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City of Marquette

How Marquette became the livable, walkable city to follow

Marquette may not be the first place you think of when it comes to sustainability and placemaking, but you should reconsider. In terms of small cities, it really stands out above the crowd. 

Suburb Solar

Snow-covered panels: Does solar power work in the Upper Peninsula?

It makes total sense to have solar farms set up across the nation, collecting energy from the sun and providing it in a clean, sustainable fashion. But what about here in the U.P. where snow covers the ground (and solar panels!) for five or more months? 

Marquette Food Co-op

The sky is the limit for a newly expanded and relocated Marquette Food Co-op

After a government shutdown, bureaucratic setbacks and financing woes, Marquette Food Co-op is finally set to open its expanded Washington Street facility in late April, and the future looks brighter than ever.

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3D-printed phone cases debut in U.P.

Finding a unique, locally made product just got easier with a small Houghton company that produces Michigan-themed phone cases with a 3D-printing process.

Cathy McClellan and Peyton Perilloux of Salon C

What's next for Sault Ste. Marie?

In Sault Ste. Marie growth has never been achieved overnight; it's been more like a slow, steady climb up a mountain. Read how the Soo has weathered the storms of change and is looking forward to a bright future.

Kurt Mensching

The 15-foot commute: Working from home in the Upper Peninsula

Living in a rural or remote area doesn't mean you can't work from home, or telecommute, to a job in your chosen field.  In fact, a home-based job can give some folks the freedom to live wherever they want--and if that's the case, like it is for the telecommuters we talked to, why not live in the beautiful Upper Peninsula?

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Local company invents new brake system

While many try to consciously buy many products they use on a daily basis from local companies, buying brake systems locally may not have crossed many people's minds. But it's completely possible in the U.P. thanks to a Hancock-based company.

Detour Reef Lighthouse

U.P. lighthouse restoration bolsters tourism, economy, and community pride

A historic Upper Peninsula lighthouse is just emerging from a rehabilitation project backed by state and local agencies and many volunteers. The DeTour Reef Light in northern Lake Huron has all the tools to become a maritime placemaking asset for the area, drawing visitors, and strengthening the local economy, and it'll be open for visitors this coming year.

Brogies Tavern

One year on, Brogie's Tavern hits its stride in downtown Ishpeming

After barely a year in business, Brogie’s Tavern is already a key player in downtown Ishpeming’s social and cultural scene, and its young owners have big plans for the future.

Cooking up some tasty eats at the Black Bear Grill in Sawyer. / Shawn Malone

Former community center now home to growing businesses

Black Bear Grill is the newest restaurant on the scene in the Gwinn area, and the Cave Fitness Center is the newest gym. What makes them different is that they both are at home in a former community center, and are inheriting some of the same roles it played to move the community of Sawyer forward.  
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