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Fat tire biking in Marquette

 The Washington Post has noticed the trend of fat bikes spreading across the country, and points out Marquette as a highlight.
 
Excerpt: Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, grooms trails especially for fat biking, and the SBR (snow bike route) of its Noquemanon Trail Network is considered one of the best in the country. This year, the city is designing its own groomer, which will be dragged behind a snowmobile.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Washington Post

Northern Michigan offers Christmasy activities

The Free Press rounds up several fun activities to make us all feel better about winter, including some standouts here in the U.P.

Excerpt: This is a scientific fact. You feel better about winter when you experience it from an open sleigh.

OK, maybe it's not scientifically proven. But there is enough anecdotal evidence to make it totally plausible.

Luckily for us, Michigan is home to several places where you can go dashing through the snow, sleigh bells and all.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Seven U.P. communities get DNR recreation grants

ABC 10 has a list of the Upper Peninsula towns and cities getting DNR recreation funding, along with dollar amounts and what they'll use it for.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 21 communities across the state will share $877,500 in Recreation Passport grants.  This funding is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which is needed for vehicle entry at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Western U.P. starts regional prosperity initiative

In every area, it seems there are a lot of agencies working toward common goals, but they don’t always do it together. In the western Upper Peninsula, economic development groups are banding together to overcome that problem.

Excerpt: The Western U.P. Planning and Development Region has created a regional prosperity initiative that will focus on collaboration between multiple organizations and agencies that seem to overlap in terms of the services they provide.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: ABC 10

Pop-up restaurant makes appearance in Negaunee

Pop-up restaurants are nothing new, though they really haven't found their way to the Upper Peninsula yet. Perhaps that is going to change now that one had a successful night in Negaunee.
 
Excerpt: For as long as Rachael Grossman can remember, she has had a love of cooking. It all started in her grandmother’s kitchen, when she could barely reach the counter.
 
"She showed me a picture of when I was about three years old the other day standing on a stool, stirring something in a pot at her house and it was really special for all of us" said Rachael Grossman, chef.
 
For the rest of the story about the restaurant, go here.
 
Source: WLUC-TV6

mBank's merger with Peninsula Bank is complete

It looks like all those Peninsula Banks in Marquette County will be sporting a new name now that the merger between them and mBank is complete. Services likely won't change much, but the network is definitely expanded now for those who previously banked with Peninsula.
 
Excerpt: The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation [Nasdaq: MFNC] (Mackinac), the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the merger of Peninsula Financial Corporation (Peninsula), the holding company for Peninsula Bank, with and into Mackinac with Mackinac as the surviving corporation.
 
Following the closing of the merger, Peninsula Bank was consolidated into mBank and all branches will open as mBank locations on Monday, December 8, 2014.
 
For the rest of the details, visit this link.
 
Source: ABC 10

Former U.P. sports editor plays golf in all 50 states

If you've ever met Dennis Grall, then you know he's quite passionate about sports, and that he loves golf. That love, mixed with being pretty bullheaded once he sets his mind to a goal, has earned him a bit of recognition in the golf community, as noted by PGA.com recently.
 
Excerpt: Many people have the dream of visiting all 50 United States. Dennis Grall has done that one better. He's played golf in them all.
 
When longtime sports editor Grall stepped up to the first tee at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in September, he completed his personal quest to play a round of golf in all 50 states, something that hadn't even crossed his mind until a chance meeting with another sports writer in September of 2010.
 
For the rest of the story, read on.
 
Source: PGA.com

UP company launches new program

An Upper Peninsula-based book publishing company has announced a new promotional service for authors to take advantage of.
 
Excerpt: BookVenture Publishing LLC, a forward-thinking and independent publishing company, has once again introduced additional book promotional service to all authors worldwide. The company seeks to continue strengthen and broaden its product range as way of giving the right publishing and marketing solutions to all authors anywhere in the world. The launching of Retailer Preview Program aims to boost up every author’s identity globally through linking with different top-selling booksellers and retailers worldwide such as Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, BookDaily.
 
For the rest of the details, go to this link.
 
Source: PR.com

Indie film with U.P. ties has YouTube prequel available

Do you dig independent movies? Like post-apocalyptic stories? Do you just want to support cinema that is created -- even partly -- here in the Upper Peninsula? Well, do we have a movie for you to consider -- and one with a prequel already up on YouTube for you to watch! 

Excerpt: It’s amazing how much work goes into independent productions, though unfortunately it doesn’t always pay off. Despite the great amounts of effort put in to making an exceptional film experience, often people just aren’t that interested. Well, maybe this YouTube miniseries will peek your interest as it’s quite an impressive piece of work - it’s Northbound !

