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NewPage announces opening of new mineral plant

We first told you about the new Omya plant coming to NewPage's Escanaba paper mill facility awhile ago, but the company recently announced everything is now in full swing there.
 
Excerpt: Omya and NewPage Corporation kicked off operations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the precipitated calcium carbonate plant located at the NewPage Escanaba paper mill site.
 
The Omya plant brings seven new jobs to the community.
 
The rest of the news release can be found here.
 
Source: NewPage Corp.

U.P. outfitters offer late summer adventures

Summer isn't over yet! These last few weeks are the most precious, so what better way to enjoy them than connecting with this list of U.P. wilderness outfitters who offer up easy ways to get outdoors.

Excerpt: Whether you'd like to kayak, canoe, bike, fish, or explore the great outdoors of the U.P., you can head on up without packing more than a spare change of clothes.

Outfitters of northern Michigan are readily available to make your trip fun and stress-free. You won't have to haul a kayak atop of your vehicle or squeeze your bicycle in your trunk. All of these activities are available for rent if you make the trip to the U.P.

The whole list of adventures is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Expensify announces new hiring in Ironwood

The U.P.'s no tech hot-spot, right? Maybe that's not true in Ironwood, according to an announcement from Expensify, which wants to see local talent at some upcoming events.

Excerpt: Expensify, a financial tech startup based in San Francisco, is making moves to hire more talent in the Ironwood, MI area. The company's Ironwood roster includes 13 full-time and over 45 part-time staff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula area and they're currently looking for more to join the family.

For more on the news, go here.

Source: Broadway World

Blueberry boom in the U.P.

It's not just a rumor among your friends; it's officially an amazing blueberry season in the U.P.

Excerpt: On jack pine plains across the Upper Peninsula, blueberry pickers are gathering a bountiful harvest.

"They are beautiful berries," said Karyn Vanlinden, administrative assistant at the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Marquette. "The blueberry crop is very good this year."

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Mountain biking in the U.P. praised

Copper Harbor actually has some of the highest-rated mountain biking trails in the country, but as this blog explores, you have to like remote trails to make the trip.

Excerpt: Michigan's Upper Peninsula quite possibly may be the most remote and wild place in the eastern United States. Bordered on three sides by the Great Lakes, it is a land covered in thick forests and rolling hills, and devoid of most signs of civilization. Just how remote is it? 

For the whole post, click here.

Source: The Adventure Blog

Group creates a healthy tour of the U.P.

There are lots of ways to tour through the U.P., whether it's finding the best burgers, beers or waterfalls. A recent group focused on a healthy way to make the trip.

Excerpt: From exercise in nature to eating fresh meals made with local fare, there are tons of healthy things to do in Michigan’s upper half. For five days, the AHM team will partake in many of them.

The whole story is online here.

Source: A Healthier Michigan

Battle of Mackinac is 200 years old this summer

Mackinac Island has belonged to a lot of different countries over the years--one of the most famous conflicts there is marking its 200th anniversary.

Excerpt: The War of 1812 is famous for the Star Spangled Banner, Admiral Perry’s "We have met the enemy and they are ours." But, really, not a lot of people know much about that war. Michigan and the Great Lakes were key battle sites between the fledgling United States and the British. 

For more of the story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

MSU shows crop potentials in U.P.

Agriculture in the U.P. has been fairly limited in the past, but MSU Extension is looking into what else might be successful here, with the backing of the state ag department.

Excerpt: Historically, crops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula consisted of hay, small grains and potatoes. These crops and associated varieties are often chosen based on tried and true experience in the extreme northern latitude climate. However, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently challenged the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center to launch a multi-species variety trial program in the effort to bring new crop options to the U.P. The Research and Extension Center, established in 1899 and located in Chatham, Michigan, was awarded $100,000 for this endeavor.

The whole report is online here.

Source: MSU Extension

Freep columnist drives I-75 this summer

I-75 is a good way to see a lot of what makes Michigan, Michigan. A Free Press writer is seeing what there is to see along the way this summer, and capped it off with the northern end.

Excerpt: Last year, Free Press Travel Writer Ellen Creager headed south on I-75 for an 800-mile summer drive to Atlanta, stopping where readers told her to stop. This year, on July 22-25, she will drive I-75 north to Sault Ste. Marie.

Today, she heads into the homestretch. This morning she crossed the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula.

The whole series can be found here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Northern Michigan vacationers can stay close to home

While everyone else in the Midwest, it seems, comes to northern Michigan on vacation, we're lucky enough to have great access to summer vacations close by. MyNorth.com suggests some of the best things to do.

Excerpt: Here are 4 fun Northern Michigan travel ideas that will take you through Northern Michigan’s outdoors. Camp, kayak, ride or fly—these ideas will have you vacationing across all of Northern Michigan, from the Upper Peninsula to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The whole list is online here.

Source: MyNorth.com

Iron mining museum to be upgraded

The Iron Industry Museum has been a staple of education in the U.P. for decades, which does make it about time for some renovation and upgrades. That's what it's getting soon.

Excerpt: A museum in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has announced plans to upgrade its exhibits that chronicle the state’s iron mining history.

The Mining Journal reports the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township will receive a $200,000 renovation. The first phase of construction will begin next year.

For the full story, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Local school districts partner with NMU to form middle college

Career and technical education is a big push locally right now, and those local efforts can chalk up a big win, with the announcement of the creation of the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College.

Excerpt: Starting this fall, students in two Marquette County school districts will have an opportunity to earn college credit by participating in a middle college program.

The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency announced its partnering with Northern Michigan University to create the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College. The program’s pilot year will consist of students from Marquette and Negaunee.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: ABC 5 & 10

NMU player signs with Indianapolis Colts

There just aren't that many NFL players that come out of the U.P., but we can add one more to the short list.

Excerpt: The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they have signed former Northern Michigan University offensive lineman Chad Anderson to a free agent contract.

Anderson, a 6-3, 316 pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats…

For the whole story, go here.

Source; ABC 10

Three former Tech hockey players get NHL contracts

The road to the NHL included stints at Michigan Technological University for three new signees on three different teams this year.

Excerpt: Three former Michigan Tech hockey players have recently signed NHL contracts: John Scott (2002-06) with the San Jose Sharks, Chris Conner (2002-06) with the Washington Capitals and Brett Olson (2008-12) with the Florida Panthers.

More information on the story is here.

Source; ABC 10

U.P. is a perfect Michigan getaway

We're lucky enough to live in a place where other people want to go on vacation, and sometimes it's nice to look at it through that lens instead of the daily grind.

Excerpt: Because I spend the majority of my life in the Mitten, my favorite getaway is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Once I cross the Mighty Mac, a whole new world awaits.

The cozy town of St. Ignace offers stunning sunrises and a quick  trip to Mackinac Island by ferry boat. Just outside of town, I can climb Castle Rock for a breathtaking view of the straits or stroll down miles of Lake Michigan beaches.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press
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