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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

MTU gets $5 million grant to improve science education in local schools

STEM education is a hot topic among U.S. parents and educators, and at least in the Keweenaw, it's getting a major boost with the help of a grant at Michigan Tech.

Excerpt: Michigan Technological University says a $5 million grant will help in an effort to improve middle school science education that is expected to be tested in several school districts.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: WLUC-TV

Parklets proposed for placemaking

Marquette is among the cities looking into adding parklets to its downtown streets, according to a report from the city of Grand Rapids. 

Excerpt: Parklets are growing in popularity across the nation as businesses, organizations and city residents are becoming more actively involved in improving quality of life in cities big and small through citizen-led, low-cost means of Placemaking…

Retail businesses and downtown development authorities are generally in favor of parklets in downtown locations because of the concentration of people that they attract. 

For more information, go here

Source: Michigan State University Extension

Northern Light documentary gets NYT review

The documentary Northern Light, set here in the U.P.,  has gotten some good reviews before, but landing in the NYT movie reviews should get the word out for sure.

Excerpt: Cool in tone and temperature, Nick Bentgen’s "Northern Light" turns white vistas and blue language into a sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For the whole review, click here.

Source: New York Times

Odd things to do in Michigan this summer

The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace is, not shockingly, first on this list of weird places in Michigan to visit this summer. 

Excerpt: The Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, Traverse City's wine tours, the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula. There are many popular weekend destinations for Michiganders within the state. Craig speaks with Jerome Pohlen, the author of "Oddball Michigan," about some of Michigan's most celebrated --and sometimes bizarre-- attractions. 

The whole list can be found here.

Source: WDET

Michigan makes summer in the Midwest awesome

Places in Michigan really dominate this list of summer hotspots from the Huffington Post. We do like to think summer here is pretty amazing.

Excerpt: The Midwest may not have the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, but that doesn't mean it lacks awesome summer destinations.

From lakefront retreats to charming small towns, these 12 spots are perfect for a summer escape.

A whole rundown on good spots to visit is online here.

Source: Huffington Post

U.P. developing into wine country

Cold-hardy grapes might be the key to developing a northern wine industry in Michigan.

Excerpt: We've all heard of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Those wines have been around for centuries.

But what about Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent? Those grapes have only been around for a decade or two and they can withstand harsh winters, and thrive.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Marquette called one of 10 most exciting places in Michigan

Movoto specializes in making lists of places based on various real estate data, but their latest reveals something that might be surprising to some: Marquette made the site's list of most exciting places in Michigan.

Excerpt: Michigan is probably known by most of the U.S. for having those big lakes and maybe for Detroit. Really, that doesn’t do the state justice, and the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to set the record straight. Michigan is an exciting place to be, and we’re not just saying that because we have a very tall Michigan native looking over our shoulder right now.

For the whole list, click here.

Source: Movoto.com

Keweenaw Chamber to be part of clean energy hub

Clean, green, alternative, sustainable: Whatever you want to call it, it's the future of energy, and a local group in the Keweenaw is helping envision it.

Excerpt: The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation, and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
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