.S.
Excerpt: On March 29, Finland Calling will sign off for the final time, but on March 25 of this year, Finland Calling will celebrate its 53rd anniversary.  When Carl Pellonpaa signed on as the host in 1961, he certainly didn't expect to go this long.
For the whole story, click here.

Pop-up record store returns to Marquette

Vinyl record collectors in Marquette should be happy to know that the Pop-Up Record Sale is returning to the Ore Dock Brewery at the end of March.
Excerpt: The usual 5PM-MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY....but...NOON to MIDNIGHT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY! There will be vinyl. Lots of vinyl.
More on the event is online here.
Source: Facebook

Former NMU skier takes gold medal

Cross-country skiing is a niche sport, but U.P. folks do tend to excel in it, like this fantastic accomplishment from NMU alumna Caitlin Gregg.
Excerpt: Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing alum Caitlin Gregg (Compton) took home a bronze medal in the 10k freestyle at the World Championships Tuesday. Gregg is part of a historic podium that saw two Americans take home a medal in the same event for the first time ever at a World Championship or Olympic individual cross-country skiing race.
For more on the story, go here.

14 tastebud-pleasing restaurants in the U.P.

Best burger in Michigan? To-die-for barbecue? Find out all the great places you've been driving by in the U.P.--and maybe stop next time! Movoto rounded up a list of the best restaurants in the U.P.
Excerpt: This humble restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie will give you one of the best burgers you’ve ever had, plain and simple. Just make sure you don’t leave without trying both the deep-fried mushrooms and the deep-fried cauliflower.
The whole list is online here.

Two northern Michigan musicians audition on The Voice

A Traverse City singer made through several rounds of the singing competition reality TV show The Voice previously, and this year, two are vying for a spot on the show.
Excerpt: Two singers from Traverse City made it through to the blind auditions on the show.
Harringtons in Traverse City was packed with dozens of people rooting for James McNeiece, who is a former employee.
They were also very excited to see Joshua Davis, another Traverse City resident, make it through the first round of the blind auditions.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: UpNorthLive

Chippewa County named airport of the year

An Eastern Upper Peninsula county airport was recognized for its excellence in a recent awards ceremony.
Excerpt: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics has named Chippewa County International Airport as Michigan Airport of the Year. The annual awards recognize outstanding service to Michigan aviation. This is the 24th year that the MDOT Office of Aeronautics has presented the awards.
The whole story is online here.
Source: EUP News

Snowy owls tracked through U.P. and Midwest

Snowy owls are becoming a more frequently spotted bird in the U.P., and some scientists are finding that handy as they can be captured for tracking to better understand their habits.
Excerpt: Once a rare sight, the birds have begun to move into northern states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, and states in the Northeast, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. They sometimes create a dangerous nuisance on airports, where they like to perch to watch for mice and voles across the open expanse that may resemble the tundra to them, said Rich Keith of the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory. The large birds, with wingspans of up to five-and-a-half feet, can interfere with flights.
More on the story is available here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

The U.P. attitude toward snow is what makes us different from Boston

This piece from a Wisconsin TV station explores the U.P. approach toward winter snowfall totals in the hundreds and what makes it different from the areas of the country currently in crisis due to snow.
Excerpt: During this time of year, in the Upper Peninsula, you’ll find snow hanging from rooftops, swallowing mailboxes and even trees.
"This is a city of 20,000 people and it spends $1.25 million a year on snow removal," said Mike Coyne, mayor of Marquette, Michigan.
The whole story and video are online here.
Source: Fox 11 Online

MTEC SmartZone adds dozens of jobs in 2014

The MTEC SmartZone in Houghton has consistently been a force for creating jobs in the region, and last year was no exception. The group announced their year-end results.
Excerpt: 2014 proved to be a very successful year for the MTEC SmartZone.
The local business incubator announced this week that they created 83 jobs last year. They were also recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the milestone.
For the whole news release, go here.
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Marquette taco truck aims for small business grant through online votes

Dia de los Tacos is Marquette's food truck pioneer, beloved of many. They're in the running to win a small business grant from FedEx--that is, if its supporters get online and vote for them. Find out how below.
Excerpt: How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?
"Our beloved truck has some issues. It's cold. It leaks. It can't go over 35 mph. We would be able to insulate and heat the interior of the truck, seal all the windows, and replace the transmission. Then we'd be able to expand the size of our service area significantly."
To vote, go here.

Title of snowiest city goes to Marquette

It's official -- right now, Marquette has the most snow in the country.
Excerpt: While the Northeast is getting all of the attention, it's really Marquette, Michigan that's getting all the snow- according to the National Weather Service. Just shy of 150 inches of snow has fallen in Marquette so far this winter - the most in the nation. 

The season started with a mid-November snowfall that dropped up to 40 inches in part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And winter still has a strong grip on the region. 
For more on the story, go here

Filmmakers showcase Michigan ice climbing

Snow biking has already been the focus of one Upper Peninsula-made film, and now ice climbing, another sport gaining ground here, is the subject of another.
Excerpt: During the winter, the water that seeps from sandstone cliffs above Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore freezes into a blue curtain of ice, while inland waterfalls freeze into towers.
To adventurers, these curtains and towers around the Upper Peninsula city of Munising shout, "Climb me!"
The whole story is online here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Ski magazine visits Chatham hill

People might think of Colorado or Switzerland as high-end ski meccas. But every kid starts somewhere, and in the U.P., more often than not, it's on a well-loved local hill. In Chatham, that hill forms a center for the community each winter. This piece from a ski magazine's visit to the hill is bound to rekindle childhood memories for those who grew up in the U.P.
Excerpt: Next to the cabin roars a bonfire surrounded by parents bundled up in Sorrels, snowmobile jackets, all cradling an extra layer of adult insulation in hand. That's about it here, and in the absence of everything the purpose of this place resonates easily through the empty hardwoods into my eardrums as the laughter from 30 shiny nosed kids having the time of their lives on a Wednesday evening.
The whole story with photos is here.

Local authors run Kickstarter for book series Return of the Magi

Two U.P. authors are looking for support to publish their original fiction book, Return of the Magi. To do so, they're asking for fans and would-be readers to help them with a Kickstarter campaign.
Excerpt: Can ZoMagi stand in the face of her people, unaccepted and unwanted? Will the child, JunIst, the gift, be protected from the darkness that seeks him? The story begins with the first book of The Magi Saga, Return Of The Magi.
We hope you will help us raise funds to get professional help to publish this book. This is our first writing project together and qualified help from a publisher will cost around five thousand dollars. I am certain that together we can reach the goal of getting this book edited and into print, with at least a limited release of 250 paperbacks.
For more on the project, go here.
Source: Kickstarter

Top five things to do in the U.P. in winter

Mlive has a list of things to visit the U.P. to do this winter--it's pretty clear we have the snow and cold to make lots of winter activities possible this year.
Excerpt: Winter is definitely making itself very comfortable in Michigan and doesn't plan to go anywhere anytime soon. With a projected forecast of more snowfall in February, it's time to embrace the season and find new ways to enjoy it. There is still plenty of time to book a wintery weekend trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for fun and excitement.
The list is online here.

Eben native becomes first female sergeant for combat engineers

Women from the Upper Peninsula have been serving in the military for a long time, and being among the first to do so in a number of fields. A U.P. woman was among the first women to become an Air Force pilot in the 1960s. Before that, another pioneered the first women's Air Force auxiliary during World War II. Now, an Army Reserve sergeant from the U.P. is the first woman of her rank with a combat engineer company, a specialty that has been closed to women.
Excerpt: "Receive the report," 1st Sgt. Raquel Steckman ordered the company.

Each platoon sergeant did, taking accountability of Soldiers among their ranks. 

They reported back to Steckman: the first woman in the Army appointed to a combat engineer company as a first sergeant.
But for her, being a woman is irrelevant. When the topic is brought up, she laughs it off entirely.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: U.S. Army Public Affairs

Gear Patrol names Marquette one of the best places to travel

How did Marquette get on the same list as places like Tangier, Morocco and Malmo, Sweden? The folks at Gear Patrol answer that by naming Marquette one of the places not to miss on your 2015 travels. Adventure capital, hey? We'll take it.
Excerpt: The adventure capital of the North, Marquette has everything either within city limits or close striking distance. In the summer, there’s world-class mountain biking, hiking and "sweetwater" paddling on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world …
For the whole list, go here.
Source: Gear Patrol

Northern schools turn rural status into an advantage for education

Don't underestimate the most rural school districts in Michigan -- several of northern Michigan's smallest districts scored the highest on a recent education ranking. The keys are tight-knit communities and a focus on quality.
Excerpt: Rural school districts like many in northern Michigan face many challenges -- geographic isolation, a lack of resources, teacher turnover and less attention than urban districts being just a few.
But, that doesn't mean they can't be successful.
For the whole story, click here.

The day the Red Wings played a Marquette prison team

Yes, it's true: the Red Wings played a game in Marquette back in 1954. At the prison. And, probably no surprise, they won.
Excerpt: The Red Wings game on Feb. 2, 1954 was notable for two major distinctions: It was the Wing's first outdoor game, and it was against a team of inmates at Marquette State prison. 

The unlikely match happened when the Wings' general manager Jack Adams and team captain Ted Lindsay visited the maximum security prison as part of a sponsored trip.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Metro Times

U.P. comic artist example of health care crowdfunding

An Upper Peninsula artist famous for his work with DC Comics has been the subject of some crowdfunding campaigns lately to help with health care costs after a stroke, leaving him unable to draw. The New York Times picks up the story below.
Excerpt: Norm Breyfogle, a comic book artist known for his work on Batman, found himself struggling after a stroke in December. He had no health insurance. He was partly paralyzed on his left side, unable to use his valuable drawing hand. And Mr. Breyfogle, 54, was in a nursing home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, facing months of physical therapy.
Worried about his brother’s rapidly rising bills, Kevin Breyfogle decided to step in. He started a crowdfunding campaign, which raises small donations from donors, on the site YouCaring.
For the whole article, go here.
Source: The New York Times

Biogenic Reagents profiled in Middle Market Growth magazine

An extensive profile on U.P. company Biogenic Reagents appeared in Middle Market Growth magazine recently and is well worth a read for those interested in business growth and sustainability.
Excerpt: At first glance, potable water, power plant emissions and cat litter don’t appear to have much in common. But upon closer examination, you’ll find a hidden product behind the purification of each of these substances—activated carbon.
A type of charcoal, activated carbon behaves like a sponge, seeping up unwanted toxins and odors. 
For the whole article, go here.
Source: Middle Market Growth

State announces name for trail connecting Detroit to U.P.

The statewide trail connecting hiking, biking and walking trails from Michigan border to Michigan border has a name, officially.
Excerpt: Michigan’s cross peninsula trail has a name: Iron Belle.
Michigan's Iron Belle Trail connects existing trail ways in Michigan from Detroit’s Belle Isle to Ironwood, in the Western Upper Peninsula. There will be a 1,259-mile hiking route and a 774-mile bicycling route.
The whole story is online here.

Celebrate Michigan's 178th birthday with a quiz

The Detroit Free Press has a Michigan-themed quiz for the state's birthday this week. Hint: More than one of the answers is in the U.P.
Excerpt: Happy birthday, Michigan! The Great Lakes State became the 26th state to join the union on Jan. 26, 1837.
See how well you know your Michigan history with this short quiz.
For the quiz, click here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Tech student creates sustainable sunglasses with Kickstarter help

Sustainable ways to make the products we all rely on are a big business concern, but one U.P. student has started a business that fills one small niche of that need.

Excerpt: A Michigan Tech student is selling environmentally-friendly sunglasses made from bamboo with his own startup company.
Adam Weber started his sunglasses company 1st Element with a small group of people in August last year. 
The whole story can be found here.

Sweetgrass golf course named among best casino courses

 It's nothing new for the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris to get good ratings in the golf world, but it's being ranked even higher compared to other casino courses this year.
Excerpt: …the award-winning amenity course at Island Resort & Casino - climbed six spots in Golfweek's 2015 "Best Casino Courses" list to rank No. 20 in the U.S.
The Paul Albanese design, located in the scenic Upper Peninsula, is the only Michigan course to appear in the rankings.
For the whole story, go here.

Marquette celebrates 25 years of sled dog racing

The U.P. 200 sled dog race has been around for 25 years in Marquette, and it's not going anywhere, as it seems to be turning into an even bigger draw to mushers and visitors.
Excerpt: For twenty-five years, mushers and their teams have endured the UP 200 and its scenic trail that runs along the frozen shore of Lake Superior, from Marquette to Grand Marais and back. For the mushers, it’s a chance to test their dogs in the Iditarod qualifying race. For the spectators, it’s a time to enjoy the wintry weather and local culture of this Upper Peninsula city.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Pure Michigan

Pure Michigan has new chief of tourism

The Lansing State Journal sat down with David West, the new head of Pure Michigan, for an interview about where the state's tourism industry is headed.
Excerpt: For West, 43, a U.P. trek, a visit to Traverse City or a sojourn in Detroit are all in a week's work. He started a job last month as vice president of travel for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He'll lead efforts to boost Michigan destinations and oversee the popular Pure Michigan campaign. Tourism was almost a $19 billion industry in Michigan in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available.
The whole interview is online here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Deep water port could help Escanaba's economy

An Escanaba marine company is leading the charge to dredge out a Lake Michigan harbor to allow for deep water shipping and repairs, which could have a big impact on the waterfront economy.
Excerpt: Escanaba will soon be home to a deep water port. Basic Marine has already begun development of this big project.
Basic Marine offers unique services to the shipping community.
For more on the story, go here.

Cross-country ski championships bring boost to Keweenaw

If there's one thing the U.P. does well, it's skiing. That fact was on display recently as the Copper Country hosted championship ski races.
Excerpt: When there’s an influx of people in town, it usually means great things for local businesses, and this week, Houghton was the center of the ski racing universe as professional racers packed the Michigan Tech trails.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: ABC 10

We Energies to sell U.P. power plant

One more knot is being detangled in the maze of questions about the Marquette power plant, as UPPCO will buy the plant from its current (haha) Wisconsin owner. 

Excerpt: The deals would put the Upper Peninsula's electricity future in the hands of a Michigan-based utility, with Wisconsin customers no longer being asked to foot the bill for costly power upgrades in Michigan.

Under the agreements, We Energies plans to sell its Upper Peninsula utility business to Upper Peninsula Power Co., including the coal-fired power plant it operates on Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich. 

More on the story is online here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

U.P. township named Michigan's third safest city

Chocolay Township in Marquette County was named the third safest community in the state in a recent list that analyzed crime data. Several other U.P. communities made the list, too, but that was the only one in the top 5.

Excerpt: ValuePenguin is a personal finance research and data analysis company. It studied FBI statistics for violent crime and property crime in Michigan from 2013, the most recent year for which those numbers are available. Chocolay Township came up as the third-safest city in Michigan.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: ABC 10

The U.P. can offer advice to lower Michigan on how to survive this winter

A piece in Michigan State University's college newspaper, the State News, offers observations on lessons gained in the U.P. about how to deal with winter.

Excerpt: East Lansing has finally received a much anticipated "real winter." By "real winter," I mean that the temperatures have at last dropped below freezing and a few inches of snow have successfully stuck to the ground for longer than a 24-hour period.

Now that "real winter" is upon us, it's becoming painfully obvious how ill-equipped most of us are in dealing with our yearly descent into cold and darkness.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The State News

U.P. race makes list of bike rides for 2015

For bikers, it's not too soon to be dreaming of race season. The Lansing State Journal has a list of Michigan races and rides to put on the calendar this year, including a few that include the U.P.

Excerpt: Grand Adventure Race

A modified triathlon featuring a two-mile paddling loop, 11.5-mile road bike race, and a 5K run in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Scheduled for Sept. 27, 2015. More information at

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Dog sledding draws those looking for something new to the U.P.

People from all over the world, include some of the rich and famous, have found dog sled outings in the Upper Peninsula offer something unlike other experiences.

Excerpt: It takes powerful wizardry to make a 3-below windchill forgettable. Such magic can be found in McMillan at Nature's Kennel.

Despite being hidden in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula, this dog sledding attraction draws guests from all corners of the world.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Duck Lake area still recovering from fire

A wildfire near Newberry a few years back is providing fertile ground for forest managers to study recovery.

Excerpt: Two years after the Duck Lake fire swept through 21,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula, experts this spring will assess the need for new plantings to restore the primarily jack pine forest.

Forest managers will search for areas where a 2013 drought led to failed recovery plantings. In the slider’s 1983 image on the left, you can see where dense forest has been replaced by open areas visible in the 2013 image on the right.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Great Lakes Echo

23 Michigan towns with more famous counterparts

U.P. residents probably know about the town of Paradise, but there are plenty of other interestingly-named places here and throughout Michigan.

Excerpt: If you’re from one of these villages, townships, or cities in Michigan, you might dread the small talk obligation of answering where you’re from. Or, maybe you love seeing the confused look on people’s faces when you tell them you hail from a small town with a much more well-known destination they might have in mind. 

For the whole list, go here

Source: A Healthier Michigan

Fat tire biking in Marquette

 The Washington Post has noticed the trend of fat bikes spreading across the country, and points out Marquette as a highlight.
Excerpt: Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, grooms trails especially for fat biking, and the SBR (snow bike route) of its Noquemanon Trail Network is considered one of the best in the country. This year, the city is designing its own groomer, which will be dragged behind a snowmobile.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Washington Post

Northern Michigan offers Christmasy activities

The Free Press rounds up several fun activities to make us all feel better about winter, including some standouts here in the U.P.

Excerpt: This is a scientific fact. You feel better about winter when you experience it from an open sleigh.

OK, maybe it's not scientifically proven. But there is enough anecdotal evidence to make it totally plausible.

Luckily for us, Michigan is home to several places where you can go dashing through the snow, sleigh bells and all.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Seven U.P. communities get DNR recreation grants

ABC 10 has a list of the Upper Peninsula towns and cities getting DNR recreation funding, along with dollar amounts and what they'll use it for.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 21 communities across the state will share $877,500 in Recreation Passport grants.  This funding is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which is needed for vehicle entry at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Western U.P. starts regional prosperity initiative

In every area, it seems there are a lot of agencies working toward common goals, but they don’t always do it together. In the western Upper Peninsula, economic development groups are banding together to overcome that problem.

Excerpt: The Western U.P. Planning and Development Region has created a regional prosperity initiative that will focus on collaboration between multiple organizations and agencies that seem to overlap in terms of the services they provide.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: ABC 10

Pop-up restaurant makes appearance in Negaunee

Pop-up restaurants are nothing new, though they really haven't found their way to the Upper Peninsula yet. Perhaps that is going to change now that one had a successful night in Negaunee.
Excerpt: For as long as Rachael Grossman can remember, she has had a love of cooking. It all started in her grandmother’s kitchen, when she could barely reach the counter.
"She showed me a picture of when I was about three years old the other day standing on a stool, stirring something in a pot at her house and it was really special for all of us" said Rachael Grossman, chef.
For the rest of the story about the restaurant, go here.
Source: WLUC-TV6

mBank's merger with Peninsula Bank is complete

It looks like all those Peninsula Banks in Marquette County will be sporting a new name now that the merger between them and mBank is complete. Services likely won't change much, but the network is definitely expanded now for those who previously banked with Peninsula.
Excerpt: The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation [Nasdaq: MFNC] (Mackinac), the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the merger of Peninsula Financial Corporation (Peninsula), the holding company for Peninsula Bank, with and into Mackinac with Mackinac as the surviving corporation.
Following the closing of the merger, Peninsula Bank was consolidated into mBank and all branches will open as mBank locations on Monday, December 8, 2014.
For the rest of the details, visit this link.
Source: ABC 10

Former U.P. sports editor plays golf in all 50 states

If you've ever met Dennis Grall, then you know he's quite passionate about sports, and that he loves golf. That love, mixed with being pretty bullheaded once he sets his mind to a goal, has earned him a bit of recognition in the golf community, as noted by recently.
Excerpt: Many people have the dream of visiting all 50 United States. Dennis Grall has done that one better. He's played golf in them all.
When longtime sports editor Grall stepped up to the first tee at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in September, he completed his personal quest to play a round of golf in all 50 states, something that hadn't even crossed his mind until a chance meeting with another sports writer in September of 2010.
For the rest of the story, read on.

UP company launches new program

An Upper Peninsula-based book publishing company has announced a new promotional service for authors to take advantage of.
Excerpt: BookVenture Publishing LLC, a forward-thinking and independent publishing company, has once again introduced additional book promotional service to all authors worldwide. The company seeks to continue strengthen and broaden its product range as way of giving the right publishing and marketing solutions to all authors anywhere in the world. The launching of Retailer Preview Program aims to boost up every author’s identity globally through linking with different top-selling booksellers and retailers worldwide such as Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, BookDaily.
For the rest of the details, go to this link.

Indie film with U.P. ties has YouTube prequel available

Do you dig independent movies? Like post-apocalyptic stories? Do you just want to support cinema that is created -- even partly -- here in the Upper Peninsula? Well, do we have a movie for you to consider -- and one with a prequel already up on YouTube for you to watch! 

Excerpt: It’s amazing how much work goes into independent productions, though unfortunately it doesn’t always pay off. Despite the great amounts of effort put in to making an exceptional film experience, often people just aren’t that interested. Well, maybe this YouTube miniseries will peek your interest as it’s quite an impressive piece of work - it’s Northbound !

Created by Lullskull productions and serving as a prequel series to the film Northstar, Northbound tells the story of Alex, a man who, in the wake of a mysterious nation-wide cataclysm, has gathered up what’s left of his life and is travelling North through a dangerous new world.
For the rest of the story, visit this link.
Source: I'm With Geek

Michigan Tech students reaping rewards of education

There has been no doubt that Michigan Technological University offers up one of the best educations in the entire country (just ask any of the folks who tend to put them at the top of any number of best colleges lists). So, it's not really a very big surprise that the students who study there and leave with a degree often land themselves decent positions. But, we'll let Bridge tell you why.
Excerpt: In late September, hundreds of recruiters descended upon tiny Houghton, filling every hotel and motel room in this remote area in the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Recruiters filled a four-basketball-court recreation floor with tables and displays, so many that the two-day event spilled over to the school’s basketball arena.
“We have had great success with grads from here,” said Brian Cowell, a mechanical engineer from Plexus, an international electronics manufacturing services company based in Wisconsin. Plexus sent about 10 people to talk with students, collect resumes and schedule interviews. It was a big commitment made by more than 340 other companies who saw Tech’s students as golden economic opportunities.
For the whole story, read on.
Source: Bridge

Marquette named among state's 5 best holiday parades

It's already that time of year, isn't it? When people start mentioning how they are already DONE with their Christmas shopping and you haven't even STARTED yet. And, of course, the whole it's-Christmas-not-holidays debate… yeah, it's that time of year. One thing we can all agree on, it's always awesome to have a U.P. town listed as one of the best places for a celebration, as Marquette was for their tree-lighting festivities.
Excerpt: One of my favorite Upper Peninsula cities is Marquette, and this weekend the annual parade and tree lighting ceremony returns as Third Street is transformed into the North Pole. Along the parade route, volunteers collect letters for Santa Claus. After the parade, everyone is invited to Marquette Commons to visit with Santa, who also lights the city's Christmas tree.
To see what other cities made the top-five list, visit this link.

St. Ignace highlighted as hot spot for U-M recruits

For being home to a ton of small schools, the Upper Peninsula has done well for itself in terms of sending quality athletes off to very competitive programs. One of the big schools that likes to take a look up here is the University of Michigan, and their women's basketball program has definitely benefitted from stopping in St. Ignace.
Excerpt: St. Ignace, an Upper Peninsula town with a population of 2,678, isn't where you'd expect to find a pipeline to great Michigan athletes. However, it's been home to a trio of memorable Wolverines, and current University of Michigan women's basketball star Nicole Elmblad has a strong connection to the first two.
Barry Pierson, best known as the defensive hero of the Michigan football team's 1969 upset of Ohio State, is a friend of Elmblad's father, Mark, and an inspiration to Nicole.
And Krista Clement, a four-time captain of the Wolverines women's basketball team (2005-08) was Nicole's idol.
For the rest of the story about Elmblad, go here.

Food truck for sale in Munising

Food trucks are all the rage when it comes to what foodies are after and the interesting and exciting menus such trucks tend to offer. Marquette and the surrounding area already sport two full time trucks -- both serving tacos -- but there's a fully-equipped truck for sale in Munising that could mean a new truck around the U.P. in the very near future.
Excerpt: Have you ever dreamed of having your own FOOD TRUCK? Well here's the opportunity you've been waiting for!!! This is a turn-key opportunity--Everything you need to open TOMORROW!!! 
For the rest of the ad, go to this link.

Ron's Taco Shop looking for help from loyal customers

As we mentioned here on UP Second Wave recently, Ron's Taco Shop has made a move to a new location in Marquette. They ran into a bit of a snag, however, as a ventilation system needed to open the restaurant has to be installed, and the cost is pretty pricey at $30,000. So, Ron's is asking their fans for help.
Excerpt: The new location was only a shell and required us to build a new kitchen with a new ventilation system. Thanks to the amazing abilities of social media that has helped us to get where we are today, we decided to reach out to the people that we love most. We have created a campaign that will not only benefit us, but will benefit you, the customers as well.
For the rest of the post, go here.

Escanaba paper mill highlighted for hiring practices

There is little doubt that having a capable workforce is key to successful business, and here in the Upper Peninsula one company has been highlighted for finding that workforce through an effort to employ veterans. Pure Michigan writes about NewPage's Escanaba operations.
Excerpt: Michigan, home to nearly 700,000 veterans, has several efforts that are helping our heroes find jobs.  Efforts include programs that help them translate their military experience into terms employers recognize to companies like Escanaba Paper Company, that are making efforts to hire more veterans.
For the rest of the story, read on

Source: Pure Michigan

Five reasons why folks should visit the U.P.

As if anyone needs a reason to visit the Upper Peninsula (hey, we have year-round activities and fun!), a recent press release by the Duluth Trading Company and Pure Michigan gives folks some food for thought when considering a trip up north.
Excerpt: Grab your flannel and pack your bag, one of America’s hidden travel gems awaits you. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was just named the Most Flannel City in America by Duluth Trading Company. To earn this distinction, "Yoopers" (those living in the Upper Peninsula, or" U.P.") secured more than 40 percent of all bracket votes in Duluth Trading Co.’s Flannel City Face-Off competition, defeating 15 of the toughest cities in the nation.
For the rest of the press release, visit this link.
Source: Business Wire

Local NWS staffer gets statewide award

A local National Weather Service employee has been going above and beyond her job title to educate Great Lakes residents about weather and currents that can pose a danger.

Excerpt: Megan Dodson of the National Weather Service was recently recognized for her exemplary partnership with Michigan Sea Grant and thus was awarded their Van Snider Partnership Award for 2014. The Michigan Sea Grant team has come to rely on Megan’s expertise and appreciate her enthusiasm for her work.

For more on her work, go here.

Source: Michigan State University Extension

Biomass plant could replace aging coal plant in U.P.

There are a lot of options being presented for how to replace the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette and move to cleaner energy solutions. Here are a few of those that are moving forward, from all appearances.

Excerpt: Developers from metro Detroit have plans to build a $100 million, 34 MW biomass plant in the central Upper Peninsula, about 20 miles south of an aging coal plant that is the ongoing focus of the region’s energy crisis.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

Why does Michigan love Paul Bunyan so much?

Mlive columnist Brad Flory explores our particular fascination with the myth of Paul Bunyan.

Excerpt: If scientists from outer space arrive to study the culture of Michigan, they may conclude we worship huge men with axes.

Driving through the Upper Peninsula city of Manistique, I noticed the towering statue of Paul Bunyan, who in that town holds his ax in both hands as if blocking the escape of bank robbers.

For the whole column, click here.


Keep up to date on the snow here

Local weather stations and news sites are tracking the snowstorm this week closely, so if you need to know what's coming next, here's some real-time resources to check from Mlive.

Excerpt: Most of the western half of the Upper Peninsula has at least nine inches of snow on the ground from snowfall yesterday through last night. Marquette is now reporting 14.5" of snow since yesterday. Ishpeming, MI has 14.2" and Ontonagon, MI has 8.7".

The latest on the snowfall can be found here.


Ghost towns of the U.P. explored

There are many "lost" and abandoned towns in Michigan, remnants of better economic times. This look at some of those ghost towns shows a picture of the state's history.
Excerpt: Some of the abandoned towns that dot Michigan's landscape from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana state lines are no more than outlines of foundations or a few weathered cemetery headstones. A few, like Fayette, are preserved as historical sites. Others still have a handful of homes.
All speak to boom-and-bust cycles in Michigan's history.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Tom Izzo enters Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

U.P. native Tom Izzo was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's most recent class of eight members.

Excerpt: With an assist from one of his all-time great players, Tom Izzo was named to another Hall of Fame today.

The Michigan State basketball coach was one of the headliners of an eight-member Michigan Sports Hall of Fame class that was unveiled by former MSU point guard Mateen Cleaves at the Izzo Family Media Center at Spartan Stadium.

More information is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Deer Lake taken off EPA hotspot list

Deer Lake near Ishpeming has been on the EPA's cleanup list for decades, and now finally has reached its environmental goals to be taken off.

Excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: ABC 10

Edmund Fitzgerald legacy continues

The Detroit News retells the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald through the eyes of a family member of one of the lost sailors in this timely piece.

Excerpt: As Lightfoot's haunting ballad played in the moody museum, Gabor shared details about her lost uncle that gave her listeners goose bumps: Just days after hearing the stunning news about the Fitzgerald, his grieving widow got a surprise delivery, a veritable gift from the grave. While in port in Duluth, Minn., Bindon had bought his wife a two-carat diamond ring as a surprise 25th wedding anniversary gift. He had given it to a friend for safekeeping.

More of the story can be found here.

Source: The Detroit News

Tech recognized for number of women getting doctorates

Michigan Tech is on a recently released list of schools who have the most women earning physics doctorates. 

Excerpt: The American Physical Society--an organization that works to advance and spread knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach and advocacy--just issued a report listing the universities that awarded the highest percentages of PhDs in physics to women between 2010 and 2012.  Michigan Tech placed 12th in the nation with 42 percent of physics PhDs earned by women. 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

U.P. wins Flannel City Face-Off

While the Upper Peninsula isn't a city, it did manage to win the title of "Flannel City" in a recent contest.

Excerpt: With almost 27,000 total votes the U.P. is now the flannel capital of America.

The U.P. faced off against Duluth, Minnesota in the Duluth Trading Company's "Flannel City Face-Off."

For the whole story, click here.


Keweenaw makes Most Scenic Roads list

It's no secret to U.P. folks that the Copper Country is a great place to take a scenic drive in the fall, and now it's official in Country Magazine.

Excerpt: A travel magazine has listed U.S. 41 through Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula on a list of the 'Best Scenic Roads' in the country.

The November issue of Country Magazine ranked the Upper Peninsula appendage as being among 10 of the most picturesque drives in the U.S in a special section highlighting unique byways.

More on the list can be found here.


Old mine shafts suggested as energy option

Alternative methods of energy are more crucial than ever, and one geothermal answer might be in good supply here in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: "Mineshaft geothermal" is gaining attention here as researchers investigate the energy potential stored hundreds of feet below the ground. The water in these abandoned and flooded mines, which expand throughout the U.P., is just now starting to be used to heat and cool buildings.

More on the story is online here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

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.


Neighborhood bars in the U.P. welcome Mlive reporters

There's some serious love for the U.P. and its residents showing through in this report from Mlive journalists who recently have been surveying Michigan for its best neighborhood bars. Can't really blame them; U.P. bars ARE the best.

Excerpt: We've sat on barstools in Detroit, Muskegon, Saginaw and even Lewiston. And after nine days of exploring drinking establishments all across lower Michigan, we finally got a chance to visit some Yoopers.

For day 10 of MLive's Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar search Saturday, Sept. 20, I joined statewide entertainment reporter John Gonzalez at a quartet of one-of-a-kind haunts in the western Upper Peninsula.

For the whole article, click here.


A less snowy winter? Very possible.

After last year's winter, it seems like a foregone conclusion that this winter must be bringing less snow than it did last time. Forecasters are saying that might be true.

Excerpt: The Climate Prediction Center issues forecasts for the winter. Right now they are making a clear cut forecast that Michigan will have below normal precipitation this winter.

Yes that means Michigan would have much lower snow amounts than last year, when a few cities had record snowfall.

For the rest of the story, click here.


Best spots to see fall colors include the U.P.

The Detroit Free Press has a list of recommendations for best places in Michigan to see the fall colors change, including some in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: When it comes to fall color, Michigan has an embarrassment of riches.

Rolling farmland, hilly woodlands and beach and dune views make Michigan one of the best places in the country for fall color viewing.

Check out the whole list here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Marquette bike shop wins national award

Quick Stop Bike Shop in Marquette recently received an honor from its customers as one of the best bike shops in the country.

Excerpt: A Marquette bike shop has attracted some attention with their latest award. Out of the 4,000 stores in the running, Quick Stop was voted one of America's Best Bike Shops. Secret shoppers visited the store and talked with industry insiders before picking three hundred shops for the honor.

The rest of the story is online here.


StoryCorps records stories of life in the U.P.

A recording program that collects oral histories across the U.S. visited Marquette this summer; this article explores a few of those stories.

Excerpt: StoryCorps came to Marquette this summer to collect stories about everyday life in the Upper Peninsula, as they've done in hundreds of cities across the country. They listened to miners and immigrants, heard about skiing and snowshoeing, learned about life in this rugged, isolated place.

But in essence the stories people told sounded awfully familiar to the staff in the recording booth. They weren't much different than what they hear in the South, or out West, or in the Great Plains.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

U.P. bar among those nominated for Michigan's best

If there's one thing the book Yooper Bars confirmed about the U.P., it's that we have great neighborhood bars. So it's no surprise that at least one U.P. bar was nominated in Mlive's search for the best one in Michigan.

Excerpt: By lunch time, we had received more than 100 nominations, and I still haven't gone through Facebook and Twitter.

…We even heard from the Upper Peninsula, where one reader nominated Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, which is about 80 miles west of Marquette.

For the latest on the contest, go here.


Marquette's historic buildings explored

Marquette has no shortage of historic buildings that are restored and occupied, but it wasn't always that way. A local exhibit explores those that are still here and those that are gone.

Excerpt: Material manifestations of history can come in many forms, such as arrowheads, fossils, photographs and books.

Perhaps the most grandiose of these, tough, are the preserved - and even under-preserved - buildings that were the homes to noteworthy people and events.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Washington Times

Upper Peninsula resident to sit on travel commission

A Munising businessman will be helping to build tourism in the U.P. with a recent appointment to the state travel commission.

Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula resident has been appointed by the governor to sit on the Michigan Travel Commission.

John Madigan, the manager of Pictured Rocks Cruises, was named to the commission last week. As a member of the commission, Madigan will interact with the Pure Michigan campaign and the state’s tourism board to promote travel in the U.P.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10 

First LGBT pride festival held in Marquette

The first LGBT pride festival in Marquette was held last week and seemed to be a success by all accounts.

Excerpt: For the first time in Michigan LGBT history, the UP will be celebrating a pride festival. Discussions about putting together the event started in 2013 when the board of now eight members started meeting. One year later, performances are scheduled, vendors are ready to set up and the Marquette area is ready to celebrate the end of summer on Sept. 6.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: PrideSource

Research forest once belonged to Ford

The tiny settlement of Alberta is now a Michigan Tech research site, but has its roots in Henry Ford's industrial empire.
Excerpt: The site that sprang out of Henry Ford's desire to produce wood for his automobiles continues on as a Michigan Technological University site for forest research.
The 60th anniversary of the site's transfer to Michigan Tech was commemorated with a two-day celebration recently at the Ford Center.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. offers great family vacation

If your family loves beaches and the outdoors (and really, what kid doesn't?) the Upper Peninsula is a pretty great place to visit.

Excerpt: The kids and I have been lucky enough to take a trip almost every year to the North Shore and Grand Marais, Minn., but this summer, we decided to explore another part of the great Lake Superior.

We made an eight-hour drive to the south shore of the lake, which lies on the northern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

For the rest of the article click here.

Source: Pioneer Press

Crossing the bridge up north means paradise to some

The Free Press has a series of blog posts from readers about their experiences in Michigan, and this one is a look at what the Upper Peninsula means to some visitors.

Excerpt: My husband and I first ventured across the Mighty Mac in 1999. As you cross over the bridge you feel a change in the atmosphere and the energy that surrounds the Upper Peninsula — the best way to describe it is, “Ahhhh …” This draws us several times a year.

The whole post is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Finnish identity still strong in the Upper Peninsula

For U.P. natives, the threads of Finnish culture run strong in everyday life, which can be surprising even when you're from Finland.

Excerpt: John Niska ran naked through the forest and jumped into Lake Superior.

