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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.
The return of the pre-fab home
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living.
The next level of being a localist: 3 ways to up your local game
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.
All about the (real) green: How forestry is about community impact, not financial
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Think that recently clear cut forest in your community is a darn shame? It might not look lovely, but the forest management practice is crucial to healthy trees, wildlife and communities in Northern Michigan.
In the U.P's Native American communities, early childhood education is getting a big boost
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
With an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is making sustainable investments in early childhood development and education throughout the U.P.'s Native American communities.
Day tripping from all corners of the Upper Peninsula
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
The Upper Peninsula has so many places to see and things to do that the options for day trips are pretty much endless. But here are a few ideas for day trips no matter what part of the U.P. you happen to call home.
Small Town Girl reviews Venice Pub & Pizzeria
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Is starting college during high school Michigan's ticket to success?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Imagine a future where every Michigan student not only went to college, but started that collegiate career before they even left high school. For some students, it's already happening, and it could have big implications for education in our state.
Does the U.P. need to rebrand to compete for business and tourism?
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Yoopers know what makes the U.P. special, but the region's story isn't always told with a cohesive voice. Some think that calls for a U.P.-wide rebranding effort and a more ambitious drive to attract businesses and tourists from across the country and world.
Two new U.P. communities enlist in Michigan Main Street
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Downtown districts in the Upper Peninsula have come a long way since the mass exodus of retail businesses a few decades ago. Sault Ste. Marie and Iron River are among those getting help with downtown revitalization from the Michigan Main Street program.
Special Report: How does energy get to your smartphone?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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.
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Templin joins Hanson Realty
Placemaking workshops will be held in U.P.
Spencer joins Edwards Automotive
Michigan holds wild mushroom foraging certification program
OPG in Escanaba hires Ryan
Health innovation grants given to several U.P. agencies
CCI adds new VP of sales
Workforce development grants go to U.P. companies
U.P. Rehab Services adds Stefanac to team
Holm hired at Northern Michigan Bank and Trust
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New book chronicles company towns of the U.P.
Source: Holland Sentinel
Michigan ranked best of all 50 states
New book highlights women writing about the U.P.
Source: Holland Sentinel
U.P. Second Wave article receives certificate from Good News Awards
Source: Good News Awards
Manly Mr. U.P. pageant kicks off
Source: ABC 10
Scouts tackle new statewide trail
Source: The Greenfield Reporter
Ishpeming, Iron Mountain among best places to start a business in Michigan
Turkey hunting on the rise in Michigan
One-room schoolhouses dot Michigan educational system
Source: Bridge Michigan
Meijer plans long-awaited expansion into U.P.
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