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North Star Academy in Marquette, Michigan.

How charter schools have changed Michigan education

An exploration of the history and changing nature of charter schools in Michigan, through the eyes of the universities which charter them most often.

Bugsy Sailor, a super Yooper in his own right.

Hello, Mr. Ambassador: Bugsy Sailor promotes the Yooper lifestyle like it's his job

Meet Bugsy Sailor. He loves the Upper Peninsula. So much so, he's taken it upon himself to let the world know what a great place it is to live and play. 

Director Edd Benda and crew working on "Superior."

Movie tells coming-of-age story set in the U.P.

Directed by Edd Benda, the movie "Superior" was filmed in the U.P. and now is making its way around the festival circuit, including upcoming Michigan showings.

Chicken pad thai at Bambu Asian Cuisine in Houghton.

Hard-to-find Asian restaurant a gem of Houghton dining

Bambu Asian Cuisine was a pleasant surprise for reviewer Small Town Girl Foodie World while on the road.

Larry List

Vibrant Schools, Vibrant City: Will Grand Rapids invest in its future?

As the district rides the success of its Transformation Plan, Grand Rapids Public Schools is becoming an outlier among urban public school districts in Michigan, earning recognition for its efficiency and effectiveness. What lessons can other schools learn from Grand Rapids? And, come the November bond proposal vote, will the community step up to do what's best for the kids?

Big Brothers Big Sisters participants carve pumpkins at Eastwood Nursing Home in Negaunee.

How Michigan foster youths are transitioning to adulthood successfully

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County has launched Transitions MQT, a new program matching youth in foster care with caring adult mentors who act as guides to help them succeed after aging out of the foster care system.

Katie Armstrong stands in front of a red maple clump marked to cut as part of a hardwood thinning.

A career path through the woods: Michigan's next generation of forestry talent

A career in forestry might appeal to anyone who loves spending time in the woods and gaining a deeper understanding of them--and the next generation of foresters is making a new, sustainable path.

Brian Cabell at his home office.

Retired newsman takes on interesting stories with popular blog

Brian Cabell, a 68-year-old journalist turned blogger, is redefining the online news world in Marquette County. Here's a look at how he got started and how he keeps moving forward.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

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.

A plate at the Mikulich General Store and Deli in Traunik.

Small store serves up good barbecue

The blog Small Town Girl Foodie World reviews a very small-town food standout in the central U.P, Mikulich General Store and Deli.

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.

Chinook Salmon

Invasive or just non-native? Why Michigan loves Pacific salmon and fears sea lamprey

Michiganders are rightly on alert for invasive species. But not all non-native species are invasive. Here, we explore the benefits of some of Michigan's non-native species and how we distinguish if a newcomer to the ecosystem should be loved or feared.

Photographer Shawn Malone is building a business with images of the U.P.

Photographer shares the U.P.'s beauty with the world

Landscape photographer Shawn Malone has been building a successful business in the U.P. art world for the last few years, and now is taking social media by storm with her jaw-dropping Lake Superior and night sky photos.

A view of Third Street in Marquette. / Shawn Malone

New businesses adding energy to downtown Marquette

Downtown Marquette is fast becoming a hot spot for independent businesses, with new shops, studios, and restaurants opening all over this summer.
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