It was cool summer day, and he'd just gotten out of his backyard sauna, which sits at the edge of the fern-dappled woods around his cabin.

The full article can be found here.

Source: The Port Huron Times-Herald

NewPage announces opening of new mineral plant

We first told you about the new Omya plant coming to NewPage's Escanaba paper mill facility awhile ago, but the company recently announced everything is now in full swing there.
Excerpt: Omya and NewPage Corporation kicked off operations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the precipitated calcium carbonate plant located at the NewPage Escanaba paper mill site.
The Omya plant brings seven new jobs to the community.
The rest of the news release can be found here.
Source: NewPage Corp.

U.P. outfitters offer late summer adventures

Summer isn't over yet! These last few weeks are the most precious, so what better way to enjoy them than connecting with this list of U.P. wilderness outfitters who offer up easy ways to get outdoors.

Excerpt: Whether you'd like to kayak, canoe, bike, fish, or explore the great outdoors of the U.P., you can head on up without packing more than a spare change of clothes.

Outfitters of northern Michigan are readily available to make your trip fun and stress-free. You won't have to haul a kayak atop of your vehicle or squeeze your bicycle in your trunk. All of these activities are available for rent if you make the trip to the U.P.

The whole list of adventures is online here.


Expensify announces new hiring in Ironwood

The U.P.'s no tech hot-spot, right? Maybe that's not true in Ironwood, according to an announcement from Expensify, which wants to see local talent at some upcoming events.

Excerpt: Expensify, a financial tech startup based in San Francisco, is making moves to hire more talent in the Ironwood, MI area. The company's Ironwood roster includes 13 full-time and over 45 part-time staff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula area and they're currently looking for more to join the family.

For more on the news, go here.

Source: Broadway World

Blueberry boom in the U.P.

It's not just a rumor among your friends; it's officially an amazing blueberry season in the U.P.

Excerpt: On jack pine plains across the Upper Peninsula, blueberry pickers are gathering a bountiful harvest.

"They are beautiful berries," said Karyn Vanlinden, administrative assistant at the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Marquette. "The blueberry crop is very good this year."

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Mountain biking in the U.P. praised

Copper Harbor actually has some of the highest-rated mountain biking trails in the country, but as this blog explores, you have to like remote trails to make the trip.

Excerpt: Michigan's Upper Peninsula quite possibly may be the most remote and wild place in the eastern United States. Bordered on three sides by the Great Lakes, it is a land covered in thick forests and rolling hills, and devoid of most signs of civilization. Just how remote is it? 

For the whole post, click here.

Source: The Adventure Blog

Group creates a healthy tour of the U.P.

There are lots of ways to tour through the U.P., whether it's finding the best burgers, beers or waterfalls. A recent group focused on a healthy way to make the trip.

Excerpt: From exercise in nature to eating fresh meals made with local fare, there are tons of healthy things to do in Michigan’s upper half. For five days, the AHM team will partake in many of them.

The whole story is online here.

Source: A Healthier Michigan

Battle of Mackinac is 200 years old this summer

Mackinac Island has belonged to a lot of different countries over the years--one of the most famous conflicts there is marking its 200th anniversary.

Excerpt: The War of 1812 is famous for the Star Spangled Banner, Admiral Perry’s "We have met the enemy and they are ours." But, really, not a lot of people know much about that war. Michigan and the Great Lakes were key battle sites between the fledgling United States and the British. 

For more of the story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

MSU shows crop potentials in U.P.

Agriculture in the U.P. has been fairly limited in the past, but MSU Extension is looking into what else might be successful here, with the backing of the state ag department.

Excerpt: Historically, crops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula consisted of hay, small grains and potatoes. These crops and associated varieties are often chosen based on tried and true experience in the extreme northern latitude climate. However, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently challenged the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center to launch a multi-species variety trial program in the effort to bring new crop options to the U.P. The Research and Extension Center, established in 1899 and located in Chatham, Michigan, was awarded $100,000 for this endeavor.

The whole report is online here.

Source: MSU Extension

Freep columnist drives I-75 this summer

I-75 is a good way to see a lot of what makes Michigan, Michigan. A Free Press writer is seeing what there is to see along the way this summer, and capped it off with the northern end.

Excerpt: Last year, Free Press Travel Writer Ellen Creager headed south on I-75 for an 800-mile summer drive to Atlanta, stopping where readers told her to stop. This year, on July 22-25, she will drive I-75 north to Sault Ste. Marie.

Today, she heads into the homestretch. This morning she crossed the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula.

The whole series can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Northern Michigan vacationers can stay close to home

While everyone else in the Midwest, it seems, comes to northern Michigan on vacation, we're lucky enough to have great access to summer vacations close by. suggests some of the best things to do.

Excerpt: Here are 4 fun Northern Michigan travel ideas that will take you through Northern Michigan’s outdoors. Camp, kayak, ride or fly—these ideas will have you vacationing across all of Northern Michigan, from the Upper Peninsula to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The whole list is online here.


Iron mining museum to be upgraded

The Iron Industry Museum has been a staple of education in the U.P. for decades, which does make it about time for some renovation and upgrades. That's what it's getting soon.

Excerpt: A museum in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has announced plans to upgrade its exhibits that chronicle the state’s iron mining history.

The Mining Journal reports the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township will receive a $200,000 renovation. The first phase of construction will begin next year.

For the full story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Local school districts partner with NMU to form middle college

Career and technical education is a big push locally right now, and those local efforts can chalk up a big win, with the announcement of the creation of the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College.

Excerpt: Starting this fall, students in two Marquette County school districts will have an opportunity to earn college credit by participating in a middle college program.

The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency announced its partnering with Northern Michigan University to create the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College. The program’s pilot year will consist of students from Marquette and Negaunee.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: ABC 5 & 10

NMU player signs with Indianapolis Colts

There just aren't that many NFL players that come out of the U.P., but we can add one more to the short list.

Excerpt: The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they have signed former Northern Michigan University offensive lineman Chad Anderson to a free agent contract.

Anderson, a 6-3, 316 pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats…

For the whole story, go here.

Source; ABC 10

Three former Tech hockey players get NHL contracts

The road to the NHL included stints at Michigan Technological University for three new signees on three different teams this year.

Excerpt: Three former Michigan Tech hockey players have recently signed NHL contracts: John Scott (2002-06) with the San Jose Sharks, Chris Conner (2002-06) with the Washington Capitals and Brett Olson (2008-12) with the Florida Panthers.

More information on the story is here.

Source; ABC 10

U.P. is a perfect Michigan getaway

We're lucky enough to live in a place where other people want to go on vacation, and sometimes it's nice to look at it through that lens instead of the daily grind.

Excerpt: Because I spend the majority of my life in the Mitten, my favorite getaway is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Once I cross the Mighty Mac, a whole new world awaits.

The cozy town of St. Ignace offers stunning sunrises and a quick  trip to Mackinac Island by ferry boat. Just outside of town, I can climb Castle Rock for a breathtaking view of the straits or stroll down miles of Lake Michigan beaches.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

MTU gets $5 million grant to improve science education in local schools

STEM education is a hot topic among U.S. parents and educators, and at least in the Keweenaw, it's getting a major boost with the help of a grant at Michigan Tech.

Excerpt: Michigan Technological University says a $5 million grant will help in an effort to improve middle school science education that is expected to be tested in several school districts.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: WLUC-TV

Parklets proposed for placemaking

Marquette is among the cities looking into adding parklets to its downtown streets, according to a report from the city of Grand Rapids. 

Excerpt: Parklets are growing in popularity across the nation as businesses, organizations and city residents are becoming more actively involved in improving quality of life in cities big and small through citizen-led, low-cost means of Placemaking…

Retail businesses and downtown development authorities are generally in favor of parklets in downtown locations because of the concentration of people that they attract. 

For more information, go here

Source: Michigan State University Extension

Northern Light documentary gets NYT review

The documentary Northern Light, set here in the U.P.,  has gotten some good reviews before, but landing in the NYT movie reviews should get the word out for sure.

Excerpt: Cool in tone and temperature, Nick Bentgen’s "Northern Light" turns white vistas and blue language into a sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For the whole review, click here.

Source: New York Times

Odd things to do in Michigan this summer

The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace is, not shockingly, first on this list of weird places in Michigan to visit this summer. 

Excerpt: The Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, Traverse City's wine tours, the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula. There are many popular weekend destinations for Michiganders within the state. Craig speaks with Jerome Pohlen, the author of "Oddball Michigan," about some of Michigan's most celebrated --and sometimes bizarre-- attractions. 

The whole list can be found here.

Source: WDET

Michigan makes summer in the Midwest awesome

Places in Michigan really dominate this list of summer hotspots from the Huffington Post. We do like to think summer here is pretty amazing.

Excerpt: The Midwest may not have the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, but that doesn't mean it lacks awesome summer destinations.

From lakefront retreats to charming small towns, these 12 spots are perfect for a summer escape.

A whole rundown on good spots to visit is online here.

Source: Huffington Post

U.P. developing into wine country

Cold-hardy grapes might be the key to developing a northern wine industry in Michigan.

Excerpt: We've all heard of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Those wines have been around for centuries.

But what about Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent? Those grapes have only been around for a decade or two and they can withstand harsh winters, and thrive.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Marquette called one of 10 most exciting places in Michigan

Movoto specializes in making lists of places based on various real estate data, but their latest reveals something that might be surprising to some: Marquette made the site's list of most exciting places in Michigan.

Excerpt: Michigan is probably known by most of the U.S. for having those big lakes and maybe for Detroit. Really, that doesn’t do the state justice, and the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to set the record straight. Michigan is an exciting place to be, and we’re not just saying that because we have a very tall Michigan native looking over our shoulder right now.

For the whole list, click here.


Keweenaw Chamber to be part of clean energy hub

Clean, green, alternative, sustainable: Whatever you want to call it, it's the future of energy, and a local group in the Keweenaw is helping envision it.

Excerpt: The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation, and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Iron River hospital joins Aspirus

Hospital chains seem to be expanding across the Upper Peninsula in recent years, with Duke Lifepoint buying up central U.P. hospitals, and Aspirus adding western U.P. hospitals to its system. The latest to join Aspirus is Northstar, in Iron River.

Excerpt: NORTHSTAR Health System (NHS) leaders today announced that it will join the Aspirus health system. Effective July 1, 2014, NHS will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aspirus, which is based in Wausau, Wis. Aspirus has offered to retain all current NHS staff members.

The whole story is available here.

Source: WSAW

U.P. drive listed among best road trips

Driving through the U.P. is a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike, for a good reason--it's some of the prettiest driving you'll do. A recent list of great American road trips confirms it, by putting part of the U.P. on the list.

Excerpt: The Great American Road Trip is a national rite of passage, says Jamie Jensen, author of Road Trip USA (Avalon, $29.99), a comprehensive guide in its sixth edition. 

"Before you vote, you should be required to drive across the country and see the variety of people and places," he declares. 

The whole list is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Manufacturer plans to move its facilities to Menominee

Menominee manufacturer Anchor-Coupling will be consolidating its Illinois facilities back home with its U.P. location, according to recent news coverage. 

Excerpt: The Dixon and Sterling areas will lose about 170 full-time jobs over the next year when a manufacturer moves its facilities to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Anchor-Coupling plants are owned by Caterpillar: the parent company is moving the jobs as it consolidates more of its operations. 

The whole story is online here.

Source: Northern Public Radio

Superior movie set for filming in Keweenaw

A movie will be filming around the Copper Country this summer, called Superior. Casting has taken place and includes some local talent, as well as, of course, local settings.

Excerpt: An independent movie company from Los Angeles, Beyond the Porch Productions, is coming to the Copper Country to produce a movie completely filmed in the Keweenaw.

Film director, Edd Benda, is planning to tell the true coming-of-age story of his uncle, a Calumet native, and his 1,300-mile bike ride around our favorite Great Lake, and the title of the movie, "Superior."

For the whole article, go here.


Freep gets in depth with ex-Yooper California Chrome owner

California Chrome has been in all the sporting news lately, although he didn't attain his Triple Crown goal. What isn't so well-known is that one of the horse's owners is a former Yooper.

Excerpt: "Hello," I said. "I'm trying to reach Perry Martin."

Martin is the quiet, media-avoiding, transplanted Yooper, who graduated from Michigan Tech and co-owns California Chrome, a horse that will race in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, bidding to become only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.

For the entire article, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Bugsy Sailor meets with Richard Branson

Baraga native Justin Sailor, known to many as Bugsy, the force behind YooperSteez, recently made some news beingfeatured on famed Virgin CEO Richard Branson's blog.

Excerpt: A young entrepreneur named Justin "Bugsy" Sailor set himself a challenge to have a beer with yours truly. Four years later, we made it happen.

For the whole blog, go here.


Lake Superior ice draws national attention

Tourists have been taking photos and visiting Lake Superior shores, not because of the white sand beaches or warm waves, but because of ice floating in to shore in several places.

Excerpt: I'm gonna keep writing about this until the last cube of ice is melted (if that happens). Unimaginably, there's still ice from the savage winter of 2013-14 on the south shore of Lake Superior near Marquette, Mich.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: USA Today

Wakefield athlete gets Special Olympics crown

Special Olympics of Michigan recently held its summer games, and a Upper Peninsula athlete was chosen as the Queen of the event.

Excerpt:  Included in the celebration was the annual crowning of the King and Queen. Craig Graus of Whitecloud was crowned as King of the State Summer Games with Brittany Sordahl of Wakefield winning the honor of Queen.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

U.P. gets recommendation for being "real America"

A Washington Post columnist recently asked readers for recommendations on how to find the real heart of America, as a travel destination. The U.P. made the list.

Excerpt: The responses illustrated something I knew but too easily forget: The United States is a lot of things. It contains multitudes — diversity in places and people — though as my cartoonist friend Ruben Bolling tweeted to me: "One breakfast at Waffle House will do it."

For the whole post, read more here.

Source: Washington Post

Calumet player signs with New Jersey Devils

Another step toward the NHL happened this month for former Calumet High School hockey player Ben Johnson. 

Excerpt: Calumet native Ben Johnson signed a three-year, entry level deal with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. The story was first reported by

The Devils selected Johnson in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: ABC 5 & 10

Incubator farm underway to improve local food choices

The research planned at the new MSU Extension farm in Chatham has the potential to benefit a whole new generation of U.P. farmers.

Excerpt: A Michigan State University researcher plans to establish a farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of an effort to improve food options in the region.

The project backed by a roughly $500,000 grant is led by Michigan State AgBioResearch scientist Matt Raven. The farm will be based at its Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, a more than 1,200-acre research site, the East Lansing school said.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Petoskey News-Review

MTEC SmartZone will expand with Marquette satellite

Marquette and Houghton will be helping each other out with economic development as the MTEC SmartZone adds a new office in Marquette.

Excerpt: The MTEC SmartZone will be expanding to a satellite in Marquette, its CEO said at a Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting Wednesday.

Marilyn Clark said the new satellite would enable the MTEC SmartZone economic incubator to extend its original 15-year funding from the state, which would otherwise expire in 2017.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Daily Mining Gazette

Landmark Inn featured on Today Show

Marquette's own Landmark Inn was mentioned as a Memorial Day getaway destination on the Today show recently.

Excerpt: After the segment aired Tuesday morning, the Landmark's Facebook page, as well as Pesola's own Facebook page, were flooded with congratulations.

"The response has been great on the local level," Pesola said. 

The whole story can be found here.

Source: Mining Journal

Results are in for best tacos in the U.P.

Dia de Los Tacos in Marquette won the Michigan's Best Taco regional voting for the U.P. and northern Michigan with 41.53 percent of the vote-whoa. Others made the cut to get a visit from Mlive reporters on their next round of food reviewing across the state, too: Click through to find the winners.

Excerpt: The winner of the poll will be the "People's Choice" candidate and will automatically be part of the search. MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez will start traveling the state on May 16 searching for the best tacos.

In addition to the People's Choice, we will look at the results and recommendations to make up the rest of the itinerary.

For the full results, go here.


Escanaba showcased by Pure Michigan ad

Locations in the U.P. have been featured in the state's travel and tourism Pure Michigan campaigns before, but this is the first time for Escanaba.

Excerpt: The ad features Pure Michigan’s hallmark theme music and the voice of Actor Tim Allen, a Michigan native. With a budget of $120,000, half of which was paid by the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, and half matched by the State, the campaign will include a one minute radio advertisement, digital advertising and an Escanaba hot-spot page on the Pure Michigan web site.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Suomi Home Bakery reviewed in the Daily Beast

A very nice review of the famed-in-the-Copper-Country Suomi Home Bakery is appearing on the Daily Beast. Surprising, but fun to see.

Excerpt: A hi-def blue sky gleams over the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the autumn day when we first step into Suomi Home Bakery and Restaurant by the Keweenaw Waterway. At first we can’t pinpoint why the room tone sounds so incongruous. Only after several minutes do we realize that cross-table conversations among customers and waitresses in the spacious dining area are not being carried on in an obscure Scandinavian language, but actually are being spoken in English. Breakfasters are conversing in the dialect known as Yooper, a term derived from the initials U.P., which stand for Upper Peninsula. 

The whole article is online here.

Source: The Daily Beast

New anthology collects work of U.P. authors

Ron Riekki is a familiar name to those in the literary arts in the U.P., and he's extending those connections in a new anthology of U.P. work.

Excerpt: The 2014 Michigan Notable Book Award winner made a final stop in Houghton on his U.P. book tour Thursday night.

Ron Riekki stopped by the Portage Lake District Library to talk about his new book, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, which is a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces by some of the best writers from the Upper Peninsula.

The rest of the story is found here.

Source: ABC 10

Pictured Rocks photo chosen for national parks passes

Images of Pictured Rocks already draw in travelers via the Pure Michigan ad campaign, but they'll be inspiring an even wider audience as the face of next year's national parks pass.

Excerpt: Share the Experience Contest Winner, Courtney Kotewa, snapped this image at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with her smart phone. It will be featured in the 2015 National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass.

The photo and more on the story are online here.

Source: CBS News

Barley explored as new U.P. crop to support craft beer

As the demand for Michigan craft beers increases, brewers are looking for an in-state-grown crop in high demand; barley. There's a project underway to help U.P. farmers step up their barley growing in response. 

Excerpt: Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, was recently awarded a grant to explore the agronomic potential of barley and the feasibility of processing that barley for malt in northern Michigan. These funds, awarded through the MSU Project GREEEN grant program, will allow for variety testing at four sites through the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to identify which varieties are most productive, both in terms of yield and quality.

For more on the idea, go here.

Source: MSU Extension

Lac Vieux Desert tribe focus of documentary

A recent documentary called Frozen Homeland might be especially interesting to U.P. residents who struggled through this winter. It follows tribal members in the western U.P. through the hard winter.

Excerpt: Facing the harshest winter on record, skyrocketing propane prices and some of its members choosing between food and heat, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is the subject of a new documentary short which takes viewers on a journey to one of the most geographically-isolated areas of the United States in a compelling story of survival.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Broadway World

Michigan co-ops pitch in to help the new Marquette Food Co-op

The development of a new location for the Marquette Food Co-op hasn't escaped anyone who's been through downtown Marquette recently. Turns out it's far from a solo effort, as many co-ops nearby also have been providing help.

Excerpt: Recently, the Marquette Food Co-op (MFC) received much appreciated help from the Keweenaw Food Co-op in Hancock, Oryana Food Co-op in Traverse City, People’s Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, and Chequamegon Food Co-op in Ashland, Wisconsin, each of which sent employees to Marquette to help put up shelving and stock the shelves in its new store.

The whole story is available here.

Source: Community Voices

Florek plays against Red Wings

A Marquette native's dream of the Stanley Cup playoffs came true in a different way than he might have thought it would, playing for the Boston Bruins.

Excerpt: Growing up in Marquette, Mich., Justin Florek routinely watched the Detroit Red Wings as a kid. Often he’d fantasize about scoring that Stanley Cup goal and leading his hometown team to another championship.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Boston Herald

Yooper status is more sought after than it used to be

A Battle Creek columnist recently mused on her history with falling under the definition of "Yooper," not always as pleasant as the status might seem now.

Excerpt: It pleased the heck out of me when two long-time friends recently sent me columns from different newspapers, both addressing the nationally significant news that the word, "Yooper" is now officially in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Yes, in case you missed that bit of earth-shattering news, those of us who hail from the Upper Peninsula now have a bona fide identity. How cool is that?

The whole column is online here.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Marquette among finalists for All-American City

If Marquette is named an All-American City this year, it'll be a repeat honor for the U.P. town. Right now, it's one of the final 25 cities selected. 

Excerpt: The City of Marquette has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 All-America City Award.  

The National Civic League honor was created in 1949 to recognize outstanding, community-based civic accomplishments.  

The rest of the story can be found here.

Source: WNMU-FM

Syfy's"Ghost Hunter" to speak in Marquette

If you're a fan of the show "Ghost Hunters," you might want to find out the details on an upcoming event at Northern Michigan University, where an investigator from the show will speak.

Excerpt: Yooper ghosts haunting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should beware. Steve Gonsalves from Syfy channel's "Ghost Hunters" is coming to Marquette, according to The Mining Journal.

For the whole article, click here.


Marquette looks to expand economic development zone

There's no doubt that the SmartZone up in Houghton has done a lot to advance the economy of the U.P., and Marquette is hoping to take some steps that might extend some of those benefits to its doorstep.
Excerpt; The Marquette City Commission has scheduled a public hearing for later this month to consider expanding the boundaries of the city's Local Development Finance Authority to encompass the entire city…
Marquette Chief Financial Officer Gary Simpson said what's spurring on the effort is the city's desire to expand the LDFA district to include the whole city to create a satellite SmartZone District with Houghton and Hancock.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: The Mining Journal

Forest service predicts next 100 years of Michigan forests

The forests of Michigan will have to adapt to changing climate in the coming century, according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. What that might look like is detailed in the article below, so read on.
Excerpt: In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. A new U.S. Forest Service report describes the potential risks and opportunities of climate change for forests in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
The whole story is online here.

Students look at possible geothermal energy from old mines

Some Michigan Tech researchers are exploring the idea of geothermal heat and energy systems using a resource in abundance in the U.P.--former mines.
Excerpt: I’ve always dreamed of making my house energy self-sufficient -- maybe a windmill could be mounted where that old TV antenna anachronistically sits; maybe we could get a wood stove for the living room, some solar panels on the roof? I even occasionally allow myself to fantasize that our entire peninsula could be energy independent with no need for a larger electrical grid. 
The whole story can be found here.
Source: Keweenaw Now

Nature Conservancy buys island off Delta County

Part of the Nature Conservancy's recent purchase of an island in Lake Michigan is being offset by a $1 million grant to support wetlands.
Excerpt: The Nature Conservancy has received a $1 million grant to go toward its 2013 purchase of St. Martin Island and acquiring additional wetland habitat.
The Nature Conservancy in a statement Friday announced the grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The conservancy in November 2013 purchased the majority of St. Martin Island, which is about 11 miles south of the Garden Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula, between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. 
For the rest of the story, click here.

Final Four flooring coming from U.P. again

The maple and the work put into the NCAA Final Four basketball floor again came from the Upper Peninsula thanks to Connor Sports Flooring.
Excerpt: Workers in a tiny Michigan town toiled to produce the hardwood floor on which Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin will try to produce their shining moment.
The floor being used for the Final Four games today and the national championship game on Monday, all in Arlington, Texas, was put together in Amasa, Mich.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Appleton Post-Crescent

Maple syrup season on track this year

It's been an atypical winter in many ways, but apparently the maple trees don’t mind, as they are right on track for maple syrup production.
Excerpt: Despite a bitterly cold and seemingly endless winter causing a late start to the season, maple syrup production seems to be on track in the Upper Peninsula.
"If I ignore the calendar it's not too bad," said Jeff Olson who owns Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in Bark River with his brothers Greg and Mark.
The whole story can be found here.
Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Brimley test track hosts cars of the future

Self-steering, infrared cameras, seats that notify you if you're not alert, adaptive braking--these are some of the features found on a recent round of cars being tested in the U.P., reviewed here.
Excerpt: The first full day of spring dawned frigid and clear in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where weather patterns—especially the cold ones—seem to linger, but on this morning it’s not the weather we’re interested in. This remote location, more than 340 miles from Detroit, is a launching pad for the future, and I’m in Brimley to sample some of the most cutting-edge, forward-looking technologies in the car industry.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Automobile Magazine

Northern Michigan beekeepers try to breed hardier bees

A few beekeepers in northern lower Michigan are working on an issue that U.P. beekeepers might want to jump in on, too: Breeding winter survivor bees together to create strains of bees that can stay alive through a northern winter.
Excerpt: It’s been a tough winter for honeybees. Bees already face several obstacles, including parasitic mites, habitat loss, and pesticides.
Those factors and others are believed to contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where bees disappear from the hive in large numbers. 
In the face of all these things, beekeepers in Michigan are trying to breed a hardier bee.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Interlochen Public Radio

Mackinac Island named top island destination

We all know and love Mackinac Island as a close-to-home dream vacation spot, but that's only been reinforced by a recent rating from National Geographic Traveler.
Excerpt: Mackinac Island added another gem to its crown after being named the #5 Best Island Destination in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
The magazine enlisted a panel of 522 international travel experts to rank islands based on a specific set of criteria. 
For the whole story, go here.
Source: CBS Detroit

Why everyone wants to be a Yooper

With the recent news about the word Yooper making it into the dictionary, this post took a look at what makes us so proud to live here.
Excerpt: But other than a resident of the Upper Peninsula, what does it mean to be a yooper? They don't need their own dictionary entry to be totally unique. Here's some of the unofficial things that make yoopers so special -- and the UP one of the best places on earth.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Huffington Post

10 regional words from the U.P.

We do have our own special vocabulary up here in the U.P. MentalFloss explores some of that in a list of words only Yoopers say.
Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is connected to the rest of the state by only one little four lane bridge (okay, actually the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere), and in its relative isolation, has developed its own distinct culture. Here are 9 other words it might be good to know if you ever decide to pay a visit to Yooperland.
The whole list is online here.
Source: Mental Floss

Michigan approves $35 million in conservation funding

Several Upper Peninsula projects are among the recently announced conservation efforts to be funded in Michigan.
Excerpt: Michigan Conservation efforts received a boost in support today after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it’s intention to provide $35.2 million in funding for fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Source: ABC 10

The word Yooper is now in the dictionary

Hooray! We finally made it into the dictionary! It's official--we're called Yoopers.
Excerpt: A familiar word will finally be showing up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary after a 10-year campaign.
It was announced Monday that "Yooper" will now be appearing editions of the dictionary. 
For the whole story, go here.

Extreme Tool makes the Upper Peninsula attractive for employees

An Ironwood firm was named one of the best places to work, according to its employees. Some of that might be its location in the U.P.
Excerpt: Mike Zacharias had an unusual reaction upon learning his firm made the Plastics News Best Places to Work list.
"I was surprised about being a finalist," he said. "It’s not an easy place to work."
The whole article can be found here.
Source: Plastics News

Coming soon: Trio of Eastern Upper Peninsula job fairs

If you're looking for a job in the eastern U.P., here's when and where to do it.
Excerpt: Local job-seekers will have an opportunity to connect with prospective employers at three upcoming job fairs.
Michigan Works!, along with Lake Superior State University, the Sault Area Career Center and Consolidated Community School Services, will host the Sault’s job fair on Wednesday, March 26 at LSSU’s Walker Cisler Center from 4-6 p.m.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Mackinac Island’s Fort Holmes restoration project approved

A Mackinac fort will hopefully soon be drawing history-minded visitors to its newly reconstructed walls.
Excerpt: Mackinac Island visitors are closer to being able to step back into Michigan’s history with the reconstruction of Fort Holmes, a defensive structure built during the War of 1812 on the island’s highest point, thanks to a $250,000 appropriation that recently gained approval in the state Legislature.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Source: ABC 10

Tech staffer goes to Sochi for Paralympics

A Michigan Tech staffer is helping manage equipment for the Paralympics in Russia--the games aren't over yet.
Excerpt: Two weeks after closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Russia, a Michigan Tech Athletic Department staff member is in Sochi going for gold. Joel Isaacson is with Team USA’s Sled Hockey squad competing at the Paralympics, an international competition for the physically disabled held immediately following the Winter Olympics every four years.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Michigan Tech News

Bear ranch to expand in U.P.

Oswald's Bear Ranch over in Newberry will be growing, through a deal with the state DNR for more land. 
Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula bear ranch is expanding through a state forest land exchange.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports Friday that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this week approved a deal to exchange land plots of about 160 acres with Oswald’s Bear Ranch near Newberry in McMillan Township.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Manistique honored at Governor's Fitness Awards

U.P community Manistique is one of several being honored by the state of Michigan for its efforts to increase community health and fitness. 
Excerpt: A second grader completing his Tae Kwon Do training, a Paralympic athlete, and a team of nurses committed to their patient’s health and the health of their own team are just three of the 62 Governor’s Fitness Awards finalists. Each finalists nomination was carefully reviewed by a diverse committee of judges based on the nominee’s commitment to their own health, dedication to their community and unique definition of what fitness means to them. 
The whole list of honorees is here.
Source: Michigan Fitness Foundation

Elk Rapids shop wins best doughnut in the north

An Elk Rapids bakery won Mlive's regional doughnut contest. If you're thinking, "What about Huron Mountain Bread Company or Suomi Home Bakery?" you can go comment on the story to put in your two cents.
Excerpt: After five days and hundreds of votes, you've chosen your favorite donut in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Congratulations to Elk Rapids Sweet Shop in Elk Rapids, which got the most votes with 19.16 percent.
For the whole article, click here.

Michigan hopefully headed for tourism rebound

The state's tourism industry forecast is looking up, according to the latest from the insiders at the Governor's Conference on Tourism.
Excerpt: Michigan will see 1.5 percent more tourists who will spend 4.5 percent more than last year.
That’s the upbeat forecast two Michigan State University tourism researchers gave Monday during a presentation at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Traverse City.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Visitor creates her own "Pasty Trail" while in the U.P.

Hey, you need hearty food during a winter like this one. A recent trip through the U.P. yielded a comparative survey of some examples of our culinary staple, pasties.
Excerpt: When in the Upper Peninsula, or U.P., do as da Yoopers do. And da Yoopers do pasties.
So when I traveled to Marquette, Mich., recently for a winter getaway, I too did pasties, eating my way through the northern hinterlands and evaluating what could possibly be the world's heartiest — and least photogenic — food.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Chicago Tribune

Research shows best way to remediate mining waste soil

A Michigan Tech researcher's work on how to clean up barren soils like stamp sands is getting some attention in this well-explained piece.
Excerpt: Scientists have known for years that together, bacteria and plants can remediate contaminated sites. Ramakrishna Wusirika, of Michigan Technological University, has determined that how you add bacteria to the mix can make a big difference.
He has also shed light on the biochemical pathways that allow plants and bacteria to clean up some of the worst soils on the planet while increasing their fertility.
For the rest of the article, go here.

Coolest summer jobs list includes Copper Harbor

USA Today asked job search site CoolWorks to come up with a list of the most awesome summer jobs available out there, and we're glad to see working in Copper Harbor as an outdoors guide is among them. It totally would be.
Excerpt: Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the Old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?
Yeah, we thought so. How about getting paid for it? Even better.
See the whole list online here.
Source: USA Today

Deer Lake removed from environmental concern list

Deer Lake near Ishpeming is finally off the EPA's Area of Concern list, after a lengthy water amendment project from the city was finished. That means four decades of environmental concerns at the site can be put to rest.
Excerpt: The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced lower levels of mercury in Deer Lake-area fish, allowing the DEQ, the EPA and the local public advisory council to remove the Deer Lake Area of Concern "Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption" Beneficial Use Impairment.
The whole update is online here.
Source: MINewswire

Michigamme gets streetscape grant

Michigamme is always a nice place to visit, but this summer, it's about to get a little nicer with the help of an MEDC street improvement grant.
Excerpt: Michigamme Township received a $258,581 Downtown Infrastructure Grant check Friday for a streetscape improvement project set to get under way by the middle of this summer.
The township grant award was one of 14 announced Friday by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the only grant of the group awarded in the Upper Peninsula. 
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Marquette Mining Journal

Michigan's national parks saw record year

We know in the U.P. that Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale draw visitors to the area each year. But the latest numbers show they are doing a lot more than that, including record tourist spending and job creation.
Excerpt: How popular are Michigan’s national parks such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, Isle Royale and Pictured Rocks?
Popular enough that they and two other national sites in Michigan drew 2,192,477 visitors who spent $181.7 million and supported 2,819 jobs in the state in 2012, according to new data released by the U.S. National Park Service.
The whole story is available here.
Source: Port Huron Times-Herald

Outdoors-minded women make a tradition of winter vacation to the U.P.

A Chicago-area group of women organize outdoors adventures all year long, but possibly the one that sounds the craziest to those who don't know better is a trip to run sled dogs in the U.P. each winter. 
Excerpt: Many suburbanites dream of escaping the bitter cold and snow of our seemingly endless winter. The 31 women on the Trailbound Trips' "Women's Getaway" escaped to someplace even colder and snowier.
Eating breakfast before dawn on Friday, the women readied themselves for the day's dog sled adventure in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
For the whole story, go here
Source: The Daily Herald

What Michigan tourism might look like in wake of climate change

While it's hard to predict anything 100 years into the future, this look at the possible future of Michigan's climate relates it to our staple, the tourism industry.
Excerpt: By 2114, climate change could give Michigan’s winters the feel of southern Ohio and give its summers the drier, warmer feel of northern Arkansas.
That could fundamentally change the face of Michigan’s tourism industry, which hit $18 billion in 2012 and employs 200,000 people statewide.
The whole story is available online here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Isle Royale wolf found dead after leaving for mainland

The fate of the Isle Royale wolves is much debated, and existence of extensive Lake Superior ice has left some questions up in the air this winter. Here's the latest.
Excerpt: One of the few remaining gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park has been found dead after escaping to the mainland across a Lake Superior ice bridge, a scientist said Tuesday.
The 5-year-old female's body was discovered earlier this month along the shoreline on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in northeastern Minnesota, biologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Technological University told The Associated Press.
The whole story can be found here.

Menominee's Pedersen hopes for NFL spot

A University of Wisconsin athlete is up for a spot in the NFL Combine this spring, but he originally wore a Menominee Maroons jersey.
Excerpt: Former Badgers tight end Jacob Pedersen isn’t quite sure how he ended up in Madison. Not many people he played with, nor those he watched grew up watching drew many college scouts to the Upper Peninsula.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Fox 11 Sports

Packers Tailgate Tour to make two stops in U.P.

Escanaba and Ironwood Packers fans--or those able to travel to those towns--are getting a treat this spring as the annual Tailgate Tour plans to stop in their communities.
Excerpt: The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.
The tour will make stops in Escanaba (April 15), Ironwood (April 16), Superior (April 17), Rice Lake (April 18) and Merrill (April 19), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.
For more on the tour, click here.

What the ice on Lake Superior means for Isle Royale

It's the first time in quite a while that Lake Superior has frozen over so thoroughly, which is great for some reasons, like wildlife diversity on Isle Royale. Maybe. 
Excerpt: A solid ice bridge over Lake Superior has formed between Isle Royale and the mainland, an increasingly rare link that could bring new life – quite literally – to an isolated and inbred Isle Royale National Park wolf population facing extirpation.
But whether or not wolves cross the 20-some miles of ice this winter, park officials say many of the island’s species face an uncertain future as the climate continues to warm. 
The whole article is online here.

Nick Baumgartner out of medal contention at Olympics

Iron River snowboarder Nick Baumgartner represented the U.P. at the 2014 Olympics, but after a few days of bad weather and cancellations, he didn't have a good enough run to make it to the top.
Excerpt: Nick Baumgartner made the first run down but was among the first competitors done in snowboard cross in the Winter Olympics at rainy Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old from Iron River was behind out of the gate and never contended while placing fourth of five in the first heat.
The whole rundown is right here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Iron River takes coldest place title

The coldest place on earth so far this winter? It's not Siberia or Antarctica; instead, Iron River earned that title.
Excerpt: The southern forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula weren't immune to winter's frozen grip this season, having been dubbed "the coldest place on Earth."
Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Earth System Science Center gave the area near Iron River the chilly designation after finding temperatures nearly 7 degrees colder than normal for the month of January.
For the whole story, go here.

Sault teen will represent USA in world hockey championships

A Sault teenager will be going to Europe this spring to compete in the international U-18 hockey championship, representing the U.S.
Excerpt: 16-year-old, Sault Ste Marie, MI native, Abby Roque has been named to Team USA U-18. Roque, who currently plays forward for the Sault High team, earned a spot to compete at the IIHF U18 Woman’s World Championship.
For the whole article, go here.

