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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. 
Kristen and BJ Alden of North Coast Post.

Yooper converts love life in the Northland

These three "adoptive Yooper" couples have one thing in common: One or both members grew up outside the U.P. and moved here for one reason or another. Here's how they're adjusting to life in the Upper Peninsula--and what makes staying a no-brainer.

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.

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.

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.

Tawnee McCluskey

Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers like Tawnee McCluskey often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

Renewable energy is Michigan's future.

Powering the Mitten: What's next for our renewable energy future?

Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard sunsets in 2015, and legislators, utilities and advocates are getting ready to decide what's next for renewable energy in Michigan. Here's a look at some facts behind that debate.

UIX brought together innovators.

VIDEO: New ideas for cities come from Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

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Why is Michigan a leader in place-based education?

Dr. Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director of the Rural School and Community Trust, on the need for place-based education in both rural and urban environments, and how Michigan's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is leading the charge.

Hancock Middle School Students work on a wetlands preservation project.

Students build underwater robots to keep an eye on the Great Lakes

Students across the Copper Country are learning new ways to protect the Great Lakes and its watersheds through the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.
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