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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. 
Chocolay River brewers talk to customers at the U.P. Beer Fest.

Three up-and-coming U.P. breweries keep craft beer scene moving forward

The U.P. is already home to more than a dozen craft breweries, but that isn't stopping two local entrepreneurs--and one honorary local with a very familiar name--from taking advantage of the region's seemingly insatiable thirst for high-quality, U.P.-made beer.

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Good times at the U.P. Beer Fest.

Beer festival offers chance to try Michigan brews

The U.P. Beer Festival drew brewers from across Michigan, including both new and old breweries from the Upper Peninsula, this weekend.

Saginaw's LaMarr Woodley graces the NFL.

Cool jobs: I'm a professional athlete

Second Wave's Jeff Barr talked to three professional athletes who call Michigan home about how where they're from has shaped who they are and their careers.

Local craft beer shows no sign of shrinking as an industry.

How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally-grown ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.

Detroit urban farming

Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

In September, Detroit will host a gathering of innovators, community activists and entrepreneurs working to help their cities grow. It's not your typical economic development conference, though; UIX will focus on small-scale projects like pop-up stores and urban farms.

The future of Michigan energy

Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of where Michigan should get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

Michigan's Children

Long-time children's advocate embraces new role

As Matt Gillard takes the helm of Michigan’s Children, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group, he plans to move children’s issues up the priority list for elected officials. 

Michigan DEQ director Dan Wyant.

Q&A with Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Dan Wyant, director of the MDEQ, sat down and had a chat about the Clean Air Act and carbon emissions. See what he had to say. 

Iron Mountain's Rebecca Grider.

Iron Mountain Main Street learns from Detroit

Iron Mountain Main Street is among the Michigan Main Street organizations learning from the revitalization of Detroit this week.
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