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Considered one of the greatest places in America for outdoor enthusiasts to live, Marquette offers it all from skiing, to hiking, to fishing, to hunting, to cycling and so much more. The largest city in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Marquette is the focus for new business growth as well as U.P.-wide events such as the U.P. 200 sled dog race and the Ore to Shore bicycle ride. Marquette is home to Peter White Public Library, the Kaufman Auditorium, the Marquette Maritime Museum and a Children's Museum as well as Northern Michigan University. The city was originally constructed as a shipping port for the mines further inland. It has maintained its maritime charm, especially the Lower Harbor Park and downtown district. 
Rapid River scrimmages Superior Central early in the 2015 8-man football season.

The boys of fall more often number eight these days

Football season is here, but it's not the sport many Upper Peninsula high school alumni remember. Amid declining enrollment, football doesn't draw as many players as it once did. That's giving rise to smaller 8-man teams across the state.

A plate at the Mikulich General Store and Deli in Traunik.

Small store serves up good barbecue

The blog Small Town Girl Foodie World reviews a very small-town food standout in the central U.P, Mikulich General Store and Deli.

Scott Robbins stands among Michigan maples.

The Surprising Second Life of a Michigan Tree

In Michigan, we appreciate our trees for their beauty, and the shade and recreation they provide. But that's just part of their value. Here, we follow the surprising second life of a Michigan tree.

Photographer Shawn Malone is building a business with images of the U.P.

Photographer shares the U.P.'s beauty with the world

Landscape photographer Shawn Malone has been building a successful business in the U.P. art world for the last few years, and now is taking social media by storm with her jaw-dropping Lake Superior and night sky photos.

A view of Third Street in Marquette. / Shawn Malone

New businesses adding energy to downtown Marquette

Downtown Marquette is fast becoming a hot spot for independent businesses, with new shops, studios, and restaurants opening all over this summer.

Stefanie Stauffer and Ryan Padgett are urban farmers in Ann Arbor.

The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

Michigan is covered in maple trees, yet few are used in syrup production.

Michigan farms keep eye on demand for natural maple syrup

A U.P. business wants to be the solution to the supply problem for natural, organic maple syrup, which is in high demand lately.

Teach For America Detroit's Danielle Stringer, Peter Grace, Kammy Webb and Latoya Asaya.

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

If the teacher standing at the front of the classroom is a good teacher, does it matter what race he or she is? The answer seems to be yes, at least for achievements by students of color.

GLCYD board of directors members Trevor Witty, left, and Hailee Petosky during GLCYD's RISE U.P. for Youth.

Area students turn social deficits into assets

With the help of a Kellogg grant, the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development and young people throughout the U.P. have been combining imagination with innovation to meet the needs of youths in their communities.

Chris Gethers brews a new batch at Pictured Rocks Brewing.

Telling a new story at Pictured Rocks Brewing

This piece from Marquette Magazine explores what it took for a craft brewer to start up a new partnership in Munising with a local pub.
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