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. 

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PreK For All Roadmap takes a holistic approach to rolling out PreK For All

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) has released the PreK for All Roadmap plan with recommendations on how the state can achieve universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in Michigan.

Feature Story Luis Benitez spoke about the future and importance of outdoor recreation at a recent Friends of Grand Rapids Parks event.

Outdoor industry thought leader Luis Benitez sees economic potential in rural Michigan

Luis Benitez, author of “Higher Ground: How The Outdoor Recreation Industry Can Save The World,'' has some ideas on how rural communities across Michigan can find success beyond the tourism economy.

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Mapping a better future for broadband in Michigan

State and nonprofit officials are encouraging local governments and residents across Michigan to review a map of internet coverage. The goal is to prioritize underserved areas and use federal dollars to expand and improve internet infrastructure. 

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Bucking college enrollment trends in the U.P.

Two U.P. universities -- Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech -- are drawing more students, bucking a downward trend elsewhere in Michigan and across the country. What's drawing students? Preparation for well-paying jobs and the appeal of outdoor activities seem to be two of the most important attractions. 

Feature Story Grants are available to help U.P. farmers build hoop houses to extend the growing season.

Helping U.P. farmers extend the growing season

The U.P. Food Exchange has grants available to help farmers build hoop houses or similar structures to expand the growing season and offer fresh produce to residents in the Upper Peninsula. 

Feature Story Contrast Coffee has locations in Iron River, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Marquette and Negaunee.

Brewing a difference in the U.P.

Contrast Coffee Co. began as a coffee wholesaler and a way for a trio to make a difference in the community. Success has brought retail locations in the central U.P. and a difference in its circle of business and the community.

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Calling all creators: Superior Fab Lab hosts MakerFest 2024

MakerFest 2024 celebrates ingenuity while also educating and enabling creative people of all ages with access to tools, mentoring, and educational resources.

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The robots are coming — no, they’re here

High school students from all over Michigan return to Lake Superior State University next month for the annual robotics competition. The competition is designed to inspire interest in the field of robotics and to introduce students to the robotics degree opportunities at LSSU. 

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MyMichigan Medical Center Sault celebrates 100 years serving community

MyMichigan Medical Center Sault is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Over the years, the hospital has grown to meet the needs of the community, evolving from a small hospital to a medical center capable of providing top-tier care.  

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Growing Michigan Together Council addresses housing and other concerns across the state

Established by Governor Whitmer, the Growing Michigan Together Council works to develop a long-term plan of action to address many issues of concern across the state. Different goals include jobs, talent, and people; infrastructure and places; PreK-12 and higher education, and revenue. Block by Block spoke with the Executive Director of the Growing Michigan Together Council and Michigan’s first Chief Growth Officer Hilary Doe, and Melvin Henley at Community Economic Development Association of Michigan to hear about the council’s report.   

Feature Story Inventing the Outdoors was originally on exhibit at the Michigan History Center.

The man who opened the U.P. to the world

Webster Marble changed how early 20th century Americans viewed the outdoors. An exhibit honoring his legacy has found a permanent home in Escanaba. “For a region that is working hard to retain and attract talent and to encourage entrepreneurs, Webster Marble reinforces the ‘can do’ U.P. attitude," says Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce,

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