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Fox Negaunee car salesman tries out with Detroit Lions

A former NMU football player headed to Detroit recently for a tryout with the Detroit Lions as a long snapper.
 
Excerpt: Trever Kruzel works as a car salesman at Fox Motors out on Highway 41 in the western half of MIchigan's Upper Peninsula, deep in iron ore country.
 
The dealership is on the edge of town (population 4,568), wedged up against the wilderness. You can stand in the showroom and see deer or coyotes and all kinds of birds in the woods.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: USA Today

Turkey hunting on the rise in Michigan

Hunters in both peninsulas of Michigan are seeing a plentiful turkey population, and turkey hunting is becoming successful enough to have a real impact on the natural resources picture in the state.
 
Excerpt: Every year, about 100,000 Michigan hunters venture into the field in the hopes of bagging a gobbler, and about 30,000 of them are successful. And this year, for the first time on record, state wildlife officials say that there is a turkey population in every single county in the Lower Peninsula.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: OutdoorHub.com

New off-road trail opened in central U.P.

More expansion is happening with the trails network in the central U.P., this time giving increased access to off-road vehicles.
 
Excerpt: The state has opened a new off-road vehicle route in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that's also for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and equestrian use.
 
The state Department of Natural Resources and the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority plan to host a ribbon-cutting this morning in Marquette County's Tilden Township. The 19-mile-long trail connects the communities of Ishpeming, Clarksburg, Humboldt and Republic.
 
More on the story can be found here.
 
Source: Crain's Detroit Business

One-room schoolhouses dot Michigan educational system

Some states have done away entirely with the old form of education, one-room schoolhouses. In Michigan, there are dozens of schools that still fit this description, including several in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance.
 
But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. A
 
For more on the story, go here.
 
Source: Bridge Michigan

Appleseed Collective will perform in Marquette, Houghton

Ann Arbor-based Americana group The Appleseed Collective is coming to the U.P. with stops at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette on May 27 at 8 p.m. and the Orpheum Theater in Houghton at 7:30 p.m. May 29.
 
Excerpt: No Americana sound could ring so true without miles of highway to back it up, and The Appleseed Collective certainly has that- 2014 has seen them travel coast to coast in support of their two studio albums, Baby to Beast (2012) and Young Love (January 2014). According to Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune, "Young Love sweeps out the various corners of American music, taking a long look at both the sublime and the strange. The group explores both dark and light in a way that other string-band revivalists haven’t touched."

For more on the band, go here.
 
Source: AppleseedCollective.com

Newberry business wins Prosperity Award

A minority- and veteran-owned company in Newberry, Northern Wings Repair, was honored by Michigan Works recently for its growth in the aviation field.
 
Excerpt: Upper Peninsula hiring and employment successes were among those celebrated recently by the Michigan Works! Association at its 2nd Annual Prosperity Awards.
 
Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! recently worked with Northern Wings Repair, one of the local honorees, to identify and hire qualified workers like A.J. Downey, who was also honored at the Lansing Awards ceremony.  
 
For more on the story, go here.
 
Source: MichiganWorks.org 

UP Publishers and Authors will hold annual conference

If you're a U.P. author or publisher, or are interested in becoming one, the annual conference for those folks is coming up at the end of May, offering networking and educational opportunities.
 
Excerpt: In its constant commitment to informing regional authors and publishers of the latest changes in the publishing world and offering effective marketing and writing strategies, the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) will hold its 18th Annual Conference on Saturday, May 30th in Marquette at the Peter White Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
As always, this year's conference will cover a variety of topics relevant to writing, publishing, and marketing and will be of interest to beginning writers as well as seasoned, published authors.
 
For more information, go here.
 
Source: UPPAA.org

Joshua Davis makes it to The Voice final round

Marquette native Joshua Davis made it to the end of The Voice competition thanks to a swell of support from his fanbase, including lots of Michigan folk musicians, although perhaps that’s an unlikely voting cadre on a reality TV show.
 
