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The city of Ishpeming is as historic as any site in the UpperPeninsula, featuring such sites as the magnificent Mather Inn as well as theNational Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the famous Suicide Hill Ski Jump.Ishpeming was home to John Voelker, who penned the book "Anatomy of a Murder,"and was the primary area that the subsequent movie, starring Jimmy Stewart, wasfilmed in. Ishpeming is also known for being home to the popular band DaYoopers as well as Nobel Prize winner Glenn T. Seaborg. A little known factabout the area is that it was the town in which the Green Bay Packers playedtheir first road game in October 19, 1919. It is also the home of Bell Hospitaland the Michigan operations of Cleveland Natural Resources. 

Rapid River scrimmages Superior Central early in the 2015 8-man football season.

The boys of fall more often number eight these days

Football season is here, but it's not the sport many Upper Peninsula high school alumni remember. Amid declining enrollment, football doesn't draw as many players as it once did. That's giving rise to smaller 8-man teams across the state.

Scott Robbins stands among Michigan maples.

The Surprising Second Life of a Michigan Tree

In Michigan, we appreciate our trees for their beauty, and the shade and recreation they provide. But that's just part of their value. Here, we follow the surprising second life of a Michigan tree.

Stefanie Stauffer and Ryan Padgett are urban farmers in Ann Arbor.

The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Now, cities and farmers are thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

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

Michigan farms keep eye on demand for natural maple syrup

A U.P. business wants to be the solution to the supply problem for natural, organic maple syrup, which is in high demand lately.

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

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

If the teacher standing at the front of the classroom is a good teacher, does it matter what race he or she is? The answer seems to be yes, at least for achievements by students of color.

GLCYD board of directors members Trevor Witty, left, and Hailee Petosky during GLCYD's RISE U.P. for Youth.

Area students turn social deficits into assets

With the help of a Kellogg grant, the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development and young people throughout the U.P. have been combining imagination with innovation to meet the needs of youths in their communities.

Sarah LeSage

What We've Lost: The community impact of invasive species

Invasive species are costly to Michigan cities and their residents, negatively affecting everyone's quality of life. Here's a look at what we've lost to invasive species and how we can prevent future invasives from causing similar damage.

Manufactured home communities also sometimes offer old-fashioned neighborhood amenities.

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. 

The Racket is an all ages music venue in Marquette.

Local couple brings all-ages music venue to Marquette

Marquette's vibrant live music scene thrives mainly in local bars, making it off-limits to younger listeners--until now. The Racket, an all-ages music venue in Marquette, provides a stage for young musicians and a safe atmosphere.

Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit.

The next level of being a localist: 3 ways to up your local game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.
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