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St. Ignace/Mackinac Island


The gateway to the Upper Peninsula, St. Ignace is the first stop for travelers crossing the Mackinac Bridge. From there, it's just a ferry ride to Mackinac Island, a place that has been stopped in time featuring a former British fort and the beautiful Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island is also the home of the Governor's Mansion, a summer residence for the state's top official. St. Ignace offers tourists a large variety of Upper Peninsula "specialties," such as pasties, smoked fish and fudge, as well as beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect the mighty Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. 
A rendering from Sidock Group showing the future of Garfield Commons.

Architectural firm moves into downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is getting a nice bump to the downtown district as an architectural and engineering firm joins forces with a well-established surveying company.

Tahquamenon Falls

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

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The draw to Lake Superior Woolen's products is their traditional, natural and local qualities.

Lake Superior Woolen creates sustainable product niche in the U.P.

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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.

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

Dirt bikes can be turned into snow bikes for winter


How smart is our energy grid?

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Power demands are changing fast in Michigan.

Special Report: Michigan's Energy Future

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

Wintergreen Farm Blog

U.P. blogs you should be reading

We've rounded up a selection of blogs to read in 2015, all from Upper Peninsula bloggers, and all worthy additions to your reading list.

A Lake Michigan power plant.

Special Report: Michigan's Future Energy Mix

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.

Local ingredients are the focus of catering from Paladino's.

How to make your Christmas party super-local

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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