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Houghton/Hancock


The cities of Houghton and Hancock, separated only by the Portage Canal, offer some of the best sites to behold in the Upper Peninsula. In the fall, the colors on the Keweenaw Peninsula are as vibrant as anywhere in the country. Come winter, Michigan Technological University hosts Winter Carnival, a celebration of the cold and snow—the elements that helped Houghton set the snowfall record of 355.7 inches in the winter of 1978-79. Besides Michigan Tech, the area is home to Finlandia University. 
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The future of sustainable fishing in the U.P.

The future of commercial fishing in the Upper Peninsula depends on lake ecology and the willingness of a new generation to learn the skills and way of life of those who fish the Great Lakes. 

Andrea Aho of Lake Superior Chocolate Company

Cool jobs: I make chocolate

Three Michigan chocolatiers discuss how they got started, what goes into their delicious creations, and what it's like to be the best-loved business owner in town. 

MTU's Charles Wallace of Breaking Digital Barriers project

Universities get a little help from their friends with crowdfunding

Universities in Michigan are getting into the act of seeking funds via crowdfunding for research projects and entrepreneurial ideas. Read how two universities are using crowdfunding to support projects that will impact our lives.

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UP North Coffee expands to storefront in Escanaba

?UP North Roast has grown from one man's hobby to a thriving enterprise. The specialty coffee roasting business now is poised to open its doors in downtown Escanaba.

Issues and Answers call center, Iron Mountain

How the U.P. can fight population decline and foster economic development

Like many rural areas, the U.P. has struggled with population decline for decades. We explore what cities, state agencies, development groups and entrepreneurs are doing to lessen its impact and create new opportunities.

Paul Boissevain and Dick Gray of Keweenaw Brewing Co

Pioneers: U.P. craft beer is a growing business

Upper Peninsula brewers talk about the rise of their industry in the region and across the state of Michigan. It has an increasing economic impact, from tourism to new ventures.

Rick Schmitt (left) stands with brewmaster Brian Confer.

Cool jobs: I make beer

Brewers tell tales of mixing art and science, creating new recipes, enjoying their jobs and looking forward to the next challenge.

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Special Report: Child Health and Wellness

The 2013 national Kids Count data book reports Michigan ranking 31 out of 50 in child well-being. With this shaky foundation, Michigan has some serious work to do in improving child health and wellness outcomes.

Natasha Lantz and Michele Walk of the UP Food Exchange

Old and new tech chart a path for U.P. agriculture

Armed with innovative technologies and low-tech solutions to age-old problems, the U.P.'s farmers and food-system stakeholders are charting a new path for its agriculture industry.

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U.P. Food Exchange encourages food sustainabilty

It seems like residents of the Upper Peninsula are a long ways away from fresh, locally produced food. Yet, a small but growing group of farmers and food producers are making wholesome eating a reality for folks living above the bridge.
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