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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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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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YooperSingles.com offers that special connection, eh?

Looking for that special Yooper but having no luck at the local bar? YooperSingles.com is here to help. 

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With help from MTEC SmartZone, startups breathe new life into Houghton-Hancock's economy

With help from development-focused organizations, the Houghton-Hancock area is poised for an economic resurgence.

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Being a tourist in your own town is easier than you may think

Sometimes it's hard to rediscover your town. You see it every day, but how you can see it as a tourist might? We've talked with some local experts to find out just how to be "A Tourist In Your Own Town."

Snowmobilers at the Portage Lift Bridge, gateway to the Keweenaw I Shawn Malone

DA Glass makes plans for factory in the Keweenaw

The opening of DA Glass America's Calumet facility has been delayed several times, but that hasn't dampened the company's ambitions. When open, the facility promises more than 100 jobs over three years--and may have room to grow.

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Helping schools raise funds through local farms

When it comes to fund-raising projects at schools these days, it seems like the offerings are limited to junk food and wrapping paper. Mark Abbott found a way to change that. 

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How Michigan's small towns are balancing rural life with urban benefits

Everyone wants the safety and quiet of a small town, but the amenities and transportation options of a big city. Some of Michigan's small cities are finding ways to offer both, positioning themselves for future growth.

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Michigan Tech research on the cutting edge

Several projects are breaking new ground in 3D printing, prosthetics and snow grooming, all with the goal to look to the future and bring it to the present.

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What to do with a college education: Start farming

A young couple from lower Michigan found their ideal life on a farm near Ontonagon, and now are working to help build the local food infrastructure across the Upper Peninsula. 

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Heated wiper blade company has been keeping winter drivers safe for 20 years

A Houghton-based company has been quietly innovating in the world of heated windshield wiper blades for more than 20 years. And you can even get them on your own car.
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