Features

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The U.P.'s fall hot spots lengthen tourist season

Yoopers didn't need a readers' poll to know the U.P. is second to none when fall colors explode. Writer Dianna Stampfler shares some hot spots for color and outdoor fun, underscoring how important the fall tourism economy is in the U.P. 

New program to train health care workers in the U.P.

Thanks to a federal grant, a new program aims to expand training and education to increase the pool of community health care workers and paramedics in the U.P.  

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Mixed-use libraries are becoming co-working spaces

Libraries that serve both schools and the public are becoming popular co-working spaces across rural Michigan.

Longform Keweenaw Mountain Lodge under a full moon.

The sky’s the limit for Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Michigan's newest International Dark Sky Park is in the Upper Peninsula: at the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor.  

Feature Story Cinematographer Michael Johns and Director Seth Anderson (with his son Aidan) on the set of the U.P.-based series "NORTHBOUND."

Film festivals and filmmaking in the U.P.A Conversation with Soo Film Festival President Jason Marktrom By Seth Anderson

Our writer Seth Anderson has a conversation about the Soo Film Festival and trends in filmmaking with Jason Markstrom, filmmaker and festival president.

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Marquette entrepreneur sees growth potential for outdoor recreation economy in the Upper Peninsula

David Ollila, who holds at least 16 patents, is the force behind a new development in Marquette that he hopes will bolster the outdoor recreation sector in the Upper Peninsula and connect it to Michigan’s mobility engine.  

Feature Story The facade of the Tahqua-Land Theatre in Newberry.

Newberry's historic Tahqua-Land Theatre reopens after standstill

The marquee is glowing again at Newberry’s historic Tahqua-Land Theatre, following a series of mishaps that forced the Upper Peninsula landmark to close for more than two years.

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Farms join forces to bring local meat directly to locals

A pair of Calumet-area families create company to provide local meat and other products to Upper Peninsula consumers.

Feature Story Production still from a Mountain Media House commercial, 2020

A New Perspective: Creating new opportunities in the U.P.

Upper Peninsula residents return home after living and working in far-flung places to start their own businesses in the creative economy. 

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The U.P. Honor Flight helps veterans honor their past

The U.P. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created to honor Upper Peninsula veterans by providing them transportation to and from Washington, D.C. so they can visit and reflect on the monuments standing in their honor.   

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Issue Media Group relaunches Upper Peninsula publication

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the relaunch of its online, community-informed, digital publication in the Upper Peninsula. UPword will focus on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and community development, while featuring U.P.-based talent.

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Iron Belle Trail inspires Ironwood to rethink its future

Western section of the Iron Belle Trail near Ironwood draws outdoor enthusiasts and fans hopes for more trail development.

Feature Story View of the Sturgeon River Gorge from the top of Silver Mountain.

Almost heaven: Silver Mountain

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan transfers the last parcel on Silver Mountain to the U.S. Forest Service, ensuring preservation of an usual tract and adding to the recreational opportunities in the Upper Peninsula. 

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Blending art and history in the Upper Peninsula

Small-city Ironwood is home to a slew of summer arts activities, everything from art fairs to film festivals to Broadway shows. 

Feature Story Passengers board a trolley to take a tour of Muskegon.

Michigan ports welcome new era in Great Lakes cruising

Small coastal towns in the Upper and Lower peninsulas embrace the return of cruise ships, delighting passengers from all over.  

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Niche sports help put rural towns on the map

Small towns in rural Michigan have transformed single-day events like bike racing and ice climbing into branding campaigns, luring athletes and visitors to their communities year round.

Longform davidollilaprofile

Marquette entrepreneur sees growth potential for outdoor recreation economy in the Upper Peninsula

David Ollila, who holds at least 16 patents, is the force behind a new development in Marquette that he hopes will bolster the outdoor recreation sector in the Upper Peninsula and connect it to Michigan’s mobility engine.  

Feature Story A selection of parkas at the Calumet store.

Iditarod mushers make adventure gear in the Upper Peninsula

As former Alaskans and Iditarod mushers, it’s no wonder Justin and Jaimee High found Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula the right fit for their small business, High’s Adventure Gear.

Feature Story A men's salon is now open in Houghton.

The latest in new businesses around the U.P.

New additions to the Upper Peninsula business community continue to arrive this winter.

Feature Story A rendering of what the new 51st State Brewery in Kingsford will be like.

U.P. gets two new craft breweries this winter

Two new breweries are joining the ranks of Upper Peninsula craft beer businesses.