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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

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.

Mt. Biking (Arcadia Bluffs)

Vacationing in the trees: How forests are helping to grow Michigan's tourism economy

Sandy beaches and boating may be the quintessential tourist attractions in Michigan, but forests are driving a growing segment of the state's tourism economy. Here's why healthy trees matter for growing jobs and local economies in Michigan. 

Char's Cafe in Bruce Crossing.

Char's Cafe offers good eats in Bruce Crossing

Sometimes, when a place has one of those old "EAT" signs, it's a sign you shouldn't. That is happily not the case at Char's Cafe in Bruce Crossing, which reviewer Small Town Girl Foodie World says is actually awesome.

Chris Gethers brews a new batch at Pictured Rocks Brewing.

Telling a new story at Pictured Rocks Brewing

This piece from Marquette Magazine explores what it took for a craft brewer to start up a new partnership in Munising with a local pub.

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.

An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 

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.

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.

The Moose Drop Inn is open seasonally in Michigamme.

Review: Moose Drop Inn is top 10 in the U.P.

The Moose Drop Inn in Michigamme gets a top-10 rating from the food review blog Small Town Girl Foodie World.

Chris Boyle of Solo Shot.

The Henry Ford Innovation Nation: The Solo Shot

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Take the perfect selfie with the SoloShot camera, then meet inventor Chris Boyle at Maker Faire® Detroit!

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. 
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