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UP North Coffee expands to storefront in Escanaba

?UP North Roast has grown from one man's hobby to a thriving enterprise. The specialty coffee roasting business now is poised to open its doors in downtown Escanaba.

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How the U.P. can fight population decline and foster economic development

Like many rural areas, the U.P. has struggled with population decline for decades. We explore what cities, state agencies, development groups and entrepreneurs are doing to lessen its impact and create new opportunities.

Craft Beer

Festival of the Angry Bear hopes to be a new U.P. tradition

The first annual Festival of the Angry Bear, a partnership between young Upper Peninsula natives who run the Ore Dock and Das Steinhaus, was a smashing success. Does it mark the start of a U.P. tradition?

Paul Boissevain and Dick Gray of Keweenaw Brewing Co

Pioneers: U.P. craft beer is a growing business

Upper Peninsula brewers talk about the rise of their industry in the region and across the state of Michigan. It has an increasing economic impact, from tourism to new ventures.

Rick Schmitt (left) stands with brewmaster Brian Confer.

Cool jobs: I make beer

Brewers tell tales of mixing art and science, creating new recipes, enjoying their jobs and looking forward to the next challenge.

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The Noquemanon Trail Network: An ambitious placemaking initiative in the heart of the U.P.

In the 15 years since the first Noquemanon Ski Marathon, the Noquemanon Trail Network has become one of the area's defining assets, encapsulating the rugged spirit of the Upper Peninsula and positioning Marquette County as a world-class outdoor sports destination.

USCG cutter Morro Bay breaks the ice in Marquette's Lower Harbor

Photo of the Week: Ice breaking

Shawn Malone was standing by when the USCG ice cutter Morro Bay came into town last week. 

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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Threefold Vine Winery is honestly U.P.

The owners of a U.P. winery and vineyard have been building their business over several years, but recently, they've started to build it in a different place--Stephenson. They talk about the reasons behind the move and what keeps them making wine in the U.P.

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Bear's Den Brewpub serves up more than a traditional bar menu

The Jasper Ridge Brewery has a reputation for being one of the best places to eat and drink in Marquette County. Combine that with the trappings of a traditional U.P. bar and you get the new Bear's Den Brewpub located in Ishpeming.
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