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Feature Story The Grounded G2 Campervan, with a 250-mile range, is available on the market.

New fund helps startups in the great outdoors

Got a great idea to improve time in the outdoors? A new innovation fund helps entrepreneurs throughout the U.P. and Michigan get their outdoor recreation companies up and running and their products to market.   

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Sault Tribe Thrive unveils new business center, grant programs serving the U.P.

Sault Tribe Thrive, a minority business development agency, has launched a new grant program and has opened a new business center.  The Sault Tribe Business center is open to the general public and the office space is free to use for Sault Tribe Thrive members. 

Feature Story A ribbon-cutting this month at Negaunee's new daycare center.

Another graduate of Childcare SPARK opens a daycare center

Theresa Higdon is the third graduate of Childcare SPARK to open her own daycare center. Located in Negaunee, Higdon's Paradise in Nature Wonderschool embraces outdoor play and nature. 

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Building opportunities for U.P. students to enter the construction trades

Responding to a shortage of skilled workers in the construction trades, a host of programs in the U.P. are providing training to encourage high school and college students to consider entering the construction field. 

Feature Story A fundraiser for the "Big Annie" statue earlier this year at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.

Big Annie concept art selected, rendering to be unveiled at June fundraising event

An artist with ties to Calumet has been selected to design a sculpture honoring Annie Klobuchar Clemenc, known as "Big Annie." Clemenc was a fearless labor activist in the early 20th century. 

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Munising: Revitalized by tourism

Munising, the gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to growing waves of tourism and interest in outdoor recreation.

Feature Story Finlandia University is always looking to expand its educational offerings.

Finlandia's Old Main lives again

The former Finlandia University's Old Main has a new owner and a new future. Naturally Michigan Properties plans to use the historic building as an inn, reception space and boutique gallery.

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Ontonagon seeks E.R. solutions following hospital conversion to rural health clinic

With the conversion of Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital to a rural health clinic, the Ontonagon community is looking for solutions to make sure emergency medical care is available around the clock for the county's aging population. 

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Proactive zoning attracts new businesses to Kingsford

Rezoning abandoned retail sites for more expansive business uses attracted new companies to those locations in Kingsford, a small community in Dickinson County. 

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Simple accommodations can eliminate barriers to health care

Because equal and quality access to care is so important, making sure medical practices improve access and accommodations for people with autism is a crucial goal of the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).

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Keep an eye on these outdoor rec startups

Outdoor recreation is big business -- in Michigan and across the country. And advances in technology and good old ingenuity are changing the landscape of outdoor recreation. Check out these startups and see if you don't want to get back outdoors and explore nature. 

Feature Story The photographer's jeep parked at the top of the Cliff mine.

Starry, starry night: U.P.'s second annual Dark Sky Festival embraces the night skies

The second annual Upper Peninsula Dark Sky Festival drew a significant number of people interested in celestial activities and bright stars. The festival is part of the growing astro tourism in Michigan and across the country.

Longform Leaders from Mackinac Straits Health System and the public health departments implemented the assessment in the communities of Mackinac County.

Community health needs assessments drive priorities for local health departments and hospitals

To better serve their communities, many health departments and hospitals undertake community health needs assessments (CHNA) by surveying the people they serve.

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Road boss: Iron Mountain snowplow company continues to push through low-blizzard winters

Iron Mountain manufacturer of snowplows and other snow removal equipment plods through the ever-changing conditions of winter with a constant on weather forecasts.

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The 906 Adventure Team program teaches life skills with mountain bikes and more

Marquette's 906 Adventure program helps teach children the skills they need for life -- on and off mountain bikes. The program’s focus is on developing and nurturing life skills and working together.

Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

Feature Story NPLSF and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore staff and leadership gathered in October to test new equipment from Husqvarna’s Professional Battery Products line.

U.P.'s national parks push green initiatives

The U.P.'s three national parks along Lake Superior are part of broader effort to use greener energy sources to help reduce the effects of climate change. 

Feature Story The Polaris charging station at Hamilton's North Coast Adventures.

It's electrifying: The U.P. is home to first of its kind electric off-road vehicle charging network

The first electric off-road vehicle charging network is open in the western U.P. Polaris, Inc., a global leader in power sports, has installed four electric chargers along a network of trails. The initiative is part of Michigan's efforts to lead the country in outdoor recreation innovation, vehicle technology and sustainability. 

Longform Kimberly Singh (right), Michigan Oral Health Coalition board member and chief community and governmental affairs officer for My Community Dental Centers, chats with Dental Assistant Kortney Jones.

Oral health care is inaccessible to many Michiganders. This coalition is working to change that.

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition brings together a multitude of Michigan oral and general health partners to collaborate on improving oral health for all Michiganders, especially those who have barriers to access. 

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March Madness: NCAA tournament courts built in the U.P.

The real star of March Madness is not the winning college basketball team -- or an individual player -- but the custom-built center court. The floors are made out of maple by Connor Sports in Iron County and shipped to arenas, where the company's agile team pieces the court together.