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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. 
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

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.

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.
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