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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

MSU shows crop potentials in U.P.

Agriculture in the U.P. has been fairly limited in the past, but MSU Extension is looking into what else might be successful here, with the backing of the state ag department.

Excerpt: Historically, crops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula consisted of hay, small grains and potatoes. These crops and associated varieties are often chosen based on tried and true experience in the extreme northern latitude climate. However, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently challenged the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center to launch a multi-species variety trial program in the effort to bring new crop options to the U.P. The Research and Extension Center, established in 1899 and located in Chatham, Michigan, was awarded $100,000 for this endeavor.

The whole report is online here.

Source: MSU Extension

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
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