Created by Lullskull productions and serving as a prequel series to the film Northstar, Northbound tells the story of Alex, a man who, in the wake of a mysterious nation-wide cataclysm, has gathered up what’s left of his life and is travelling North through a dangerous new world.
 
For the rest of the story, visit this link.
 
Source: I'm With Geek

Michigan Tech students reaping rewards of education

There has been no doubt that Michigan Technological University offers up one of the best educations in the entire country (just ask any of the folks who tend to put them at the top of any number of best colleges lists). So, it's not really a very big surprise that the students who study there and leave with a degree often land themselves decent positions. But, we'll let Bridge tell you why.
 
Excerpt: In late September, hundreds of recruiters descended upon tiny Houghton, filling every hotel and motel room in this remote area in the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Recruiters filled a four-basketball-court recreation floor with tables and displays, so many that the two-day event spilled over to the school’s basketball arena.
 
“We have had great success with grads from here,” said Brian Cowell, a mechanical engineer from Plexus, an international electronics manufacturing services company based in Wisconsin. Plexus sent about 10 people to talk with students, collect resumes and schedule interviews. It was a big commitment made by more than 340 other companies who saw Tech’s students as golden economic opportunities.
 
For the whole story, read on.
 
Source: Bridge

Marquette named among state's 5 best holiday parades

It's already that time of year, isn't it? When people start mentioning how they are already DONE with their Christmas shopping and you haven't even STARTED yet. And, of course, the whole it's-Christmas-not-holidays debate… yeah, it's that time of year. One thing we can all agree on, it's always awesome to have a U.P. town listed as one of the best places for a celebration, as Marquette was for their tree-lighting festivities.
 
Excerpt: One of my favorite Upper Peninsula cities is Marquette, and this weekend the annual parade and tree lighting ceremony returns as Third Street is transformed into the North Pole. Along the parade route, volunteers collect letters for Santa Claus. After the parade, everyone is invited to Marquette Commons to visit with Santa, who also lights the city's Christmas tree.
 
To see what other cities made the top-five list, visit this link.
 
Source: Mlive.com

St. Ignace highlighted as hot spot for U-M recruits

For being home to a ton of small schools, the Upper Peninsula has done well for itself in terms of sending quality athletes off to very competitive programs. One of the big schools that likes to take a look up here is the University of Michigan, and their women's basketball program has definitely benefitted from stopping in St. Ignace.
 
Excerpt: St. Ignace, an Upper Peninsula town with a population of 2,678, isn't where you'd expect to find a pipeline to great Michigan athletes. However, it's been home to a trio of memorable Wolverines, and current University of Michigan women's basketball star Nicole Elmblad has a strong connection to the first two.
 
Barry Pierson, best known as the defensive hero of the Michigan football team's 1969 upset of Ohio State, is a friend of Elmblad's father, Mark, and an inspiration to Nicole.
 
And Krista Clement, a four-time captain of the Wolverines women's basketball team (2005-08) was Nicole's idol.
 
For the rest of the story about Elmblad, go here.
 
Source: mgoblue.com

Food truck for sale in Munising

Food trucks are all the rage when it comes to what foodies are after and the interesting and exciting menus such trucks tend to offer. Marquette and the surrounding area already sport two full time trucks -- both serving tacos -- but there's a fully-equipped truck for sale in Munising that could mean a new truck around the U.P. in the very near future.
 
Excerpt: Have you ever dreamed of having your own FOOD TRUCK? Well here's the opportunity you've been waiting for!!! This is a turn-key opportunity--Everything you need to open TOMORROW!!! 
 
For the rest of the ad, go to this link.
 
Source: Craigslist.org

Ron's Taco Shop looking for help from loyal customers

As we mentioned here on UP Second Wave recently, Ron's Taco Shop has made a move to a new location in Marquette. They ran into a bit of a snag, however, as a ventilation system needed to open the restaurant has to be installed, and the cost is pretty pricey at $30,000. So, Ron's is asking their fans for help.
 
Excerpt: The new location was only a shell and required us to build a new kitchen with a new ventilation system. Thanks to the amazing abilities of social media that has helped us to get where we are today, we decided to reach out to the people that we love most. We have created a campaign that will not only benefit us, but will benefit you, the customers as well.
 
For the rest of the post, go here.
 
Source: GoFundMe.com

Escanaba paper mill highlighted for hiring practices

There is little doubt that having a capable workforce is key to successful business, and here in the Upper Peninsula one company has been highlighted for finding that workforce through an effort to employ veterans. Pure Michigan writes about NewPage's Escanaba operations.
 
Excerpt: Michigan, home to nearly 700,000 veterans, has several efforts that are helping our heroes find jobs.  Efforts include programs that help them translate their military experience into terms employers recognize to companies like Escanaba Paper Company, that are making efforts to hire more veterans.
 
For the rest of the story, read on

Source: Pure Michigan
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