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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.
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.
Sovereign Communications finds home in U.P.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
As Sovereign Communications prepares to relocate into a brand new headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie, the broadcasting company's president reflects on his decision to invest in the region.
Dirt bikes can be turned into snow bikes for winter
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Yooper converts love life in the Northland
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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 Michigan's electrical grid?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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.
Special Report: Michigan's Energy Future
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Powering the Mitten: Report warns of looming electricity generation shortfall.
Special Report: Michigan's Future Energy Mix
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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.
How to make your Christmas party super-local
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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.
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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
Yooper Goddess puts out a venison e-cookbook
Ironwood uses crowdfunding to build Art Park
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In the News
Smithsonian traveling exhibit arrives in Ironwood
Source: Downtown Art Place
LSJ explores challenges and growth for Michigan tourism
Source: Lansing State Journal
Things no one tells you about leaving the U.P.
Two U.P. towns on top 10 snowiest list
Source: Washington Post
The perfect Michigan road trip has been created in time for spring
Porcupine Mountains State Park needs votes for top U.S. park
Source: 10 Best/USA Today
Finland Calling goes off the air after over 50 years
Source: WLUC TV-6
14 tastebud-pleasing restaurants in the U.P.
Snowy owls tracked through U.P. and Midwest
Source: Detroit Free Press
The U.P. attitude toward snow is what makes us different from Boston
Source: Fox 11 Online
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