Excerpt: Joshua Davis is golden. The Michigan-based musician has made it into the finals on NBC's "The Voice." Davis performed Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and The Band's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" this week.
 
Davis, whose coach is Adam Levine, made it to the finals along with Meghen Linsey (Blake Shelton); Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne (Pharrell Williams). India Carney (Christina Aguilera) went home, but enjoyed a long run.
 
For the whole article, click here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Northern Michigan musician is in Top 5 on The Voice

Born in Marquette and having lived all over Michigan, folk musician Joshua Davis has had widespread support from his home state as he advances through several rounds of competition on The Voice. Now he's bringing his music back home with a Traverse City concert this week.
 
Excerpt: Now that Traverse City's Joshua Davis has made it into the Top 5 of NBC's "The Voice" 2015, he has to get ready for a big concert.
 
The State Theatre in Traverse City posted on its Facebook page that Davis will return to the area to perform on Thursday, May 7.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Michigan lighthouses are beacons for tourists

If you're interested in seeing America's lighthouses, there aren't a lot of places that offer a wider range than Michigan, and some remote locales on the Great Lakes are seeing slow but steady drips of tourism because of it.
 
Excerpt: The Point Betsie Lighthouse is a classic: a four-story white tower attached to a red-roofed keeper's house, surrounded by a windswept vista of dunes and water.
 
Built in 1858, the lighthouse near Frankfort is the oldest standing structure in Benzie County.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: WZZM13.com

Meijer plans long-awaited expansion into U.P.

As Meijer stores open in northern Michigan locations, the U.P. is next on the retailer's list of places to expand.
 
Excerpt: Meijer's much-anticipated arrival in Manistee and Alpena has been the talk at the coffee shops in recent months.
 
Part of the excitement is that many can't believe the nearly 80-year-old Grand Rapids-area retailer headquartered in Walker is finally pushing into smaller cities up north after decades of expanding south into other Midwest states.
 
The rest of the story can be found here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Beauty of Upper Peninsula inspires Esto's new album

Listeners of NPR might have been surprised to hear a song about the U.P. winding its way through the breakfast-hour news this week. It's thanks to a Minneapolis musician, Esto, who recently released a whole pop-folk album based on a summer spent in the Keweenaw.
 
Excerpt: Today's Morning Edition music is from the Minneapolis singer Esto with "Brockway Mountain Drive," a song from his brand new album "Houghton-Hancock Hum-Alongs."
 
Esto, whose real name is Blake Morgan, is also a member of the popular vocal ensemble Cantus.
 
For more on the album, click here.
 
Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Joshua Davis advances on The Voice

Michigan musician Joshua Davis made it through one more round on The Voice TV show this week.
 
Excerpt: The top eight contestants on the popular NBC reality talent show were cut to six this week.
 
Davis sang Sting's "Fields of Gold" Monday night. His cover song was so popular that it shot to No. 2 on the iTunes rock chart overnight.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Documentary reveals life of Keweenaw monks

Most people might know the Society of St. John in the Keweenaw from its amazing jams and bakery goods at the Jampot. But, the monastery shows a different side in a new documentary exploring the daily life of monks there.

Excerpt: A monk's life isn't for everybody, but the beauty and spirituality of one monastery is depicted in the new documentary "Gladsome Light."
 
The film, by Negaunee Township native Dustin Katona and Denver native Jeffrey Geniesse, shows the life of the Byzantine Catholic monks living at the Holy Transfiguration Skete according to The Mining Journal.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: The Republic.com

Thrillist names best 24 U.P. restaurants

You're sure to find at least one of your favorites on this list chronicling the best places to eat in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: "Rustic" by nature instead of design, food in the UP mirrors life in the UP; it's a bit more challenging, shaped by the often-harsh geography and the once-predominant mining and logging industries requiring a hardier stock of human, and further influenced by the Finnish, Cornish, Swedish, German, French Canadian, and Italian immigrants who flocked here for those industries.
 
For the whole list, go here.
 
Source: Thrilllist.com
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