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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

One of the coldest winter in decades continues to impress- Spring break up, Marquette IShawn Malone

Photo of the Week: Spring breakup

One of the coldest winters in decades? Check? Is spring finally here? Sure is. 

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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.

The aurora makes an appearance over Munising Bay

Photo of the Week: Selfie!

Shawn Malone is usually behind the lens in all of her shots. This time, taking in the Northern Lights, she becomes part of the scenery. 

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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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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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