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State of Michigan public health celebrates 150 years of service to Michiganders

The State of Michigan’s public health system recently celebrated its sesquicentennial: 150 years in service to Michiganders. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has shared a nice collection of sesquicentennial information on its website.   

Feature Story Over 300 Michigan Ice Fest participants flock into Gallery Coffee Company in downtown Munising on Friday, Feb. 9, for a presentation on sustainable ice climbing practices.

U.P. outdoor events pivot because of warm winter

The show is not over. Despite the lack of ideal winter conditions, many seasonal events in the U.P. are adapting, finding ways to still bring the community together and bolster business.

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Now playing: More improvements at historic Soo Theatre

More improvements are in the works at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. A successful crowdfunding campaign and matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are funding the project.

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Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

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Climbers descend on Munising for Michigan Ice Fest

From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, the Michigan Ice Fest in Munising has evolved into a marquee event, drawing beginners and seasoned ice climbers from around the globe.  

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Hancock readies industrial park with nearly $1 million state grant

A nearly $1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will help Hancock ready a new industrial with the necessary infrastructure. Businesses could move in as early as this summer. 

Feature Story A fundraiser was held earlier this month at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.

'Big Annie' to get her due -- supporters raise money to build a statue to honor the Calumet activist

Big Annie marched to improve wages and working conditions for the miners in Copper Country. Considered one of the notable activists in the nation's early labor movement, Anna Klobuchar Clemenc is about to get her due in Calumet. Plans are in the works to build a statue to honor her legacy.

Feature Story From left to right: Kari Visnaw, superintendent of St. Ignace Area Schools; Nichole Martin, Lasalle High School principal; K9 Team handler Jessica Myjak with Nova.

Nova, a Labrador retriever, is part of the safety team at St. Ignace Area Schools

There's a new face roaming the halls of St. Ignace Area Schools -- it's Nova, a 1-year-old Labrador retriever. Nova is a safety dog offering students emotional support and physical security, thanks to her ability to sniff out firearms and explosives.  

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The story behind Chicken Tramper, the U.P. outdoor gear company with the unusual name

Preparing for a long hiking trip inspired a pair of college friends from Michigan Technological University to create lighter, more suitable gear. And that led to the creation of their own gear company in Hancock.   

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A helping hand for small businesses in the central U.P.

A $3.4 million state grant will help create a small business hub in the central U.P. The Lake Superior Community Partnership aims to provide more coordinated support to the entire small business community, existing and new.

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Michigan's Indigenous children receive culturally sensitive nutrition education through new program

The 13 Moons Curriculum enriches the lives of children up to age 5 with an academic foundation focused on culturally relevant, healthy eating.

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Pushing innovation in the U.P.

Innovation Week returns to Michigan Technological University next week, offering budding entrepreneurs and innovators solid advice to launch their businesses.

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Another daycare opens through Childcare SPARK

Another graduate of Childcare SPARK program has opened a daycare, demonstrating the success of the one-of-a-kind program and helping fill a gap in childcare in the community. 

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Q & A with Norway's city manager

Norway's city manager -- Dan Stoltman -- talks about his hopes for the Dickinson County community's future and his transition from Colorado to the U.P.

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Former Finlandia cultural institutions preserved

Important Finnish American cultural institutions in Hancock have been preserved on the former campus of Finlandia University, thanks to the purchase by a national nonprofit organization. 

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What's ahead for the former Finlandia campus?

Several months after the closing of Finlandia University, the only private university in the U.P., most of its buildings and properties have been sold, including the culturally important Finnish American Heritage Center. 

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A Finnish sauna with a 'Superior' view

Does the U.P. need another sauna? That answer is yes. Superior Steam has opened along the shores of Lake Superior in Eagle Harbor, providing an authentic experience for visitors and locals alike.

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Big projects ahead in downtown Munising

Two-multimillion-dollar projects will bring much-needed housing and commercial development to Munising, the gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

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Michigan's oldest ski area plans improvements

Mont Ripley Ski Area, unique among Michigan alpine destinations, has launched a fund-raising campaign to expand its long-standing chalet and make other improvements.

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Menominee's Wind Rose North outfits outdoor enthusiasts

Family trips out West inspired a Menominee couple to open an outdoor equipment store more than two decades ago. Today, their son owns Wind Rose North Outfitters, successfully navigating an ever-changing economic river to provide quality gear and equipment to outdoor enthusiasts.