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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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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.

Downtown living is drawing more people.

Downtowns are attracting new residents across the U.P.

?A trend that is occurring around the country is being played out right here in the U.P. Living downtown is drawing more people together while revitalizing and energizing the downtown districts.

A packed house at UIX Detroit.

Thirteen doable ideas for cities from first ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last week, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities.

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Local restaurants build chains in Marquette

Some U.P. entrepreneurs are doing what it takes to build in the restaurant business in the U.P., creating new chains out of successful restaurants. 


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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