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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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How Michigan's small towns are balancing rural life with urban benefits

Everyone wants the safety and quiet of a small town, but the amenities and transportation options of a big city. Some of Michigan's small cities are finding ways to offer both, positioning themselves for future growth.

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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.

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Heated wiper blade company has been keeping winter drivers safe for 20 years

A Houghton-based company has been quietly innovating in the world of heated windshield wiper blades for more than 20 years. And you can even get them on your own car.

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An electric moment in garbage history

Loadmaster, a Norway, Michigan company, is helping to build the first electric-operated garbage truck in the nation, for the city of Chicago.

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Great Lakes Composite Institute hopes to bring jobs, training to EUP

The Great Lakes Composite Institute is working with Bay Mills Community College to train students in manufacturing, along with creating prototypes and new products for manufacturers like those in the auto industry.

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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? 

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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.
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