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If you're a fan of the Upper Peninsula and all that it offers, than Escanaba is the place to be. Not only is it home to outstanding fishing and hiking, but also to some of the U.P.'s home-grown businesses like Sayklly's Chocolates and Marble Arms. Escanaba features a more temperate climate than much of the Upper Peninsula, giving it a year-round splendor, though winter activities do not suffer and ice fishing "shanty towns" sprout up across Bay de Noc. The city is home to the Escanaba Eskymos as well as Bay College. 
Rapid River scrimmages Superior Central early in the 2015 8-man football season.

The boys of fall more often number eight these days

Football season is here, but it's not the sport many Upper Peninsula high school alumni remember. Amid declining enrollment, football doesn't draw as many players as it once did. That's giving rise to smaller 8-man teams across the state.

A plate at the Mikulich General Store and Deli in Traunik.

Small store serves up good barbecue

The blog Small Town Girl Foodie World reviews a very small-town food standout in the central U.P, Mikulich General Store and Deli.

Scott Robbins stands among Michigan maples.

The Surprising Second Life of a Michigan Tree

In Michigan, we appreciate our trees for their beauty, and the shade and recreation they provide. But that's just part of their value. Here, we follow the surprising second life of a Michigan tree.

Stefanie Stauffer and Ryan Padgett are urban farmers in Ann Arbor.

The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

Michigan is covered in maple trees, yet few are used in syrup production.

Michigan farms keep eye on demand for natural maple syrup

A U.P. business wants to be the solution to the supply problem for natural, organic maple syrup, which is in high demand lately.

Teach For America Detroit's Danielle Stringer, Peter Grace, Kammy Webb and Latoya Asaya.

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

If the teacher standing at the front of the classroom is a good teacher, does it matter what race he or she is? The answer seems to be yes, at least for achievements by students of color.

Sarah LeSage

What We've Lost: The community impact of invasive species

Invasive species are costly to Michigan cities and their residents, negatively affecting everyone's quality of life. Here's a look at what we've lost to invasive species and how we can prevent future invasives from causing similar damage.

An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 

Manufactured home communities also sometimes offer old-fashioned neighborhood amenities.

The return of the pre-fab home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit.

The next level of being a localist: 3 ways to up your local game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.
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