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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.

Grilled whitefish at the Up North Lodge in Gwinn.

Up North Lodge in Gwinn serves up reliably good food

The local blog Small Town Girl, Foodie World reviews a Gwinn restaurant with a long history in the area and a reliable menu.

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.

The 906 Polar Roll will take place in Marquette February 21.

Snow biking takes off in U.P. with Polar Roll race

The 906 Polar Roll this February will bring the Upper Peninsula to the forefront of a new sport, with a 35-mile and 15-mile fat bike race across Marquette County.

Leigha Woelffer, winner of the Sue Nott Scholarship for young women who ice climb.

Tiny Munising gets big boost from ice climbing festival

It's not skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing that brings crowds to tiny Munising on the shores of Lake Superior each winter. Some of the world's best ice climbing is found there, and it's making a big impact on the small town.

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.

David Gill dives into the decoction process.

What does the craft beer boom mean for home brewers?

The craft beer boom hasn't shaken the foundations of the U.P's rich homebrewing tradition. If anything, the region's amateur brewing community is more tight-knit, creative and ambitious than ever before.


Spice Merchants in Marquette is open on Washington Street.

New stores add spirit and spice to Marquette community

After long careers in other fields, two pairs of NMU alumni are embarking on new adventures in the Marquette retail scene.

Kristen and BJ Alden of North Coast Post.

Yooper converts love life in the Northland

These three "adoptive Yooper" couples have one thing in common: One or both members grew up outside the U.P. and moved here for one reason or another. Here's how they're adjusting to life in the Upper Peninsula--and what makes staying a no-brainer.

A pedestal by Leonard Fieber won UP Second Wave's Northern Exposure media award.

Manistique artist creates from his surroundings

The winner of the Upper Peninsula Second Wave Media Award for 2014 at the Northern Exposure exhibit in Escanaba is a Manistique artist who creates furniture designs based on wood already shaped by nature.

How smart is our energy grid?

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.


A new menu offering at the Tanglewood Inn.

Shingleton restaurant has new menu, new management

The local blog Small Town Girl, Foodie World reviews an Alger County restaurant that's undergone new menu changes and new management. 
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