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Jenn Hill of Superior Watershed  Partnership and youth at the greenhouse

Youth help conserve Great Lakes through Superior Watershed Partnership programs

K-12 students are taking part in a monarch butterfly project, while 16-24 year olds have been working in the Great Lakes Conservation Corps for years. Both are initiatives through the Superior Watershed Partnership to connect youth with their environment.

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Special Report: Child Health and Wellness

The 2013 national Kids Count data book reports Michigan ranking 31 out of 50 in child well-being. With this shaky foundation, Michigan has some serious work to do in improving child health and wellness outcomes.

Natasha Lantz and Michele Walk of the UP Food Exchange

Old and new tech chart a path for U.P. agriculture

Armed with innovative technologies and low-tech solutions to age-old problems, the U.P.'s farmers and food-system stakeholders are charting a new path for its agriculture industry.

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With help from MTEC SmartZone, startups breathe new life into Houghton-Hancock's economy

With help from development-focused organizations, the Houghton-Hancock area is poised for an economic resurgence.

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Nonprofits partner with students to run fundraising campaigns

Instead of trying out their marketing skills on behalf of local businesses, a class of NMU students is using them to help eleven charities raise funds online instead--a win-win for both sides.

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Nothing wasted: NMU collaborates with farmers to use wood ash

Northern Michigan University made the move toward a biomass heating plant to save money and energy. But it had wood ash waste as a byproduct, until the right channels were found to use that as a soil amendment in local farm fields.

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Online magazine introduces new voice to U.P. media

A new online publication in the Upper Peninsula hopes to offer an alternative and citizen-centered voice. Marquette Magazine provides everyday people an opportunity to question or comment upon local, regional and national happenings.

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Helping schools raise funds through local farms

When it comes to fund-raising projects at schools these days, it seems like the offerings are limited to junk food and wrapping paper. Mark Abbott found a way to change that. 

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Michigan Tech research on the cutting edge

Several projects are breaking new ground in 3D printing, prosthetics and snow grooming, all with the goal to look to the future and bring it to the present.

Mark Hall and Lindsay Bean of Revolutions

Revolutions aims to get kids on bikes and skis

A quiet revolution is taking root in Marquette. Aptly named Revolutions, a program aims to give young people access to the Upper Peninsula's great outdoors via bikes and skis, while building self-esteem, self-reliance, and a strong work ethic.
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