Marquette volunteer goes to Sochi Olympics

Michigan has lots of involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympics, from athletes to apparel to volunteers. Here's how one local man will be experiencing Sochi first-hand.
Excerpt: On Tuesday evening, Marquette native Greg Goodman made his departure from Sawyer International Airport on what would be his first flight of a 25-hour trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Goodman was officially selected on Oct. 8 by the Olympic committee as a volunteer for a portion of the skiing events, and he will be helping with course setup and preparation, race day setting and slipping, and other safety coordination efforts.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Mining Journal

Shani Davis talks cars, Olympics and Marquette

U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis is interviewed by Motor Trend about cars and the 2014 Games, but it's nice to see Marquette and NMU get a shout-out in the interview, too.
Excerpt: When he has the time on weekends, Davis enjoys road tripping to Marquette, Michigan, where he graduated from Northern Michigan University. "It's a really beautiful place," he says. "I just love being on the road and the fall, before the winter, you see all the foliage and you drive up there. It's real peaceful, it's real scenic. I don't really like driving that much, like long trips. It's hard for me but I'm getting better at it."
The whole interview is online here.
Source: Motor Trend

Kingsford brothers center of History Channel series

A new TV show on the History Channel called The Curse of Oak Island is set in Canada, but actually stars two treasure-hunter brothers who are natives of Kingsford.
Excerpt: After 200 years of small discoveries hinting at an Oak Island buried treasure, the search on the wooded island off the Nova Scotia coast screeched to a stop. Now two brothers, Rich and Marty Lagina, originally from the Upper Peninsula‘s Kingsford, Michigan are resurrecting the infamous hunt.
For the whole story, go here.

Copperwood mine project sold to new owner

If you can get through the business-ese, this recent announcement from Orvana Minerals means a new owner, Highland Copper Company, will take over a projected copper mine in the U.P. in a $25 million deal.
Excerpt: Highland Copper Company Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HI) ("Highland" or the "Company") and Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) ("Orvana") have entered into a definitive agreement ("Agreement") whereby Highland will acquire all rights, title and interest in the Copperwood Project ("Copperwood") from Orvana through the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Orvana Resources US Corp. (the "Acquisition"). Copperwood is located in the Upper Peninsula of the State of Michigan (USA), approximately 30 kilometers southwest of the White Pine Project.
For the press release in full, go here.
Source: Junior Mining Network

At least Jezebel hasn't forgotten about the U.P.: A winter weather rant

In all the complaining about the winter weather so far, this post from is among the funnier ones. The part where they worry about the Upper Peninsula is appreciated, too, although it's all right--we're doing just fine beyond the Wall. (Sorry, we still think Game of Thrones jokes are funny.)
Excerpt: According to freeloading rodents Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, America has six weeks of winter left. And honestly? I'm not sure we're going to make it. It's been so cold for so long that The Shining is starting to look like a documentary. Will this stupid frigid weather ever end?
The whole piece is online here.

Documentary featuring U.P. is reviewed in the Stranger

You may have already heard about Northern Light, a recent documentary filmed in the U.P. It's reviewed here by Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, interestingly by someone who grew up in Michigan.
Excerpt: Northern Light isn't a documentary about the Upper Peninsula culture in itself. Instead, it's a humble and quietly thoughtful piece of cinéma vérité that follows three families who are connected to one another by their shared participation in an annual competitive snowmobile race (and never once does the word "Yooper" get uttered).
The full review can be found here.
Source: The Stranger

Michigan Tech Archives named National Heritage Site

The archives at Michigan Tech are full of amazing finds whether you're researching your family history, or U.P. history. Now they're being recognized with a new national designation.
Excerpt: Michigan Technological University’s Archives has long been a popular spot for students, researchers and locals to find information.  Many come to view the abundant records, search the photographs of the area and Michigan Tech, research family history or look at the collections of old newspapers.  Now, however, the Michigan Tech Archives offer the added attraction of recognition as a Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP) heritage site.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Michigan Tech News

Madison firm buys U.P. water engineering firm

Marquette company H2O in Motion is being bought by Wisconsin engineering firm Mead & Hunt, Inc. Mead & Hunt already has business ties in the area, having done work for U.P. municipalities and businesses, so the new deal should strengthen both companies.
Excerpt: Saying clean water is becoming a growth industry, Mead & Hunt Inc., a Madison-based engineering and architecture consultancy, on Monday announced the acquisition of a Michigan-based water-engineering firm.
Employee-owned Mead & Hunt said it acquired H2O in Motion, a privately held water and wastewater engineering company based in Marquette, Mich.
For the entire article, go here.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

It could be worse: the blizzard of 1938

While it's certainly a cold winter, the U.P's had worse, as both NASA and the Atlantic noted recently.
Excerpt: On winter days like this one, when arctic wind chills are freezing off eyelids in much of the country, the best way of feeling warm might not be coffee or scotch but a healthy sense of historical perspective.
With luck, this one photo recently featured by NASA can help with that. It shows the aftermath of a particularly nasty blizzard that hit Upper Michigan in 1938 – the region's so-called "Storm of the Century" – when snow drifts piled up so mightily that they almost covered utility poles.
For the whole story, go here
Source: The Atlantic Cities

U.P. businesses honored by Operation Action U.P.

Operation Action U.P. makes it their business to support U.P. businesses, and one way they do that is through their annual awards, which you can find out more about below.
Excerpt: Energizing our future was the theme of Tuesday’s Operation Action U.P. meeting. 
The annual event awards companies growing their neighborhood.
For the whole story and who was honored, click here.

Too much snow for Tech's Winterfest this year

Winterfest at Michigan Tech is usually a celebration of snow and ice, with giant snow sculptures as the centerpiece. This year, there's apparently too much snow for some. 
Excerpt: Michigan Technological University students and staff celebrate snow like few others, but this year is a bit much even for them.
Grounds manager Peter Pelissero said Monday that students have asked crews to remove some snow from the site…
The rest of the story can be found here.
Source: MINBC News

It's not too early to plan birding trips in national parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks should be on anyone's list of national parks to visit if they're interested in birding, according to this recent piece.
Excerpt: Sometimes it’s cold enough that birding just isn’t that much fun. Sure, when it’s -10°F the birds are still around (as I talked about here a couple weeks ago), but I’m not 20 anymore and freezing isn’t my cup of tea. Before long I’ll be a snowbird.
In the meantime, it’s time to sit at home and plan my year. I’ve noticed quite a few national parks popping up on my destination list for the year.
For the rest of the article, read more here.
Source: National Parks Traveler

Humane Society president calls for action on Isle Royale wolves

What to do about the weakened Isle Royale wolf population has been the subject of a lot of debate, reaching to national levels. Some favor no action, while others call for the introduction of new wolves.
Excerpt: When I was on Isle Royale in the 1980s, there were more than 20 wolves, and some years before that, there were 50 on the wilderness archipelago. Today, there are now just eight inbred and increasingly weakened wolves that remain on this island and cry for “genetic rescue,” a replenishing of the gene pool to restore future generations to health.
The whole column can be found here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Mackinac Bridge to get $200 million deck replacement

The Mighty Mac is under constant repair, as the suspension bridge takes a beating while connecting the Upper Peninsula to the Lower Peninsula. But in a few years, it's about to get some major reconstruction.
Excerpt: Plans are in the works for a $200 million deck replacement for the Mackinac Bridge that’s scheduled to start in 2018.
Robert Sweeny is executive secretary for the Mackinac Bridge Authority.
The rest of the story is here.
Source: Detroit News

Menominee appears in episode of Finding Bigfoot

The Upper Peninsula seems to keep popping up in TV shows lately, and the most recent is on the show Finding Bigfoot, which you can catch on Animal Planet.
Excerpt: On Sunday night Animal Planet aired an episode of Finding Bigfoot titled Super Yooper Sasquatch.
The team traveled outside of Menominee to meet with hunting guide Craig Sulk who owns 80 acres of land.
More on the episode is online here.

UPPCO sold to investment fund

Upper Peninsula energy company UPPCO will now belong to an investment fund that specializes in energy and infrastructure, as owner Integrys announced a new deal.
Excerpt: Integrys Energy Group Inc. announced Monday it will sell 100 percent of its stock in the Upper Peninsula Power Co. to the infrastructure equity investment fund Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: The Mining Journal

Michigan Notable Books named for 2014 include links to U.P.

By our count, at least four of the books on the 2014 Michigan Notable Books List have ties to the U.P., so it's well worth checking out the list to see which ones you want to read. 
Excerpt: The 2014 list includes titles covering topics as diverse as a detailed discussion of Chief Pontiac's Rebellion; a biography of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych; a children's graphic novel about Buster Keaton's summers spent in Muskegon; an anthology of some of the best Michigan poetry; the deadly Great Lakes hurricane of 1913; a collection of articles studying the Great Lakes sturgeon to a book highlighting the joys of baking and eating pies are all topics covered on this year's varied list.
For the whole list, click here.
Source: Michigan Newswire

Marquette airport travel up by 10 percent

Sawyer International Airport reported a pretty decent increase in air passenger travel through its doors in 2013, which is good news for the local economy.
Excerpt: During 2013, a total of 83,799 passengers traveled to (or through) the airport. This is an overall increase of 7,798 passengers or 10.26% over 2012 when 76,001 passengers used Sawyer in their business or leisure travel.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Source: ABC 5 & 10

Duck Lake family works to reforest their burnt property

Not everyone has the skills or knowledge to reforest their own land, but for this downstate family with a camp near Newberry that was destroyed in the Duck Lake fire, it's been a dedicated effort ever since.
Excerpt: While the Duck Lake fire ripped through Upper Peninsula forest, Walloon Lake residents Rick Baetsen and Bonnie Heuvelhorst hoped their property and camper on Pike Lake, which they have owned since 1990, would be spared.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Petoskey News-Review

Arts and culture organizations get grants

The lifeblood of our society is our arts, and several groups in Marquette will be keeping that flowing with the help of some recent grants.
Excerpt: Arts and culture organizations in the city of Marquette have been awarded almost $200,000 in grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
According to the website for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the MCACA strengthens art and culture in the state by increasing its visibility, supports art education, encourages new works of art and broadens a cultural understanding.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: The Mining Journal

Mackinac Bridge tolls will stay the same for one more year

The tolls to cross the Mackinac Bridge are actually going in an unexpected direction--down. It's a temporary change, but a welcome one for sure.
Excerpt: Mackinac Bridge toll increases scheduled to rise on Jan. 1, 2014, will remain at current levels instead, while commuter tolls will be rolled back to 2012 rates.
In July, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) voted to keep 2014 toll rates at the 2012 level, which includes a per-trip toll of $4 for passenger vehicles. The decision also rolls back commuter costs to 2012 rates.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

How to turn left in the U.P. in winter video is a hit

You might already have seen this video of a car doing a somewhat creative turn while going down a Houghton hill, but we thought we'd share it anyway--it's definitely hit the big time with those dreaming of winter all over the country.
Excerpt: Driving in the snow isn't for the faint of heart.
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where winter lasts nearly the whole year, driving in a snowstorm is more of a daily routine. 
The video is online here.
Source: Huffington Post

Marquette-Delta economic district approved by legislature

Thinking regionally, not town by town, is a key to revitalizing a local economy, and the central U.P. is taking a big step toward that with a new Delta-Marquette economic district.
Excerpt: Legislation to designate Delta and Marquette counties as an economic development district was approved by the Michigan House and Senate on Thursday and now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature.
Once enacted into law, the legislation will amend Public Act 275 to include a sixth Michigan Development Corporation in the two-county area. Five such districts exist downstate and are eligible for state funding and tax incentives.
For the whole article, go here.
Source: Escanaba Daily Press

U.P. native survives week stranded on Alaska river

A Michigan man who recently survived a week lost in Alaska turns out to be from the U.P. originally. Which might explain why he's already back out hunting and fishing.
Excerpt: A Michigan hunter who spent a harrowing week stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with no food, shelter or warm clothes has attributed his survival to luck, guile and faith.
Adrian Knopps was stranded for seven days in September after his hunting partner, Garrett Hagen, drowned while boarding their boat.
The rest of the story is online here.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Latest Jim Harrison novel reviewed in LA Times

The newest book out from sometime-U.P.-native author Jim Harrison is called "Brown Dog," and it's reviewed below by the Los Angeles Times.
Excerpt: Jim Harrison introduced the character Brown Dog in his 1990 book "The Woman Lit by Fireflies," a collection of novellas. The novella is a favored form of his — and of mine — and it seems ideally suited to the misadventures of this shambling savant, a middle-aged half-breed from Michigan's Upper Peninsula who is driven less by intention than by impulse but manages to move forward all the same.
For the whole review, go here.
Source: Los Angeles Times

LifePoint forms new affiliations with U.P. hospitals

LifePoint has bought and partnered a major hospital, Marquette General, in the U.P. already, and now is signing affiliation agreements with two smaller hospitals, Bell Hospital in Ishpeming and Portage Health in Hancock.
Excerpt: LifePoint Hospitals has finalized affiliations with two rural hospitals in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the for-profit hospital company says it will continue to look for other provider partners as it builds a network in the remote region.
"We are actively working to build the network of providers in that market," says Leif Murphy, CFO and executive vice president at Brentwood, TN-based LifePoint.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Health Leaders Media

Recreation areas in U.P. may get $3 million from state for development

Natural resources are the U.P.'s lifeblood, so the news that a whole slate of development projects from parks to trails are in the running for $3 million in funding in the U.P. is good to hear.
Excerpt: The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board of Trustees recommended to the legislature that $27,677,800 in funds be awarded to 76 recreational development projects in 2014.
According to the announcement, there were 142 applications received for the money, and that number was whittled down to 76 recipients. If approved, this could bring nearly $3.1 million to Upper Michigan projects on the list.
The whole story can be found here.

Five "right" ways to spell Menominee

How you spell Menominee or Menomonie depends on where you're from. Here's a rundown from our neighbors in Wisconsin.
Excerpt: For those of us in the Chippewa Valley, this spelling is the “right” one – or at least the one we’re most familiar with. As with the other spellings, the Dunn County city’s name comes from the name the Ojibwe gave to their neighbors, who lived in a large territory in what is now Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The whole list is online here.
Source: Volume One

Former Marquette resident wins on Jeopardy

What's not mentioned in this story is that the teacher in question is a former Marquette resident and Northern Michigan University graduate, but that doesn't make us less happy for her.
Excerpt: Dimond High School teacher Mary Beth Hammerstrom took second place in the "Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament" Friday night, winning $50,000.
"I like to think of it as winning the silver medal at the nerd Olympics," Hammerstrom said Friday, just after the tournament finals episode aired on the East Coast.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Anchorage Daily News

U.P. population trends analyzed

Population numbers can be hard to interpret, but this article gives it a shot regarding the U.P.
Excerpt: A curious, century-old population trend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula shows a yo-yoing cycle of growth and decline every 20 years.
The U.P. grew slightly in the 1910s, 1930s, 1950s, 1970s, 1990s and, just like Old Faithful, is growing early in the 2010s, according to data from the U.S. Census. It declined slightly in the other decades, including a loss of 2 percent from 2000 to 2010.
The whole story can be found here.
Source: Great Lakes Echo

Jim Harrison writes about the U.P. for the New York Times

Author Jim Harrison often writes about the U.P. in his novels, and this time, he's done so for the New York Times.
Excerpt: Growing up in northern Michigan I was early on mystified by the Upper Peninsula even before I traveled there. In the 1960s I went up a number of times, and it did not cease to mystify me with its wildness. While camping I would study maps to try to figure out where I was other than within a cloud of mosquitoes and black flies, that irritating species that depends on clean water, of which there is a great deal in the U.P. 
There is little or no industry, and all of the mines are closed; therefore you can drink the water directly from Lake Superior — at least I always did on my long beach walks.
For the whole piece, go here.
Source: New York Times

Casino case goes to the Supreme Court

The Bay Mills tribe's case regarding opening a casino downstate is going to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which could solve some longstanding legal issues.
Excerpt: The United States Supreme Court will hear today in a fight over a tribal casino in a small, northern Michigan town. But there’s more than a casino at stake. The case revolves around the sovereign right of tribal governments to be immune from lawsuits.
The Bay Mills tribe wants to open a casino more than 100 miles from its reservation in Chippewa County in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The state of Michigan says it can’t, and sued in federal court to stop it.
More on the story can be found here.
Source: Michigan Radio

NMU alum to compete on Jeopardy

A teacher with ties to Marquette will be competing on Jeopardy this week, so make sure to set your DVR to catch it.
Excerpt: Mary Beth Hammerstrom, NMU alum, is currently a contestant in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament. She currently teaches in Alaska. 
Her semifinal will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20) on Channel 10 WBUP in Marquette.
More information is online here.
Source: Northern Michigan University

Marquette man named to softball hall of fame

A longtime supporter of fastpitch softball in the Marquette area is being recognized for his efforts on and off the field.
Excerpt: A Marquette man has been named to the Michigan Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
While Rick Schwemin was named as a player, he has also been a promoter and organizer of fastpitch softball in the area.
He will be inducted during a ceremony to be held at The H Hotel in Midland on Jan. 18.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Mining Journal

PBS documentary to explore Calumet's Italian Hall disaster

The Italian Hall disaster during copper mine strikes in 1913 in Calumet is still talked about today in the U.P, and that story will be told to a much larger audience with an upcoming PBS documentary.
Excerpt: The documentary is "Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913." It's an examination of the miners' strike 100 years ago in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
It's something Steve Lehto knows a little something about, which led to him being a historical consultant on the film. He's promoting it throughout the state before it airs for the first time on PBS Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.
The whole story is online here.

Economist studies counties of the U.P.

To know how to improve something, you first have to know what's wrong with it. That's the aim of a study being undertaken by an economics professor, and her topic is each county in the U.P.
Excerpt: An economic expert at Northern Michigan University is putting together a profile of all the counties in the Upper Peninsula.
Tawni Ferrarini is the Sam Cohodas professor at NMU, and she's digging into the labor market, employer information and quality of life for all 15 counties in Upper Michigan.
For the whole article, click here.

White House amends map to include the U.P.

It's nothing new to see a map that leaves off the Upper Peninsula, but typically we don't expect our federal government to make such a mistake about its own borders.
Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, a Crystal Falls Republican, pointed out today that the Obama administration may be in need of a geography lesson after posting a map on on Wednesday that shows the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income individuals under the Affordable Care Act.
Michigan — which is among the states that has expanded coverage — is all mitt, no U.P. 
The whole story is online here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Results are in for the top 10 best pizzas in northern Michigan and the U.P.

The votes are in, and several U.P. pizza places made the top 10 list that may get a visit and review as one of the best pizzas in the state.
Excerpt: Polls are closed in the search for Michigan's Best Pizza. The response was tremendous: there was close to one vote every minute the poll was open.
The top vote getter was in Northern Michigan was Big Al's Pizza in Manistee. It was followed by Riverside Bar & Pizzeria in Iron River. 
For the whole story, go here.

NMU's ROTC program to continue

Earlier this year, NMU's Army officer training program was slated for discontinuation as part of a list of ROTC programs across the country that would be cut. Now, there's been at least a temporary stay of execution for the program.
Excerpt: Northern Michigan University was officially notified Thursday that its Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program was removed from a list of programs that would be eliminated.
NMU was told in October that it would lose its 44-year-old program as one of 13 ROTC programs nationwide that would be ended. 
For the whole article, click here.
Source: The Mining Journal

Noquemanon Trails to acquire land for trail access

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a driving force behind biking, skiing and other outdoors activities around Marquette, and it’s taking steps to ensure that will continue into the future, with a purchase of adjoining land to existing trails.
Excerpt: The Noquemanon Trail Network Council (NTN) has announced that it is entering into an agreement to purchase a 100 foot wide trail easement and approximately 40 acres of land from Plum Creek with local funding received from the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.
The whole story can be found here.
Source: ABC 10

Four U.P. tech firms make it to Accelerate Michigan semifinals

High-tech seems to be the way to go in the Accelerate Michigan business plan competition, as four U.P. companies with tech as their focus have made it to the next round of the competition.

Excerpt: Four companies from the western Upper Peninsula are among 50 semifinalists in North America’s largest business plan competition, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

The companies will compete for cash prizes, including a $500,000 grand prize, in Detroit in Nov. 14.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: CBS Detroit

U.P. native appears on Mountain Stage music show

Jonathan Rundman is a familiar name to those who follow native U.P. musicians, but soon he'll be familiar to many more, as he's slated to appear on radio show Mountain Stage.

Excerpt: Jonathan Rundman makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. A native of the Finnish-American towns that dot Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Rundman moved to Chicago and began touring the country when he was 18.

Go here for the entire story.

Source: NPR

Columnist says Michigan is still a great manufacturing state

A guest editorial in the Lansing State Journal has an argument that hasn't been heard in awhile: Michigan is a great place for the manufacturing industry. Read it and see what you think.

Excerpt: Michigan is a manufacturing state and has been for well over a century. Despite the economic downturn, Michigan’s manufacturing sector has reason to be proud. The stories of Michigan’s recovery never seem to slow, much like the state’s own effort to retain its role as the creator and innovator-state for the nation.

The whole column is online here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Two U.P. national parks targeted in parks cuts report

A senator who issues a report each year on government waste says the Isle Royale and Keweenaw national parks are among the most wasteful and should be cut.

Excerpt: A U.S. senator from Oklahoma, railing at what he considers misplaced priorities and self-serving parochialism in the operation of the National Park Service, zeroed in on two Michigan landmarks as being among the "more egregious, wasteful or otherwise questionable expenses" to be found across the U.S.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Article explores Northern Lights in U.P.

A primer on the Northern Lights led the Huffington Post to mention the U.P. and some of the fantastic photography of the aurora taking place here.

Excerpt: You don't have to fly to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Just ask Shawn Malone.

She's a photographer living in one of the northernmost parts of the continental United States, Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In a region where residents literally see the Northern Lights from their backyards, she has a knack for capturing dazzling images of these light displays.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Huffington Post

Search for Michigan's Best Pizza now underway

If you know the best place in the U.P. for pizza, chime in and tell Mlive reporter John Gonzalez, who is traveling across the state to find the best of the best.

Excerpt: We've tried the burgers and drank the beer: now it's time for pizza.

The next search in the Michigan’s Best series will be pizza, and John Gonzalez is again taking the journey to Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

But before we head past the 45th Parallel or cross the Mackinac Bridge, we need some direction on where to go.

The whole story is online here.


Indianhead resort named best family ski resort

U.P. residents and Midwestern skiers already know how great Indianhead Resort is, but it's getting some national attention with an award from

Excerpt: Indianhead takes home the 2013 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award for the Best Family Resort in the Midwest. Overlooking the Ottawa National Forest, an area known for its natural beauty and wildlife, Indianhead is a ski and summer resort in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula. The 230 acres of terrain are served by nine lifts and tows and snowmaking covers 95-percent of the ski area. The 30 runs offer something for all levels: five green, 10 blue and 15 black. One trail, Voyagers' Highway, is over 40 acres in area, larger than many Midwest ski areas. Grab a burger at the Base Place and a cold one at the Red Dog Saloon located in the Indianhead Valley, at the bottom of the mountain.

For the whole story, click here.


Photo of Great Lakes from space gets online attention

It's hard to see the U.P. in this photo from an astronaut on the International Space Station, but the beautiful Great Lakes that surround us are clear.

Excerpt: Pictures of Michigan from space never get old, do they?

Last Sunday, Oct. 13, American astronaut Karen Nyberg tweeted this excellent photograph of the Great Lakes taken on Aug. 23 from her vantage point orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station.

The photo is online here.


Tech Tour visits U.P.

The Michigan Tech Tour for 2013 appropriately started off at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, bringing reporters interested in tech from all over the state.

Excerpt: One of the many things I love about the Tech Tour is that it gives me an excuse to visit Michigan’s magnificent Upper Peninsula in October.
Trees ablaze with color, a crisp nip to the air, the waters of Lake Superior a deep cobalt blue.
For the whole Tech Tour story, go here.
Source: CBS Detroit

Moose population trend could be reversing

It may not seem like warmer weather is the trend in the U.P. right this minute, but the moose population beg to differ.

Excerpt: A national trend in moose die-offs may be hitting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – and climate change may be the culprit, experts say.
More parasites, disease, habitat destruction and heat stress are all suggested as reasons stemming from warmer weather.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Great Lakes Echo

Saveur magazine talks U.P. cuisine

Roadfood writer Michael Stern took a trip through the Upper Peninsula last fall, and an article in Saveur magazine this month recalls some of his favorite things to eat here.
Excerpt: "By the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big-Sea-Water," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in The Song of Hiawatha. We recalled that epic poem last October as we drove beside that same Big-Sea-Water—the Chippewa moniker for Lake Superior. We were wending our way up Michigan's Upper Peninsula on U.S. Highway 41 through a blaze of autumn leaves toward the highway's terminus at Copper Harbor.
Longfellow's Hiawatha came here to fast, but we had come to feast on the region's unique road foods.
The account of the whole trip is here.
Source: Saveur Magazine

Four-wheeling in the U.P. reviewed has a great review of off-roading in the U.P. in connection with U.P. Overland.

Excerpt: Michigan's Upper Peninsula has around 29 percent of the entire state's land mass and yet only 3 percent of its population. That sounds like a good formula for some places to explore! That part of the state is affectionately known as the UP and the residents often refer to themselves as Yoopers. The UP is littered with ghost towns and relics of the mining era along with 4,300-plus inland lakes, along with the world's largest body of fresh water, Lake Superior, to the north. If you access the UP from the Lower Peninsula, you will cross over using the Mackinac Bridge, a stunner all on its own.
For the whole article, go here.

Another freighter found in Lake Superior

The U.P.-based group of shipwreck hunters that made history with the Henry B. Smith earlier this year has now found what may be the deepest wreck found in the Great Lakes.

Excerpt: The group that found a sunken freighter off the shore of Marquette, Mich., this spring has found a second one in Lake Superior that sank more than 60 years ago.

Searchers confirmed the location of the Scotiadoc in more than 850 feet of water last month near Thunder Bay, Ontario, possibly making it the deepest shipwreck ever found in the Great Lakes, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Chesterton Tribune

Michigan Tech alum contributes to lunar mission

The space shuttles may be gone, but NASA hasn't stopped exploring our solar system, with the latest mission to launch focusing on studying communication in space--with the help of a Michigan Tech graduate.

Excerpt: "I've supported the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration since my first day at Lincoln," he said. "I got my PhD in August 2009, drove out to Massachusetts, and started work the next Monday."

Since Dilworth earned his master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, he has been working on equipment that will revolutionize space communication.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

Marquette named one of best mountain biking towns

When people think of mountain biking destinations, they think of… Marquette? Yes, at least according to this list of top towns for mountain biking from USA Today.

Excerpt: It's been nearly 40 years since a small group of fun-loving tinkerers in Marin started racing down dirt roads on old cruiser bikes modified with fat knobby tires. Though mountain biking began as a fringe sport in the 70s, it's since evolved into an athletic outlet embraced by communities everywhere.

From the flatlands to the highlands, these top mountain bike towns are drawing riders of all kinds with amazing trail systems, bike parks, and pump tracks galore.

The whole list is available here.

Source: USA Today

Scientists study U.P. lake for ecological change

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found that the most basic ways of predicting ecological change in a lake were actually the best by studying an Upper Peninsula lake.

Excerpt: Day after day, the buoy bobbed at the surface of Peter Lake. Every five minutes, or 288 times a day, instruments in the water silently recorded samples without creating so much as a ripple. But, beneath the surface, the lake — just across Wisconsin's northern boundary in Michigan's Upper Peninsula — was in turmoil. The buoy was busy documenting massive change.

For more of the story, go here.

Source: University of Wisconsin News

Lundin Mining reports production start in 2014

The company that now owns the Eagle Mine in Marquette County, Lundin, has released a report on how the progress of the mine is going. Details are in the full story.

Excerpt: Since the completion of the acquisition on July 17th, 2013, all development activities have accelerated and the project continues to track on or ahead of budget and schedule. Progress development highlights include:

Project engineering is 99% complete. Construction is on track and exceeds 55% complete, with overall project progress approximately 65% complete. Work in progress includes a high level of activity on regional road upgrades, final site civil works, concrete installation and steel erection.

For the whole story, click here.


Folk music recordings provide glimpse of U.P.'s history

Musicologist Alan Lomax made some very famous field recordings of American folk music, but his recordings made in Michigan haven't been as well known, until now.

Excerpt: The collection includes acoustic blues from southern transplants, including Sampson Pittman and one-time Robert Johnson collaborator Calvin Frazier; a lumberjack ballad called "Michigan-I-O" sung solo by an old logger named Lester Wells; and a similar lament about life deep in the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula called "31st Level Blues," performed by the Floriani family, who were of Croatian descent.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Associated Press

NewPage publishes sustainability update

Sustainability isn't often synonymous with big corporations like NewPage, but the paper mill company is making improvements, and detailed them in a recent report.

Excerpt: NewPage Corporation, the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America, announced today the release of its Sustainable Development Facts and Figures 2012 report.

"At NewPage, we work hard every day to make sustainable practices a part of what we do," said George Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage. "We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and securing the long-term health of our company through a variety of environmental, social and economic programs."

The entire report is available here.

Source: NewPage

Royal Oak author sets collection of stories in the U.P.

A Michigan author has written a collection of short stories set in the U.P., and is in the middle of promoting the work, which was funded by Kickstarter.

Excerpt: Royal Oak author Pete Wurdock is taking his fourth book, "Bending Water and Stories Nearby," on the road to the Upper Peninsula where the ideas for his northern Michigan short story collection were formed.

Wurdock, 48, is heading north to "shoot videomercials" and incorporate his work on social media as a way to promote the book.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Kansas City Star

U.P. economy faces diversifying challenge

Mining is seeing something of a resurgence in the U.P. lately, but economic experts still say diversifying the economy is the long-term plan for success.

Excerpt: The new mine, scheduled to begin extracting ore late next year, is the next chapter in the Upper Peninsula’s long history of making a living from natural resources.

But Michigan’s remote, lightly populated northern third is working to expand beyond its traditional employment in mining, timber and tourism.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Red Earth bike race runs through mining towns

The red earth in our area gets its name from the iron in the soil, so it's appropriate, if not entirely expected, for the Red Earth mountain bike race to be sponsored by a mining company.

Excerpt: Last weekend, mountain bikers raced through Ishpeming, just a few miles to the west, on a 35-mile and 15-mile course, as part of the debut Red Earth Classic. Race organizers (and Ishpeming natives) Justin Koski and Matt Palomaki are hoping the event will help make Ishpeming and Negaunee mountain biking destinations. The race is one of a dozen races and bike events this summer in the U.P., including a cyclocross tour and an upcoming enduro in nearby college town Marquette.)

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Outside Online

North Country Trail hiker recounts her journey

Backpacking through the Upper Peninsula may not be for everyone, but a downstate hiker found it to be just right for her.

Excerpt: Some people go on hikes to enjoy the view at the peak of a mountain or the mouth of a river, and some people go on hikes for exercise. Michele Oberholtzer had more profound reasons for her trip.

"I was inspired by the stories of other people who’ve done similar trips," Oberholtzer said. "And most importantly, I had the opportunity."

The whole story is online here.

Source: Chelsea Standard

Michigan Tech has snowball record in 2014 record book

The students at Michigan Tech just seem to have a talent for setting Guinness world records, and in the latest edition of the book for this year, they're regained one title they previously lost--biggest snowball.
Excerpt: In 2006, Michigan Technological University was basking in Guinness glory, having nabbed three wintery world records. But records are made to be broken: one by one, each toppled in the intervening years, and those radiant moments of victory faded into memory.
Last winter, a hardy band of mechanical engineering students had had enough.
For more on the record, go here.
Source: Michigan Tech News

Tahquamenon River draws paddlers of all kinds

Traverse magazine profiled a trip to the U.P.'s Tahquamenon River, as it draws in paddlers and outdoorspeople to its shores for some scenic recreation.

Excerpt: The sound of gravel crunching beneath the shuttle truck’s tires fades back up the rutted two-track, leaving my partner, Brian Kudej, and me alone with a red canoe and our thoughts along the banks of Northern Michigan’s mighty Upper Peninsula Tahquamenon River.

Our thoughts are of coffee. Hot coffee. Late last night at my house, as we packed during a torrential rainstorm, we chucked our hastily assembled paddling and camping gear into the back of my pickup.

For the whole story, click here.


Historical book to honor Iron County women

It can be a stretch to find women's lives represented in history books, as their stories don't as often get told. The Iron County Museum is remedying that with a book entirely about the contributions women made to the history of the area.

Excerpt: The study committee of the Iron County Museum for the project on activities and contributions of women to the growth of Iron County has announced that the resulting book, "Women of Iron County, Michigan–1882-2013," is now available for sale at the museum's gift shop and will soon be available at museums in other locations as well as shops in the county.

The book lists over 500 Iron County women and presents an interesting change in the role of women over the years. It begins with early activities of housekeeping and rearing families that may have numbered over 15 members, but also reached out to assist their spouses in homesteading by working the field, caring for the animals and harvesting.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Iron County Reporter

Motorcyclist passes through the U.P. on journey

A motorcyclist writing for the New York Times blogs has been chronicling a journey from west to east across the U.S., which in his most recent post, included a trip through the U.P.

Excerpt: The U.P., as Michiganders call it, started to look less like a rural farmscape and more like a vacation paradise – full of boats, bikinis and ice cream stands – as I veered again toward Lake Superior. With an actual goal in mind — the Canadian side of Sault Ste. Marie — I was forced to miss a number of enticing places. I did not stop to investigate Giant’s Foot Park, the Dead River Storage Basin, Heart Lake, Petticoat Lake, Parent Lake, King Lake, Little King Lake, Trout Lake, Bass Lake, Coon Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Bond Falls Flowage or Rat Lake Swamp.

The rest of the blog can be found here.

Source: New York Times Blogs

Ore Dock Brewery reviewed in Mlive

As part of Mlive's surveys to find Michigan's best brewery, a reporter visited the U.P. including Marquette's Ore Dock Brewery. Here's what he had to say.

Excerpt: At Ore Dock Brewing Co., Reclamation IPA is the perfect name for the microbrewery's flagship beer.

Ore Dock is in a converted auto garage near the ore docks in Marquette Bay. There are pieces of the city's legacy throughout the brewery, from ore pellets in the bar to iron railroad spikes as the tap handles.

The whole review is online here.

Source: Mlive

U.P. dominates "7 Wonders of Michigan" list

The Detroit Free Press polled readers to find out what the seven wonders of Michigan are, and it turns out a lot of them are in the U.P.--no surprise, we'd like to think.
Excerpt: We asked, Michigan, and you answered.
This month, readers from across the state cast more than 16,876 votes to name the 7 Wonders of Michigan.
Read on for the seven iconic winners.
For the whole list, go here.
Source: USA Today

The draw of living in the Upper Peninsula

A lower Michigan resident who has roots in the U.P. describes what it is that brings her back each summer.

Excerpt: I am sitting out on our dock enjoying a second cup of coffee. It is early morning. The sky is blue, and the sun is shining — just warmly so. Birds are singing, gulls are swooping over the lake, and small fish are swimming around and under the dock — bits of movement but no sound. A 10-inch bass just ruptured the surface of the water and captured a struggling dragonfly unaware of his presence below.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. film company showcases snow biking in new movie

An Upper Peninsula production company, Clear & Cold Cinema, has released a trailer for its movie coming out this fall, titled "Cold Rolled." It explores the world of snow biking around Marquette.

Excerpt: Since 2010 the Noquemanon Trails Network of Marquette, Michigan has been developing winter singletrack for fat tire bikes. Simply called the "Snow Bike Route", the 15-mile trail features berms, rollers and fast descents. It's pretty fun; so we're making a film about it.

The video is online here.

Source: Vimeo

How U.P. breweries compare on a Michigan beer tour

Mlive reporter Fritz Klug has been traveling around the state visiting beer destinations, which included a tour of several U.P. breweries and the U.P. Beer Fest. He talks about how they all compare.

Excerpt: We are now on U.S. 28 heading to Houghton to visit the Keweenaw Brewing Co. in Houghton (posting this story on spotty cell phone service). It is the only U.P. brewery to distribute outside of the peninsula, and sells its beers in iconic cans.

All the coverage is available online here.

Source: Mlive

RV blog author travels through U.P.

It's always interesting to see what visitors think of our lovely U.P. A Seattle-based RVer keeps a regular blog and spent a few days traveling through the area recently. Check the other recent entries for more views.

Excerpt: Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 54 miles south from Escanaba to Menominee, Michigan. Mary lived here from ages 3 – 5.

It was a miserably hot and humid day…about 85 degrees and humidity. Another one is forecast for today.

The current blog can be found here.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Marquette farmers market will get new look

A revamping of the Marquette Commons to better serve the downtown farmer's market is underway--although it will mean the fountain art installation that marks the commons area will be gone.

Excerpt: The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has plans to reconfigure the Marquette Commons with the assistance of a state grant.

