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U.P. students reach for the stars with Go For Launch!

Go For Launch! arrives for a second time in Sault Ste. Marie, offering secondary students an opportunity to explore careers in the growing space industry. The three-day camp launched Tuesday at Lake Superior State University. 

Visit Keweenaw awards $85,000 to recreation and community projects

The latest round of Visit Keweenaw's annual Destination Development Awards benefits 11 non-profit organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. 

Feature Story GEAR UP staff and students taking in the sights, doing a bit of shopping, and preparing to take the climb to the Mackinac Island Fort on June 28, 2024.

CMU and FSU GEAR UP take 50 students on an Upper Peninsula college tour

Last month, Central Michigan University and Ferris State University’s GEAR UP programs took 50 local area students on a whirlwind trip across Michigan’s upper peninsula. 

Feature Story King's Kid Christian Daycare staff members Adrian Robinson, left, Lolita Granger, center and Tamara Jones laugh Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as they play with toys in one of the classrooms in the Detroit child care center.

MiLEAP fund provides essential equipment, upgrades for child care facilities

Quality child care is necessary, but not always available or affordable. The MiLEAP Caring for MI Future: Facilities Improvement Fund has launched a $59 million fund to provide new and expanding home-based and center-based facilities across the state.   

Feature Story The collapsed foundation of the J & F Brisson Sawmill in Chatham.

Transforming Alger County: Blight removal and revitalization

The Alger County Land Bank Authority is working to remove blighted buildings across the county and renovate others -- ambitious efforts at community revitalization.

Feature Story Historic photo of the Mather Inn.

Ishpeming's 'movie famous' inn finds new life

Renovated historic Ishpeming hotel serves craft cocktails and nostalgia. The hotel, which once housed the cast of the Hollywood film, "Anatomy of a Murder," also has mixed-use space and plans for a basement taproom.

Feature Story Michigan Health and Hospital Association represents all community hospitals in the state.

How public health collaborations with hospitals benefit Michigan's communities

Yours, Mine and Ours — Public Health spoke with Lauren LaPine, Michigan Health and Hospital Association senior director of legislative and public policy about how various public health agencies and programs collaborate with hospitals across the state.  

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Riding the waveGreat Lakes Boat Building School students find success in growing recreational boating industry

Among the success stories of Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville is the nearly 100 percent placement of graduates in various marine careers the past several years. A surge in recreational boating in Michigan and across the country is helping graduates find jobs and underscores the importance of the small but growing school.

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Love the Keweenaw campaign kicks off

The Love the Keweenaw campaign aims to educate and equip residents, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors with strategies and resources to make respectful, sustainable, low-impact use of the peninsula's recreation spaces.   

Feature Story The view of Lake Superior’s shoreline at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A new copper mine near the lakeshore and the state park is stirring controversy.

Copper Country's Conundrum

The news of a new copper mine being built near the shores of Lake Superior drew lots of attention in the U.P. and beyond. Interlochen Public Radio explores this latest development in Copper Country in a recent edition of Points North, a podcast about the land, water and inhabitants of the Great Lakes.

Feature Story Paddling Michigan offers day kayak adventures to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Navigating Success: Uncle Ducky's journey from the skies to the shores of Lake Superior

A customer's random request to rent a fleet of canoes from William Duckwall's charter fishing company led to a kayaking enterprise. Today, Uncle Ducky's paddling and other operations are an integral part of the tourism industry in Munising at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

Feature Story State and local officials broke ground on the new facility earlier this year.

$7.3 million manufacturing hub underway in eastern U.P.

Chippewa County has broken ground on a manufacturing facility that will serve as a transportation and logistics hub.

Feature Story A skier at Mont Ripley. Winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling attract tourists to the region.

Study shows the economic importance of tourism in the counties of the western U.P.

A newly released study underscores the importance of tourism to the economy of the western Upper Peninsula. Officials across the region hope the study further enhances tourism and helps with community planning and promotion efforts. 

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Naubinway zoo celebrates 30 years as a haven for exotic animals and a tourist destination

A Michigan couple's love for the U.P. and animals led them north, where they eventually established a zoo not far from the Mackinac Bridge. The GarLyn Zoo Wildlife Park, home to more than 100 animals, draws thousands of visitors annually and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Feature Story The former MBank building in Manistique will be turned into office space on the ground floor with apartments above thanks to a new building restoration program.

Making a small difference in Manistique

The historic Manistique Bank building in downtown Manistique is undergoing a renovation for commercial and residential uses.

Feature Story The artist, Kasey Koski, has roots in the Upper Peninsula.

New artist program will help return 'the presence of people' to Keweenaw National Historical Park

A new artist program at the Keweenaw National Historical Park will help return 'the presence of people' at the site and help tell the stories of miners and others. 

Feature Story Shaylee Menhennick, a U-M graduate, stops for a coffee at Campfire Coffee on a recent trip home to Negaunee.

U.P. Scholars Program makes U-M degree a reality

The first graduates of the U.P. Scholars Program at the University of Michigan are out in the world. The program provides need-based scholarships for limited-income students of up to $15,000 per year for four years. The program also provides social, academic and professional support.

Longform Lunchtime at Oehrli Elementary School in Montague, Mich.

Michigan's free school meals yield high returns for student health and academic success

Michigan has become one of eight states to make free school meals available to all, creating notable benefits for students' health.

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. 

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