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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. 
Bill Sterrett stands in a portion of maintained state forest land.  It was clear cut around 35 years ago and has grown back.

All about the (real) green: How forestry is about community impact, not financial

Think that recently clear cut forest in your community is a darn shame? It might not look lovely, but the forest management practice is crucial to healthy trees, wildlife and communities in Northern Michigan. 

Espy Thomas of Sweet Potato Sensations.

Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small.

Small business owners made a splash at a recent Mackinac public policy conference by encouraging attendees to "Think Small."

Students take M-STEP online testing in the DeTour Area Schools.

Island and remote schools provide unique mix of culture, challenges

Some small schools in the Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan face unique challenges of geography--island schools, and their close cousins, remote school districts.

The Honoring Our Children program focuses on young children.

In the U.P's Native American communities, early childhood education is getting a big boost

With an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is making sustainable investments in early childhood development and education throughout the U.P.'s Native American communities.

"Ol' Bessie" loaded with supplies, on the Haywire Trail just north of Manistique.

What I learned from a week biking the trails of the U.P.

Writer Mark Wedel has plenty of experience on long bicycle treks--but the U.P. presented some new challenges. Here, he shares his recent trail journey, for those who might be considering such a trip.

The Mighty Mac -- a great part of any beautiful drive.

Day tripping from all corners of the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula has so many places to see and things to do that the options for day trips are pretty much endless. But here are a few ideas for day trips no matter what part of the U.P. you happen to call home.


Pathways to Success co-principal Tyrone Weeks.

Is starting college during high school Michigan's ticket to success?

Imagine a future where every Michigan student not only went to college, but started that collegiate career before they even left high school. For some students, it's already happening, and it could have big implications for education in our state.

Mission Point Resort has new owners.

Mission Point Resort changes hands

Mission Point Resort has new owners. For the first time in three decades, the Mackinac Island resort has been sold and will undergo a thorough renovation.

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.
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