The grant - it totals $24,537, and includes a pledge for $43,623 in local matching funds - comes through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Farmers Market Grant Program, which provides one-time grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to existing farmers markets that have been in operation for at least four years in Michigan.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mining Journal

Environmental journalists visit U.P. mines

A recent class of journalists studying environmental writing got an up-close look at mining issues in a Marquette tour.

Excerpt: Staring into a white-hot, 1,000-degree furnace gave me a moment of recognition.

I was peering into an enormous kiln at the Tilden plant in Marquette, Mich., a huge rotating machine that's just a small part of the 20,000-acre mine, watching as iron ore became steel.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Peninsula Pulse

U.P. elects own poet laureate

Northern Michigan University professor Russell Thorburn has been elected poet laureate of the Upper Peninsula, although somewhat unofficially.

Excerpt: In the entire history of Michigan, there has been only one state poet laureate: Edgar Guest.

But, the Upper Peninsula can boast of having a poet laureate.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Family research in U.P. unearths everyday heroes

Taking a trip to the Upper Peninsula can be more of an experience than simply meeting cool people or seeing wonderful sites. Just ask Dan Warner at the News-Press in Florida.

Excerpt: If you enjoy a Sunday afternoon motor trip to see beautiful scenery, Janet and I have a suggestion: Simply drive down to North Cleveland Avenue (U.S. 41) and head north. And north. And north. And north.

Have a bit of patience, because something over 1,900 miles later you will find the end of U.S. 41, nestled between the hills and forests of the Upper Peninsula of Northern Michigan. It is within sight of Lake Superior, where the air is nippy right now, but so clear that our lungs are cheering.

For the rest of the story, read on.

Source: Fort Myers News-Press

Michigan's Sweetgrass Golf Club extends deal with LPGA Symetra Tour

It looks like there will be a continued relationship between the Upper Peninsula and the Ladies' Professional Golf Association thanks to a recent deal struck between the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris and the LPGA.

Excerpt: Sweetgrass Golf Club at the Island Resort & Casino renewed a three-year contract with the LPGA Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA, extending the annual professional golf tournament in Michigan through 2017.

The Hannahville Indian Community tribal council confirmed the decision last week, along with an approval to increase the total purse by $10,000, to $125,000 annually.

For the rest of the story, visit this link.

Source: World Golf

Escanaba downtown seeks historic status

Historic designations have been given to several U.P. downtowns, and Escanaba's is likely to be next on the list.

Excerpt: Downtown Escanaba's nomination for being listed on the National Register for Historic Places will likely be approved by the end of the year, according to the historian who presented a final report to the public Thursday.

"It's going to fly through in my opinion," said Bill Rutter, an architectural historian with BB&E consulting firm of Trout Lake.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Exhibit uncovers folk culture of Michigan through music

The Upper Peninsula has been home to folk music of different stripes for a very long time, as recordings from the late 1930s of Michigan folk musicians can attest in a new exhibit downstate.

Excerpt: The Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing on Sunday will be the first stop of a traveling exhibit and performances celebrating the 75th anniversary of what was supposed to be a three-month song collecting tour through the Upper Midwest.

It commemorates a trip that began in Detroit on Aug. 1, 1938, by 23-year-old Alan Lomax, who carried a Presto instantaneous disc recorder and movie camera to gather folk music from the Upper Midwest, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Miami Herald

Humungus Fungus celebrated in Crystal Falls

The Humungus Fungus is the subject of a fun festival each year in the western U.P. as well as a scientific curiosity worth reading up on.

Excerpt: A 1,500-year-old, 100-ton fungus gets its due this week with the annual Humungus Fungus Fest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The festival in Crystal Falls honors the Armillaria fungus, which covers about 37 acres in Iron County's Mastodon Township.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune

Iowa travel writer recommends trip up north

Travel writers often direct Chicago, lower Michigan or Wisconsin travelers to the U.P. for a nearby vacation each summer, but not as many come from Iowa, although that might change according to this article.

Excerpt: Why boil our brains during our mid-July vacation by going south? After reading a blurb about Michigan’s Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula in a magazine, I was intrigued to explore this very northern area I knew nothing about.

Driving north then east for a total of 603 miles from Des Moines, the trip can be accomplished by car in one day.

For the entire story, go here.

Source: Des Moines Register

Northern Light film based in U.P. snowmobiling

The I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste. Marie was the subject of an interesting documentary reviewed here in the Hollywood Reporter.

Excerpt: Citizens of Michigan's Upper Peninsula put a home-brewed, frozen-over spin on NASCAR action in Northern Light, Nick Bentgen's look at two aspiring snowmobile racers and the families that support them. A spare observational style suits the icy setting and unassuming protagonists; though the subject lacks the oomph to demand an art house run, the film will be appreciated at fests and draw attention to first-time director Bentgen, who also served at DP on this year's Tribeca Fest standout Hide Your Smiling Faces

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Jack Lessenberry writes about how the U.P. sees Detroit

Detroit-based columnist Jack Lessenberry is never afraid to take on the tough questions, and in this recent column, he turns his thoughtful eye on the U.P.

Excerpt: If the Upper Peninsula were a separate state, which Yoopers sometimes grumble it should be, Marquette would be its capital. But it would be a small one. Though it seems bigger, Marquette has fewer than twenty-two thousand people. It is nearly five hundred miles from Detroit, but seems much further away. When they talk about ethnic minorities here, they tend to mean those who came from Finland.

For the whole column, click here.

Source: Michigan Radio

USA Today sends travelers to the U.P.

History and natural beauty are definitely two things the U.P. has aplenty, and that's what this USA Today article for the paper's travel magazine focuses on.

Excerpt: Two immense peninsulas make up the state of Michigan: The mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula that most people recognize, and the vast Upper Peninsula that somehow gets overlooked. The "UP" is certainly worth getting to know. The wild region has deep pine forests, wave-washed cliffs, remarkable history and postcard-perfect harbor towns.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: USA Today

Newspaper chooses the Seven Wonders of Michigan

Well, we can think of several right here in the U.P. The Mackinac Bridge is certainly one -- what do you think?

Excerpt: The Observer & Eccentric Media wants to celebrate Michigan’s majesty. We’re ranking the Seven Wonders of Michigan and we need your help.

Starting today, we’re accepting your nominations for Michigan’s grandest sights — either natural or man-made.

The whole poll is available online here.

Source: Hometown Life

Ford's birthday includes Alberta celebration

Henry Ford built a lot more than cars, as the town of Alberta attests to. He actually was instrumental in developing a few U.P. towns through logging and mining, like Gwinn and Alberta.

Excerpt: Henry Ford put Alberta, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the map.

To thank him, the community and the university that now owns it, are coming together to host a 150th birthday party for their founding father, who built a saw mill and the village of Alberta as part of Ford's little-known lumber empire in the western Upper Peninsula.

The whole article is online here.


Orange globular cloud video taken in U.P. gets online traction

Some unusual cloud formations were spotted in the western U.P. this week, called mammatus clouds. Combined with a sunset, they produced some pretty cool video that's making the Internet rounds.

Excerpt: Nature put on a psychedelic show in Michigan this week, filling the sky with tangerine-colored bubble-shaped clouds that look like the inside of a lava lamp.

You can see the spectacle for yourself in the video above, captured by part-time Wendy's employee and full-time dad Jason Asselin.

For the video and story, go here.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Movie based on Michigan book to be shot partly in U.P.

One of Michigan author Christopher Knight's books is being made into a movie, and appropriately, it'll be filmed in Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: A movie based off a Michigan author's novel was approved for a film incentive worth more than $42,000.

The feature film "Bestseller" is expected to film this month in Petoskey and De Tour, on the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula.

For the whole story, go here.


Houghton named 20th smartest city in U.S.

Lumosity made a list of the smartest places in the U.S., based on results from its tests and games, and it looks like Houghton is pretty high on the list.

Excerpt: Ithaca, N.Y. is a relatively small college town, but one thing that might make up for its size is its brain power. That’s because Ithaca tops a new list from Lumosity that ranks U.S. cities by their raw cognitive performance.

San Francisco-based Lumosity creates brain-training exercises and has raised more than $70 million in funding to date from Discovery Communications, Menlo Ventures, and others.

For the whole list, go here.


Marquette profiled as Midwest travel location

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune covers just about everything you could want to do in Marquette in this travel article.

Excerpt: Although Marquette’s trump card is its staggeringly beautiful natural setting on Lake Superior’s rocky shore, the town of 21,500 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula projects a generous cultural vibe. Visitors soon realize that Marquette and its environs of cliffs, waterfalls and primal woods, not to mention the spellbinding expanse of Lake Superior colliding with the sky, are equally suited to writing poetry as to participating in extreme sports.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Bike tours take advantage of mine sites, bike trails

The latest development along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is the perfect reason for a summer bike tour of the area that includes mining history and regional landscapes.

Excerpt: Bike tours have been planned along a trail network that connects Upper Peninsula historic sites across the Marquette Iron Range, officials said.

The most recent segment of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail links Marquette to Negaunee’s historic Jackson Mine and also will connect to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

The entire story is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Author finds a new U.P. as she writes about it

Sometimes, a place isn't what you think it is. Even if you've written a whole book about it, as the author of this piece--and a book set in the U.P.--finds out.

Excerpt: I wrote a book, as yet unpublished, but it’s a full-scale book full of plotting and characters. It took me months of writing and revising, followed by months of angst as I built up the courage to let anyone, besides my husband, read it. All in all, the reviews have been good.

But now I find myself rethinking the whole thing. The story is set in the Upper Peninsula in a fictional town made up of characters whose traits I gleaned from living up north.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Appleton Post-Crescent

Article contrasts Yooper stereotypes with reality

A Wisconsin writer found a different U.P. than expected on a recent trip to Marquette.

Excerpt: Think of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and what comes to mind? Moose crossings? Remote living? Blustery weather? Da Yoopers singing “Rusty Chevrolet”?

My life is a series of daily lessons, and I was surprised to learn recently that some U.P. residents don’t like to be called “Yoopers.” This term of endearment makes a lot of us grin, but to others it promotes a stereotype of simple thinking and excessive drinking.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Wausau Daily Herald

Shawn Malone wins viewers' choice in Smithsonian contest

Upper Peninsula Second Wave's Shawn Malone submitted her amazing Northern Lights timelapse video, North Country Dreamland, to a video contest this summer run by the Smithsonian--and it won the viewer's choice award.

Excerpt: Earlier this year we launched our inaugural video contest with the goal of highlighting up-and-coming videographers with amazing stories to tell. We received over 200 videos covering topics ranging from scenic timelapses to the best organic coffee in Brazil but only one could be declared our grand prize winner.

The whole list of winners is available here.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

An outsider's look at U.P. culture

With summer come a lot of visitors to the U.P., and we're glad they come. But sometimes it causes something of a culture clash--because life is just a little different here. This writer has an affectionate take on why we can be hard for Trolls to understand.

Excerpt: Just when a person decides he has seen everything, he encounters the "Crappin' Chickens" game.

"Crappin' Chickens" was a homemade booth at a small-town festival Saturday in the Upper Peninsula.

The whole post can be found here.


Historians gather in Upper Peninsula

The history of the Upper Peninsula is by any measure an interesting one, which historians from all over will be discussing this weekend.

Excerpt: People with a stake in the history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are preparing for a longstanding opportunity to gather and share information.

The three-day Upper Peninsula History Conference kicks off Friday in Houghton. It’s the 64th annual event.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Pictured Rocks profiled in USA Today

Pictured Rocks remains one of the most beautiful and popular sights to see in the Upper Peninsula, and people from all over the U.S. know it.

Excerpt: No one stumbles upon Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore accidentally.

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Superior in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the park remains hidden from all but the most curious.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: USA Today

Daniels talks U.P. on David Letterman

Whether you love Jeff Daniels' take on the U.P. or not, he's a well-known figure when it comes to talking about the region, and David Letterman apparently knows it.

Excerpt: Michigan’s Jeff Daniels was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday night. The Michigan actor talked Upper Peninsula, Mackinac, “Dumb and Dumber” and baseball.

When asked by Letterman to list some things to do in Michigan, the Chelsea native was speechless

The whole article and video can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Huffington Post puts U.P. on top waterfalls list

We'd say the U.P. has some of the top waterfalls in the country, but tops in the state of Michigan, as this list has it, is pretty good too.

Excerpt: When you visit the Wolverine State no matter where you are, you're never more than 85 miles from a lakeshore, or six miles from a natural water source.

If that's not enough to get Michigan on your list of must-stop places this summer, then consider this: the state borders four of the five Great Lakes, is home to over 64,000 inland lakes and ponds, and has some of the most enchanting waterfalls east of the Mississippi!

The entire list is online here.

Source: The Huffington Post

North Carolina company buys Pioneer Surgical

Marquette-based Pioneer Surgical just opened a facility in North Carolina in recent years, and now the news is that a N.C. biologics company is acquiring Pioneer in turn.

Excerpt: RTI Biologics is in the process of buying Pioneer Surgical Technology, a Michigan-based implant manufacturer with 300 employees worldwide, in a deal worth $130 million.

With the acquisition announced Wednesday, RTI will add synthetic and metal surgical implants to its portfolio of implants manufactured from human donated tissue and animal tissue.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Gainesville Sun

Lundin Mining buys Eagle mining project

The Kennecott Eagle Mine in Marquette County looks poised to change hands from mining giant Rio Tinto to Canada-based Lundin Mining Corp.

Excerpt: Canada's Lundin Mining Corp. says it's buying an Upper Peninsula nickel and copper mine from a subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto PLC for $325 million.

The whole story is online here.

Source: The Argus-Press

Possible Griffin shipwreck studied

The Washington Post is among the many media outlets covering the exciting historical news developing off the Garden Peninsula; famed explorer Robert de La Salle's ship may have been found there.

Excerpt: Commercial fisherman Larry Barbeau’s comings and goings usually don’t create much of a stir in this wind-swept Lake Michigan outpost, but in the past few days, his phone jangles the minute he arrives home.

Barbeau’s 46-foot boat is the offshore nerve center for an expedition seeking the underwater grave of the Griffin, the first ship of European design to traverse the upper Great Lakes.

The entire story is online here.

Source: The Washington Post

Lt. Governor Calley to visit U.P.

The lieutenant governor will be talking economic development and bike trails, among other things, on a trip through the U.P.

Excerpt: Lt. Governor Brian Calley will be touring parts of Upper Michigan June 17 through June 20.

His trip will kick off with a public hearing in Marquette on Monday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion.

For the whole story and an itinerary, go here.


Dickinson County proposes southern U.P. bike trail

There's been a lot of talk, from Governor Snyder to the local level, about Michigan-wide bike and hiking trail systems. Dickinson County has a suggestion about it.

Excerpt: Dickinson County is proposing a southern Upper Peninsula route for a Michigan biking and hiking trail that would run some 900 miles from downstate Belle Isle to Ironwood.

The Dickinson plan is a viable alternative to a northern U.P. route along Lake Superior that was proposed last fall by Gov. Rick Snyder, said County Commissioner Barbara Kramer.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Isle Royale documentary gets good reviews

Isle Royale documentarian George Desort premiered his latest film, exploring time spent on the Lake Superior wilderness island through its lakes. It's enchanting Chicago viewers.

Excerpt: As the first night scene with the Northern Lights in ‘‘Fifty Lakes One Island’’ flared across the screen, a siren wailed out on Division Street by Chopin Theatre.

There’s the juxtaposition of George Desort’s new documentary film, which made its Chicago debut May 22 — the nature world viewed against the context of the thoroughly modern one.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Travel piece gives old and new ways to enjoy Mackinac Island

Much on Mackinac Island is timeless, never changing, and that's what draws so many back year after year. But some things do change, and this travel piece explores them.

Excerpt: On a warm day in May, there is nowhere in the world like Mackinac Island.

It's like summer without crowds. Like scoring a backstage pass.

It's a season of daffodils -- the tulips not up yet -- and clean, clear views of the Mackinac Bridge and a chance to ride a bicycle around the island practically alone.

For the entire article, click here.

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

100-year-old shipwreck found in Lake Superior

Shipwreck hunting on Lake Superior doesn't have a lot of victories, but a group recently found what they believe is the wreck of a long-missing freighter off the Marquette bay.

Excerpt: Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — and much of it is largely intact.

The Duluth News Tribune reported the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Mich.
The whole story is online here.

Source: Fox News

North Country Trail supported by communities

We're lucky in the U.P. to have many miles of great trails, one of which actually is a  multi-state federal trail, the North Country Trail.
Excerpt: In Michigan, of course, there is reason to celebrate trails every day. Local and state governments and non-profit groups do a terrific job developing them.
But one trail stands out as especially worthy of celebration, one surprisingly that often goes unnoticed. Its development takes place in the quiet recesses of our forests and in one-on-one meetings between landowners and well-intentioned volunteers.
For the whole story, click here.

U.P. students spark interest in power industry

Students need skills that are marketable on the job scene, and that's what this U.P. class is getting in a piece from Bridge Michigan.
Excerpt: Doug Elliott’s class at Ishpeming’s Westwood High School goes way beyond the focus of many a shop class: making wooden birdhouses, shelves and such.
Elliott’s students get into computer numerical control and sensors.
Entitled “Survival in an Electrical World,” the class covers the basics and far more. An advanced class, for example, gets more into the heavy machinery that fills Elliott’s spacious classroom.
For the whole story, just go here.
Source: Bridge Michigan

River Valley Bank pays back 2009 bailout money

River Valley customers in both Wisconsin and Michigan will be glad to hear the bank has finished its recovery process, coming out the other side one of the highest-valued banks in Wisconsin.

Excerpt: Wausau's River Valley Bank recently achieved two milestones: topping $1 billion in assets and exiting the federal government's Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP.

With more than $1 billion in assets, River Valley is the 10th-largest bank based in Wisconsin. Of more than 260 banks headquartered in the state, only 11 non-specialty banks have more than $1 billion in assets.

For the whole story go here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

UP Great Start wins statewide award

There are Great Start programs all over the state, but one in the Upper Peninsula has been honored for its exceptional work.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula Great Start to Quality Resource Center has been named this year’s top "Fierce Heart" organization for young children in Michigan by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.

The Fierce Heart award recognizes an organization that has shown an unwavering dedication to the Great Start vision and is taking relentless action at the national, state and/or local levels to bring that vision to reality.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 5 & 10

Pure Michigan has a roundup of places to head on Memorial Day

Out of this list, obviously our favorite is Pictured Rocks. But there are plenty of other places to hit this weekend, wherever you're traveling, or if you're staying close to home.

Excerpt: With Memorial Day weekend upon us, and the summer travel season getting underway, Pure Michigan is reminding everyone of all the great tourist destinations the state has to offer.

The campaign's Michelle Begnoche says two destinations, in particular, stand out as Michigan's most popular -- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Traverse City, and Picture Rocks National Lakeshore, in the Upper Peninsula.

For the whole story, click here.


Invisibility research highlighted at Tech

This story gets an in-person look at the labs of invisibility researchers at Michigan Technological University.

Excerpt: To the naked eye, the small college town of Houghton, nestled in the heart of Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, seems like any other campus. Students traveling from class-to-class, others working diligently on homework.

But on the eighth floor of the Electrical Energy Resources Center at Michigan Tech University, scientists are trying to make an historic breakthrough.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Up North Live

Great Lakes water restoration projects get funding

The Great Lakes and their waters are the basis for our whole economy, landscape and culture. So keeping them safe and healthy is an important priority. The U of M Water Center must agree, with its recent gift of more than half a million in funding to restoration projects.

Excerpt: The new University of Michigan Water Center today awarded 12 research grants, totaling nearly $570,000, to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts.

The two-year grants of up to $50,000 will support diverse projects, including efforts to track the remediation of harmful algae blooms; assess the effectiveness of techniques to control non-native weedy plant invasions; study chromosomal damage in tree swallow nestlings; and monitor fish responses to restoration activities.

For the whole news story, go here.

Source: University of Michigan News

Disc golf expands in U.P.

Disc golf courses are becoming more popular in Michigan, and in the U.P., they're drawing more hobbyists and visitors.

Excerpt: According to the U.P. Disc Golf Association, Michigan has the second most disc golf courses in the country, but it's still expanding into Upper Peninsula. The UPDGA is building two new courses in Ishpeming to be ready by next summer, and the new Powder Mill Course north of Marquette will be opened this June.

The whole article is online here.


Marquette placemaking highlighted in article

Placemaking is the key to economic growth, says this interview on Michigan Radio. Marquette is mentioned as a place that's doing it right.

Excerpt: We've talked about a House Bill that aims to stop Michigan's 'brain drain,' but communities throughout the state need to do more to attract and keep young people in Michigan.

Arnold Weinfeld, the director of Strategic Initiatives at the Michigan Municipal League , said that 2/3 of college graduates look for a location they want to live in first, and then search for jobs within that city. A generation or two ago, the process was reversed.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Michigan Tech Peace Corps program ranked first in the nation

For Upper Peninsula students eyeing the Peace Corps after college, Michigan Tech is clearly the place to be. The school was ranked as the top university program in the nation.

Excerpt: Michigan Technological University ranks as the top Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) university nationwide for the eighth consecutive year. With 35 PCMI graduate students currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned the top spot in the 2013 rankings of PCMI and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.  Tulane University placed second.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

Manistique wins best water award

A lot of us in the U.P. are pretty proud of our water, but residents of Manistique now have official bragging rights.

Excerpt: It was a night for awards at the Manistique City Council meeting Monday as the council was presented with a trophy for the best tasting water in the U.P. and recognized the service of Public Safety Director Ken Golat.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Norway-Vulcan schools recognized as one of best in U.S.

Recognition for one of the U.P.'s smaller schools came from a big place recently: Norway-Vulcan High School is one of Newsweek's picks for best high school this year.

Excerpt: A high school in the Upper Peninsula has made it on Newsweek's America's Best High School List for 2013.

The Norway-Vulcan High School was named one of America's Best High Schools in Newsweek's latest list for 2013.

For the rest of the story, click here.


Time-lapse video of U.P. gets attention

This amazing video was shot over a year, and makes us so grateful to have the talented Shawn Malone as our managing photographer here at U.P. Second Wave.

Excerpt: You have never seen Michigan’s night sky in such gorgeous fashion as in this new video by Marquette photographer Shawn Malone.

The video is stunning and features time-lapse photography of night sky and daylight visions at Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and other scenes within 200 miles of Malone’s Upper Peninsula home.

For the whole video, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Restored schoolhouse holds history, memories

This column reminisces about a family-connected one-room schoolhouse in the U.P.

Excerpt: Longrie School is nestled among pine trees near the corner of County Road 352 and Palmer Road, so named because my grandfather, Albert Palmer, and his brother, Henry, were the first to settle farms there in the early 1900s.

Part of “cutover country,” their farmsteads stood atop long sweeping hills across the road from the railroad tracks. Mom and Uncle Ed often walked the mile or so to school on those tracks.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Top 10 Michigan list includes lots of U.P. recommendations has made a list of top 10 places for families to visit in Michigan, and several of the 10 include spots in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: While many know Michigan as the birthplace of the auto industry in the U.S., both locals and visitors appreciate its other claim to fame as a water wonderland. Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes providing the longest freshwater coastline in the nation, and boasts over 11,000 inland lakes which means that anywhere you go in Michigan, you are never more than six miles away from a body of water. That makes it easy for families to get out and appreciate the natural beauty of the state as well as the friendly, welcoming personalities of Michiganders.

For the whole list, click here.

Source: Trekaroo

Esky native builds granola business in Wisconsin

Handmade, locally-sourced, healthy granola and trail mix is the center of the business Big Flavor in Washburn, Wisconsin--which is co-owned by an Escanaba native.

Excerpt: Big Flavor Foods is an old-fashioned business in the midst of a local foods renaissance.

Owners Mark Babel and Will Pipkin hand-make and hand-deliver bags and bins of tasty granola and trail mix to more than 25 mom-and-pop stores and co-ops in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Big Flavor is located in the old Twin Silos building on Highway 13 in Washburn, formerly the home of Racheli’s Deli.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Ashland Daily Press

Michigan pig debate hits the pages of the New York Times

Michigan is becoming the location for a battleground over feral pigs, with challenges at the state level to a recent ban from both game ranches and domestic pig farmers. The NYT picked up the story here.

Excerpt: In southern states like Texas, backyard encounters with feral swine have become routine. The pigs — ill-tempered eating machines weighing 200 pounds or more — roam city streets, collide with cars, root up cemeteries and provide plot lines for reality TV shows like “Hog Hunters.”

But the pig wars are moving north. In Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania — states where not long ago the only pigs were of the “Charlotte’s Web” variety — state officials are scrambling to deal with an invasion of roaming behemoths that rototill fields, dig up lawns, decimate wetlands, kill livestock, spread diseases like pseudo-rabies and, occasionally, attack humans.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: New York Times

Marquette General talks expansion plans

It was clear changes would be in store when MGH was acquired by LifePoint--and now, the hospital has announced some of those changes, in the form of building expansion.

Excerpt: Seven months ago, Marquette General Hospital was officially acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Now the hospital is finalizing short and long term plans for upgrading their facilities.

A major expansion was announced Monday night at the Marquette City Commission meeting. The project will include new construction and renovation work.

For the whole story, click here.


Marquette was stop on media Tech Tour

Media representatives from all over Michigan take an annual Tech Tour highlighting all the IT, telecom and online businesses that help push the tech sector of the state's economy forward, and this year's tour started in Marquette.

Excerpt: Things got off to a rousing start at Pioneer Surgical Technology Inc., a high tech medical device manufacturer that is growing rapidly and expanding nationwide.

Pioneer was founded in 1992 by Marquette surgeon Matthew Songer and its first major proudct was the Songer Cable, used in spine injuries.

For the whole post, go here.

Source: CBS Detroit

Two NMU players and U.P. natives land NFL tryouts

It's not too common for a U.P. kid to make it big in the NFL, but two NMU football players, one from the Sault and one from Escanaba, each might get a shot this year. They both are going to NFL tryouts.

Excerpt: After not hearing their names called in the 2013 NFL Draft, it took less than 24 hours for former Northern Michigan University football players Zach Anderson and Jace Daniels to each be invited out to an NFL rookie mini camp.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 5&10

Bell's Brewery moves to buy Escanaba land

The U.P. might be welcoming Bell's Brewery as the latest local brewer if all goes well with a land offer the company made in Escanaba.

Excerpt:  Bell’s Brewery Inc. founder Larry Bell is seeking to purchase property and construct a manufacturing facility in Escanaba, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Escanaba City Council is holding a special meeting on Thursday, April 25, after receiving a proposal from Bell on April 19, offering to purchase lots "H" and "I," about 3.15 acres, at the the Whitetale Industrial Park for $35,000.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Mlive

Michigan ranked as one of best craft brew states

Is there a beer theme here this week or what? It certainly is a testament to how the craft beer industry is growing in Michigan, as is this ranking from USA Today, which puts Michigan at No. 5 among states.

Excerpt: The craft beer movement continues to boom across the USA. 10Best editors have compiled this state-by-state guide so you can plan your next beer pilgrimage.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: USA Today

Golfers are ready for spring at Sweetgrass

Golf course designer Paul Albanese talks to Mlive about the unusual Sweetgrass course over in Harris, which is getting ready to open for the season.

Excerpt: As spring abounds in West Michigan, snow recedes in the Upper Peninsula, making way for an early May opening for award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Mlive

Two U.P. fire departments get grant awards

The Ishpeming and Ironwood fire departments will get a big boost this year, as both are the recipients of federal grant funding announced recently for safety and equipment upgrades -- good news for area residents, too.

Excerpt: Michigan's U.S. Senators expressed support for Upper Michigan fire departments on Thursday as a grant program is bringing money to two fire departments.

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin expressed their support for Ishpeming and Ironwood Fire Departments in an announcement on Thursday.

The rest of the story can be found here.


NMU goalie joins Red Wings

It's a dream come true for a lot of Michigan hockey players: NMU's goalie, Jared Coreau, has been picked up by the Detroit Red Wings for the rest of their season.

Excerpt: The now former Northern Michigan University goaltender Jared Coreau will join the Detroit Red Wings today, flying out of Marquette to Detroit.

Coreau will be with the Wings for the franchise’s final nine games of the regular season, but it’s questionable at best that he sees anytime in net over Jimmy Howard or Jonas Gustavsson.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Mining Journal

Baraga farmer disputes exotic hog ban based on treaty rights

The ban on exotic hogs in Michigan is being argued by a Baraga hog farmer with new grounds: her treaty rights.

Excerpt: An American Indian farmer is suing state regulators, accusing them of violating her rights under a 19th century treaty by banning exotic hogs that are believed to be escaping from hunting preserves and damaging the environment, her attorney said Friday.

Brenda Turunen of Baraga is the fifth hog producer to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources over its 2010 designation of certain breeds as invasive species, making it illegal to possess them.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Permit granted for second Detroit-Canada bridge

Another bridge will join the International Bridge from Detroit to Windsor, according to an announcement from the governor.

Excerpt: It’s official.

The U.S. State Department announced its issuance of a presidential permit to the state of Michigan for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, moving the project an important step closer to completion.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Ann Arbor musician with U.P. roots profiled

A downstate musician is the subject of a nice profile by Deadline Detroit, and some may be interested to note his background includes some time in the U.P.

Excerpt: Musician Randy Tessier's feet are firmly planted on the ground in Ann Arbor. It wasn't always so.

A military brat, Tessier was born in 1950 in Virginia. The family moved to French Morocco in 1954, before settling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1958, when his father was sent to Sawyer Air Force Base. Young Randy attended Marquette High School, "and many others," he recalls.

The whole story's online here.

Source: Deadline Detroit

Smithsonian Magazine shows off U.P.'s beauty

A timelapse video by Mike Kvackay is on the Smithsonian Magazine's website this month, showing the world some of the natural landscapes we're blessed with.

Excerpt: Michigan's Spectacular Upper Peninsula : From the Porcupine Mountains to the northern lights over Marquette, this timelapse captures the true beauty of the UP.

For the video, click here.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Marquette designates itself as "Frisbee Sanctuary"

Disc golf and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts should be delighted by the steps the city of Marquette is taking to support their sport, including officially designating itself a Frisbee-friendly town.

Excerpt: In 1975, Wham-O Manufacturing Co. designated Marquette as a "Frisbee Sanctuary." This distinction meant that Marquette was a community that helped develop and progress Frisbee and disc games into a global recreational activity.

On March 25, the Marquette City Commission unanimously approved a resolution to designate Marquette with the official title of "Frisbee Sanctuary," making Marquette the only city in the world with this official designation...

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Mining Journal

Keweenaw Land Trust offers to buy Houghton land

The Hungarian Gorge area of Houghton County might be home to a nature preserve if the Keweenaw Land Trust succeeds in buying the land it wants to.

Excerpt: A small conservancy in the western Upper Peninsula wants to establish a nature area in a section of Houghton County known as the Hungarian gorge.

The Keweenaw Land Trust is trying to raise $40,000 this month to cover up-front costs of buying a 10-acre parcel.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Holland Sentinel

Michigan woman walked around Great Lakes

A Battle Creek resident took on the goal of walking the shorelines of all five Great Lakes. This article is an in-depth look at her journey and what it was like.

Excerpt: First, she walked 1,019 miles around Lake Michigan. Then, she walked another 1,004 miles along the shorelines of all five Great Lakes.

What does Battle Creek’s Loreen Niewenhuis have inside her that compels her to put one foot in front of the other?

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Governor signs bear cub handling bill

Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newbery will get to keep its policy of allowing tourists to touch and photograph bear cubs under a new state law.

Excerpt: Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will free up the owners of an Upper Peninsula ranch to let visitors pet and take pictures with bear cubs.

The law allows the handling of bear cubs less than 36 weeks old or weighing no more than 90 pounds, but limits it to already existing facilities.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Winemakers look at grapes that can thrive in the U.P.

As Michigan climbs the ranks of winemaking destinations, winemakers are studying what varieties of grapes can have the widest range, like in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: Michigan winemakers are exploring a variety of options to get the most out of their crops. They’re experimenting with growing hardier grapes to handle whatever curve balls Mother Nature throws.

Michigan is now the eighth largest wine grape growing state.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Upper Peninsula fly-fishing contributes to Michigan's top 10 listing

A Forbes writer suggests a top 10 of fly-fishing states, and adds Michigan to it, noting the Upper Peninsula's many opportunities.

Excerpt: As trout season opens around the U.S., a thought experiment on the top 10 flyfishing states in the country, listed in no particular order.

For the whole list, go here.


Amasa-made wood floor heads to Atlanta along with Michigan fans

Connor Sport Flooring, based in Amasa, is once again the chosen manufacturer for the NCAA's Final Four basketball court flooring, which it has been making since last year.

Excerpt: The Michigan-made portable maple court for men's college basketball's Final Four is making the trip this week to Atlanta.

Connor Sport Court International says work on the floor began last year.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Oakland Press

New copper and silver mine approved

Well, now the words "mining boom" are being tossed out there in regards to the western Upper Peninsula. Here's the latest on Orvana Minerals' project in Gogebic County.
Excerpt: A permit for a new copper and silver mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been approved, as the region is undergoing a "mining boom."
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Orvana signed a permit on Tuesday to allow the Canadian company to start mining north of Gogebic County near Ironwood. 
For the whole thing, click here.

Columnist muses on Southern vs. Yooper food

Taking as its subject a nutritional study conducted by a scientist with roots in the U.P., a newspaper writer compares a U.P. diet to standard southern fare.

Excerpt: I just read that a Southern diet will kill you, and that’s what I’ve been living on for the past 76 years.

According to the Los Angeles Times, eating the way we eat can bring on strokes, heart problems, diabetes and other nasty conditions. The villains are fried chicken, fried fish, bacon, ham and sweet tea.
For the whole column, go here.

Source: Aiken Standard

Sweetgrass makes Best in Michigan golfing list

Each year, the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris is honored by rankings for its quality, affordability and variety. This time, it's been named one of the best in Michigan by Golfweek.

Excerpt:  Sweetgrass Golf Club, three-time host of the LPGA's developmental tour, has been named a Best-in-State course in Golfweek Magazine's annual course rankings.

Situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Paul Albanese design has garnered a top-20 spot on the publication's "Best Courses You Can Play" list since 2010. It was recognized for excellent conditioning, variety of holes and routing, among other attributes.

For the entire story, click here.


Fashion show focuses on upcycling in the U.P.

How much cooler is it to re-use the clothing we don't want or need than to throw it out? That's the idea behind a recent "upcycling" fashion show that highlights the efforts of area designers.

Excerpt: Over twenty billion pounds of clothing ends up in our landfills every year.

One in every ten garments bought are never worn and sometimes simply thrown away, but not everyone is cut from the same cloth. Locally, there are some people making the most out of what they already have.

For the rest of the article, go here.


Ice biking video shows a new side of winter sports

Ice biking and snow biking have an increased following in the U.P. in recent years. Local photographer Aaron Peterson is one rider, and captured some amazing video and photos of a friend biking over perfectly clear ice on the Great Lakes.
Excerpt: Up here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula you have to find ways to have fun in winter or you’ll go nuts. There’s a lot of chatter back and forth about fat bikes (most locals in the UP still call them snow bikes because that’s when we primarily ride them, but some ride them year round) on the forums, etc., debating if they are a fad or if they look stupid, etc. But to most of us it’s all about the fun. They’re just another bike in the quiver. Road. Mountain. Cross. Fat. Repeat. It’s a progression of the sport, at least regionally.
For the post and video, click here.
Source: Adventure Journal

State buys 2200 acres around AuTrain Basin

The large area of land surrounding AuTrain Basin has been sold to the state of Michigan by its previous owner, UPPCO. That will mean keeping the recreation and wildlife resources intact.

Excerpt: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh (KRAY) has approved the purchase of some Upper Peninsula land for $2.5 million.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports the state acquired roughly 2,200 acres around the AuTrain Basin in Alger County.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

A look at the future of iron mining as an industry

For iron range states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, questions about the future of mining are far from antiquated or irrelevant. A long-form piece explores where the industry has been and where it may go.

Excerpt: As he was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2001, Tony Sertich’s thoughts were on the district he was newly elected to represent.

LTV Steel, one of the largest employers in northern Minnesota, closed the gates to its iron-processing plant in Hoyt Lakes that day and laid off about 1,400 employees. The company said the plant couldn’t produce taconite pellets cheaply enough.

For the entire article, click here.

Source: The Northwestern

For St. Patrick's Day, some history of the Irish in Michigan

In the U.P., we have plenty of Irish-American heritage, as many came to work in the mines or on ships, using skills they already had. This history highlights those and others in Michigan.

Excerpt: Corktown in Detroit, right? That's just one place where the Irish made their mark. Irish immigrants made their way all over the state, migrating in droves during the mid-1800s. For example, did you know Portland and Hubbardston in Ionia County were once heavily Irish?

