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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.
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Does the U.P. need to rebrand to compete for business and tourism?

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.

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Many of the manufacturers testing equipment at the Smithers Winter Testing center are auto companies.

Why the U.P. may be the best cold-weather testing environment in the lower 48

Ice, snow, and cold may be some people's least favorite things about the U.P., but for auto and aircraft manufacturers, they are prized assets that bring industry to the area each winter.

With the help of MSHDA funding and expertise, this historic structure was transformed into classy downtown apartments.

Two new U.P. communities enlist in Michigan Main Street

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.

How does energy get to your smartphone?

Special Report: How does energy get to your smartphone?

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.

Radio is alive and thriving locally.

Sovereign Communications finds home in U.P.

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.

Cody Huebner demonstrates a modified dirt bike for use on snow.

Dirt bikes can be turned into snow bikes for winter


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How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

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.

Garfield School in Sault Ste. Marie will become Garfield Commons.

How old schools are coming back to life

Some Upper Peninsula schools are being redeveloped into mixed-use developments--returning to their roots as community centers in the process.

Power demands are changing fast in Michigan.

Special Report: Michigan's Energy Future

Powering the Mitten: Report warns of looming electricity generation shortfall.
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