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Having once been known as a lumber town and producing more lumber than any city in America during its peak production, Menominee has been an integral part in the growth of the Upper Peninsula. Nestled on the shores of Green Bay and sharing the state border with Marinette, Wisc., Menominee is home to industries that include shipbuilding, chemicals, helicopters, paper making and auto and airplane parts. The city, which is the fourth largest in the Upper Peninsula, hosts events such as Art for All, a juried art show, and the Cabela's Master Walleye Circuit fishing tournament. In addition, they sponsor Waterfront Festival, a four-day celebration that showcases the downtown and city marina. Menominee's high school, the Maroons, shares a football rivalry with Marinette High School that is known for being the oldest interstate high school rivalry in the United States and the third longest.
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.
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.
Dirt bikes can be turned into snow bikes for winter
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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.
Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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.
Powering the Mitten: What's next for our renewable energy future?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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.
VIDEO: New ideas for cities come from Urban Innovation Exchange
Iron Coast Video
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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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Three U.P. health departments get grants to tackle obesity
Three officers promoted at Stephenson National Bank and Trust
Health innovation grants given to several U.P. agencies
Workforce development grants go to U.P. companies
Holm hired at Northern Michigan Bank and Trust
Yooper Goddess puts out a venison e-cookbook
MacInnes hired by Michigan Municipal League
Two new radiologists join Dickinson County Healthcare System
Stephenson National Bank promotes two to VP
New surgeon joins Dickinson Medical staff
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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
Marinette Marine CEO named to U.S. manufacturing council
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce
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
Ski magazine visits Chatham hill
Top five things to do in the U.P. in winter
Northern schools turn rural status into an advantage for education
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