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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. 
Students learned about the Great Lakes aboard the Isle Royale Queen.

Embracing the Magical: Q&A with David Sobel

In a culture so consumed by digital devices and virtual experiences, how can the natural world compete for students' attention? We talk with David Sobel, architect of place-based education, to find out.

How does energy get to your smartphone?

Special Report: How does energy get to your smartphone?

You plug in your smartphone and voila -- it's charged up and ready to whisk you off to cyberspace. But how exactly do those electrons get into your phone? Read on to find out.

David Gill dives into the decoction process.

What does the craft beer boom mean for home brewers?

The craft beer boom hasn't shaken the foundations of the U.P's rich homebrewing tradition. If anything, the region's amateur brewing community is more tight-knit, creative and ambitious than ever before.

Cody Huebner demonstrates a modified dirt bike for use on snow.

Dirt bikes can be turned into snow bikes for winter


How smart is our energy grid?

How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.

Power demands are changing fast in Michigan.

Special Report: Michigan's Energy Future

Powering the Mitten: Report warns of looming electricity generation shortfall.

Wintergreen Farm Blog

U.P. blogs you should be reading

We've rounded up a selection of blogs to read in 2015, all from Upper Peninsula bloggers, and all worthy additions to your reading list.

A Lake Michigan power plant.

Special Report: Michigan's Future Energy Mix

Electricity in Michigan comes mostly from coal and nuclear power, but that's set to change in the next decade. DTE Energy's Nick Khouri talks about how the utility is planning for the change.

Quartzite Falls near L'Anse.

Things to Do in the U.P.: Explore waterfalls in L'Anse

Among the many things to do in the U.P. is go waterfall hunting. L'Anse is one great spot to try, according to blog Things To Do In The U.P. If you're a photography buff, finding these even in the winter might be worth the trip.

Local ingredients are the focus of catering from Paladino's.

How to make your Christmas party super-local

There's a lot of emphasis on how to shop local for the holidays. That's a worthy goal, but anyone who has a holiday party in their future should check out these ways to locally-source food, drinks and decorations for your home this season, too.
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