The whole story can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Statewide trail system to be discussed

Governor Snyder is behind an effort to create a statewide trail--so what better place to hold a summit on the topic than the trail-rich U.P.?

Excerpt: A meeting is planned for later this month to discuss an initiative being pushed by Gov. Rick Snyder to create a hiking and biking trail that would stretch from Belle Isle park in Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin boundary in the western Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Journal reports the trails summit will be held March 18 at Northern Michigan University's Bottum University Center.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Invasive species may be to blame for loon deaths

Ecosystems are complex things, and scientists exploring the causes of Great Lakes loon die-offs are coming to the conclusion the disruption of invasive species might be the reason.

Excerpt: Nearly 900 loons and probably more died while migrating south across Lake Michigan last fall, and scientists suspect invasive species may be to blame.

With the iconic birds of the North Country beginning their migration back from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts in less than a month, Minnesota Public Radio reported Monday that scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey think a complex interplay of invasive species may be the cause of the mass die-offs.

The entire article can be found here.

Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle

Brockway Mountain acquired by township

The drive up Brockway Mountain is an unmissable part of any trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula, and now the mountain has been transferred to local government ownership.

Excerpt: A deal has been completed that will assure continued public access to Brockway Mountain, a popular tourist destination in Michigan's far northwestern Upper Peninsula.

Ownership of the mountain summit and 320 surrounding acres was transferred Thursday from a private individual to Eagle Harbor Township in Keweenaw County.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Republic of Columbus

Author spurs tongue-in-cheek effort to name a state slug

U.P. author Larry Buege has created a PR effort to have an official state slug named, which is drawing attention from the Associated Press--here's one of many links to the story.

Excerpt: People are having a little fun with an effort in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to make a fictional creature the state’s official slug.

WLUC-TV reports the creator of the Amorous Spotted Slug is Larry Buege.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: News-Leader, Springfield, Missouri

March set as Maple Syrup Month in Michigan

Well, it might not quite be maple syrup season yet in the U.P, with all this snow, but it's officially Maple Syrup Month in Michigan.

Excerpt: March has been tabbed as "Michigan Maple Syrup Month" to honor Michigan's selection of high quality pure Maple Syrup and the industry's contribution to the economy.

"Michigan Maple Syrup Month is a special time to acknowledge and recognize our vast, integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers who work to ensure a safe maple syrup supply to be enjoyed by consumers throughout our state and nation," said Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: WNEM

Michigan couple gets U.P. on film

A couple who both love photography have been practicing their craft in the Upper Peninsula and were profiled by the Detroit Free Press recently.

Excerpt: On any given weekend, you might find Teresa and Michael McGill sitting still for hours at a time in a nature preserve blind in the Upper Peninsula, with Teresa's eye to the viewfinder of her still camera and Michael behind his video camera.

Together, the couple wait for the perfect moment, that split-second chance to capture an eagle in flight or a baby loon learning to swim with its parents.

To see the story and photos, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Orvana gets wetlands permit on Copperwood mine project

Toronto-based Orvana Minerals is moving ahead with the permits for a copper mine in the U.P.'s Gogebic County.

Excerpt: Orvana Minerals Corp.("Orvana or the Company"), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orvana Resources US Corp ("Orvana USA"), is pleased to report that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ("MDEQ") has granted the Wetlands Part 303 and the Inlands Lakes and Streams Part 301 permits for the proposed Copperwood copper mine, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA.

"Orvana is pleased that the MDEQ has granted this permit," said Jim Jacques, Chief Operating Officer of the Company and General Manager of Copperwood.

The whole press release is here.


U.P. paddling trips highlighted by presenter

It's not too early to think about spring or summer kayak or canoe trips, right? We know there are those out there dreaming of the Two-Hearted River already--and after a presentation on great Michigan rivers, they're joined by some Wisconsin fans, too.

Excerpt: Paddling enthusiasts received a late-winter encouragement to get out and explore Michigan’s rivers from paddling expert and author Doc Fletcher during a nicely attended presentation at the Three Rivers Public Library on Thursday evening.

Illustrating his talk with a colorful slide show, Fletcher guided the audience down several Michigan rivers, offering pointers on places of entry, levels of paddling difficulty, scenic opportunities, timing logistics and even friendly eateries found along the waterways.

The entire article is online here.

Source: Three Rivers Commercial-News

U.P. makes headlines for snow

This winter is reminding everyone of winters of older days, when the U.P. built its reputation as a snowy winter wonderland for snow-sports fans. The white stuff just keeps coming, but nobody is about to complain.

Excerpt: A strong winter storm dumped more than 20 inches of snow this week in parts of northern Michigan.

Snow also fell in parts of southern Michigan, causing many car crashes this week.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Detroit News

Bear cub bill could affect U.P. tourist attraction

Oswald's Bear Ranch has become a staple of summer U.P. tourism, where visitors can interact with black bear cubs. But a new bill in the state is trying to regulate the attraction in new ways.

Excerpt: A former Bay City firefighter who owns what he calls the nation’s largest bear ranch is confident Michigan will enact legislation allowing his customers to have their pictures taken with bear cubs.

Dean A. Oswald owns Oswald’s Bear Ranch in the Upper Peninsula town of Newberry. Oswald retired as a Bay City firefighter in 1982 and moved to Newberry the next year, then started the bear ranch in 1984.

For the whole article, click here.


Trenary Outhouse Classic draws spectators from all over

Outhouse racing isn't unique to the U.P., but nobody does it quite like they do in Trenary. This year marked the 20th annual Trenary Outhouse Classic.

Excerpt: More than 2,500 people flooded into Trenary Saturday for the 20th Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic.

Twenty-three teams raced their homemade outhouses across the finish line. Many of this year's outhouses held a '20s theme in honor of the 20th anniversary.

For the whole article, go here


Johnsonville Sausage co-founder, U.P. native, dies at 96

Johnsonville Sausages are a favorite across the U.P., for the company's ties to the U.P. and Wisconsin. Founder Alice Stayer, born in the Keweenaw, died this week after a remarkable life.

Excerpt: Alice B. Stayer, co-founder of Johnsonville Sausage and the driving force behind the company’s creation, died Saturday in Naples, Fla. She was 96.

Ralph C. Stayer, Alice’s son, said his mother’s gifts were many.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

Public forum discusses climate change in the U.P.

Climate change is often discussed on a global scale, but it has effects with a more local and regional focus, too, which is something local groups want the community to be thinking about.

Excerpt: Members of the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) say "global climate change is a reality" and it's affecting the Great Lakes.

The SWP along with the Greal Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center (GLISA), Michigan State Extension and the City of Marquette held a public forum at Lakeview Arena in Marquette Wednesday.

The whole story can be found here.


Former U.P. sports reporter wins on 'Millionaire'

Who hasn't seen "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and thought they could probably do pretty well on that show? A U.P. native proved he could, actually.

Excerpt: A former TV6 Sports Reporter walked away with a lot of cash Wednesday on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" a game show that is shown from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday on TV6.

Dave Ellis, originally from Eagle Harbor and now living in East Lansing, won a whopping $68,600 on the game show.

For the whole story, go here.


'Titanic' researcher finds U.P., Michigan connections

Maybe the most well-known U.P. connection to the famed Titanic is fur magnate John Jacob Astor, a sometime Mackinac Island resident. But in fact, quite a few Titanic survivors settled in the U.P.

Excerpt: Kenneth Vrana knows natural resources when he sees them, and understands their value. That is why he was happy to donate his time last weekend in support of the Northwestern Michigan College Archeology Club.

A leading and respected researcher, Vrana is now the co-director of the Titanic Mapping Project. Seemingly answering a genetic call, the scholar’s interest is steeped in his own family history. His own ancestors made an Atlantic crossing eerily similar to the Titanic’s in the early 1900s as they completed their migration from Bohemian roots.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Grand Traverse Insider

Tourism takes bigger piece of Michigan economy

The story of Michigan for several years now has included how to move away from auto and other heavy manufacturing as our cities collapse, and what to build in their places. Tourism is becoming a bigger piece of the puzzle than ever.

Excerpt: Massachusetts resident Delia Marshall came to Michigan last summer for a family reunion at a beach house on the shores of Lake Michigan. A week later, she left as an ambassador for a state that claims to be home to "the perfect summer."

"We stayed in a house with a private beach and I just can't say enough about how beautiful the lake was," Marshall said. "There was this sense that nature was with us and that Michigan is not just about making automobiles."

For the whole story, go here.


U.P., Montana emergency broadcast systems hacked in zombie hoax

So the story that's gotten the most attention so far this week about the U.P. is definitely the interesting emergency broadcast sent out Monday evening to several local TV stations warning of attacking zombies. It also aired in Montana and has been tracked to a possible overseas source. Below is a video of what some local viewers saw and heard. Be sure and have the audio up all the way to hear what the emergency alert said.
For the video, click here.
Source: YouTube

Keweenaw lottery ticket still unclaimed

A Mega Millions jackpot won in the U.P. could mean how many pasties now? The Michigan Lottery officials have come up with some U.P.-themed estimates in a bid to draw the attention of whoever has failed to claim the ticket.

Excerpt:  Michigan lottery officials are having fun with Upper Peninsula culture as they wait for someone to step forward and claim a $19 million jackpot.

A ticket sold in Houghton matched the numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, but the winner hasn't been identified.

For the rest of the story, click here.


Some U.P harbors, marinas on dredging list

Several Upper Peninsula harbors have applied for state or federal help with dredging due to low water levels. A new list from the state of Michigan would supply that help.

Excerpt: Harbors and marinas from the Upper Peninsula to metro Detroit would get some financial help under an emergency dredging plan developed by state officials in response to declining Great Lakes water levels.

The plan would rely on $21 million as proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder in his budget plan announced last week.

For the whole list, go here.


Auburn Hills company taps Brimley for research location

The Upper Peninsula actually is home to several auto industry research and development locations, especially for testing winter conditions. This story profiles an up-and-coming development track in Brimley.

Excerpt: There are no signs from the highway or main road, but tucked in behind the trees near the tiny Upper Peninsula community of Brimley is the hidden gem that is Continental's development center for its automotive systems.

Continental is an auto supplier headquartered in Auburn Hills that started with tires but has expanded into a number of areas including chassis and safety electronics, brake systems and driver-assist technologies so that half the company now works on automotive products not related to tires.

For the entire article, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Copper Country school looking at grant to consolidate

Consolidating has been a buzzword in Michigan as school districts, universities, public agencies and private companies look for the most efficient ways to operate. One school district is now getting grant funding to do so in the U.P.

Excerpt: A school district in the Copper Country could possibly receive over $60,000 from the State of Michigan to support the cost of consolidating services.

The Copper Country ISD is one of several districts that will be receiving grant money from $10 million of state funds set aside to aid districts in consolidations.

The entire article is online here.


I-500 brings racers to Sault Ste. Marie

The I-500 snowmobile race is one of the biggest events in the U.P. each winter, and the Sault Ste. Marie Evening News has plenty of updates if you couldn't make it over to see the races.

Excerpt: Maybe Bunke Racing has done what few teams have in the 45 years of the International 500 Snowmobile Race: figure out how to dominate the ever-changing track and conditions.

Gabe Bunke and Aaron Christensen won the I-500 for the second straight year and fourth time overall on the No. 74 Bunke Racing Polaris.

For the whole article and more I-500 coverage, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Keweenaw Co-op joins national association

One of the oldest cooperatives in the U.P. is taking a new tack, as the Keweenaw Food Co-op's addition to the National Cooperative Grocers Association was announced.

Excerpt: The National Cooperative Grocers Association announced three new members and three new associate co-ops, while two former associates have joined as members, bringing the association to 134 food co-ops in 36 states with combined annual sales of more than $1.5 billion.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Gourmet Retailer

Marquette bishop to head Portland, Oregon archdiocese

The U.P.'s Catholic Church leader, Bishop Alexander Sample, will be leaving for a new post--with the new title Archbishop--in Portland, Oregon.

Excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., to shepherd the archdiocese of Portland, Ore.

In a Jan. 29 statement, Archbishop-designate Sample noted his “excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me.”

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Catholic News Agency

Regional businesses receive excellence awards

There certainly are excellent businesses all over the U.P., but four in particular were honored recently by Operation Action Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: During each annual meeting, the Operation Action Upper Peninsula (OAUP) honors four U.P. businesses with a "Business Excellence Award."

This year's winners are U.P. Home, Health, and Hospice, Delta Manufacturing of Escanaba, the Heritage Wind Farm in Garden, and Aggressive Innovation 500 in Sault Saint Marie.

For the rest of the article, go here.


U.P.-sourced thimbleberry jam wins food award

American Spoon makes amazing jams and preserves in northern lower Michigan, but they rely on thimbleberries from the U.P. in one of their best jams, which just won an award.

Excerpt: American Spoon, the artisanal fruit-preserving company founded in 1982, has been named a winner for the 2013 Good Food Awards. For the second year in a row, judges selected the Petoskey, Michigan-based company's Wild Thimbleberry Jam for this prestigious award honoring craftsmanship and sustainability.

For the whole story, go here.


Extreme skiers excited over Mount Bohemia opening

It's been a rough winter so far for ski areas, especially those that rely on natural snow, like the backcountry areas at Mount Bohemia. That changed this week.

Excerpt: Attention all you hardcore Midwest skiers and riders:Mount Bohemia, the craggiest, rockiest, treed, most expert-only ski area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and probably the Midwest, is finally open.

Enough natural snow has fallen at this resort north of Houghton/Hancock in the state’s Keweenaw Peninsula in the last several days that it can finally open most of its 85 trails…

For the whole article, click here.


Late Marquette businessman profiled in the New York Times

The New York Times is running regular features on the baby boomer generation as they begin to reconcile life and death in their older years. One such recent feature told the story of the founder of Vango's restaurant, and his life in Marquette and elsewhere.

Excerpt: Clark Lambros knew how to live, and he knew how to die. To the end, he was in charge.

He never cared much about what others thought.

The whole story can be found here.

Source: The New York Times

Car reviewer tries out 2013 Dodge in U.P. winter conditions

Most winters, the ice track near K.I. Sawyer is the perfect venue for winter testing of the new Chrysler and Dodge models. Apparently, this car reviewer came at the wrong time, but instead got to drive the new models through the U.P.

Excerpt: A few days before the Detroit Auto Show, we got invited to beat up on some new Chrysler 300 AWD and Dodge Charger AWD Sport vehicles at Chrysler/Dodge's winter proving grounds far north in the picturesque Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were to spend the day "drifting" these new cars on their carefully crafted ice track. Many cones had been setup, and many cones were going to be knocked down.

For the entire review, go here.


Group asks U.P. churches to conserve energy

Our churches are stewards of faith, but another role, in many eyes, is to encourage good environmental stewardship. One U.P. initiative is campaigning to make that role concrete.

Excerpt: An interfaith organization in the Upper Peninsula is planning a two-year campaign encouraging houses of worship to conserve energy.

Leaders are announcing the EarthKeepers II initiative during a news conference in Marquette today.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Oldenburg building earns green certification

When Oldenburg Group built its new Kingsford location, the company was aiming for environmentally friendly, and the building has now officially received the stamp of approval.

Excerpt: In a first for Oldenburg, its technology center overlooking the Menominee River in Kingsford has achieved LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure is among just a handful of green buildings - and so far the largest - to be recognized in the south-central Upper Peninsula.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

Trails on DNR's agenda in the U.P.

Snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, biking, walking, riding--the U.P.'s trails are essential to our economy and our culture. So it's good to hear from the DNR that they plan to support and strengthen trail networks.

Excerpt: The Department of Natural Resources is not only concerned about the management of natural resources in the state, the agency also seeks to be a partner in economic development in local communities.

That was the message brought before the joint governmental meeting at Escanaba City Hall on Wednesday when DNR representative Stacy Haughey addressed the group.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Saunas are indelible part of U.P. culture--and for some, mysterious

An intrepid downstate reporter ventured to the land of saunas, and tells Traverse Magazine readers what can be found in a real, proper Finnish sauna.

Excerpt: Outside, a clear February night cools the U.P. timberland to a frosty 10 degrees. But I pay the cold no mind, because inside the sauna where I sit, it’s a bone-warming 200 degrees. I’m naked except for a pen, a writing pad, and a Labatt’s interviewing two men—also naked—whom I’ve never met before. I’m hoping Fred Huffman and Steve Hampton, each 48, can answer the question that’s brought me here. How is it that, in this electronically buzzed up, bright-light world, the ancient rite of sauna still beats strong in the heart of the U.P.?

The whole story can be found here.


American Pickers visits U.P. in recent shows

One of the neat things about the TV show American Pickers is that it gets you to keep an eye out for cool, old things in your own town. Well, recently, residents of the U.P. didn't have to wonder anymore; the show filmed parts of two recent episodes in the U.P.

Excerpt: It was round two of bargain hunting for the American Pickers in Upper Michigan.

The U.P. made its debut on Pickers last month.  And Monday night's episode on the History Channel featured Nahma.

For the whole story, click here.


U.P. breweries explored by Chicago Tribune

A Chicago Tribune writer took on the tough task of visiting the U.P.'s breweries and reporting back.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula hasn't exactly been its winter wonderland self this season, but even if you don't see a lot of white flakes, look for some white suds, because Michigan's Lake Superior country has become a beer drinker's destination.

Starting from the west, the first stop is in Copper Country.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Weather puts a damper on U.P. tourism

Snow becomes a lot of people's stock-in-trade in winter up here, so when it doesn't fall, business can be hurt. That's the case for this year so far.

Excerpt: A warm winter and lack of snow has taken its toll on U.P. businesses that rely on tourism.

According to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association, the poor snow conditions may be a major factor in the lack of visitors coming to the U.P. from Illinois and Wisconsin.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Westwood Mall expands in Marquette

A store at Westwood Mall in Marquette has been adding departments, services and floor space to take up more of the shopping complex.

Excerpt: In the fall of 2012, MC Sports of Westwood Mall was able to add on to its store and offer a wider range of services to satisfy the appetites of many avid outdoorsmen, women and youth.

MC Sports has been located at Westwood Mall for six years.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mining Journal

U.P. products have been staples for decades

TV6 in Marquette outlines some favorite U.P.-made products and some of their history.

Excerpt: Since 1979, Jean Kay's Pasties in Marquette has been cooking up a food that is a U.P. staple.

"First thing people do when they come home is they get a pasty," said the owner of Jean Kay's, Brian Harsch.

For the whole story, click here.


High school students talk business

Giving students the chance to develop themselves personally, professionally, and learn about business at the same time is a worthwhile goal, and one that many high school students were accomplishing recently in Escanaba.

Excerpt: High school students from across the U.P. were at Bay College Friday for the Business Professionals of America regional leadership conference.

The BPA is a national career and technical student organization with 54,000 members in 23 state associations.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

U.P. women bring spirit of home to downstate winter

In this article from Battle Creek, two women who grew up in the U.P. are still finding joy in winter now that they live downstate.

Excerpt: The snow-covered trails crossing the forests at Fort Custer Recreation Area are mostly surrounded by silence and the occasional tweet of a wintertime bird.

In a moment, though, the sounds of bike tires hitting jumps or people chatting and having a good time on their hike will break through

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Mackinac Bridge tolls to go up in January

Check out the new toll rates for the Mackinac Bridge at the link below -- you'll need some extra change on hand in the New Year.

Excerpt: The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) reminds motorists that only the commuter toll rate will increase effective Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The new commuter rate will be $2.10 per crossing, provided commuter card holders make their return trip within 36 hours of the first one.

For the whole announcement, go here.

Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

Study rates Great Lakes on pollution

Keeping an eye out on our Great Lakes is always a vital concern to U.P. residents, which is what this latest scientific study does. The results are at the link below.

Excerpt: A three-year study has found that Lakes Erie and Ontario are the most seriously threatened of the Great Lakes, along with large sections of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Scientists on Monday released findings from their analysis, including a detailed set of maps that lists 34 environmental problems such as invasive mussels, toxic pollution and runoff and shows where they are concentrated.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Sweetgrass makes best golf courses list

Golfweek has released its end-of-year rankings for golf courses and it's never a surprise to see the Sweetgrass Golf Club on one of the top lists.

Excerpt: Sweetgrass Golf Club listed among Golfweek Magazine's 50 Best Casino Courses for the third year in a row, announced the club.

Golfweek ranks casino courses annually, recognizing the best golf and gaming facilities throughout the nation. Sweetgrass is listed in the top 25, as printed in its December 7 edition.

For the whole article, go here.


U.P may be among few places to have a white Christmas

The U.P. is among the locations on the weather map that can expect snow for Christmas--but it doesn't have a lot of company this year except in other Midwestern states.

Excerpt: Brown ground got you down? There's still hope for a white Christmas across parts of the Plains, Midwest and interior Northeast as a winter storm delivers snow to those areas just in time for the holiday.

Snow, some of it heavy, is likely Wednesday and into Thursday in parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, reports AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines

For the whole story, click here.

Source: USA Today

SCI honored for hiring veterans

Helping veterans get back into the workforce is an ongoing issue, but local business SCI Cleaning and Maintenance is definitely doing its part.

Excerpt: November is Hire a Veteran month, and one local company received recognition for just that.

SCI Cleaning and Maintenance received the 2012 Hire a Veteran award.

For the whole article, go here.


Iron Mountain downtown nominated to state historic register

Being named on the historic register is the first step for an area to get historic preservation, revitalization and all kinds of other funding, so it's good to see Iron Mountain's downtown being considered for the list.
Excerpt: An Iron Mountain Central Historic District is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places at the next meeting of the State Historic Preservation Review Board in Lansing on Friday, Jan. 25.

The rest of the article is online here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News?

J.M. Longyear company buys Minnesota mill

Usually, it's news about a redeveloped project here in the U.P. that we're sharing. But this is an example of a U.P. company buying an old property in Minnesota to redevelop instead.

Excerpt: There may be hope for the shuttered Ainsworth lumber mill in Grand Rapids, which closed three years ago, a victim of the housing market crash and the Great Recession.

The J.M. Longyear company of Marquette, Mich., has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site, and will take control of the mill in 2014.

For the whole story go here.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Entrepreneur magazine highlights U.P. Green Aviation Coalition

Entrepreneur magazine featured the U.P. Green Aviation Coalition in a series of profiles on industrial clusters that are redefining themselves across the U.S.

Excerpt: Michigan may still be defined by its automobile industry, but it is starting to get some wind beneath the wings of its aviation industry.

The small cluster of regional airports across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is joining with local businesses and economic development groups to work together to “green” the aviation industry.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Entrepreneur

Hematites head to New York for Sports Illustrated award

The Ishpeming Hematites football team is in New York this week to receive a somewhat different award than their recent state championship title.

Excerpt: The entire Ishpeming Hematite football team is leaving for New York City on Monday to celebrate Eric Dompierre's win in the Sports Illustrated Underdog contest. It's all thanks to thousands of dollars in donations.

"These kids have been through a lot and they deserve it, and trust me, they will pay this forward to the community. They're very appreciative of it," said "Team Mom," Connie Bertucci.

For the whole article, go here.


Beaumier Heritage Center worth visiting

Even though we're U.P. natives, we always learn something new from the Beaumier Heritage Center at Northern. The Freep gives them some recognition in this story.

Excerpt: The open-to-the-public facility at Northern Michigan University celebrates the history and culture of Upper Peninsula residents.

"We celebrate this culture we call the Yooper. What is that identity about? What is unique about the Upper Peninsula? What makes it what it is?" said director Daniel Truckey.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Governor wants trails to connect entire state of Michigan

Non-motorized trails through the whole state? Sounds like a good plan to us. More details below.

Excerpt: Governor Rick Snyder announced yesterday that he would like to create 599 miles of trails stretching from Belle Isle to Wisconsin. The trails would travel through the middle of the Lower Peninsula, go across the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula. From there they would wind around the shores Lake Superior and then through the center of the UP to Wisconsin.

For the whole story, click here.


Renewafuel becomes Michigan Renewable Carbon

The fortunes of biomass company Renewafuel has been up and down, but it looks like it's up again, with a new name, new plant, and a start on production.

Excerpt: The former renewaFUEL project at K.I. Sawyer has successfully re-emerged as Michigan Renewable Carbon, an entity turning biomass into high-performance carbon products.

The company recently completed construction of its $30 million plant at Sawyer and has begun commercial production, with the capacity to process 300,000 tons per year of biomass into carbon products.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Mining Journal

Highland Copper Company announces Keweenaw findings

Among the findings of a copper exploration company were drill results showing copper and silver deposits in the Keweenaw Peninsula recently. Lots more details at the link.

Excerpt: Highland Copper Company Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HI) ("Highland" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from 18 additional diamond drill holes at the historical 543S chalcocite deposit of the Keweenaw project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A.

For the whole announcement, go here.


Ishpeming Hematites bring home emotional state title

Regardless of your fan affiliation, everyone in the central U.P. was rooting for the Ishpeming Hematites in the state playoffs this week. The boys in blue brought the title home, although it meant mixed emotions after a year of personal losses.

Excerpt: Ishpeming players came running from all over the field and the sidelines to mob Briones and celebrate their school's first state football championship in 33 years, this one in Division 7.

It was the Michigan High School Athletic Association title the Ishpeming players had prophetically announced as their goal back in the dog days of August, a time of heat, humidity and sorrow.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

Michigan ski resorts hope for more snow

Last year was not a standout year for snow in Michigan, which meant a short season for ski hills. This year, hills and resorts are looking forward to a better year, with snow already covering the ground.

Excerpt: Michigan's ski and snowboard resorts are preparing for what they hope will be a white winter this year.

The state's 37 resorts have all made improvements to their snow-making operations after a dismal season last year when high temperatures and little snowfall curtailed attendance and led to early closures.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Detroit News

U.P. power plant to get upgrade

The WE Energies power plant in Marquette will stay open with significant air quality improvements being made.

Excerpt: Emissions upgrades to a Michigan power plant are expected to save 170 jobs and create new construction jobs while meeting more stringent air-quality requirements.

The deal, announced Tuesday in Marquette, would add state-of-the-art emissions equipment to the five coal-fueled units at Presque Isle Power Plant.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Copper Country blog shows what U.P. winter is like

The Freep often profiles blogs under their "Cool Michigan Website" picks; one recently is written by a Copper Harbor resident.

Excerpt: She made it through last winter ("Let it snow!") and blackfly season ("The key is to keep moving."). And winter is back on the way.

For more on the blog, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Christmas Tree Ship remains a tradition for Coast Guard

The Christmas Tree Ship is a favorite story for U.P. and Chicago residents, and it's one that's still honored today. For the hundredth anniversary of the ship's sinking, a Wisconsin historian is retelling the story.

Excerpt: November 22 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons, the famous Milwaukee-made Christmas Tree Ship that sailed Lake Michigan delivering trees from the Upper Peninsula to Chicago every holiday season.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: On

Cities consider regional alliance

A micropolitan area is something there's been quite a lot of talk about in the central U.P, lately, including this meeting recently.

Excerpt: In an effort to revitalize the economy of the Central Upper Peninsula, municipalities are considering developing regional strategies that offer more clout for competitive government funding.

Escanaba City Manager Jim O'Toole and Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda presented the concept of forming a "micropolitan area" to community leaders from Delta and Marquette counties.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

New program to help student veterans at NMU

Northern Michigan University is already a popular school for U.P. veterans, with programs supporting them well-established. That will improve further with a new state program starting to be piloted in Marquette.

Excerpt: A new statewide program is aiming to connect student veterans to state and federal benefits. The first details of the service, called MI-VetSuccess, were unveiled Monday morning in a press conference at Northern Michigan University.

On Monday, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding with NMU President David Haynes.

Read the entire story by clicking here.


Green Bay Press-Gazette reviews Yooper Bars book

"Yooper Bars" is definitely one of our favorite books of the year, and this lengthy review in the Green Bay Press-Gazette explains exactly why you should buy it. Or, if you already have, Christmas is coming soon…

Excerpt: "Yooper Bars’’ is a colorful, 224-page chronicle of the ultimate father-son bonding adventure that had them criscrossing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in pursuit of hand-cut French fries, Yukon Dogs, pickle shots and a whole lot of unbeatable Yooper hospitality. They pulled up a stool at 110 of the U.P.’s 300 taverns and found what they call the best bar scene north of Key West, Fla.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Marquette among schools to address child obesity

The Marquette school district will be among ten Michigan schools to participate in a healthy eating pilot for before-school, after-school and summer programs.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Community Health has selected 10 agencies for a pilot program to help improve physical activity and healthy eating for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The aim of $915,000 in grant funding is to help address childhood obesity in Michigan. It's for programs that take place before school, after school and in the summer.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

New Zealand writer details Michigan journeys

A writer for the New Zealand Herald details his trip through Michigan, including thoughts on the U.P.

Excerpt: The water separating Belle Isle from the mainland seems to dance. It shimmers and shakes, flares up and falls, shudders and shivers, a constantly moving corridor of blue. Its restlessness is a tribute to the currents that compete within it. Immediately to the east, Lake St Clair is visible, a wide expanse of apparently endless resources.

For the whole travel piece, go here.

Source: New Zealand Herald

U.P. native working at Discovery Channel

If you're a fan of the Discovery Channel or its show Texas Car Wars, here's another reason to be: One of the editors on the show is a U.P. native.

Excerpt: A Jeffers High School and Michigan Technological University graduate is working behind the scenes for the Discovery Channel.

Twenty-six-year-old Daena Makela is an assistant editor for the Discovery Channel's show, Texas Car Wars.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Upper Michigan's

U.P. documentary wins Emmy

The Emmy Awards this month included one with special ties to the U.P., as "Where Soldiers Come From" won in the documentary category.

Excerpt: Last November, we alerted you to keep an eye out for “Where Soldiers Come From,” a superb documentary that was about to make its broadcast debut on PBS.  Heather Courtney’s film follows four friends from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as they enlist in the National Guard, endure a harrowing stint in Afghanistan, and deal with a variety of challenges as they readjust to civilian life.

For the rest of the post, go here.

Source: Pacific Standard

Michigan filmmaker sets paranormal movie on Garden Island

Garden Island isn't home to much, but it does have historic Native burial grounds on the U.P. coastal island, which drew the attention of a Grand Rapids based filmmaker.

Excerpt: Garden Island is the home of the largest American Indian burial ground in the Midwest – and that’s why Chris Penney wanted to film a movie there.

Penney used to camp on Beaver Island, which is two miles south of Garden Island on Lake Michigan, about halfway between Little Traverse Bay and the Upper Peninsula.

For the rest of the story, click here.


Mackinac Island subject of travel review

It's always nice to know that the U.P. is a destination for travelers from all over, including this writer, who reviews a trip North for the Maysville, Kentucky Ledger-Independent.

Excerpt: If you're looking for a long weekend trip, this is the place for you. Head to Mackinac Island.

The island is located in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula and sits a few miles to the east of the Mackinac Bridge in the waters of Lake Huron. To get to Mackinac City it is an easy drive from Maysville and I-75 goes straight there.

For the rest of the review, go here.

Source: Maysville

UP jobless rate drops below state, national average

One percentage point may not seem like a lot, but when we're talking jobless rates, that's an important percent.

Excerpt: The jobless rate in the Upper Peninsula in September dropped by 1.2 percent, according to figures released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

The U.P. jobless rate of 7.2 for September was a full percentage point below the state rate of 8.2 percent and also edged below the national rate of 7.6 percent.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

Bay College sees changes after energy audit

Looks like ten years really makes a difference when you’re talking about benefits from energy-efficient policies and upgrades. Back in 2001, Bay College did an energy use study and made changes to lower its costs. This year, they got the results.

Excerpt: Bay College has been working toward reducing energy costs and increasing sustainability for years, and according to the results of a recent state energy audit, energy consumption across campus has been reduced significantly in more than 10 years.

According to Chris Williams, chief information officer and sustainability coordinator at Bay College, the college took part in a grant-funded energy audit in 2001.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Escanaba Daily Press

Cougar now may have been spotted downstate

It's not too much of a debate in the U.P. any more that mountain lions have been spotted in the area. But it looks like that same debate is starting up below the bridge.

Excerpt: At least two residents of this bucolic Oakland County village have recently reported sighting a mountain lion in the area of Kensington Metropark.

Although the big cats - also known as pumas and cougars - have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula, there have been no confirmed sightings in the Lower Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit News

Grand Marais-based book reviewed

This review in the Sioux City, Iowa newspaper is a little closer to home than you might think, as the reviewer has U.P. ties that link to "South of Superior" by Ellen Airgood, which is set in a town bearing no small resemblance to Grand Marais.

Excerpt: Mary Zink recently took a literary trip back to her roots when she read "South of Superior" by Ellen Airgood.

Zink, whose grandfather immigrated to the United States from Finland, recalls visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where the book takes place, as a child.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Sioux City Journal

Kirtland's warbler recovery deemed a success

Over the years, there's been a lot of focus on a rare bird that has its breeding habitat in the U.P., the Kirtland's warbler. Efforts to help its population and habitat have been successful, according to this latest news.

Excerpt: The population of the Kirtland’s warbler – a bird that breeds in northern Michigan – continues to bounce back.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said last week a recently released annual survey shows the bird’s population is at a record high.

For the rest of the story, click here.


Grand Marais breakwall nearly done

It's been a long road to a new breakwall and usable harbor for Grand Marais, but the end is in sight with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearing completion on its part in the project.

Excerpt: For decades, residents of a tiny Upper Peninsula town have done battle with the state and federal government and anyone else standing in the way of their efforts to get a new break wall to protect their harbor -- and economy -- from the pounding winds and waves of Lake Superior.

Now the fights, letters, prayer vigils and meetings are paying off. A new break wall on the shores of Grand Marais, a town of 350, is expected to be completed in December.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Marquette's Snowbound makes list of Michigan's best bookstores

Michigan certainly is not short of wonderful bookstores, so a list of the best bookstores must have been hard to make. This is one such list, from the Awesome Mitten, which quite rightly has Marquette's Snowbound Books among them.

Excerpt: Bookstores are magical places: I love the way they smell, the endless trove of knowledge and stories available, and the perfectly wonderful sense of relaxation that is immediately felt upon entering. They are for losing yourself in, whiling away countless hours wandering around calming shelves, and leaving satisfied with what you eventually pick out.

Paring down a list of Michigan’s top bookstores was nearly impossible, but we at the Awesome Mitten feel confident that you will enjoy our selection of the seven best.

For the whole list, click here.

Source: Awesome Mitten

NYT covers Great Pasty Debate

Carrots or rutabagas? To gravy or not to gravy? These are questions you may not expect to see in the pages of the New York Times, but think again, in this charming travel food piece.

Excerpt: From the mid-1960s until my mother died in 2003, I visited Copper Harbor, a little town at the tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, nearly every summer.

If you’ve been to this part of the country, you know pasties — a sort of beef stew in a pastry shell that originated in Cornwall and came to the area with Cornish miners in the late 1800s.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: New York Times

U.P. fall showcased in time-lapse video from NMU student

Time-lapse photography offers an unusual and interesting way to see the changes that overtake the U.P. in the fall, which is what an NMU student has done in a new video.

Excerpt: Fall has come to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, bringing its bright colors and beautiful scenery — and film student Mike Kvackay was there to take a time-lapse video of nature in all its splendor.  

He even got a bonus cameo from the Northern Lights.

For the video and story, go here.

Source: Business Insider

Business centers launched at eastern U.P. libraries

Small business owners in the eastern U.P. have a new resource, with business resource centers opening in the St. Ignace and Les Cheneaux community libraries, with plenty of advice and information on starting or developing a business.

Excerpt: The St. Ignace and Les Cheneaux community libraries are launching business resource centers with the help of more than $2,000 worth of books from the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Each library will receive a matching set of books from SBTDC, along with other books and materials from individuals and each community’s Chamber of Commerce.

For the entire article, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Fall color reviews are in, and they're stunning

This is turning out to be one of the most gorgeous fall seasons in recent years, and those far and near are taking notice, including this review in the Toledo Blade.

Excerpt: The forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are already painted in the deepest hues of red, gold, purple, and bronze, and that magic carpet of color is steadily rolling out in a southerly direction.

Some of the best fall foliage viewing locations in the U.P. are in the heavily wooded river valleys to the west of St. Ignace, at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, and along the Keweenaw Peninsula, where the aspens blend with oaks, maples, tamaracks, and beeches in an explosive quilt of brilliant tints.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: The Toledo Blade

Groveland mine reuse possible

Mine re-use has been a hot topic for us lately, and there's news about one such mine site in the western U.P. that may still have some use for its current owner.

Excerpt: The owner of a former iron mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula says it’s planning to clean up the site and could use it to produce aggregate products such as stone, sand and gravel.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Tech companies provide jobs in Keweenaw

This TV6 story details the many ways in which the SmartZone in the Keweenaw is helping tech companies develop and boost the job market in the U.P.

Excerpt: More jobs are coming to Houghton and Hancock.

Since 2002, the MTEC SmartZone has created 260 jobs, and their goal is to create 750 jobs within the next 10 years.

