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Kayaking instruction with adult paddlers

Program connects young people to Lake Superior

For youngsters who have grown up a stone's throw from its shores, Lake Superior's enormous presence can sometimes be taken for granted. Michigan State University Extension's Life of Lake Superior program offers youngsters and adults alike a fresh take on the recreational and educational opportunities offered by this powerful natural resource.


Opinion: Change Michigan law, not yourself

Incredibly, if you are lesbian or gay, bisexual or transgender and work in Michigan you can be fired for simply being who you are. Curtis Lipscomb of KICK, a Detroit agency for LGBT African Americans, says the time to change the law is now.

Jason Sides, Program Coordinator of MYOI

Program offers opportunities for those often forgotten by the foster care system

"Aging out" of the foster care system leaves young adults on their own in the world, often with little or no instruction or guidance on how to build a successful life. The Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative is a new program that offers youths from foster homes support and common sense information as they learn to live in the "real world."

SSM Smartzone

Sault Ste. Marie beckons to entrepreneurs with new Smart Zone

The Upper Peninsula could become the hub for successful entrepreneurialism thanks to the recently opened Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone. Read how budding entrepreneurs can get help turning an idea into reality by taking advantage of the many professional services offered.

Tahquamenon safe schools

Upper Peninsula partners come together on Safe Routes to School program

The tiny village of Newberry is showing Yoopers and Michiganders alike how to collaborate to develop a better community through transportation.

Jim Gibula and Ron Basso of Iron River DDA

From old school to new apartments: Iron River's Central School is rehabilitated

An historic building in Iron River that closed its doors in 1980 was dying a slow death until a visitor to the area realized its potential as an apartment complex. Second Wave writer Neil Moran explains how the Central School in Iron River is being transformed into affordable housing.

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America

Michigan hosts architectural and industrial design event of the year

The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office will launch a blockbuster show June 14 at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, displaying how the state contributed to the American Modernism movement in art, architecture and design.

 David Lorenz, the public relations manager for Travel Michigan, speaks at 2012's Upward Initiative tourism luncheon

UPWARD Initiatives take local economy to new heights

Often you read about a study being done to improve this or that and you never hear anything more about it. UPWARD Initiatives is using a study done in 2009 to bring together 180 volunteers to improve the quality of life for residents of the Upper Peninsula and two counties in Wisconsin.

Curtis Hewitt of Start the Cycle program

Teens start new cycle in their lives with mountain biking

Start the Cycle introduces court-referred and at-risk teens to the challenging sport of mountain biking as a positive alternative to drug and alcohol use and other unhealthy activities. In addition to physical conditioning, teens are paired with adult mentors who help them understand healthy boundaries and learn how to establish and meet positive life goals.

Randy Buchler of Shady Grove Farms

Food and labels: Shopping with knowledge

Labels can be confusing or misleading when you're trying to find the best foods for your family--maybe none more so than all the different types of organic foods available. Randy Buchler of Shady Grove Farm explains the difference between local and organic farms, and the variations therein.
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