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Biogenic Reagents profiled in Middle Market Growth magazine

An extensive profile on U.P. company Biogenic Reagents appeared in Middle Market Growth magazine recently and is well worth a read for those interested in business growth and sustainability.
Excerpt: At first glance, potable water, power plant emissions and cat litter don’t appear to have much in common. But upon closer examination, you’ll find a hidden product behind the purification of each of these substances—activated carbon.
A type of charcoal, activated carbon behaves like a sponge, seeping up unwanted toxins and odors. 
For the whole article, go here.
Source: Middle Market Growth

State announces name for trail connecting Detroit to U.P.

The statewide trail connecting hiking, biking and walking trails from Michigan border to Michigan border has a name, officially.
Excerpt: Michigan’s cross peninsula trail has a name: Iron Belle.
Michigan's Iron Belle Trail connects existing trail ways in Michigan from Detroit’s Belle Isle to Ironwood, in the Western Upper Peninsula. There will be a 1,259-mile hiking route and a 774-mile bicycling route.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Mlive.com

Celebrate Michigan's 178th birthday with a quiz

The Detroit Free Press has a Michigan-themed quiz for the state's birthday this week. Hint: More than one of the answers is in the U.P.
Excerpt: Happy birthday, Michigan! The Great Lakes State became the 26th state to join the union on Jan. 26, 1837.
See how well you know your Michigan history with this short quiz.
For the quiz, click here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Tech student creates sustainable sunglasses with Kickstarter help

Sustainable ways to make the products we all rely on are a big business concern, but one U.P. student has started a business that fills one small niche of that need.

Excerpt: A Michigan Tech student is selling environmentally-friendly sunglasses made from bamboo with his own startup company.
Adam Weber started his sunglasses company 1st Element with a small group of people in August last year. 
The whole story can be found here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Sweetgrass golf course named among best casino courses

 It's nothing new for the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris to get good ratings in the golf world, but it's being ranked even higher compared to other casino courses this year.
Excerpt: …the award-winning amenity course at Island Resort & Casino - climbed six spots in Golfweek's 2015 "Best Casino Courses" list to rank No. 20 in the U.S.
The Paul Albanese design, located in the scenic Upper Peninsula, is the only Michigan course to appear in the rankings.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: WorldGolf.com

Marquette celebrates 25 years of sled dog racing

The U.P. 200 sled dog race has been around for 25 years in Marquette, and it's not going anywhere, as it seems to be turning into an even bigger draw to mushers and visitors.
Excerpt: For twenty-five years, mushers and their teams have endured the UP 200 and its scenic trail that runs along the frozen shore of Lake Superior, from Marquette to Grand Marais and back. For the mushers, it’s a chance to test their dogs in the Iditarod qualifying race. For the spectators, it’s a time to enjoy the wintry weather and local culture of this Upper Peninsula city.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Pure Michigan

Pure Michigan has new chief of tourism

The Lansing State Journal sat down with David West, the new head of Pure Michigan, for an interview about where the state's tourism industry is headed.
Excerpt: For West, 43, a U.P. trek, a visit to Traverse City or a sojourn in Detroit are all in a week's work. He started a job last month as vice president of travel for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He'll lead efforts to boost Michigan destinations and oversee the popular Pure Michigan campaign. Tourism was almost a $19 billion industry in Michigan in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available.
The whole interview is online here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Deep water port could help Escanaba's economy

An Escanaba marine company is leading the charge to dredge out a Lake Michigan harbor to allow for deep water shipping and repairs, which could have a big impact on the waterfront economy.
Excerpt: Escanaba will soon be home to a deep water port. Basic Marine has already begun development of this big project.
Basic Marine offers unique services to the shipping community.
For more on the story, go here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Cross-country ski championships bring boost to Keweenaw

If there's one thing the U.P. does well, it's skiing. That fact was on display recently as the Copper Country hosted championship ski races.
Excerpt: When there’s an influx of people in town, it usually means great things for local businesses, and this week, Houghton was the center of the ski racing universe as professional racers packed the Michigan Tech trails.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: ABC 10

We Energies to sell U.P. power plant

One more knot is being detangled in the maze of questions about the Marquette power plant, as UPPCO will buy the plant from its current (haha) Wisconsin owner. 

Excerpt: The deals would put the Upper Peninsula's electricity future in the hands of a Michigan-based utility, with Wisconsin customers no longer being asked to foot the bill for costly power upgrades in Michigan.

Under the agreements, We Energies plans to sell its Upper Peninsula utility business to Upper Peninsula Power Co., including the coal-fired power plant it operates on Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich. 

More on the story is online here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

U.P. township named Michigan's third safest city

Chocolay Township in Marquette County was named the third safest community in the state in a recent list that analyzed crime data. Several other U.P. communities made the list, too, but that was the only one in the top 5.

Excerpt: ValuePenguin is a personal finance research and data analysis company. It studied FBI statistics for violent crime and property crime in Michigan from 2013, the most recent year for which those numbers are available. Chocolay Township came up as the third-safest city in Michigan.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: ABC 10

The U.P. can offer advice to lower Michigan on how to survive this winter

A piece in Michigan State University's college newspaper, the State News, offers observations on lessons gained in the U.P. about how to deal with winter.

Excerpt: East Lansing has finally received a much anticipated "real winter." By "real winter," I mean that the temperatures have at last dropped below freezing and a few inches of snow have successfully stuck to the ground for longer than a 24-hour period.

Now that "real winter" is upon us, it's becoming painfully obvious how ill-equipped most of us are in dealing with our yearly descent into cold and darkness.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The State News

U.P. race makes list of bike rides for 2015

For bikers, it's not too soon to be dreaming of race season. The Lansing State Journal has a list of Michigan races and rides to put on the calendar this year, including a few that include the U.P.

Excerpt: Grand Adventure Race

A modified triathlon featuring a two-mile paddling loop, 11.5-mile road bike race, and a 5K run in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Scheduled for Sept. 27, 2015. More information at grandadventurerace.com.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Dog sledding draws those looking for something new to the U.P.

People from all over the world, include some of the rich and famous, have found dog sled outings in the Upper Peninsula offer something unlike other experiences.

Excerpt: It takes powerful wizardry to make a 3-below windchill forgettable. Such magic can be found in McMillan at Nature's Kennel.

Despite being hidden in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula, this dog sledding attraction draws guests from all corners of the world.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Duck Lake area still recovering from fire

A wildfire near Newberry a few years back is providing fertile ground for forest managers to study recovery.

Excerpt: Two years after the Duck Lake fire swept through 21,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula, experts this spring will assess the need for new plantings to restore the primarily jack pine forest.

Forest managers will search for areas where a 2013 drought led to failed recovery plantings. In the slider’s 1983 image on the left, you can see where dense forest has been replaced by open areas visible in the 2013 image on the right.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Great Lakes Echo
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