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Upper Peninsula's Areas of Concern work toward restoration and 'delisting'

Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be known as the state's most pristine area, but its waterways have met their fair share of environmental disaster. These "Areas of Concern" are part of an initiative to clean up legacy contamination in the Great Lakes' most toxic hotspots.

Feature Story The sun rises over Deer Lake in Marquette County.

Deer Lake is a shining example of how to get an Area of Concern delisted

Deer Lake was once so contaminated that the eagles that lived in the area were disappearing and the mercury levels were very unsafe. But cooperative efforts to restore the lake back to its original condition have helped get it delisted as an Area of Concern. 

Feature Story A familiar site to anyone who has been through the heart of Manistique.

The Manistique River has a long history and a bright delisted future

With delisting as an Area of Concern expected in the next few years, the Manistique River has truly turned back into a jewel of the Upper Peninsula. 

Feature Story A view of a very chilly Torch Lake.

Torch Lake is a cautionary tale of what happens when pollution goes unchecked

There is no doubt that Torch Lake took the brunt of the contamination incurred in the Keweenaw during the copper mining heyday, but steps are being taken to rectify those past mistakes.

Feature Story Annette Gleason of Michigan Virtual Schools.

U.P. teacher reaches kids across the state with virtual classes

In some ways, Upper Peninsula resident Annette Gleason is just like any other teacher. She develops relationships with her students, shares progress updates with parents and checks students' work to make sure they're grasping the material. But though she gets to know each kid, she rarely meets any of them in person--she teaches hundreds of students across the state 100 percent online from her home.

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Grassroots efforts bring economic development to county

Many Upper Peninsula towns rely on tourism almost exclusively for economic development, which doesn't go far enough in creating jobs that will keep young people in the area. Learn how one county with a stubbornly high unemployment rate is working to change that by establishing a long overdue economic development organization.

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Innovate Marquette wants to transform the U.P.'s entrepreneurial economy

Innovate Marquette is the Upper Peninsula’s third, and newest, SmartZone outpost. With an experienced leader and robust support from NMU, it’s setting in motion an ambitious vision for the region’s economic future.

Feature Story The Connor Sport Court mill is located in Amasa, Michigan. Maple basketball courts played on  under bright lights in big cities come from this rural spot in the Upper Peninsula. (photo courtesy   Nick Jensen/Floline Media)

Diverse trees, diverse products support Michigan's forestry industry

Michigan's forest industry is building on its checkered past, producing an array of products connecting the Michigan's wilderness economy to its urban centers. But keeping forests healthy is the key.

Feature Story Jay Bierlein cutting a log into lengths.

Voices from the woods: Logging for a living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Logging has long been an industry that has been a part of the Upper Peninsula landscape and communities. We take a minute to meet some of the loggers who are out in the woods working no matter what the weather brings. 

Feature Story It's finally time to keep your ice shack warm in the U.P.

The top UP Second Wave stories of 2015

A new year means a new beginning for many, and a chance to look back for others. Here is a rundown of the top five stories published by Upper Peninsula Second Wave last year. 

Feature Story Emily Geiger of Craft Cultures.

U.P. yeast adds new flavors to local beers

A Houghton-area scientist is building a successful business around locally-sourced and grown yeast cultures. Her work is changing Michigan's booming craft beer industry--and putting "local" in a whole new light.

Special Report Creative economy

The state of the creative economy in Michigan

Michigan has over 73,000 people working in various creative industries, contributing significantly to the the state's economy and those of its biggest cities. But according to Creative Many, we have lots of room to grow our creative sector.

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Michigan small businesses are at a greater risk of cyber crime than many believe

Small business owners often believe they're simply too small to be at risk for cyber crime. Here's what they can do to start protecting themselves and their businesses.

Feature Story North Star Academy in Marquette, Michigan.

How charter schools have changed Michigan education

An exploration of the history and changing nature of charter schools in Michigan, through the eyes of the universities which charter them most often.

Feature Story Bugsy Sailor, a super Yooper in his own right.

Hello, Mr. Ambassador: Bugsy Sailor promotes the Yooper lifestyle like it's his job

Meet Bugsy Sailor. He loves the Upper Peninsula. So much so, he's taken it upon himself to let the world know what a great place it is to live and play. 

Feature Story Director Edd Benda and crew working on "Superior."

Movie tells coming-of-age story set in the U.P.

Directed by Edd Benda, the movie "Superior" was filmed in the U.P. and now is making its way around the festival circuit, including upcoming Michigan showings.

Feature Story Chicken pad thai at Bambu Asian Cuisine in Houghton.

Hard-to-find Asian restaurant a gem of Houghton dining

Bambu Asian Cuisine was a pleasant surprise for reviewer Small Town Girl Foodie World while on the road.

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Vibrant Schools, Vibrant City: Will Grand Rapids invest in its future?

As the district rides the success of its Transformation Plan, Grand Rapids Public Schools is becoming an outlier among urban public school districts in Michigan, earning recognition for its efficiency and effectiveness. What lessons can other schools learn from Grand Rapids? And, come the November bond proposal vote, will the community step up to do what's best for the kids?

Feature Story Big Brothers Big Sisters participants carve pumpkins at Eastwood Nursing Home in Negaunee.

How Michigan foster youths are transitioning to adulthood successfully

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County has launched Transitions MQT, a new program matching youth in foster care with caring adult mentors who act as guides to help them succeed after aging out of the foster care system.

Feature Story Katie Armstrong stands in front of a red maple clump marked to cut as part of a hardwood thinning.

A career path through the woods: Michigan's next generation of forestry talent

A career in forestry might appeal to anyone who loves spending time in the woods and gaining a deeper understanding of them--and the next generation of foresters is making a new, sustainable path.

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