For the whole story, click here.


Health information exchange to span U.P.

There's a lot of talk in every industry these days of ways to collaborate, partner, streamline. U.P. hospitals are taking a big step toward those goals with a new information exchange program.

Excerpt: Michigan state officials announced Tuesday the formation of a new HIE, the Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange (UPHIE), which will serve some 300,000 residents and span nearly one-third of the state.

The Upper Peninsula Health Care Network (UPHCN) sponsors the UPHIE, which officials say aims to improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of health care through the collaborative use of information technology and clinical data exchange.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Government Health IT

Marquette worth a visit in any season

It's not every tourist that takes the leap off Black Rocks in Marquette, so we applaud this Columbus Dispatch writer's willingness to take up the traditional challenge. She goes on to write about Marquette and the surrounding area.

Excerpt: I finally know the answer to at least one age-old parental question: If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?

Apparently, I would.

I don’t even need much encouragement.

The whole piece can be found here.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Recycling coalition has green ideas

It takes a lot of people and bright ideas working together to really change how a community approaches sustainability. That's the goal behind the U.P. Recycling Coalitions recent get-together.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula Recycling Coalition's 24th Annual Conference was Wednesday at Bay College West in Iron Mountain.

The conference gives recyclers throughout the U.P. an opportunity to get together to talk about what's new and ways to improve programs, for both consumers and businesses, throughout Michigan.

For the whole story, click here.


U.P. among top leaf-peeping spots

It's good to know that travel agents all over the Midwest are well aware of the U.P.'s charms in every season; this interview with a St. Louis travel expert has some good recommendations for fall visits to the area.

Excerpt: We take several motorcoaches full of St. Louis area travelers to several "leaf-peeping" hot spots around the country every fall. New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Connecticut) is always popular, and our "New England Fall Adventure" tour has been one of our best sellers for almost 20 years. The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are also beautiful. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the forests and mountain sides of Colorado are lesser-known but great spots as well.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Fall colors are on fast-forward with cooler temperatures

After summer stretched late into September, fall has come on in a hurry, turning trees and drawing fall color tourists out.

Excerpt: Leaf peepers, look up. Cooler temperatures sweeping across Michigan means leaves are briskly turning colors in the Upper Peninsula and starting to do so in the northern third of the Lower Peninsula, reports the Foilage Network, which tracks fall color changes in the U.S.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Wisconsin, Michigan talk joint recreation area

Boaters, hikers and other visitors to the Menominee River often end up crossing the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Now officials are hoping to make the area more attractive to recreational tourists.

Excerpt: Natural resources officials from Wisconsin and Michigan plan to take public comment on how to best manage a new recreational area along the states' border.

The Menominee River State Recreation Area straddles the Menominee River from Piers Gorge near Norway, Mich., and Niagara, Wis., to Quiver Falls near Faithorn, Mich.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Doctor's Park opens in Escanaba

Marquette General Hospital is expanding in Escanaba, taking over a new Doctor's Park building.

Excerpt: A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Doctor's Park facility was held Thursday in Escanaba.  They officially opened just three weeks ago.

Gary Muller, the CEO of Marquette General Hospital, said the occasion was very special for Delta County. 

For the whole story, go here.


New Sears store coming to Marquette

Customers in Negaunee have gotten used to shopping at Sears, but now Marquette residents will have the same option.

Excerpt: The Marquette City Planning Commission on Tuesday approved initial plans for a Sears Hometown store to be constructed next to the Econo Foods building on O'Dovero Drive.

The new 90-foot by 80-foot building would be constructed at the west edge of the existing Econo Foods parking lot and would contain household goods and appliances, as well as lawn and garden tools.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Mining Journal

U.P. woman among the first female Air Force pilots

The first class of Air Force pilots to include women is marking its 35th anniversary this month, and one of the women is a Manistique native.

Excerpt: The flight suits didn't fit. Colleagues' wives were jealous. An eighth of an inch almost cost her a spot in the program.

But Mary Livingston of Manistique went on to become a member of the first coed graduating class of Air Force pilots. Those 10 women flew into U.S. history 35 years ago this month.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

A different kind of travel feature: Author Jim Harrison's trail in the U.P.

Jim Harrison is known for his screenplays and books tapping into the wilderness, which is inspired at least in part by his longtime U.P. connections, traced here.

Excerpt: I'm sitting in the Voyageurs Motel looking out over West Bay at Grand Marais, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The light is dwindling. Fresh from a meal of poached whitefish at the Dunes Saloon, it feels like the perfect time to begin this story.

The breeze is gone, except for the fan in the corner, but the setting sun striking the clouds resonates with the evocative writing of one of my favorite authors, Jim Harrison.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Dog sled tours without snow? Sure thing.

As part of their year-round training, a sled dog kennel in the U.P. is offering fall color tours of a different sort: in buggies pulled by dog teams.

Excerpt: Everyone has seen Michigan's fall colors from a car. Many have seen them on woodland hikes, and some people make trips to view nature's glorious display from kayaks, mountain bikes and hot air balloons.

But how many have seen the beauty of the autumn woods from a buggy pulled by a team of sled dogs, some of which may have run the legendary Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska?

For the whole story, read more here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Chamber Chase coming up this weekend in Sault Ste. Marie

The annual Chamber Chase in Sault Ste. Marie is welcoming higher than usual numbers of runners this month. Find out more about it in this roundup.

Excerpt: A remarkable view of two nations and packed city streets are in store this Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.

The third annual “Sault Area Chamber Chase” routes runners across the International Bridge and back and continues along Portage Avenue to Riverside Drive until it reaches 7 ½ mile road and returns for a fast finish on Historic Water Street and the grounds of City Hall.

For more on the event, go here.


U.P. business plan competition continues to end of October

If you're looking for some startup support for a new business or idea, check out the UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition, which is open until the end of October.

Excerpt: The first annual UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition has been designed to encourage entrepreneurs to explore new ideas and start new businesses in the Upper Peninsula. Additionally, existing businesses with new ideas are welcome to apply.

The competition is open to all residents in the Upper Peninsula, as well as Marinette and Florence Counties in Wisconsin. Competition winners will receive startup seed capital, as well as mentoring services and media exposure.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: ABC 5&10

Sweetgrass earns top Michigan golf course ranking

The Island Resort and Casino in Harris just keeps raking in the national rankings for its Sweetgrasss Golf Club, with the latest coming from Golf magazine.

Excerpt:  Sweetgrass Golf Club, situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, recently ranked among the top courses in Michigan on GOLF Magazine's biennial "Best Public Courses State-by-State" list.

Sweetgrass, located at the Island Resort & Casino, ranked in the top 20 among over 1,000 golf courses in Michigan. The complete listing is now available in the September issue of GOLF Magazine.

For the whole article, click here.


Manistique makes its own future

A guest column from the Center for Michigan outlines recent things happening in Manistique, the writer's hometown.

Excerpt: In a town hard-pressed for jobs — which recently almost lost its major employer, Manistique Papers – finding resources to start new ventures and to spark citizen enthusiasm is difficult. But Manistique is proving that an almost 40 percent decline of population in 50 years doesn’t have to signal the end of the community. Signs of hope, in fact, are everywhere:

For the whole post, go here.


It's not too early to plan fall color trips

The change in the leaves is an all-too-short and glorious time in the U.P. Plan ahead to take the best fall color tours.

Excerpt: As the first splashes of fall color begin to dot the landscape in Michigan, we wanted to pass along some average times for peak fall color across both of Michigan's gorgeous peninsulas.
For the complete preview, go here.


Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie among Great Lakes grant sites

Beach water quality has been a hot topic this summer, with Lake Superior beaches in Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie closed down on occasion. Hopefully, new grants can address some of those problems.

Excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced seven Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants, totaling over $2.6 million, to improve water quality at Great Lakes beaches in Michigan and Wisconsin.

For the press release, go here.

Source: ENewsParkForest

Marquette band voted best in state, now aiming for nation

A rock band from Marquette, Everything Under the Sun, won a statewide Charter contest and now is hoping to be named best in the nation, with online voters' help.

Excerpt: A Marquette band has been voted the best band in Michigan and will now vie for the title of best in the nation. Everything Under the Sun was voted number one in the Charter Center Stage contest.

For the whole story and a video of the band, go here.


Pie is only one of many reasons to come Up North

This ode to the Upper Peninsula comes courtesy of a travel writer who came seeking blueberry pie (understandably) and found much more.

Excerpt: When I was a child, I spent every summer in Massachusetts waiting for the blueberries to ripen. Every day my dad and I would take our morning walk through forests thick with berry brambles, and I would inspect the delicate green buds, waiting for that magical day when they would ripen into a juicy, blue-black snack.

It turns out I’m not alone. Throughout Michigan, and especially in the resorts and forests that line its Lake Superior shore, summer crowds eagerly greet the berry crop with festivals, bakeoffs and all manner of pastry.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Jewish Week

U.P.-linked film screening downstate

The film WaterWalk is showing downstate for its opening, and the scenes may be familiar to many Michigan residents.

Excerpt: "WaterWalk," which filmed extensively in Michigan, is celebrating its metro Detroit opening with a week of events.

The movie is a family-friendly look at a father and son who reconnect during a canoe trip along the 1,000-mile route taken in 1673 by Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, famous explorers of the Mississippi River.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

A U.P. vacation guide for newbies

A Fenton writer outlines where and why to visit the U.P. if, for some reason, you haven't already. Seriously, you haven't? Call us up, we'll be glad to help.

Excerpt: If you’ve never crossed the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan’s  Upper Peninsula or haven’t since you were a child, it’s time to pack your bags, hop into the car and drive four hours to the Straits area, which separates both peninsulas of our state.

For the whole column, click here.

Source: Fenton Tri-County Times

Smithsonian exhibition to visit U.P.

If you can't go to the Smithsonian, at least a part of it will be visiting Escanaba next spring.

Excerpt: The Smithsonian Institution will visit six rural Michigan communities, including one in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Humanities Council will coordinate the Smithsonian’s exhibition tour of The Way We Worked as it travels September 2012 through July 2013.  The fourth stop, February 15 – April 1, 2013, will be at the Escanaba Public Library.

For more of the article, go here.

Source: ABC 5 & 10

Two-Hearted River is a connecting point for family

The Two-Hearted River in the eastern U.P. has certainly been a favorite for generations of boaters, anglers and hikers. The writer below takes on the task of exploring it with both his father and his son.

Excerpt: The trip has its origins in 10th grade English class. Hemingway’s short, declarative prose and the Upper Peninsula’s landscape captured my 16-year-old mind in ways MTV, during its heyday in the 1980s, could not. The plan is to take my 4-year-old son and father on a canoe trip on the UP’s Two Hearted River. I want to explore father and son relationships, with me being the innards of a generational sandwich.

For the rest of the story, go here.


U.P. trooper honored as officer of the year

It's not the first time a U.P. law enforcement officer has received a statewide honor for excellence on the job and in the community, but that just speaks to the quality of our local police officers and state troopers, like Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Ronald Koski, Jr.

Excerpt: Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Detective Sergeant Ronald Koski Jr. was recently named Michigan’s American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

For the press release, click here.

Source: Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Golf writer reviews eastern U.P. courses

A golf course reviewer recently played some of the U.P.'s best courses, over in the eastern end of the peninsula, and has this to say about the results.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula, or U.P. as the natives call Michigan's northern third, encompasses almost 30 percent of the state's land mass but just three percent of its population. Given the scarcity of folks and the often harsh and lengthy winters, it may surprise some that the region - bordered on the north by Lake Superior, east by the St. Mary's River, southeast by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and southwest by Wisconsin - has a handful of great courses.

For the whole review, click here.


International Business Times looks at long term effects of Duck Lake fire

It's just not that often that Newberry gets mentioned in the International Business Times. It was recently, in a look at how wildfires can lay low for seasons or years and come back later.

Excerpt: While the rural village of Newberry lays claim to the title of "Official Moose Capital of Michigan," in recent years it has played host to more dangerous visitors than seasonal moose watchers and snowmobilers: namely, two of the worst wildfires in the state’s history – the Duck Lake in June and the Sleeper Lakes in 2007.

For the whole story, go here.

Source; International Business Times

Unusual U.P. photo blog gets nod in the Detroit Free Press

Jorie O'Brien's photography blog is not for everyone, but the U.P.-based blog is one of the more interesting ones around, focusing on roadkill, dead animals found in the wilderness, skeletons and other remains, all studied in photographic terms.

Excerpt: The definitive word on dead animals in the Upper Peninsula, from a photography graduate. Roadkill, taxidermy and skeletons all get their due.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Yooper Bars book featured in Chicago Tribune

We've been excited about the Klucks' Yooper Bars travel guide book to U.P. bars for awhile now, so it's great to see it getting some recognition in the Chicago Tribune.

Excerpt: So what makes a good travel guide?

It should describe the most interesting places to visit in a given location, of course, and tell the reader about dining and entertainment options, plus offer some historical context. Maybe throw in drink specials too.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Sault Ste. Marie holds its first Ships & Sailabration festival

If sailing, the Great Lakes and ships are among your interests, it's a good weekend to head over to the Sault, where all those things are being celebrated. 
Excerpt: On August 3-4, downtown is going to be the center of activity for the inaugural Sault Ships & Sailabration (S3).
The event was started because, “Sault Ste. Marie has traditionally held a number of events each summer; this year, many of the event organizers got together and decided to pull them all together into one big celebration, or ‘Sailabration,’ if you will,” said Justin Knepper, the Downtown Development Association Manager.
For more on the event, click here
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Column: Roosevelt would have appreciated the U.P.

Theodore Roosevelt loved the wilderness of the U.S. so much, he created the national park system to preserve it. That’s a pretty good indication he would feel right at home in the U.P., writes Phil Power in a summery column. 
Excerpt: My family and I are observing a time-honored state tradition this week: Like thousands and thousands of Michiganders, I’m up north with my family ... in my case, way up north. Our cabin is on the south shore of Lake Superior, about an hour north of Marquette.
For the whole column, click here
Source: The Adrian Daily Telegram

Lt. Governor visits U.P. businesses

Growing businesses are all over the U.P., and that's being highlighted by the state's lieutenant governor this week as he stops at several of them. 
Excerpt: Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is visiting a number of Upper Peninsula businesses during a multi-day tour this week.
Events began Monday. More stops are today and Wednesday.
For more on the event, go here
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

U.P.'s strongest men compete for strongman title

Ever wanted to try pulling a wheelbarrow full of rocks or flipping a tire? If you've got the muscles, Iron County has the contest where you can prove it. 
Excerpt: The showdown among the Upper Peninsula’s strongest takes place at noon this Saturday.
 It’s the annual U.P. Strongman Competition, part of Fungus Fest, taking place Aug. 4 at the Runkle Lake Park softball diamond.
For the whole story, click here
Source: Iron County Reporter

American Pickers visit the U.P.

One of the History Channel's most popular shows, at least among those of us who like seeing what strange old things people have in their barns, is American Pickers. It's to be hoped they found ripe pickings on a recent visit to the U.P.

Excerpt: Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the History Channel's "American Pickers" show stopped in Iron Mountain Wednesday night.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

MDOT starts zero fatalities campaign on YouTube

A new campaign from MDOT aims to have zero traffic fatalities in the state. They're kicking it off with this interesting YouTube video interviewing residents.
Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has posted a new video to its YouTube channel on The three-minute video reinforces MDOT's goal of zero highway deaths by interviewing Michigan residents. 
For the whole story, click here.
Source: MINewswire

Michigan Film Office gives incentives to U.P. based movie

One of the Michigan Film Office's recently-financed films is set in the Upper Peninsula, and is called "Beside Still Waters."
Excerpt: The four movies approved so far this year have been given $14.5 million in grants. Filmmakers said they plan to spend $49 million in Michigan on production expenses.
For the rest of the article, click here.
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Portage Health dialysis center honored

Dialysis patients who go to Portage Health in Hancock for treatment can be sure they're getting some of the best care around, with a recent certification as a highly-rated program.

Excerpt: Portage Health's Dialysis Center was recently rated by the Renal Network of the Upper Midwest as a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program.

For the whole story, go here.


American Spectator visits U.P.

An American Spectator contributor spent some time touring the shores of Lake Superior recently, and offers up these observations from his trip.

Excerpt: I enjoyed this boat tour as much as I have a recent boat tour of the most impressive architecture along the Chicago River in the Windy City. These offered two different expression of the Great Lakes community in terms of natural and human resources. Neither should be missed.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The American Spectator

Jaunted advises travelers on how to get to Mackinac Island

In the U.P., we all know that the air or ferry trip to Mackinac Island is well worth the planning, but it might deter travelers who aren't as familiar. Travel blog Jaunted breaks it down for those who need some help.

Excerpt: Summertime, and the livin' is easy. So you're thinking of a late season trip so long as there's blue water involved, hm? Believe it or not, Michigan's got beaches, blue water and budget-friendly destinations. This week we'll be looking at the ways and places in which you can chill out while diving into the state's Upper Peninsula.

For the whole post, go here.

Source: Jaunted

Midwest Living pegs Isle Royale, Mackinac as coolest vacation spots

No question, the islands of the U.P. are amazing places to see. Mackinac Island and Isle Royale, though very different, are both chosen in this list of coolest Midwest spots to vacation.

Excerpt: Rearing out of Lake Superior, and surrounded by hundreds of smaller islets, Isle Royale National Park is a 45-mile-long bastion of protected wilderness.

It's not an easy place to get to. Isle Royale is buffered from the mainland by miles of chilly Lake Superior, and that has helped this rocky island maintain its near-pristine state.

For the entire list, click here.

Source: Midwest Living

Porkies highlighted in travel article

Though the writer of this travel journal started out doubting the Porkies, by the end of the article, it's clear he gets the draw of the western U.P. state park.

Excerpt:  Let’s be clear. The Porcupine Mountains are not mountains.

Mountains are vast and jagged, snow-capped and forbidding. They’re way up there, by the angels and clouds, where the air is thin and views dizzying. Have you seen the Matterhorn? The Grand Tetons? Mount Rainier? Now those are mountains.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Wichita Eagle

Andrew Heller has humorous take on U.P. heat wave

Downstate columnist Andrew Heller explains exactly what a heat wave in the U.P. is like for those who might not quite get the extent of the horror we went through recently, with characteristic wit.

Excerpt: I was up in the Upper Peninsula last week for my usual Fourth of July visit. Escanaba, my hometown, was the same as always. The ball fields where I scuffled after dreams are right where I left them decades ago.

For the entire piece, go here.


Connecticut travelers profile Manistique

A Connecticut couple traveling the U.S. is writing about the places they visit, which happen to include Manistique, the subject of a first entry in a series on small towns.

Excerpt: Our first town/city is Manistique, Michingan, located on the northern side of the great Lake Michigan. This is part of the unique region known as the Upper Peninsula in the great state of Michigan. This small village of approximately 3,000 inhabitants feels to us to be a much larger city because of its impresssive business district rivaling downtown Torrington, CT, a far larger populated city.

For the whole blog, click here.

Source: The Litchfield Register-Citizen

NewPage's Escanaba mill reaches 100 years old

Paper milling has been a staple of Escanaba's economy for, well, a hundred years, as evidenced by the upcoming celebrations at NewPage's mill there.

Excerpt: A city in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is celebrating a paper mill milestone.

Manufacturer NewPage Corp. is kicking off a month of festivities Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of its paper mill in Escanaba.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Steve Hamilton's latest UP mystery reviewed

The Boston Globe's Bruce DeSilva reviews the latest Alex McKnight mystery from author Steve Hamilton, who sets his award-winning stories in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: '‘Die a Stranger" is the ninth crime novel by Steve Hamilton, a two-time Edgar Award winner. As usual, he creates an ensemble of strong, believable characters and spins his suspenseful tale in crisp, hard-boiled prose.

For the rest of the review, go here.


U.P. native takes on Mount Kilimanjaro

A Marine with ties to the U.P. is setting out on a big adventure, climbing the highest mountain in Africa.
Excerpt: Marine Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon will be traveling to Africa to climb its highest peaks on Friday. NBC 7 reporter Greg Bledsoe talks with Zambon about his inspiring story.
For the whole video, go here.
Source: NBC San Diego

Newberry-area businesses recovering after wildfire

Camping, hiking and tourism are a huge part of the seasonal summer business in the U.P., so we're glad to hear it's back to business for many places affected by the recent wildfires.

Excerpt: Several state forest campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula temporarily closed during the Duck Lake Fire have been completely or partially reopened to visitors, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.

For the whole news release, click here.


Big Louie Moilanen monument gets attention from Freep

The Copper Country giant, Louis Moilanen, has been the subject of a lot of media lately as supporters try to raise money to build a monument to him in time for the 2013 FinnFest.

Excerpt: Louie Moilanen's life was short.

He was not.

A native of Finland, Moilanen immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age 4 and grew up among fellow Finns in the Upper Peninsula's Copper Country.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Shipwreck museum might see expansion after legislation change

Legislation stopping a museum from remodeling or updating? Well, there's probably been even worse legislation in existence at some point. Luckily, this particular rule got changed.

Excerpt: Plans are in the works to expand the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. House and Senate recently approved legislation correcting an error in federal rules regarding expansion and preservation efforts at the museum.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: CBS Detroit

Demolition derby wedding makes headlines

To each their own, especially when planning a big wedding day. That's what a U.P. couple definitely did, making it all about their shared love for demolition derby, and their story spread all over online because of it.
Excerpt: A couple in Michigan's Upper Peninsula got their marriage off to a smashing start over the weekend.
WLUC-TV reports Heather Benette and Dennis Charbarneau tied the knot Saturday ahead of a demolition derby at the Iron County fairgrounds in Iron River.
For the rest of the article, click here.
Source: Greenfield Reporter

Escanaba native's essays reviewed

U.P. readers may find something quite familiar in a recently released collection of essays by Tom Bissell, as he explores the character of Escanaba, his hometown, in one of the essays. Here, the collection is reviewed by a L.A. Times critic.

Excerpt: Essays sneak up on us. They are - or often feel - accidental: the record of a writer wrestling with an idea, an observation, a slice of experience, of a writer figuring it out. They have a conditional quality, as if they could go in any direction, offering impressions more than conclusive points of view.

As Tom Bissell notes at the beginning of "Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation": "When I am asked ... for advice on how to get started as a nonfiction writer, I tell them to start small and look around."

For the whole review, go here.

Source: Kansas City Star

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge mentioned in Wall Street Journal

In a roundup of luxury camping and outdoors vacation options, we can certainly see how the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge makes the cut. And, we'd like to note, it is even less expensive than some of the other options listed. ($1,025 a night? Really?)
Excerpt: Does your soul cry out to be at one with nature, but your back balk at sleeping in anything that includes the word "bag"? Does a remote escape sound heavenly--as long as you can text and tweet from the outback? For those who love the idea of camping more than the reality, here are some options that offer rustic adventure--just not too much.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Wall Street Journal

The Great Race comes to Sault Ste. Marie

Inspired by classic cars and a classic movie, The Great Race is really a one-of-a-kind event, and it's stopping in Sault Ste. Marie on its run around the Great Lakes. Well worth a trip over to see the racers, we'd say.

Excerpt: The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. This year’s event will be around the Great Lakes, covering 19 cities, 2 countries and 4 states. Entrants will participate in a timed, controlled-speed, endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. The scores for each team are the result of a team’s ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.

For the whole news release, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Free Pictured Rocks boat tour offer got a lot of takers

Even though the free rides are over, we'd suggest taking a Pictured Rocks boat cruise any time you can. It's really one of the don't-miss experiences in the U.P., and why not enjoy the beautiful land we live in?

Excerpt: More than 900 Upper Peninsula residents took advantage of the first ever "Yoopers Ride Free Day" provided by Pictured Rocks Cruises.

"If people were willing to wait they got on," said manager and part-owner John Madigan early this morning.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Sault Evening News

Peregrine falcons hatch at U.P. power plant

The endangered peregrine falcon is a rare sight in most places, but even rarer at a power plant, surely. That's where one falcon mother hatched two chicks this spring in Marquette, though.

Excerpt: A rare breeding falcon is nesting again this year at an Upper Peninsula power plant.

WLUC-TV says the peregrine falcon nested and hatched two male chicks at the We Energies Presque Isle power plant in Marquette.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Royal Oak Daily Tribune

U.P. county names, explained

You probably know the origin of your own county's name, but what about Mackinac or Delta counties? It's all explained here.

Excerpt: At a sprawling 16,500 square miles, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is home to 15 unique counties, each with its own history.

"The counties of the Upper Peninsula are named after geographical features, shape of the county, after Native American sites, and after famous people of the time," explained Russell Magnaghi, a history professor at Northern Michigan University.

For the whole story, go here.


Duck Lake fire's long-term impact explored

The human impact of the Duck Lake wildfire has been sad, with homes, camps, and businesses destroyed. But wildlife and forest management experts say the wildlife and forest impact is just part of the cycle of nature.

Excerpt: If ever you needed proof that life would return to the Duck Lake Fire zone in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, just look at the photograph of a fawn curled up in charred debris.

The fire that roared to life north of Newberry on May 24 is now 89 percent contained, but it has scarred 21,135 acres.

For the rest of the article, click here.


Mackinac conference talks veteran, military employment issues

State government and business leaders are meeting on Mackinac Island this week to discuss employment, small business and other economic development issues.

Excerpt: Bridging the vastly different cultures of the military and civilian worlds is crucial to reducing high unemployment among Michigan veterans, members of a panel that addressed the issue at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference said Wednesday.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Manistique an example of economic gardening

Well, some of us up here made a big deal out of it, but MEDC CEO Michael Finney has a good point about the quieter nature of recent economic gardening efforts. Kind of like that one volunteer in your community who just puts his or her head down and keeps working, doing a lot more good than the noisier one you might hear more from.

Excerpt: A celebration earlier this month in the Upper Peninsula was barely heard south of the Mackinac Bridge.

For those in economic development in Michigan, this reality only illustrates the massive change to our state since last year that is now showing enormous impact without necessarily generating any great fanfare.

For the rest of the editorial, read on here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. businesses meet to talk collaboration

Businesses from across the U.P. got together recently to discuss tourism, development and cross-promotion between collaborating businesses. The focus was on working as a team, as it should be.

Excerpt: Wednesday was the first UPward Initiative Tourism and Professional Development conference at the Island Resort Casino in Harris.

The event focused on shining light on the U.P.’s business communities and forming tactics to increase the tourism industry.

For more on the story, click here.


Wildfires make national news splash

It's hard to find anything about the Upper Peninsula in the news right now that doesn’t have to do with the wildfires firefighters have been battling across the area. The worst is over, although there's still more work to do, and a lot of damage to be repaired.

Excerpt: A wildfire that has consumed about 21,500 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is about 63 percent contained, allowing some residents to return to their homes.

Some people living in the Pike Lake, Bodi Lake, Little Lake Harbor and Culhane Lake communities can get back in between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Dean Wilson, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fire Management Team West.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: The Washington Post

Cougar sighting a hot topic for U.P.

Cougars or no cougars? There definitely are a few around the U.P., but the DNR says that's a far cry from a breeding population. The latest sighting is in the Keweenaw.

Excerpt: Evidence continues to pile up of cougars in the Upper Peninsula, with the latest sighting coming from Baraga County. But state officials say there is still no evidence that a breeding population of the animals exists.

The latest sighting took place in Skanee, a town southeast of the Keweenaw Bay.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: The Detroit News

Mining severance tax debated

Where tax money from mines should go, how much should be given to local towns or the state, and the structure of mine taxes are all under discussion and close to the hearts of many in the U.P.

Excerpt: Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is proposing a severance tax for nonferrous mining operations to replace other taxes they would pay under existing law, an official said Friday.

Under the plan, a 3 percent tax would be levied on the value of minerals removed from the ground, said Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

U.P. MMA fighter moves up to professional level

Mixed martial arts have a huge fan base across the world, including here in the U.P. A local competitor may soon be among the fighters you see on TV, if all goes well for him. Here, he talks about the challenges of starting a career from the U.P.

Excerpt: There are many advantages to living in a small town. The community is typically very tight, family is close, things move at a more leisurely pace, the air is clean. But for someone looking to start a career in the sport of mixed martial arts, it’s not always the best place to get started.

This has been the case for Pat Magdaleno, a 23-year-old from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who has spent the past two years competing as an amateur.

For the whole story, click here.


One-tank vacations for Memorial Day should include a U.P. trip for Michiganders

Well, the whole U.P. may not be within one gas tank's distance of Detroit and other downstate cities, but the Straits area certainly is, including Mackinac Island, where you really won't use up any gas.

Excerpt: With the summer kick-off Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, people are making plans for summer getaways -- for weekends or a more leisurely week or two.

Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on a beach, travel to a tourist destination or visit a state landmark, Michigan abounds with wonderful destinations that are within a convenient driving distance for busy families.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Fenton Tri-City Times

U.P. and Wisconsin residents discuss proposed transmission lines

Open houses in Wisconsin are being held by American Transmission, which proposes new power lines to the central U.P. including Ishpeming and Escanaba.

Excerpt: We are getting our first look at a new project designed to improve electrical service for Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

It's called the Bay Lake Project and the price tag could be a billion dollars.

The American Transmission Company wants to build a new transmission line from the Green Bay area to Ishpeming.

More of the article can be found here.

Source: Fox 11 Online

U.P. bishop takes another step on the path to sainthood

It's been an ongoing process to get Bishop Frederic Baraga declared a saint through the Catholic Church, and the latest news on that front is very promising for his supporters; he's been given another title.

Excerpt: A 19th century Upper Michigan bishop has moved one step closer to sainthood.

Pope Benedict XVI has approved the title of "Venerable” for Bishop Frederic Baraga. Baraga was the first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., which serves the entire Upper Peninsula. He served from 1853-1868.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: Fox 11 Online

San Francisco happy to have Wong as university president

For NMU President Les Wong, the move to California is a homecoming. San Francisco State University seems happy to see him, too, in this article.

Excerpt: San Francisco State University named Leslie E. Wong as its 13th president Thursday, its first new leader in nearly a quarter century.

The head of Northern Michigan University since 2004, Wong, 62, will replace Robert Corrigan on Aug. 1. Corrigan is retiring after 24 years as president of the campus of nearly 30,000 students that anchors the wind-blown southwest corner of the city.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Yooper Bars book reviewed in the Detroit Free Press

Columnist Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press wrote about the U.P.-based travelers (and drinkers) guide "Yooper Bars" recently.

Excerpt: Randy Kluck of Sault Ste. Marie doesn't have small dreams for his new book. He has big dreams.

"I keep telling myself, 'Hey Randy, this is probably the most important travel and entertainment guide ever printed,' " says Kluck, who wrote "Yooper Bars" (Whiskey River Publishing, $19.95) with his son, Kevin, and spent eight months driving 47,000 miles back and forth across the Upper Peninsula to do it.

The rest of the article can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Calumet residents ready to revolt over UK tax

A proposed "pasty tax" in Cornwall has met with opposition from several fronts, one of them being from the U.P. Well, we wouldn't like it very much if they announced a new tax on pasties here, either.

Excerpt: Opponents of the government's plans to change the way hot food is taxed, the so-called "pasty tax," have found support from across the Atlantic.

People living in Calumet, Michigan, are so proud of their Cornish connections, they have gathered a petition of 500 signatures to show their support.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: BBC

Michigan Senate takes up Ishpeming boy's cause to change sports age limit

An Ishpeming family has taken on a longtime issue in Michigan high school sports rules; that of allowing special needs students to play past the typical eligibility age. The latest development is state Senate action.

Excerpt: Eric Dompierre had them even before hello.

Eric and his parents -- Jill and Dean -- traveled some seven hours from their home in Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula to the state Capitol to testify today before Michigan’s Senate Education Committee in support of senate Resolution 145, which passed, 4-0.

For the whole story, go here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Film with local ties to premiere

A new film based on the writings of Jack London is premiering in the U.P at the Island Resort & Casino, which is fitting, since it had its origins in Escanaba.

Excerpt: An Escanaba man's movie inspired by a Jack London short story is set to make its world premiere at the Island Resort & Casino later this month.

Bob Gregg, of Escanaba, wrote the screenplay for the film "Love of Life," and also serves as the film's producer.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Mackinac Island provides quiet place to retreat

A Cleveland Plain Dealer writer recalls her trip to Mackinac Island -- and we're impressed with the rundown on how and why to pronounce Mackinac and Mackinaw. Usually out-of-towners don't get that right. It's a fun read that'll have you wanting to visit the Island.

Excerpt: Walking along Main Street, en route to my horse-drawn carriage ride, I'm lured into Joann's Fudge Shop by the intoxicating smell of candy cooking inside.

I duck in to grab a slice, some sugary sustenance to energize me for the two-hour tour behind Belgian draft horses Molly and Grub.

For the rest of the article, click here.


Farm bill will have impact on U.P. farms

The latest farm bill in the state Senate is drawing some criticism for its seeming gloss-over of U.P. farms and rural development funding. But there are good points, too. The whole thing is laid out in this article.

Excerpt: Many farm groups spent the weekend examining the Senate's version of the 2012 Farm Bill, which made it out of committee late last week. So far, reaction is mixed. Some groups are pleased that it includes funding for beginning farmers, minority farmers and veterans who want to get into farming.

For the whole explanation, go here.

Source: Public News Service

Copperwood mine permit issued in western U.P.

Orvana Resources is moving forward with mining for copper and silver in the western U.P. with the first permit they need recently approved by Michigan.

Excerpt: The state has approved the first of several permits required for a company that wants to mine for copper and silver in the western Upper Peninsula. Orvana Resources wants to open the mine near Ironwood.

“It is the state’s permit for the actual mining activity,” says Brad Wurfel with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality of the permit just issued.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Interlochen Public Radio

Secession discussion attracts attention

Wow, does the idea of U.P. secession get a lot of traction in the media, and we won't claim to be an exception. While it's not true that the Marquette County board is considering anything of the sort, the topic has certainly become a flashpoint for discussing tax issues.

Excerpt: Could Michigan’s Upper Peninsula become the nation’s 51st state? It’s an idea that’s being discussed by the Marquette County Board of Commissioners.

Officials there say residents are upset about declining state aid for schools and a proposed new tax on a sulfide mining operations.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: CBS Detroit

U.P. meadery profiled on Epicurious

A beekeeping and mead-making couple shares their own business story with that is set here in the U.P.

Excerpt: Beekeepers Melissa Hronkin and John Hersman are expanding their buzzy empire in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They already sell honey and lip balm from their apiary on an old orchard; now they are turning their historic old Catholic church into a meadery, brewing and selling the ancient honey drink.

How did they become interested in all things bee, and what does their mead taste like? They took time away from the hives to answer some questions for Epicurious.

For the whole post, read more here.


White Pine company wants to grow medical marijuana in mine

SubTerra is definitely an entrepreneurial-thinking company. Using underground mines as a controlled environment for growing medicinal plants is their business, and they're exploring ways to make Michigan's medical marijuana laws work for them.

Excerpt: In this hard-luck town in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, rumors persist of a company growing pot deep in the bowels of a former copper mine nearby.

In 2010, the rumors got so bad, the State Police contacted the owners and asked to inspect the White Pine Mine sometime in the next couple of days.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

New York investor arranges to buy part of mBank

Mackinac Financial has been making nothing but good news lately with the Manistique-based mBank. The latest is that a well-known New York investor has taken steps to buy a significant chunk of the little bank that could.

Excerpt: Mackinac Financial Corp., a bank holding company based in Manistique in the Upper Peninsula, hopes to use an investment from a legendary hedge fund manager to jumpstart its expansion plans for Southeast Michigan.

Mackinac (Nasdaq: MFNC), the holding company for mBank, has seven branches in the U.P., three in the northern Lower Peninsula and just one in metro Detroit -- in Birmingham, where the company's chairman and CEO, Paul Tobias, has his office.

For the rest of the news, go here.

Source: Crain's Detroit Business

Three former NMU wrestlers heading to Olympics

The United States Olympic Education Center's alumni already form a star-studded list of Olympic contenders, and three more names are added to that list with the announcement of the wrestling team for the London Olympics.

Excerpt: Three wrestlers with ties to Northern Michigan University claimed spots Saturday night on the U.S. team headed to the London Olympics.

Justin Lester, Spenser Mango and Chas Betts all won in the finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. All three attended NMU.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Detroit News

Three former NMU wrestlers heading to Olympics

The United States Olympic Education Center's alumni already form a star-studded list of Olympic contenders, and three more names are added to that list with the announcement of the wrestling team for the London Olympics.

Excerpt: Three wrestlers with ties to Northern Michigan University claimed spots Saturday night on the U.S. team headed to the London Olympics.

Justin Lester, Spenser Mango and Chas Betts all won in the finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. All three attended NMU.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Detroit News

Roller derby might be expanding to Marquette

We've been super excited to write about roller derby teams in the southern and western U.P. in the past, and now it looks like the sport is spreading to the central U.P., with talk of a team in Marquette.

