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U.P. bar among those nominated for Michigan's best

If there's one thing the book Yooper Bars confirmed about the U.P., it's that we have great neighborhood bars. So it's no surprise that at least one U.P. bar was nominated in Mlive's search for the best one in Michigan.

Excerpt: By lunch time, we had received more than 100 nominations, and I still haven't gone through Facebook and Twitter.

…We even heard from the Upper Peninsula, where one reader nominated Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, which is about 80 miles west of Marquette.

For the latest on the contest, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Marquette's historic buildings explored

Marquette has no shortage of historic buildings that are restored and occupied, but it wasn't always that way. A local exhibit explores those that are still here and those that are gone.

Excerpt: Material manifestations of history can come in many forms, such as arrowheads, fossils, photographs and books.

Perhaps the most grandiose of these, tough, are the preserved - and even under-preserved - buildings that were the homes to noteworthy people and events.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Washington Times

Upper Peninsula resident to sit on travel commission

A Munising businessman will be helping to build tourism in the U.P. with a recent appointment to the state travel commission.

Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula resident has been appointed by the governor to sit on the Michigan Travel Commission.

John Madigan, the manager of Pictured Rocks Cruises, was named to the commission last week. As a member of the commission, Madigan will interact with the Pure Michigan campaign and the state’s tourism board to promote travel in the U.P.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10 

First LGBT pride festival held in Marquette

The first LGBT pride festival in Marquette was held last week and seemed to be a success by all accounts.

Excerpt: For the first time in Michigan LGBT history, the UP will be celebrating a pride festival. Discussions about putting together the event started in 2013 when the board of now eight members started meeting. One year later, performances are scheduled, vendors are ready to set up and the Marquette area is ready to celebrate the end of summer on Sept. 6.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: PrideSource

Research forest once belonged to Ford

The tiny settlement of Alberta is now a Michigan Tech research site, but has its roots in Henry Ford's industrial empire.
 
Excerpt: The site that sprang out of Henry Ford's desire to produce wood for his automobiles continues on as a Michigan Technological University site for forest research.
 
The 60th anniversary of the site's transfer to Michigan Tech was commemorated with a two-day celebration recently at the Ford Center.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. offers great family vacation

If your family loves beaches and the outdoors (and really, what kid doesn't?) the Upper Peninsula is a pretty great place to visit.

Excerpt: The kids and I have been lucky enough to take a trip almost every year to the North Shore and Grand Marais, Minn., but this summer, we decided to explore another part of the great Lake Superior.

We made an eight-hour drive to the south shore of the lake, which lies on the northern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

For the rest of the article click here.

Source: Pioneer Press

Crossing the bridge up north means paradise to some

The Free Press has a series of blog posts from readers about their experiences in Michigan, and this one is a look at what the Upper Peninsula means to some visitors.

Excerpt: My husband and I first ventured across the Mighty Mac in 1999. As you cross over the bridge you feel a change in the atmosphere and the energy that surrounds the Upper Peninsula — the best way to describe it is, “Ahhhh …” This draws us several times a year.

The whole post is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Finnish identity still strong in the Upper Peninsula

For U.P. natives, the threads of Finnish culture run strong in everyday life, which can be surprising even when you're from Finland.

Excerpt: John Niska ran naked through the forest and jumped into Lake Superior.

It was cool summer day, and he'd just gotten out of his backyard sauna, which sits at the edge of the fern-dappled woods around his cabin.

The full article can be found here.

Source: The Port Huron Times-Herald

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
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