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Does the U.P. need to rebrand to compete for business and tourism?

Yoopers know what makes the U.P. special, but the region's story isn't always told with a cohesive voice. Some think that calls for a U.P.-wide rebranding effort and a more ambitious drive to attract businesses and tourists from across the country and world.

The draw to Lake Superior Woolen's products is their traditional, natural and local qualities.

Lake Superior Woolen creates sustainable product niche in the U.P.

Three Eastern Upper Peninsula farmers have created a profitable company from a product that normally fetches a very low market price. Here's how a company was born that helps keep us warm while producing a sustainable product .

Students work in the computer lab at Superior Central.

Forward thinking helps U.P. schools push ahead with technology

No matter how remote their locations, some U.P. districts are taking technology by the horns to keep their students learning at full speed.

Many of the manufacturers testing equipment at the Smithers Winter Testing center are auto companies.

Why the U.P. may be the best cold-weather testing environment in the lower 48

Ice, snow, and cold may be some people's least favorite things about the U.P., but for auto and aircraft manufacturers, they are prized assets that bring industry to the area each winter.

The employees of Checker Transport.

Checker Transport finds success in getting people where they want to go

With the foresight and patience of a seasoned businessman, Marquette's Jesse Schramm transformed a modest four-vehicle taxi enterprise into Checker Transport LLC, now an expanding and growing business.

A remodeled interior awaits patrons at the Marq.

Local-food restaurant The Marq ready for spring opening

As the local food movement continues to gain traction, The Marq, which is weeks away from opening in downtown Marquette, is looking to bring as much local food to the table as possible.

Students learned about the Great Lakes aboard the Isle Royale Queen.

Embracing the Magical: Q&A with David Sobel

In a culture so consumed by digital devices and virtual experiences, how can the natural world compete for students' attention? We talk with David Sobel, architect of place-based education, to find out.

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.

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