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Sault Ste. Marie

Located on the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste. Marie is the only location besides Detroit and Port Huron that connects Michigan with Canada. Its twin city, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is separated from it by the St. Marys River and connected by the International Bridge. The town is known for its tourism, which is fueled by the nearby Kewadin Casino as well as the Soo Locks, the world's busiest canal in terms of pure tonnage passing through it. Secondary education needs in the area are met by Lake Superior State University, known for its annual "Banned Words List." In addition, the Soo, as it is known locally, is home of the International 500 Snowmobile Race, which draws participants from all over the U.S. and Canada. Founded by explorer Father Jacques Marquette in 1668, Sault Ste. Marie is the oldest city in Michigan and one of the oldest in the United States.
Rapid River scrimmages Superior Central early in the 2015 8-man football season.

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Scott Robbins stands among Michigan maples.

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

Michigan farms keep eye on demand for natural maple syrup

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

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

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Sarah LeSage

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An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

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Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, his wife, Erica, his mother, Rosemary, father, Jim, and children Teddy, Josie and Owen.

New Red Wings coach has roots in the Soo

New Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill talks about his experiences playing hockey growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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The return of the pre-fab home

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. 

Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit.

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