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Iron Mountain/Kingsford


It's hard to tell the two towns apart except for when the high school sports team play each other, but Iron Mountain and Kingsford have storied histories intertwined with the success of the Upper Peninsula. Kingsford Charcoal was founded there when Henry Ford and his relative E.G. Kingsford began selling the byproduct of the Model T plant. In addition, Iron Mountain is the birth place of the U.P.-wide Pine Mountain Music Festival. The Menominee River, which flows nearby, is home to what is considered the most challenging whitewater rafting in the Midwest. 
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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.

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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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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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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."

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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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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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Top 10 places to propose in northern Michigan

As Valentine's Day approaches, we've made a list of 10 places in Northern Michigan that really stand out as great places to propose. From a vineyard to a grandiose front porch, many places fit the bill for a perfect proposal.

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Photo of the Week: Frozen over on Lake Superior

It's a chilly sight to see when Lake Superior -- the coldest of the Great Lakes even on the warmest of days -- is frozen over. 
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