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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.  

Feature Story Details of boat building at the Great Lakes Boat Building School I GLBBS

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. 

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.

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