Excerpt: Over a year ago, the Kingsford Krush roller derby team started operations.

Since then, the Escanaba Rollin' Hellcats started a team, and now interest in Marquette has sprung up.

More of the article can be found here.


Copper Harbor bike trails featured in northern Michigan magazine

The Copper Harbor bike trails have earned every accolade they've received, and it's in large part thanks to a coalition of community and outdoors-minded people in the Keweenaw. Aaron Peterson takes readers on a tour of them here.

Excerpt: Traverse Magazine's Upper Peninsula correspondent Aaron Peterson takes us on a bike ride along Copper Harbor's nationally-loved Northern Michigan bike trails.

Mountain bikers across the nation are heaping lodes of love on Copper Harbor's curvaceous new trails.

For the whole story, go here.


Manistique Papers finds a buyer

The story of Manistique Papers has been a long and involved one. The latest development is that it is now being sold to a company, MPI Acquisition, LLC, which, as you might guess from the name, was formed specifically to buy the paper mill.

Excerpt: Manistique Papers is being sold.  MPI Acquisition, LLC has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Manistique Papers which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last August.

Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

For the whole story, click here.


NMU student president makes headlines with jail time, chickens

As you can imagine, the combination of a college student president, free-ranging chickens, jail time and contempt of court charges made a lot of news headlines across the region recently. Read on if you missed it.

Excerpt: The new president of student government at Northern Michigan University will keep his job, despite running afoul of the law with chickens.

Ben Stanley spent four nights in jail until he was released Friday by Marquette Judge Roger Kangas, who had locked him up for contempt of court.

For more details, read the article here.


Statue proposed for Copper Country giant

One of the most famous people ever to come from the Copper Country was "Big Louie" Moilanen, who stood more than eight feet tall, and served as a justice of the peace, local businessman, and traveled the world in circuses. He might get a statue in his honor, if the effort below succeeds.

Excerpt: Mike Gemignani and Dana Richter think it would be a good idea to have some likeness of Copper Country giant "Big Louie" Moilanen erected in the Hancock area.

Along with others, they are looking to create a monument memorializing Moilanen on the centennial of his 1913 death.

For the full article, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Lumbering history of Michigan recounted

This lengthy article in the Detroit News gives us a look back at the history of lumbering in Michigan, not surprisingly including the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: Starting in the 1860s and for the next 40 years, Michigan was synonymous with pine lumbering, a dangerous and lucrative business. A vast belt of white pine grew across the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula -- towering cathedrals of Pinus strobus that could grow as tall as 175 feet, with stumps 8 feet in diameter. In addition, Michigan was blessed with a network of rivers and creeks to transport the timbered logs to mills.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Detroit News

Mother Nature News directs summer nature lovers to the U.P.

We never really get it when people from elsewhere love to call our region "The Yoop," but if it means they'll come to visit, that's all right, we guess. Mother Nature News provides this rundown for would-be visitors--although they're wrong about the lack of cuisine. Drop us a line if you come and we'll point you to the right places.

Excerpt: Michigan's Upper Peninsula is one of the most rural, nature-dominated regions in the Midwest. It is virtually surrounded by Great Lakes, with Lake Superior to its north and Lakes Michigan and Huron sitting to the south and east. Often referred to simply as the UP (or, more affectionately, the Yoop), this section of the state is completely un-urban. This is not the Michigan of Motown or even Lansing. The UP's largest town, Marquette, tops the population ranking with just over 21,000 inhabitants.

For the whole piece, click here.

Source: Mother Nature News

Unusual Subaru for sale in Chassell captures attention online

It's not too weird to get around on tracks in the winter here in the U.P., especially on a snowmobile. But on a car? At least one person saw the need for them in Chassell, and the resulting mix of Subaru and tank is now for sale on eBay.

Excerpt: The Subaru is for sale in Chassell, MI, some 550 miles north of Detroit in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, way up in the Keweenaw Peninsula, which extends into the middle of Lake Superior. With apologies to our friends in Canada, it's about as far north as you want to go when the snow flies.

For the whole post, go here.


Summiting Mt. Arvon is crucial Michigan experience

The tallest mountain in Michigan is right over in Baraga County, and provides a nice little day trip for local residents, or an interesting bucket list addition for those farther away.

Excerpt: You haven't lived here until ... you summit Mt. Arvon.

WHAT'S THAT? It's Michigan's highest point -- besides winning the Stanley Cup, that is. The peak is part of the Huron Mountains, west of Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Christian Science Monitor tackles U.P. mining issue

Mining in the U.P. has made some worldwide headlines in recent years, so it's no surprise that no less than the Christian Science Monitor is now exploring the issue. The article looks at several perspectives on U.P. mining.

Excerpt: Jeff TenEyck was glad to come home last year. He had left Michigan for a small trucking business in South Carolina but returned to work at a new mine just outside Big Bay, the little mill town where he grew up.

"This is the biggest shot in the arm for the economy here since Henry Ford was here," says Mr. TenEyck, whose grandfather worked in a lumber mill that Ford bought in 1943.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Freep explores Amasa sports flooring plant

Connor Sports Flooring in Amasa excels at what it does, which is why the small company is frequently tapped for the big game sports floors, like the NCAA Final Four. This Free Press article goes inside the plant to see how it's done.

Excerpt: The teams in the Final Four have survived an arduous whittling-down process that saw them challenged and judged every step of the way. The same will be true of every maple plank in the basketball court they'll be playing on.

The portable Final Four court at New Orleans' Superdome is one of 21 produced for this year's men's and women's NCAA tournament sites by Connor Sports Flooring.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Sault Tribe puts casino to a vote

A proposed casino in Lansing has been a hot topic downstate, but none of the sound and fury will matter until the Sault Tribe puts the issue to a vote, which is happening this spring.

Excerpt: Sault Tribe’s registered voters will soon find in their mailboxes a referendum election ballot to either approve, or disapprove, the tribe’s proposed Lansing casino.

Ballots will be mailed to all registered tribal voters on April 12.

For the whole story, read more here.


U.P. Children's Museum turns 15 years old

For the last 15 years, the U.P. Children's Museum has been sneakily educating kids through fun and entertainment at its Marquette location. They celebrated their 15th birthday recently.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum turned 15 years old Thursday. The museum celebrated with music, party games, pizza and, of course, cake. For 15 years now, the museum has been getting kids and their families to learn in a creative and interactive environment.

For the whole article, click here.


Sen. Levin visits Sawyer airport

Once in a while, our U.S. Senators visit us up here in the U.P., and there's always lots of good stuff to show off, like the U.P. Green Aviation Coalition.

Excerpt: U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, had a chance to discuss Upper Peninsula Green Aviation Coalition and Michigan Technological University efforts Saturday at Sawyer International Airport as part of a one-day visit to the area.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

U.P. POW remains finally come home from Korean War

A Calumet solider went off to fight in the Korean War 60 ago, and his remains are just coming home now.

Excerpt: The remains of an Upper Peninsula soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War will be returned home for burial.

The Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton reports Saturday that Army Pfc. Arthur Leiviska will be buried on Memorial Day at Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Duluth shipping starts; Soo Locks not far behind

The lake ice is mostly gone, with no need for icebreaking to open the shipping season this year. The first outbound ship from Duluth is on its way across the lake for the March 25 planned Soo Locks opening.

Excerpt: With a load of coal bound for Michigan, the Mesabi Miner left Duluth-Superior on Friday to kick off the port's 2012 shipping season.

The Miner wintered at Midwest Energy Resources' coal terminal in Superior, Wis., and was to make three deliveries on Lake Superior before the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., open March 25, allowing vessels to pass to and from the lower Great Lakes.

For the whole story, go here.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

MDOT to invest $49 million in U.P. projects

Almost every county in the U.P. is getting some kind of Michigan Department of Transportation project this summer, according to the state's list of highway and bridge projects to be completed in 2012.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to invest $49 million in the Upper Peninsula this year, including $39 million to repair 202 miles of state highways, and $4 million to repair 11 bridges.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Michigan Tech latest U.P. school to go green with graduation gowns

We wrote last year about the green commencement initiatives at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, and this year it looks like Michigan Technological University in Houghton is following their lead.

Excerpt: Graduates' caps and gowns at a Michigan university commencement will be black -- but also green, because they're made from recycled plastic, the school says.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: UPI

U.P. golf courses make Golfweek list

The U.P. is one of the hidden jewels of the golf world, with perfect summer weather and some really amazing courses. Golfweek is recognizing that in its recent listings of three U.P. courses.

Excerpt: National recognition and state-wide acclaim continue to grow for three dazzling Upper Peninsula golf courses.
Golfweek has listed the trio among the best places to play in Michigan in its latest issue.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Gray wolf report explores presence in Michigan

Gray wolves are a perennial topic of debate and discussion in the U.P.; this article goes over some of the most recent developments.

Excerpt: Michigan’s gray wolf was removed from the federal endangered species list on Jan. 27 after four decades as a protected animal.

Its long journey back from near extinction is hailed as one of the greatest wildlife survival stories in U.S. history -- flourishing from just six animals in 1973 to nearly 700 today in Michigan alone.

But the story of the gray wolf is far from over.

To read more go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

U.P. makes headlines with Northern Lights

The U.P. is one of the places in the U.S. outside of Alaska where you can see some pretty cool Northern Lights, and the recent solar flare made them especially gorgeous, as captured for quite a few national media outlets by our own Shawn Malone.

Excerpt: The ethereal Northern Lights crept into the Upper Peninsula early Wednesday, and the phenomenon could still dazzle Michigan stargazers this week after a recent, massive solar flare eruption.

For the photos and story go here.


A Lansing writer's take on the Sault Tribe

It was hard to miss the controversy a few years back about the Sault Tribe's failed casino in Detroit. Now a new proposal to open one in Lansing is debated, and a Lansing City Pulse writer produced this piece to explain and explore the issue.

Excerpt: It’s election season up here and added to the political fodder is a little casino you may have heard about involving the Sault Tribe and the city of Lansing.

If you want to understand how locals feel about the idea, the question of “Are you for the Lansing casino or against?” is a far too simple and trite conversation-starter.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Lansing City Pulse

New mineral named for Michigan Tech professor

Didn't every kid dream of one day having a species, or a new star, or an element named after them? Maybe not, and we were just geeky. But for a Michigan Technological University professor, that's now a reality, as a newly-discovered mineral is named for him.

Excerpt: One Michigan Technological University professor has been a part of a unique experience - a new, rare mineral has been named after him for his contributions in the mineral community.

George Robinson, professor of mineralogy and curator at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum was surprised when he found out a newly discovered mineral would be dubbed georgerobinsonite.

For the rest of the article go here.

Source: The Daily Mining Gazette

Art Van Furniture aims at smaller Michigan markets

Art Van Furniture is a well-known name to many downstate residents, and according to an executive with the Michigan-based chain, they hope it soon will be familiar to the U.P. as well.

Excerpt: Art Van Furniture, which announced plans last year to franchise its PureSleep bedding store concept, now also plans to franchise the full-line Art Van stores in small markets throughout Michigan.

Late last year, the Top 100 company hired David Braun as director of franchise development and operations. He has been working on putting together the needed documentation and operation manuals to franchise Art Van, Pure Sleep and "potentially Mattress World in the state of Michigan," said Art Van CEO Kim Yost.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Furniture Today

Ironwood makes plans to sell water to Gogebic Taconite

The U.P. is no stranger to iron ore mining, and the city of Ironwood is making a deal to support a mining operation in Wisconsin by providing water to the company.

Excerpt: Gogebic Taconite has put its plans for a huge iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin on hold while legislators consider plans to streamline mining regulations.

But, it’s still reached a tentative deal to buy 1.2 million gallons of water each day from Ironwood, Michigan, 22 miles away.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: WTAQ

Regulators tentatively approve Orvana mine permit

It looks like plans are moving ahead over in the western U.P. for Orvana to mine near White Pine, a former mining community turned something of a ghost town. Right now the first test of the company's application to the DEQ has been passed.

Excerpt: Michigan environmental regulators say they've tentatively approved plans for a copper and silver mine in the far western Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Environmental Quality said Friday it had determined that Orvana Resources U.S. Corp.'s application meets state mining standards.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: The Republic

State motorsports ice races held in U.P.

The American Motorcyclist Association's state championship in ice racing is being held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba this week, a new event for the area.

Excerpt: A native son has made quite a name for himself by bringing a brand of sport that's right at home in the Upper Peninsula to lower Michigan.

Jeremiah Sherman, a 1997 Mid Peninsula graduate, soldier in the U.S. Army and Perkins native, has turned a hobby into a career and now plays both sides of the mirror.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Outdoors writer has idea for different kind of moose hunt

Some downstate outdoors writers have been suggesting a way to increase tourism by using an asset northern Michigan already has: moose. Not by hunting, although that's on the table, too. Instead, they say the state should promote photography of the animals, rare to many other U.S. locations.

Excerpt: A lot has been written about the possibility of hunting Michigan moose. But very little is said about hunting them with a camera.

Why not?

Michigan has promoted its northern Michigan elk herd for decades, both for wildlife viewing as well as hunting.

To find out more on the story, click here.


Escanaba native brings pasties to lower Michigan

That's what we like to hear -- there's a new place to get pasties in downstate Belding, and, as good pasty shops should be, it's run by a U.P. native. Mark Belding on the map for good eats when you're traveling below the bridge.

Excerpt: One local eatery features an easy food option for people on the go that dates back in Michigan since the 1800s.

Nee-Nee’s Pastees opened Feb. 13 and is the dream of Belding resident Kenneth Thorbjornsen.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Winter walks should include U.P. parks

The Detroit Free Press listed several places to get active and take a walk outside in Michigan, and what better place to do it than the U.P.?

Excerpt: Even with chilly temperatures and spits of snow, winter offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor exercise, particularly hiking.

Suzanne Howard, a physical therapist at Northern Michigan Sports Medicine in Petoskey, is an active outdoors enthusiast who uses trails year-round for running, cross-country skiing and mountain biking

For more on the story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Xcel suggests Wisconsin to U.P. power line

U.P. electric consumers might have a new alternative for their utility soon, as Xcel Energy is proposing a new power line through Wisconsin to the U.P.

Excerpt: Xcel Energy has offered an alternative to a $1 billion proposal to build new transmission lines to serve northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

That option -- one of several being considered -- would build a 345,000-volt line from Eau Claire to the Upper Peninsula, Xcel Energy spokesman Brian Elwood said.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Several possibilities at Escanaba power plant

The fate of the power plant in Escanaba has been up in the air lately, and some new ideas are now floating around, including a few offers of purchase, conversion or even salvage.

Excerpt: Officials recently approved a motion to get a cost estimate on the salvage value of Escanaba's power plant.  It's a way to assist in the negotiation process to keep the plant operating.

Richmond-based Recast Energy is interested in buying the plant and converting it to a woody biomass plant.

For the rest of the article, click here.


Wind farm gets underway on Garden Peninsula

We just wrote about an enterprising solar startup on the Garden Peninsula in Delta County not too long ago, and now it looks like they'll be neighbors to a wind energy farm as well.

Excerpt: The push into Michigan by the international wind-energy company looking into constructing a large wind farm in Muskegon County is under way.

Gamesa Energy, a Spanish-based wind-turbine manufacturer and wind-farm developer, announced Thursday its involvement in an Upper Peninsula wind-farm project, the first in Michigan for Gamesa’s U.S. operations.

For more of the story, go here.


NMU professor wins state award

Teachers and professors build community in more ways than just educating students, and that’s why one NMU professor was honored recently with a community service award.

Excerpt: A Northern Michigan University education professor receives recognition for her service to the Marquette community.

The Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) awarded Judy Puncochar with the 2012 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. She received the award on Jan. 30 at a dinner in East Lansing.

For the full story, go here.

Source: The North Wind

Winter driving school teaches tips and tricks even to experienced drivers

A lot of us up here in the frozen north feel like we're the best winter drivers around, but even we can learn something from the Keweenaw's Winter Driving School, which puts drivers through their paces on snow and ice.

Excerpt: I'm at the wheel of a Buick Park Avenue, driving about 30 mph on a snowy surface, when a sharp curve looms ahead. I tap the brake and steer leftward entering the turn. But something goes wrong. The car skids to the right and — WHOMP -- slams into a snowbank, where it's stuck fast. Auugghh!!

Fortunately, staffers with the Keweenaw Research Center's Winter Driving School are accustomed to such miscues.

For more of the story, click here.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Internship resource matches students with employers

There are some really great places to look for a job online in Michigan, like Michigan Works! Talent Bank. But looking for an internship is usually a lot harder. A new site is trying to change that.

Excerpt: Michigan-based employers like DTE Energy and Northwestern Mutual Insurance Network are utilizing the Intern in Michigan website and tool as a way to keep talented young professionals in the state to build their lives and careers.

The technology and website is the ideal tool for employers who see the value in hiring interns as a way to further develop future job candidates and supplement existing staff.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: Fox Detroit

Mackinac named one of best car-free places

Car-free living is becoming more and more popular, especially in urban areas. This Forbes article highlights ways to vacation car-free as well, and the obvious choice has to be Mackinac Island.

Excerpt: A vehicle-free vacation is becoming increasingly more attractive as analysts predict record-breaking gas prices for 2012.  Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst for, forecasts that prices will peak in May, reaching as high as $4.95 a gallon in Chicago and $4.85 in San Francisco.

But these gloomy numbers don’t have to equal staying home or a bleak vacation season.

For the rest of the list, click here.

Source: Forbes tells story of historic Red Wings U.P. game

It's definitely a moment in local sports lore: somewhat like the time the Packers came to play in Ishpeming for their first road game in 1919. Forty years later, it was the Red Wings, playing an even less likely opponent: the Marquette Prison hockey team. has all the details you could want to know.

Excerpt: But this Groundhog Day -- though meteorically like any other wintry Marquette day: 22 degrees, overcast and windless -- was completely different when the Detroit Red Wings came to town.

There was nothing ‘usual’ about the Wings’ visit. They were invited by a warden to play an outdoor game -- the first in franchise history -- inside the razor wire-topped stone walls and armed watchtowers of the state’s most notorious maximum-security prison.

For the whole story, click here.


Winter travel options should include the U.P.

Some people think the U.P. in winter must be a vast wasteland of boredom. That's pretty far from the truth: The U.P. really comes alive in winter. You don't have to look much farther than our feature this week to find one awesome thing to do in the U.P. this winter; snow biking. But this story outlines many more reasons to come stay awhile.

Excerpt: You're not much of a skier, and jouncing through the woods on a roaring snowmobile isn't your idea of fun either. Is there any other reason to take a winter trip to Michigan's cold, snowy Upper Peninsula?

Actually, there are many.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

Toro tests snowblowers at Gogebic airport

Not enough snow in Minnesota? Come to the U.P.! At least, snowblower company Toro is, with their new test products.

Excerpt: Less than typical snowfall in northern Minnesota has pushed lawn equipment manufacturer Toro into Michigan's Upper Peninsula to test some of its machines.

Toro has been testing snowblowers at Gogebic-Iron County Airport since Jan. 10, the Daily Globe in Ironwood reported Friday.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Manistique to see infrastructure upgrades

The city of Manistique may look a little different next year; utilities and infrastructure are on the table for improvements starting this spring.

Excerpt: Though it does not officially break ground until this spring, plans for utility and infrastructure improvements in Manistique are moving along, according to the engineering group overseeing the project.

Engineers from Iron Mountain's Coleman Engineering Company said the $8.3 million project is made possible through a combination of grants and loans awarded to the city from the USDA Rural Development Program, staffed locally in Gladstone, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

To see more of the story, click here.

Source: Escanaba Daily Press

I-500 packs in crowds including Gov. Snyder

The International 500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste. Marie drew a huge crowd this year, and just seems to keep growing. Gov. Snyder even showed up to start the race.

Excerpt: In a race of speed and endurance, snowmobiles revved up and ripped through Sault Ste. Marie Saturday for the 44th annual I-500 race.

Some of the best snowmobile racers took to the track to reach speeds of up to 140 miles per hour.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Up North Live

Iron Mountain entrepreneur takes home state award

Business competitions are the lifeblood of entrepreneurship, and the Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest is one of the best in the state. So it's pretty cool that a U.P. entrepreneur won one of the state awards in the competition.

Excerpt: The Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest presented awards to the mid-year winners in its 12th year of the statewide business plan competition Tuesday night at the ACE’12 entrepreneurship event in Ann Arbor.

More than 200 Michigan-based entrepreneurial ventures were registered for the competition, which attracts a wide-range of innovation-base businesses in fields such as alternative energy, information technology and software, advanced manufacturing, homeland security, medical devices and life sciences.

For the whole list of winners, click here.

Source: CBS Detroit

Veteran and NMU prof voted Stormy Kromer's Living Legend

You may have seen the contest Stormy Kromer was running to find a "Living Legend" who embodies the Northern spirit; that person's been chosen, and along the way was the subject of a Detroit Free Press column.

Excerpt: Jim Dehlin got another deer last year. But now 61 and retired, he admits to slowing down a little.

Not surprising after a life in which he has been a world traveler, pilot, aviation mechanic, college teacher and volunteer firefighter. He's skied on snow and water, coached Little League and loves to hunt and fish. Did we mention he's also a devoted husband, dad and grandfather?

"I've never liked to just sit around," said Dehlin, who lost both his legs above the knees to a land mine more than 40 years ago in the Vietnam War.

For more of the story, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Marquette native competing in Super Bowl ad contest for second time

It's the second run at the Doritos Super Bowl ad contest for Marquette native Heather Kasprzak, who was a runner-up last year, and still in the running this year, for her clever Doritos ad spots.

Excerpt: Although she's not signed to the New England Patriots or New York Giants, former Marquette resident Heather Kasprzak is in the final drive of a Super Bowl run.

Kasprzak, 28, who now lives in L.A., is the producer of a 30-second commercial titled "Dog Park," one of five potential advertisements still in the running for this year's Doritos Crash the Super Bowl ad contest.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Mackinac one of the "lost" national parks

Mackinac was chosen among a recent collection of "lost" national parks from National Geographic magazine online. Well, we know where it is, but its beauty is always worth a look, or several.

Excerpt: Arch Rock is one of the outstanding sights in America's second national park, Mackinac, established in 1875, not long after Yellowstone National Park.

Never heard of Mackinac?

For the full gallery, click here.

Source: National Geographic

Clean snowmobile challenge draws entrants to Tech

Each year, Michigan Tech's green-friendly snowmobile design challenge brings engineering teams from all over the North together to make a quieter, faster and cleaner snow machine. The annual competition is coming up again.

Excerpt: Running zero emissions snowmobiles, teams of engineering students from five universities are among the 17 teams entered in the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge slated for March on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

They will be riding the quietest machines competing in the 13th annual Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center March 5-10.

For the whole press release, go here.

Source: Environment News Service

Report shows value of investing in arts and culture

Often, arts are the first thing to get cut when states, schools or municipalities are talking budget cutbacks. ArtServe has a new report out showing why that’s a bad idea, economically speaking.

Excerpt: The intrinsic value of arts and cultural organizations has long been recognized, but a new report reinforces what the sector has long trumpeted: They have significant economic impact, as well.

For every $1 the state invested in nonprofit arts and cultural groups in 2009, those organizations pumped more than $51 into Michigan's economy through spending on rent, programs, travel and salaries.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Crain's Detroit Business

Tech scientists say mining debate is missing some complex ideas

Mining is a hot topic in the U.P., as new mines are proposed and begun and new rules are debated. Often, the arguments get simplified into a black and white business versus the environment approach, but MTU scientists want to explain why that's not true.

Excerpt: As mining is resurging in North America, debates across the continent over mines are simplified: "Do we prioritize jobs or the environment?  Companies or communities?"  These are worthy debates. Yet should the issue of mining really be reduced to "pro-con" statements?

Michigan Technological University experts from a wide range of disciplines say no.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

Cliffs announces Empire Mine investments to extend life until 2015

Iron mines run by Cliffs have had their ups and downs in fortune, but for the most part have kept many working in the U.P. for well over a hundred years. The latest news is that one mine will continue for the next few years as well.

Excerpt: The company that runs an iron ore mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula plans to invest the $60 million to extend the life of the Empire Mine to 2015.

From a Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. press release: This project is expected to allow Empire to continue producing at a rate of approximately 3 million tons of iron ore annually through its remaining mine life.

For the whole news article, click here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Filmmakers plan to showcase Michigan, including a U.P. documentary

Documentary films being made in the next few years will explore the current state of Michigan, and its future. One of the subjects covered is, of course, the U.P.

Excerpt: John Gerds and Jeff Arwady became friends in junior high school, where they enjoyed growing up together in the Algonac area. Today, the friends, who now reside in metro Detroit, still feel pride in their home state - so much so that they are planning to express themselves through six documentaries called Revitalize Michigan.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Dearborn Press and Guide

Lake Gogebic draws ice fishermen from far and wide

Good ice fishing spots are a closely-held mystery among many U.P. fishermen, but news of the good ice and fishing on Lake Gogebic is definitely getting out.

Excerpt: Tim Long is a fan of Lake Gogebic, the Upper Peninsula’s largest inland lake, which in early 2012 was one of the few water bodies in Michigan with safe ice.

Long guides for walleyes on Gogebic, a walleye and perch fishery that has caught the attention of anglers like walleye pro Mark Martin of Twin Lake, who hopes to offer one of his popular ice fishing vacation/schools there in 2013.

For more on the lake, go here.


Snowshoe Magazine highlights U.P. locations

A good review of some western U.P. snowshoeing trails and parks appears in a recent post from Snowshoe Magazine online; the author also highlights some good spots in Wisconsin.

Excerpt: Snow has always been an integral part of growing up a Yooper, as well and now being a "Cheesehead" which is what folks from Wisconsin are sometimes called. Snow has beckoned me to do such things as winter camp, ice fish, downhill ski, cross-country ski, ice skate, sled and snowshoe.

Out of all the winter activities I grew up with, I have come to value snowshoeing since it gets me to locations that I never would have gotten to otherwise…. places that I treasure. In my region being the Midwest, there are many trails that offer wonderful opportunities to explore on snowshoes.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Snowshoe Magazine

Keweenaw Chamber announces plans for growth

There's always interesting things going on up in the Keweenaw, whether it's new entrepreneurial ideas or economic progress. The Chamber of Commerce says the outlook is one of growth, and they're revamping some of what they do to support that.

Excerpt: The Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual meeting. Members of the chamber said they want to move forward and reinvent the way they serve local businesses. Members have created a strategic plan for training and lower priced advertisements to help the members involved.

For the whole story go here.


U.P. ties mark the fledgling Olympic women's ski jumping field

This is the first year the Olympics have held ski jumping events in which women can compete, and some of the women who are taking a shot at that opportunity are, no surprise, linked to the U.P.

Excerpt: Emilee Anderson doesn't have her driver's license yet.

The 16-year-old Eau Claire girl has been too busy flinging herself off ski jumps at speeds up to 55 mph to take the test allowing her to drive a motor vehicle that fast.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Sweet Water Cafe reviewed by Roadfood's Michael Stern

Marquette's Sweet Water Café made it into the good graces of food writer Michael Stern, at least according to a recent review from the food writer and James Beard Award winner.

Excerpt: Many great Roadfood restaurants are blue-collar diners, dives, and truck stops. We tend not to gravitate to eateries with vegetarian proclivities, where the menu boasts of the "integrity" of natural ingredients, fair-trade coffees, and gluten-free options. Not that there's anything wrong with all that stuff, but usually the food is pretty blah and without much regional character.

But we shall not hold Sweet Water Cafe's elevated consciousness against it. We would inscribe this cheerful place in our little black book if only for its wonderful homemade breads and for the locally-made maple spread offered at breakfast.

For the whole review, go here.


KBIC casino to move to old airport site

The old Marquette County airport on U.S. 41 will see a new use if all goes well with a new KBIC plan to move one of the tribe's casinos to the site. A step toward that goal was taken as the site passed federal approval recently. Read down and you'll also find they expect to create 60 new jobs at the new site -- good news for everyone.

Excerpt: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for gaming for a Michigan nation and has denied an application for a New York nation because it was incomplete.

Larry Echo Hawk, the Interior Department’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, approved an application for off reservation trust land for a proposed casino in Marquette County, Michigan, for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Indian Country

Michigan Tech graduate student adds expertise to Natl. Geographic article

It's not always easy to tell where writers get their research and sources from, but in this National Geographic article, Michigan Technological University grad student Alex Guth provided background information on geology, topography and ecosystems in Africa's Rift Valley. It's worth a read for more than one reason.

Excerpt: As the global population soars toward nine billion by 2045, this corner of Africa shows what’s at stake in the decades ahead. The Rift is rich in rainfall, deep lakes, volcanic soil, and biodiversity. It is also one of the most densely populated places on Earth. A desperate competition for land and resources—and between people and wildlife—has erupted here with unspeakable violence. How can the conflict be stopped? Will there be any room left for the wild?

For the whole article, go here.

Source: National Geographic

Mackinac Bridge tolls increase for New Year

With the New Year has come a new set of fees to cross the Mackinac Bridge. It now costs $4 for a car, although, as always, commuters can get a lower rate. The bridge authority also announced a schedule for fee increases in 2013 and 2014.

Excerpt: The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) board is reminding motorists that effective Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, the following tolls will go into effect (per crossing):

- Auto/passenger vehicle: $4; vehicle with trailer: $2 per axle
- Commuter: $2
- Other, including commercial trucks and motor homes: $5 per axle

For the whole news release, click here.

Source: Michigan Newswire

N.H. company to fund Kinross biofuel plant

The Frontier biofuel plant in Kinross has had its ups and downs with financing, but a new backer has stepped up to push the project forward once again.

Excerpt: Valero Energy Corp., an independent U.S. oil refiner that owns ten corn-based ethanol plants, agreed to provide the majority of financing for a Mascoma Corp. plant in Michigan that will convert wood to ethanol.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Wisconsin smitten with the mitten

We all know how Michiganders like to point out where they're from using their hand as a mitten shape, or two hands up here in the U.P. Well, the recent use by Wisconsin of the mitten shape to represent their state in a tourism ad has gotten quite the reaction.

Excerpt: Illinois' neighbors to the north are smitten with the idea of the mitten.

Wisconsin and Michigan have gotten into a savage blood feud -- OK, more like a polite, Midwesternish discussion -- over which state is most shaped like the be-thumbed hand warmer. It started Tuesday, after Michigan booster Alex Beaton noticed that the Wisconsin Department of Tourism had appropriated the mitten for a seasonal campaign.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Family profiled living off-the-grid in the U.P.

A lot of people now call it living off the grid. A few generations ago, residents of the U.P. would have just called it living. A couple who does it in the modern U.P. is a big part of this article.

Excerpt: This summer, my two boys and I spent a few days with a couple who live off the grid in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, 17 miles from the nearest paved road.

Victor and Claudia build canoes by hand for museum collections, using local cedar for ribs, birch-bark for the covering and a mix of spruce pitch, charcoal and bear fat to seal the seams.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Nature Conservancy

Whitewater recreation boosted along U.P.-Wisconsin border for next season

The Menominee River is an amazing river for paddling and rafting, but is something of a secret to those outside the U.P. and northern Wisconsin. That'll change with the efforts to create a new recreation area.

Excerpt: Whitewater paddlers in the Great Lakes region will enjoy some bi-state hospitality next summer, according to Michigan and Wisconsin officials who are working out details for a shared paddling and rafting recreation area along the Menominee River in the western Upper Peninsula.

To read the whole story, click here.


"Christmas Schooner" story of the U.P. is a Chicago tradition

The story of an Upper Peninsula family who sailed ships full of Christmas trees down to Chicago is a cherished one in the Windy City, and a play retelling it has been revived in a new fashion.

Excerpt: After a 12-year run at Bailiwick Repertory, the seasonal favorite “The Christmas Schooner” seemed to have run its course. But L. Walter Stearns, the artistic director of the Mercury Theater, has given the musical new life in a production that pleases in every way.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

U.P. mines spark debate on taxes

The U.P. is home to what seems to be a mining boom, but that brings up issues of how mines are taxed, and where that money should go, at the state level.

Excerpt: Critics -- and even a key state agency -- say the state isn't getting enough in exchange for the wealth of minerals about to be extracted from the Upper Peninsula.

The state has no severance tax on minerals, as it does on oil, gas and iron mines. The tax is a way to repay Michigan citizens for the value of underground resources removed forever from the state.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

State bus routes see increase in U.P. riders

The U.P. is home to some of the fastest-growing state rural bus routes in Michigan, and MDOT says the routes will continue to see good service.

Excerpt: William Bussa had an easy choice: Hop on an Indian Trails motorcoach and get home in time for Thanksgiving, or stay in a virtually deserted Grand Valley State University campus and miss a family holiday gathering in Elk Rapids.

Bussa, 18, doesn’t have a car and couldn’t hitch a ride north, leading him to the bus trip.

For the whole article, click here.


U.P. veteran makes new life with family

Many U.P. residents remember Marine Neil Frustaglio, who lost both legs in an explosion while serving in Iraq. The San Antonio Express-News picks up his story, from his new hometown.

Excerpt: Neil and Pam Frustaglio's best Thanksgiving yet has its roots, improbably, in the aftermath of a bitter war.

Darkness had fallen in Ramadi, Iraq, on Dec. 7, 2005, when an explosion rocked his column. Frustaglio, a Marine corporal, ordered his team to the stricken vehicle.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: San Antonio Express-News

MTU entrepreneur to be featured on CNN series

A Michigan Tech grad who also is an entrepreneur is being featured on a CNN series, "Black in America," about several tech start-up founders.

Excerpt: Hajj Flemings, a 1996 Michigan Tech alumnus who is now a Detroit area entrepreneur, is one of eight African-American tech start-up company founders who will be featured on CNN's "Black in America" series, airing next Sunday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.

To read more, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

Marinette-Menominee area experiencing 'resurgence'

It's often noted in economic development circles how one successful business can buoy up other businesses, or even spur new development. That's exactly what's happening in Menominee and Marinette.

Excerpt: Just off 10th Street in Menominee, Mich., North Motorsports is on the verge of opening a business focused on selling Bombardier Recreational Products ranging from all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to three-wheeled motorcycles.

The decision to expand from the existing line of Honda products sold in a nicely appointed retail store a few blocks up the road has been reinforced in part by the award of a U.S. Navy contract to Marinette Marine Corp. late last year. Marinette Marine will build as many as 10 littoral combat ships at the northern Wisconsin shipyard just across the river from Menominee.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette

H-58 from Munising to Grand Marais welcomes traffic with pavement

Part of the reason Grand Marais is so small and isolated is clear: There's only one main paved road that stretches up to the tiny town on the coast of Lake Superior. But that has changed now, as H-58, which connects Grand Marais to Munising, has been paved.

Excerpt: This community of 300 perched on Lake Superior has been an end of the road town with one gas station, a lone grocery store and two taverns for years. The bars draw locals and visitors from the nearby Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which boasts some of the state’s most iconic attractions.

Munising, on the other hand, located on the west side of the national lakeshore, has long been the tourist hot spot.

For the whole story, click here.


Former ELF facility reused by township

The old ELF facility in the central U.P. has been closed for a few years now, and its fate has been in question for most of that time. Now, the local township it's located in has a plan to make good use out of the secure, high-tech facility.

Excerpt: For 15 years, a giant ELF in the Upper Peninsula was an important part of America's national defenses.

No relation to Michigan's trolls, as Yoopers call those of us who live beneath the Mackinac Bridge, ELF was a controversial Extremely Low Frequency transmitter that spanned 150 miles from Humboldt Township in the Central U.P. west to Clam Lake, Wis.

For the entire column, see more here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

U.P. entrepreneur talks about his career change

You may have seen those lighted drink cozies (or koozies, in this story) around; you may not know they were invented here in the U.P. The inventor tells his story in this post on, one of a series on reinventing yourself in a recession.

Excerpt: My dad was a heating guy. As a kid, I’d help him out with his side jobs on Saturdays and Sundays. The profession was just second nature to me after school. I took a job at a place that put heating systems into new houses. But when the economy went bad, there was no new construction. When the layoff came, in 2008, my boss was straightforward about it. John’s a really good guy. I understood it was what he had to do.

A few months later, I was home one night watching the Home Shopping Network. It was one of those late nights when I was trying to figure out how I was going to get the mortgage paid.

For the whole post, click here.


Michigan inventor of highway centerline honored

Michigan is the place where automobiles were king, but most automotive history takes place downstate. The notable exception is the origin of the highway centerline, which first was painted right here in the U.P.

Excerpt: The late Edward N. Hines, a Michigan resident who invented the highway centerline, was honored today with the first Paul Mijksenaar Design for Function Award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Widely recognized as one of the great innovators in highway development, Hines was a charter member of the Wayne County Road Commission in 1906 and served until his death in 1938.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Newswire

New book by Legends of the Fall author set in the U.P.

