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Chocolay River brewers talk to customers at the U.P. Beer Fest.

Three up-and-coming U.P. breweries keep craft beer scene moving forward

The U.P. is already home to more than a dozen craft breweries, but that isn't stopping two local entrepreneurs--and one honorary local with a very familiar name--from taking advantage of the region's seemingly insatiable thirst for high-quality, U.P.-made beer.


The school will boost culinary training in the U.P.

Les Cheneaux Culinary School will bring good food, people to the area

Culinary schools are plentiful in Michigan, but none exist in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The Les Cheneaux Culinary School will teach students not only how to be good chefs, but also how to source local food to create a unique dining experience.

Good times at the U.P. Beer Fest.

Beer festival offers chance to try Michigan brews

The U.P. Beer Festival drew brewers from across Michigan, including both new and old breweries from the Upper Peninsula, this weekend.

Rod Robertson on Lake Michigan.

Surfing on the Great Lakes has its own culture

Surfing on the Great Lakes draws more adventurous surfers in recent years to northern Michigan. While it may not be a surf mecca along the lines of Oahu, it has a style all its own, say its devotees.

Saginaw's LaMarr Woodley graces the NFL.

Cool jobs: I'm a professional athlete

Second Wave's Jeff Barr talked to three professional athletes who call Michigan home about how where they're from has shaped who they are and their careers.

Local craft beer shows no sign of shrinking as an industry.

How local is your beer? Craft brewers increasingly employ seasonal, regionally-grown ingredients

Despite our love of local brews, many of the ingredients in our favorite beers are not sourced locally. Yet that's changing as brewers tap into the local farming movement in their communities to add more fresh ingredients.

Trail Genius maps bike, ski and hiking trails.

Trail mapping software shows would-be explorers the way

Trail Genius started out as a cool idea from two Michigan Tech students and mountain biking fans. Now, it's a business that is charting new paths all over the country--quite literally.

Kids in the MFAK program learn instruments

U.P. program brings music to underserved youth

Music for All Kids founder Shane Murray operates under the belief that all young people deserve to have music in their lives, and offers up free instruments and music training to make that happen.

U.P. author John Smolens

Writers find inspiration, stories in the U.P.

Some do it for love, some for money. These five U.P. authors write for the love of telling a story and try to make a buck from it in the process.

Detroit urban farming

Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

In September, Detroit will host a gathering of innovators, community activists and entrepreneurs working to help their cities grow. It's not your typical economic development conference, though; UIX will focus on small-scale projects like pop-up stores and urban farms.

The future of Michigan energy

Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of where Michigan should get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

906 Technology's Lee Francisco.

906 Technologies taking the mobile app world by storm

906 Technologies in Marquette is a small company that has achieved large success in a relatively short time--and one you'll definitely want to keep your eye on.

Tasty bite to eat at Andrew Sear's Paladino's Cafe.

New cafe owner has big ideas for U.P. culinary scene

More than a decade in the restaurant business has taught Andrew Sear a few things, and his first solo venture--Paladino's, in the basement of Peter White Public Library in Marquette--gives him a platform to share them with U.P. foodies.

Michigan's Children

Long-time children's advocate embraces new role

As Matt Gillard takes the helm of Michigan’s Children, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group, he plans to move children’s issues up the priority list for elected officials. 
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