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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. 
Bill Sterrett stands in a portion of maintained state forest land.  It was clear cut around 35 years ago and has grown back.

All about the (real) green: How forestry is about community impact, not financial

Think that recently clear cut forest in your community is a darn shame? It might not look lovely, but the forest management practice is crucial to healthy trees, wildlife and communities in Northern Michigan. 

The Honoring Our Children program focuses on young children.

In the U.P's Native American communities, early childhood education is getting a big boost

With an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is making sustainable investments in early childhood development and education throughout the U.P.'s Native American communities.

The British rock band Badfinger plays the Calumet Theatre this month.

British rock history on stage at Calumet Theatre

The band Badfinger will be playing at the Calumet Theatre this June 26, reconstructed after a long and notable history.

The Mighty Mac -- a great part of any beautiful drive.

Day tripping from all corners of the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula has so many places to see and things to do that the options for day trips are pretty much endless. But here are a few ideas for day trips no matter what part of the U.P. you happen to call home.

The challenge team at the state Capitol.

Houghton students battle invasive species

The Houghton Weed Pullers, an energetic group of middle schoolers, combined education with fighting invasive plant species, and in the process educated their community, bettered the U.P. environment, and competed in a national challenge.


Pathways to Success co-principal Tyrone Weeks.

Is starting college during high school Michigan's ticket to success?

Imagine a future where every Michigan student not only went to college, but started that collegiate career before they even left high school. For some students, it's already happening, and it could have big implications for education in our state.

Tahquamenon Falls

Does the U.P. need to rebrand to compete for business and tourism?

Yoopers know what makes the U.P. special, but the region's story isn't always told with a cohesive voice. Some think that calls for a U.P.-wide rebranding effort and a more ambitious drive to attract businesses and tourists from across the country and world.

Students work in the computer lab at Superior Central.

Forward thinking helps U.P. schools push ahead with technology

No matter how remote their locations, some U.P. districts are taking technology by the horns to keep their students learning at full speed.

The employees of Checker Transport.

Checker Transport finds success in getting people where they want to go

With the foresight and patience of a seasoned businessman, Marquette's Jesse Schramm transformed a modest four-vehicle taxi enterprise into Checker Transport LLC, now an expanding and growing business.
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