We've written before about mysteries set in the U.P. -- and the latest offering is from none other than Jim Harrison, known better to some as the writer behind Legends of the Fall.

Excerpt: The angst and grief of a middle-aged man coping with the divorce of a wife he loved, the uncertainty of retirement and the bothersome lust and subsequent guilt he feels for a teenaged neighbor is an unlikely theme for a mystery novel.

But as author Jim Harrison has correctly subtitled it, The Great Leader is "a faux mystery" -- and a compelling character study of a man in search of himself.

For the whole review, go here.

Source: The Toronto Star

Lakestate Industries looking at Marquette expansion

Lakestate Industries provides a workplace for disabled people in Escanaba, through its products and services, including small manufacturing, janitorial services and recycling. It might soon be providing the same benefits to Marquette, if all goes well.

Excerpt: Lakestate Industries announced plans to expand its business and services into Marquette during a recent visit by Michigan State Sen. Tom Casperson.

According to Lakestate Industries Executive Director Cheryl Ohman, the idea for a Marquette facility is still in the beginning stages.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Escanaba Daily Press

Norway native finds job -- in Antarctica

Some might say the U.P. isn't really that far from Antarctica in terms of climate and isolation, but a Norway native is finding out for sure with his new job as a chef working with the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Excerpt: It's a long way from the Upper Peninsula to Antarctica, but chef Jason Backlund has blazed a trail.??A native of the small town of Norway, Backlund is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

To read more, go here.

Source: Traverse City Record Eagle

Rapid River artist profiled after ArtPrize win

Ritch Branstrom is a little-known treasure of the U.P. art world, with his found-object art created in a workshop on U.S. 2 in the tiny town of Rapid River. He won fifth prize at the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition recently, and here's the story of how.

Excerpt: In 1998, artist Ritch Branstrom left Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for life in the city. His studio may have been a Harry Potter-esque broom closet in his girlfriend’s Chicago apartment but the two years he worked there represented one of his most prolific periods as an artist. He had gallery shows displaying his found object sculpture, arts magazines tracking him down, and TV stations doing features on him.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: ArtServe Michigan

Marquette is Redbox's most scared city

Apparently we aren't big on horror in northern Michigan, as Redbox's Halloween survey of movie rentals shows Marquette and Traverse City as the two cities in the country that rent the least horror films. Hey, who needs a zombie flick when it's scary enough to get lost in the Northwoods in the winter?

Excerpt: Renting more horror movies from redbox than any other city in 2011, Columbus, Mississippi is America's hot spot for horror.

Conversely, Marquette, Michigan tops the list of the most scared American city in 2011 -- renting fewer horror movies from redbox than any other city.

For the whole list, click here.


Iron Mountain is the happiest place on earth for sports fans

Packers, Lions, Tigers, Brewers, and let's not forget the Badgers, Spartans and Wolverines, on top of the myriad of local sports in Michigan and Wisconsin. That's what led sports bloggers at to name Iron Mountain the best town to be a sports fan in this year.

Excerpt: Pick a sports mecca. Any sports mecca. New York? Boston? Los Angeles? Nice try, but this year none of 'em hold a candle to Iron Mountain, Mich.

For the whole blog, go here.


Where does road funding come from?

If you've complained about the road construction this summer, or maybe the lack thereof on your road, this video out from MDOT may be interesting to check out and get a primer on exactly how road funding works in our state.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking the public: "Do you know where road and bridge funding comes from in Michigan?" with a new video posted to its YouTube channel.

"Not everyone has all the facts about transportation funding, so we thought we could use YouTube to reach a large number of citizens and set the record straight," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "It's only a three-minute video, but we hope it will go a long way in helping the public better understand where transportation dollars come from and the funding challenges that Michigan is facing."

For the video, click here.

Source: MINewswire

ArtPrize 2011 winner is from Iron Mountain

The 2011 ArtPrize, a Michigan-wide art competition, had its results announced this week, and the winner is an Iron Mountain native, Mia Tavonatti.
Excerpt: ArtPrize 2011 organizers held a press conference introducing the winner, Mia Tavonatti, last night, and Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith was there.

For receiving the most votes, Tavonatti took home the top prize of $250,000 (Tavonatti placed second last year and won $100,000).

To read more, go here.


Calumet featured as Northwoods community

Calumet is a pretty neat place, whether you live there or are just visiting. It's definitely one of our favorite places to drive in the fall, or anytime to get one of those amazing burgers at the Michigan House. Michigan Radio agrees with their story on the "new" old town.

Excerpt: All this week, we're bringing you stories from the North Woods. Yesterday, we visited the town of Calumet in the western tip of the U.P., where copper was once king.
As we reported, the town is experiencing a kind of resurgence.
For the whole story, go here.

Ex-NMU football player to be on "The Real World"

Recent Northern Michigan University grads might see a familiar face on MTV's "The Real World" soon, as former NMU football player Zach Nichols is one of the cast members chosen for the latest show, filmed in San Diego.
Excerpt: On June 11, Zach Nichols celebrated winning a league championship with an indoor football league in Saginaw.
Four days later, he was in San Diego to begin shooting the latest version of "The Real World" on MTV.
To find out more, click here.
Source: Livingston Daily Press & Argus

Fall colors bringing visitors to the U.P.

Our northern forests grace us each year with an incredible bounty of autumn colors, so it's no surprise that the secret is getting out, and visitors are finding the U.P. the perfect fall getaway.
Michigan's annual extravaganza of fall colors is already under way and drawing plenty of visitors up north.
Just ask Christine and Edward Wiegert, who traveled to the northern tip of the Upper Peninsula this week to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. There, the St. Paul, Minn., couple took in a leafy palette of reds, yellows, purples and lingering greens along Lake Superior.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: The Detroit News

Film has Escanaba-area ties

The U.P.'s ties to the film industry is growing stronger each year, it seems, as people from the U.P. make a name for themselves in new filmmaking and TV endeavors. (Speaking of which, we’re glad to see the eastern U.P.'s Terry O'Quinn is on the new Hawaii Five-O, how cool!)
Excerpt: Several people with Upper Peninsula connections play important roles in "Love of Life," a full-length feature film now in production in Alaska.
"Love of Life" is an adaptation of a Jack London short story about a starving gold miner who is abandoned and struggles to survive in the desolate Alaskan wilderness.
For  more of the details, read the story here.
Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Holland Sentinel continues "5 things" series with another U.P. town – Hessel

Even U.P. natives may not have done more than drive through Hessel; this article urges visitors to give it a closer look.

Excerpt: Standing in the village of Hessel, just about anywhere you look you can see the sparking waters of Lake Huron and it’s bays.

Not an incorporated city, Hessel is located in Clark Township in Mackinac County in the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula.

Read more here.

Source: Holland Sentinel

Freep recommends cliff diving into the Big Lake

Maybe your mother told you not to jump off cliffs into lakes, but the Detroit Free Press has no such qualms, recommending it as a must-do for Michiganders.

Excerpt: Isn’t the water cold? This is the time of year, actually, when the largest and northernmost of the Great Lakes is at its warmest, because it takes a long time for it to heat up, said John Anderton, a professor of Earth, environmental and geographical sciences at Northern Michigan University in Marquette and a cliff-diver.

The whole story is here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Gold prospecting might be the new hobby to take up in the U.P.

Panning for gold? This isn’t Alaska, but there’s still gold in them thar U.P. streams and rivers.

Excerpt: Hunting for gold in Michigan rivers is seeing a resurgence, the Great Lakes Echo is reporting in a story today.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources spotted the trend in 2009, when the director issued new rules allowing recreational gold prospecting on state land.

The rest of the article can be found here.


Great Waters campaign boosts eastern U.P. business

Pure Michigan, right? Well, up here, that’s being translated into "Great Waters," a local branding campaign that seems to be working well to bring in the out-of-staters.

Excerpt: Tourism business in the heart of the state’s Upper Peninsula has nearly doubled revenue over 2010 in part due to The Great Waters, a regional economic development plan promoting tourism by creating a brand for the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Halfway Lake Resort posted the best August ever and the second best July in 2011.

For more, click here.

Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Marquette named to list of top 25 places to retire

For some people, like many U.P. residents, the amount of snow we get is one of the main attractions. CNN Money agrees, naming Marquette one of the best places in the U.S. to retire.

Excerpt: As lovely as it sounds to sip margaritas on the beach, doing it year round can get old. This picturesque town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers outdoor fun for all seasons.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: CNN Money

Fayette worth the drive for Michigan history buffs

Fayette’s well worth a trip, whether you’re from points far afield or right here in the U.P. The look into the preserved mining town brings the region’s history to life like no textbook can.

Excerpt: No longer a town, Fayette has been abandoned and is now an historic park. Located on the Garden Peninsula, on the eastern shore of Big Bay De Noc in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the ghost town has a great story to tell.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: The Holland Sentinel

Clyde's Drive-In chosen as U.P.'s top burger joint

It’s official: Clyde’s Drive-In has the best burgers in the U.P. So says a poll of viewers and online readers at TV6.

Excerpt: "This burger is best in the U.P... delicious."

Clyde's Drive-In patrons are convinced:  the Manistique drive-in serves up the best burgers in the Upper Peninsula.

For the story and video, click here.


U.P. cougar sighting makes ripple in Midwest news

The debate over cougars wandering this far east is hot and heavy again after a radio-collared cougar from the western states was seen in the U.P. on a trail camera.

Excerpt: The cougar, aka mountain lion, was back in wildlife news in Michigan last week with the "capture" of a big cat on trail camera videotape on private property in Ontonagon County, in the western upper peninsula.

The image, recorded on Sept. 8 and announced Tuesday, clearly shows a cougar walking right in front of the camera.

For the full story, go here.

Source: The Toledo Blade

Outdoors tourism season isn't over yet; forests and parks draw fall visitors

It’s not the height of camping season anymore, but that’s exactly what makes a fall trip to the U.P. to camp that much more appealing. The crowds are gone and there’s plenty of nice weather left, if you don’t mind a little chill at night.

Excerpt: With more than 6 million acres of public forest in Michigan, it can be challenging to decide where to camp.

That probably sounds ridiculous. But campers can be a picky lot. Some, like myself, love remote areas and the quiet that comes with them. But others prefer the atmosphere of a crowded campground and to be around other campers and their dogs, cats and stereos.

To read more, go here.


Brett Favre pitches in to support Pine Mountain stairs restoration, buying the No. 4 step

The numbers given in this story might be misleading--we heard some of the top steps are selling for as much as $10,000, lest you think Brett Favre is really cheap with his community support donations. Either way, it's certainly an apropos connection in a Packer Backer community.

Excerpt: The project of rebuilding the Pine Mountain steps is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with Gunlach Champion of Iron Mountain heading the construction.

"Steps are selling well, including one of special interest to any Packer fan," said Jennifer Nettell, YMCA Center Director in Iron Mountain.

To read more, click here.

Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

NewPage begins debt restructuring

The latest news from paper mill company NewPage could be good or bad, depending on your perspective, but it's certainly of interest to workers in the U.P., such as those at its Escanaba operations.

Excerpt: NewPage Corp. is working with advisers to help restructure its debt as owner Cerberus Capital Management LP seeks to fend off distressed investors, including Apollo Global Management LLC.

Lazard Ltd., FTI Consulting Inc. and law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP are advising Miamisburg, Ohio-based NewPage, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified because the talks are private.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Business Week

New Pure Michigan radio ad touts St. Ignace

Pure Michigan has had a lot of success in the past few years drawing national and regional attention to the state, including the U.P. Its latest campaign highlights the Straits city of St. Ignace in radio advertising. There’s also a video version available on YouTube if you’d like to see for yourself.

For the video, click here.

Source: Pure Michigan

Manistique Papers back in business

There’s a hometown paper mill in Manistique: Manistique Papers. There’s also a hometown bank in Manistique: mBank, which has branches all over the state. The bank took that community spirit all the way by putting up almost $7 million to save the mill from bankruptcy and closure. Thanks, mBank. Only in the U.P.

Excerpt: When the bankruptcy announcement was made on August 5, Manistique Papers owed their original lender, RBS Citizens, $11 million. But now mBank and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have agreed to pay off the existing loan.

For the full article and video, go here.


Marquette runner takes master's title in Flint race

Runner Tracy Lokken of Marquette is known around here as the guy to beat, or, more likely for most of us, the guy to envy as you fall farther and farther behind. He showed he’s not slowing down any with a downstate win.

Excerpt: The first-place money in the Crim 10-mile men’s masters race will stay in Michigan, but will be going into a different bank account. Tracy Lokken, 45, of Marquette won the masters race in 52:26 Saturday in Flint.

To read more, click here.


Film follows Michigan father and son on canoe journey

The U.P. figures prominently in a canoe journey following in the footsteps of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, who were among the first Europeans to explore the area. Luckily, it’s all on film.

Excerpt: A real-life father, Steven Faulkner, and son, Justin, set off on the ultimate bonding trip: traveling by canoe along the route taken in 1673 by Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, famous European explorers of the Mississippi.

“Waterwalk,” Faulkner's book about the journey from St. Ignace to St. Louis, was published a few years ago by travel writer Roger Rapaport, who grew up in Detroit and now is based in Muskegon.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Columnist says there's no place like the U.P.

Summer U.P. resident Phil Power writes about the return downstate, and the glories of Michigan to be found in the summer that’s quickly leaving.

Excerpt: The Latin motto on the state of Michigan's great seal -- "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice"-- says it all.

Translated, that means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." It is a great — no, perfect — setup for all the wonderful Pure Michigan TV commercials extolling the beauties of our state.

For the full column, read more here.

Source: Livingston Daily Press & Argus

Menominee native starts tailgate website

An Ann Arbor entrepreneur who’s originally from the U.P.’s Menominee is starting a new Web venture that’ll be of interest to anyone who tailgates or even just meets friends at a sports or festival event, called Park n Party.

Excerpt: What sites like did for booking trips and StubHub for buying tickets, a new Internet startup wants to do for that most revered of fall traditions in Ann Arbor: finding a place to park and tailgate on football Saturdays.

Park n Party is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Taylor Bond and co-founder Jason Kapica, who recognized Ann Arbor’s thriving game-day economy on during the fall but noticed there were few easy ways to find a place to park. And party.

To read the whole story, go here.


Stannard Rock lures adventurous anglers

Most Lake Superior fishermen--at least those who do it for fun--stick close to shore, or even to the many streams and rivers that feed into the Great Lake. But one fisherman who’s a frequent visitor to the lake took it up a notch, heading out to Stannard Rock, a tricky thing to attempt.

Excerpt: Everyone has a dream, and Mike Schoonveld's has been fishing for lake trout at Stannard Rock in Lake Superior, one of the most remote --and possibly treacherous -- fishing locations in the nation.

Schoonveld, a freelance outdoors writer and southern Lake Michigan charter boat captain, has fished for salmon and trout using downriggers or lead core line for more than 40 years on Lake Michigan's south end.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Plan moves ahead for Michigan moose hunt

A moose hunt could be the next draw to hunters in the U.P. if the state DNR decides there is enough of a moose population here to warrant it.

Excerpt: A state Department of Natural Resources council tasked with evaluating the potential for hunting moose in the Upper Peninsula is expected to recommend an inaugural season when the Natural Resources Commission meets next month.

The recommendation signifies the successful re-establishment of moose, which have grown from 61 animals relocated from Ontario in the 1980s to more than 500.

To read the full story, go here.


Several U.P. cities to host Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder is hitting up a bunch of U.P. cities, including Marquette, Houghton, St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie this week. Here's the rundown on where and when.

Excerpt: Gov. Rick Snyder is planning some appearances in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The Republican governor on Saturday is scheduled to participate in a ceremony in Mackinaw City.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: The

U.P. golf recommended by Pennsylvania sportswriter

U.P. golf is getting some attention from far-flung places, thanks to the Sweetgrass Golf Club, the beautiful summer weather, and some high-profile golf events lately.

Excerpt: Why would I want to write about a golf course in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? I'll give you three reasons.

First of all, York County has been awfully hot this month. By contrast, the 2 p.m. temperature in the U.P. was 73 degrees the day I checked, with an 84 the highest prediction over the next 10 days.

To read the whole piece, go here.

Source: York Daily Record

Ghost Hunters visit Sault Ste. Marie for paranormal convention

If shows like Ghost Hunters, Haunting in Connecticut or Haunted Travels are your thing, you might want to head over to Sault Ste. Marie for the Michigan Paranormal Convention, and get a real-life taste.

Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society and Kewadin Casinos are proud to present the largest paranormal gathering of its kind in the Midwest on August 12 – 13, at Kewadin Casinos Sault Ste. Marie.

This second annual Michigan Paranormal Convention will bring the biggest names of the paranormal industry to Sault Ste. Marie.

For more of the story, click here.

Source: Soo Evening News

Reader's Digest checks apparently still in the mail

Grand Marais' Reader's Digest contest win was the spark for much-needed state and federal funding, but the original $40,000 from the magazine hasn't materialized yet.

Excerpt: After waiting months, four Michigan towns next week are to receive $10,000-$40,000 in cash prizes won in a Reader's Digest contest.

"We were so excited when we won" in February, but spirits drooped when no money arrived, said Albion Mayor Joe Domingo.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Escanaba hosts two competitive walleye tourneys

U.P. anglers know the fishing is good down in the Bay de Noc near Escanaba, but that fact is also now apparent to competitive walleye fishermen, who visited the area for two tourneys, which actually just followed up a national bass championship tourney earlier this summer.

Excerpt: More than 550 of the world's top walleye anglers will battle in a tournament of epic proportions when the Cabela's National Team Championship and Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit Central Division Qualifier visit Big and Little Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan, August 5-7.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: World Fishing Network

Lansing to U.P. flights may be in the future

It's been a few years since air service to Lansing was easy in the U.P., but Sawyer International Airport in Marquette County is attempting to get that changed, with grant funding.

Excerpt: Airport officials near Marquette are looking to the federal government to help re-establish service to and from Lansing. Sawyer International Airport in Gwinn plans to apply for a Small Community Air Service Development grant to help fund the route.

To read more, click here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Ishpeming profiled in show Changing Gears

A Chicago radio station visited Ishpeming recently to tell the story of a town trying to move away from a one-company economy, as so many towns across the U.S. are these days.

Excerpt: Changing Gears is on the road, sharing stories of towns where one company still affects everybody's lives. Wednesday, the trip headed north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where North America's biggest iron ore supplier has been blasting the earth--and creating jobs--for more than 160 years.

For the full story, go here.

Source: WBEZ

NPR interviews Grand Marais author on her new book

An author who decided to place her novel in the Upper Peninsula was interviewed by NPR recently. The only down side to it? The author, who lives in Grand Marais, seems to think that living in the U.P. is like "You might almost be in another time, only you're not. It's a little bit magical."

It's called nature, not magic. The only thing from another time is that statement.

Excerpt: Picture Lake Superior - a huge body of water, the greatest of the Great Lakes, sort of shaped like a sailfish arched over the U.S./Canadian border. It's the largest fresh water lake on the planet and it has its own weather. If you like thinking about the winter in July, Lake Superior does quite a spectacular winter.

Ellen Airgood has written a book called "South of Superior," which takes place in a fictional Michigan town called McAllister. Perhaps a little bit like the real town of Grand Marais, where Ellen Airgood works. Ms. Airgood joins us from Marquette, Michigan. Thanks for making the drive to talk to us.

For the full interview, go here.

Source: NPR

Copper Harbor profiled as travel destination

Copper Harbor is a lot of things: a great little town with wonderful people; an excellent place to do some fishing; and, now, a travel destination. Of course, it's always been the latter, but we won't mention that to the author of the article that highlights the Copper Country gem.

Excerpt: The road to the end of the Upper Peninsula leads to Copper Harbor, a quaint village where the Lake Superior shoreline and the blue sky merge in an endless blue. True to its name, the Michigan town of 80 was built during the copper mining boom. Today, it's a prime destination for a summertime escape and the jumping-off point for a wilderness expedition on Isle Royale, where moose outnumber people.

For the whole article, read on.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Marquette redefines 'Up North' for downstate travelers

On one hand, it's nice to have an Upper Peninsula town highlighted as a great place to visit in a newspaper article. On the other, it's kind of annoying when they say things like "unofficial capital of the Upper Peninsula" and "civilization begins to appear." If you can stomach that nonsense, then you might like this article about how Marquette is redefining the up north experience.

Excerpt: For most folks, going up north is driving to Traverse City or Petoskey. But recently, I went really up north - seven hours north to be exact.

Three hours northwest of the Mackinac Bridge lies a lovely, charming city on the shores of the largest body of freshwater in the world. That city is Marquette, the unofficial capital of the Upper Peninsula.

If you don't mind driving a good distance, Marquette is a perfect place for a long weekend - four days or so is best.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

U.P. named one of the 'coolest' summer vacation to beat the heat

Apparently the folks who picked the list of places to go to escape the summer heat weren't in the U.P. last week when it was simply sweltering. That's OK though, because most of the time we're nice and cool and completely open to having tourists escape the heat and come for a visit.

Excerpt: For the adventurous vacationer looking to explore new ways of beating the heat this summer,, the industry's most personal and precise suite of weather products, is sharing its tips for great getaways to escape a season destined for record highs in many parts of the country. Steering clear of the typical tourist traps, MyWeather has hand-picked 7 domestic destinations (and the unassuming activities that make them cool) that are often overlooked when planning a summer vacation.

For the whole story and the list of destinations, visit this link.

Source: Sacramento Bee

U.P. jazz master's latest discs reviewed

Bill Carrothers is something of a hidden gem; his talent as a jazz pianist is not in question, but the fact that he lives in the Keweenaw rather than New York or Chicago contributes to his not being nearly as famous as he deserves.

Excerpt: Believe it or not, a remarkably absorbing jazz pianist lives in Mass City, Michigan, a community of 600 people near the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula. His name is Bill Carrothers, and he turns 47 this week.

To read the whole review, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Fonz praises U.P. fishing

The fate of the film and TV industry in Michigan is in question, so it's interesting to hear thoughts from Henry Winkler, famous for his role as the Fonz on Happy Days, about working as an actor in Michigan.

Excerpt: The Fonz was finishing up work in Birmingham on Monday when he shared his thoughts about metro Detroit.

"It's always treated me like a family member," said TV icon Henry Winkler, best-known for his role on "Happy Days."

For the whole story, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Ski film features Marquette Mountain

Marquette Mountain is about to get some major exposure to ski buffs in an upcoming ski documentary coming out in the fall.

Excerpt: Mitten Media has released the trailer for their upcoming Fall 2011 ski film, One gLove. The majority of the film was shot in Michigan and features mainly Michigan-based riders. Besides kicking around Michigan ski resorts like Bittersweet Ski Resort, Cannonsburg Ski Area and Marquette Mountain, they also shot in Breckenridge, Mammoth Mountain, Whitefish and TLH Heliskiing in British Columbia.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: The Ski

Pictured Rocks named one of top Great Lakes beaches

The Great Lakes offer some of the U.S.'s best beaches, we've always thought. Now there's some information to back that assumption up, with recent rankings from a Florida professor generally acclaimed as a beach expert.

Excerpt: Great news for lovers of the Great Lakes: A Florida professor, who for years has ranked the nation's best ocean beaches, finally turned his attention to fresh water.

And the top Great Lakes beach is: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the pristine national park in northwest Michigan, with massive sand dunes and miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan.

To read more, go here.

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lime Island designated as recreational area

Lime Island in the eastern U.P. is making the switch over from state forest land to a DNR-managed state recreation area.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that it has designated Lime Island, a 980-acre, state-owned island in the Upper Peninsula, as its newest state recreation area. The island, located in the St. Marys River Navigation Channel at the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula, was previously managed and administered by the Forest Management Division of the DNR.

To read more, click here.


Marquette profiled as travel destination

Marquette relies on summer tourism from across the Midwest in summer months, and this article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune certainly shows why.

Excerpt: We strode through an open forest of red pine onto a long beach, whipped by waves rolling off Lake Superior. We hiked the strand to the rocky almost-island for which Little Presque Isle Natural Area is named. Then we ducked back into the forest to walk along cliffs and look down into a quiet bay and a crazy-quilt pattern in the sandstone lakebed.

To read more, go here.

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Great Lakes profiled by N.Z. travel site

The U.P. is even getting some international travel media attention, as this article from a New Zealand travel writer attests.

Excerpt: Together, they form the largest body of fresh water on Earth; and their shores are blessed with wonderful scenery, plenty of raw nature and enough activities to keep Bear Grylls busy for a year. They are the Great Lakes - and they are bursting with history as elemental as North America itself.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: IOL Travel

U.P. golf courses get magazine attention

U.P. golf has been mentioned so much in national golf media that a roundup of all the attention was necessary; here it is, from the Escanaba Daily Press.

Excerpt: Upper Peninsula golf continues to garner immense national attention courtesy of its terrific trio of courses, Sweetgrass Golf Club, TimberStone Golf Club and Marquette Greywalls.

The unique island green and old Nahma Bridge at Sweetgrass earned the most recent cover status, a spectacular shot on the June Fairways + Greens magazine, which is "designed for lifestyles of the traveling golfer."

For the full story, click here.

Source: The Escanaba Daily Press

Savannah professor and U.P. native publishes memoir

A Chicago reporter took a motorcycle tour around Lake Michigan last summer and writes about it in this day-by-day accounting, including time spent along the south coast of the U.P.

Excerpt: Ever since my ex-hippie neighbor goaded me into buying a Harley-Davidson during the height of my midlife crisis, I've taken to the road on the biggest two-wheeled rolling couch Milwaukee could muster -- a 2007 metallic blue Ultra Classic.

During a week of perfect July weather -- with packed saddlebags and a brunette holding on for dear life -- we headed east, planning to make only left turns in a complete circumnavigation of Lake Michigan.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

Budget troubles affect small Michigan airports

U.P. airports are facing a budget battle right now, and The Detroit News outlines all the facts and figures involved, focusing on what it might mean in the future.

Excerpt: The pitched battle for deficit reduction on Capitol Hill could leave eight of Michigan's smaller airports grasping for a financial lifeline to continue passenger service.

The impact would be felt most in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where all but one of the airports with regularly scheduled commercial service have flights subsidized by the EAS program.

To read more, go here.

Source: The Detroit News

Summer means road trip time in Michigan

A Chicago reporter took a motorcycle tour around Lake Michigan last summer and writes about it in this day-by-day accounting, including time spent along the south coast of the U.P.

Excerpt: Ever since my ex-hippie neighbor goaded me into buying a Harley-Davidson during the height of my midlife crisis, I've taken to the road on the biggest two-wheeled rolling couch Milwaukee could muster -- a 2007 metallic blue Ultra Classic.

During a week of perfect July weather -- with packed saddlebags and a brunette holding on for dear life -- we headed east, planning to make only left turns in a complete circumnavigation of Lake Michigan.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

U.P. offers natural beauty, history to travelers

Lots of travel press that the U.P. gets focuses on the natural beauty and wilderness, but this overview makes the U.P. sound appealing to those interested in U.S. history, and rightfully so.

Excerpt: Michigan's Upper Peninsula is so undiscovered that occasionally it gets left off maps entirely.

The Michigan "mitten" loses the "scarf" that runs across the top. A couple years ago, a state legislator demanded more respect and introduced legislation requiring all official Michigan maps to include the Upper Peninsula.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

U.P. dad's essay included in NPR compilation

Just in time for the mosquitoes to taper off, the black flies are arriving. Hey, it's summer in the U.P. But if they bother you, the Freep has some tips, and explanations for their behavior--they aren't really trying to make your life miserable.

Excerpt: Why are they all over the Upper Peninsula? These biting little buggers--simuliidae is the family name--prefer fast-moving streams and more mountainous areas, which are prevalent north of the Straits of Mackinac.

For more on black flies, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Trail services near Tahquamenon part of new trend

The Pictured Rocks and Tahquamenon Falls hiking trails are among the most popular in the U.P., so they're the perfect place for a new trail shuttle service that can eliminate the need for labyrinthine planning to get your vehicle where it needs to be at the end of your hike.

Excerpt: Have you ever deadheaded a car to the end of a hike or bike ride and wished someone could do it for you? Or maybe you get to the end of a trail and wish you didn't have to get back to the car under your own power?

To read more, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

A blackfly primer from the Detroit Free Press may help U.P. hikers

Just in time for the mosquitoes to taper off, the black flies are arriving. Hey, it's summer in the U.P. But if they bother you, the Freep has some tips, and explanations for their behavior--they aren't really trying to make your life miserable.

Excerpt: Why are they all over the Upper Peninsula? These biting little buggers--simuliidae is the family name--prefer fast-moving streams and more mountainous areas, which are prevalent north of the Straits of Mackinac.

For more on black flies, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Ann Arbor columnist says we need to think as one state, not U.P. and L.P.

Michiganders tend to think about our great state as divided, whether it's the U.P. and downstate or Detroit and the rest of the state, or even east and west. columnist Dianne Marsh has a different idea.

Excerpt: I've written before about what I see as the resurgence of Detroit, focused on the idea that Detroit's health is indicative of the potential health of other cities in our state.

But our state isn't just urban.

To read the whole column, go here.


Governor says skilled immigrants are key to Michigan's growth

It's not always the most popular argument, but Gov. Snyder is fully behind a plan to attract investors and entrepreneurs from other countries to Michigan, making a more global culture, and in turn a richer economy.

Excerpt: Gov. Rick Snyder has launched an initiative to attract more foreign investors and entrepreneurs to bring their talent, ideas and business plans to help boost the state's economy.

Known as Global Michigan, the effort is modeled on a program the governor created while he was in Ann Arbor that he now wants to expand on a state level.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: The Detroit News

Rustic campgrounds will stay open, says DNR

The waterfront is one of the things the City of Marquette is most proud of, so it's great to hear it's gotten an award for its safety.

Excerpt: The City of Marquette can now add another achievement to its long list of awards. Now they're being recognized for their waterfront safety initiative.

The city has won the Michigan Municipal League "Race for the Cup" competition. The initiative is based on a report prepared earlier this year by the city's Waterfront Safety Task Force.

To read more, go here.


City of Marquette wins "Race for the Cup" waterfront safety award

The waterfront is one of the things the City of Marquette is most proud of, so it's great to hear it's gotten an award for its safety.

Excerpt: The City of Marquette can now add another achievement to its long list of awards. Now they're being recognized for their waterfront safety initiative.

The city has won the Michigan Municipal League "Race for the Cup" competition. The initiative is based on a report prepared earlier this year by the city's Waterfront Safety Task Force.

To read more, go here.


Steve Hamilton's new U.P. crime story "Misery Bay" hits the stands

For U.P. fans of mystery, it's hard to beat Steve Hamilton, who sets his Alex McKnight books in the Upper Peninsula to much acclaim. His latest installment in the detective series, Misery Bay, is out now.

Excerpt: Although it was 2006 when Steve Hamilton last published an Alex McKnight novel, the author hits the ground running in his excellent eighth thriller about his reluctant private investigator from upper Michigan.

To read the whole review, click this link.

Source: Kansas City Star

"Big Gus" among weird roadside attractions to see this summer

When this travel writer made a list of strange roadside attractions in Michigan, the U.P. definitely was on his or her radar, with hot spots in Ishpeming, Ironwood, Manistique and others.

Excerpt: Vacations aren't necessarily planned around a visit to the Man-Killing Clam or world's largest Paul Bunyan, but roadside kitsch adds definite spice to our vacation tales.

To read more, go here.


U.P. songbird study has impact for forest management

Managing U.P. forests presents a particular challenge in also managing songbirds, which drew some scientific attention to a study from MSU researchers recently.

Excerpt: Managers of northern Michigan forests may not see the birds for the trees -- or at least are in danger of losing sight of songbird neighborhoods when looking out for timber harvests.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: Science Daily

U.P. to get three NEA grants for arts and culture

Three Upper Peninsula organizations are getting national arts and culture grants as part of a recent round of federal funding. They are among 22 grant subjects in Michigan.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced 22 grants to Michigan organizations today totaling nearly $1.5 million.

The grants, the second and final round of major funding for 2011, are aimed at increasing access to the arts, education programs, expanding arts programming on TV and radio and partnerships with state and regional arts agencies.

For all the details, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Graphic novel "Quarantined" is new tale of zombie outbreak set in the U.P.

The emerald ash borer is something forestry and natural resource scientists and officers have been waging a campaign against for several years, but efforts to stop its spread haven't been 100 percent successful in the U.P., where cases are on the rise.

Excerpt: The DNR says it's seeing more and more cases of the Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The bug is an invasive species from Asia that has killed 30 million trees in 11 states since it was first discovered in the U.S. nearly nine years ago.

To read more on the story, click here.

Source: 9&10 News

DNR reports more emerald ash borer cases in the U.P.

The emerald ash borer is something forestry and natural resource scientists and officers have been waging a campaign against for several years, but efforts to stop its spread haven't been 100 percent successful in the U.P., where cases are on the rise.

Excerpt: The DNR says it's seeing more and more cases of the Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The bug is an invasive species from Asia that has killed 30 million trees in 11 states since it was first discovered in the U.S. nearly nine years ago.

To read more on the story, click here.

Source: 9&10 News

Grand Rapids columnist talks about eastern U.P. kayaking possibilities

Columnist Howard Meyerson advocates for making Lime Island part of the kayaking destination marketing and development that Drummond Island has been so successful with in this opinion piece.

Excerpt: Glad as I am that state officials are looking at alternatives to closing Lime Island in the St. Marys River, I find it a touch ironic its fate is being discussed again these days.

Seems like only yesterday the state had acquired it and was trying to figure out what it should be.

To read the full article, go here.

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

Packers make stops at U.P. schools during offseason tour

The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour stopped at Negaunee schools when they came through the area for an event to support Bay Cliff Health Camp near Marquette, and the kids got to ask them some questions, it seems.

Excerpt: They closed last season on a four-game winning streak, have an impressive collection of young talent and got high marks in the draft, now the Lions are generating a little NFL buzz -- even at a stop on the defending Super Bowl champs' Tailgate Tour.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Bird lovers band raptors at UP's Whitefish Point

Birds of prey frequent Whitefish Point, and volunteers with the Audubon Society are taking on the task of banding them for research data.

Excerpt: Bird lovers who trap and band raptors at Whitefish Point say they're having one of their most productive springs ever.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gives permits to volunteers with the Michigan Audubon Society so they can catch birds of prey and fit them with bands that enable scientists to gather biological data.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Thanks for the smog, Milwaukee and Chicago

It looks like the Delta and Schoolcraft county areas have as much of a smog problem as you'd expect in some cities. But it's not the result of local manufacturing or industry—it's actually generated farther south, and drifts up to the U.P.

Excerpt: Only about 8,000 people live in Schoolcraft County on the northern shores of Lake Michigan. But the bucolic character of this Upper Peninsula county, like nearby Door County in Wisconsin, belies a big-city smog problem.

According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, Schoolcraft and other rural lakeside counties have some of the worst air pollution in the region as ozone drifts northward from the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: Milwaukee Magazine

UP students search for spiders, other life forms

The planned cellulosic ethanol plant at Kinross in the Upper Peninsula has run into a roadblock that it shares with two other highly-praised alt-energy projects in the state.

Excerpt: Three high-profile alternative energy projects in Michigan -- including a renewable energy park at the former Ford Wixom Assembly Plant -- have run into delays because they have not been able to obtain loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy.

For the whole article, read on.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Cliffs returns to Fortune 500 listings after 20 years

It's been a while since Cliffs Natural Resources was listed on the Fortune 500, 20 years in fact. Back then, it was called Cleveland Cliffs, Inc., one of the mining companies that built America. Now, it's a diverse natural resources company, and has obviously reinvented itself enough to run with the big guys again.

Cliffs Natural Resources has returned to the Fortune 500 list for 2011 after a more than 20-year absence.

The list is Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of the nation's largest companies by revenue. Cliffs is ranked No. 477 with an annual revenue of $4.7 billion for 2010.

To read the whole story, go here.

Source: The Mining Journal

Michigan DNR in support of delisting gray wolves

It's certainly a topic of some contention statewide as well as in the U.P., but the Michigan DNR is making its position clear: it wants the gray wolf taken off the federal endangered species list, so that state officials have more management options in dealing with wolves, like authorizing the shooting of wolves who bother livestock.

Michigan wildlife officials gave a hearty thumb's up to the federal government's Thursday proposal to remove gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species list in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

If all goes well, following a 60 day public comment period Michigan could eventually regain its ability to authorize "lethal control" on wolves that become a problem to farmers.

To read the whole article, click here.

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

Alternative energy plants stalled by loan guarantees

The planned cellulosic ethanol plant at Kinross in the Upper Peninsula has run into a roadblock that it shares with two other highly-praised alt-energy projects in the state.

Excerpt: Three high-profile alternative energy projects in Michigan -- including a renewable energy park at the former Ford Wixom Assembly Plant -- have run into delays because they have not been able to obtain loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy.

For the whole article, read on.

Source: The Detroit Free Press