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Michigan ranked best of all 50 states

Well, those of us who live here already knew there was good reason to think so... But in a very unscientific ranking, Thrillist decided Michigan was the best of all the states.
 
Excerpt: Seeing how it's America Week at Thrillist, and we've already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche "go big or go home" and rank the states based on everything. More specifically, their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.
 
For the whole list, go here.
 
Source: Thrillist.com

Peregrine chicks hatching atop U.P. bridges draw wide attention

Two landmark U.P. bridges are home to peregrine falcon nesting pairs, and reported successful hatchings for the endangered species this spring, on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge and the Lift Bridge in the Keweenaw.
 
Excerpt: Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched atop the Houghton-Hancock Lift Bridge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
 
The state Department of Transportation installed nest boxes on the north and south bridge towers in 2012 and a pair of peregrine falcons showed up the next spring.
 
More on the story is online here.
 
Source: Detroit News 

New book highlights women writing about the U.P.

Ron Riekki, the force behind the U.P. Book Tour, has a new volume out that discusses notable women's writing about the Upper Peninsula.
 
Excerpt: How does place impact prose? "Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula" explores that very question, drawing on the work of Upper Peninsula authors, past and present, to create a kaleidoscope of voices and experiences. 
 
For the whole article, go here.
 
Source: Holland Sentinel

Marquette author turns historic play into new book

The play Willpower, about a historic notable Marquette resident, has been adapted into a book by its playwright and local author, Tyler Tichelaar. The story of Will Adams, the "Ossified Man," now has been released in several forms including a book and DVD.

Excerpt: When Will S. Adams was diagnosed with ossification, a mysterious disease that caused his tissues to harden until he became nearly a living statue, he refused to quit living life fully and was immensely productive. Now the original play Willpower, which translated his life story to the stage, is available as a book and a DVD.
 
For more on the book and play, go here.
 
Source: Tyler Tichelaar

Marquette named best paddling town

Access to freshwater is about as good as it gets in the U.P., which helps explain why CanoeKayak.com recently named Marquette among its best paddling towns.
 
Excerpt: Anywhere in Michigan, you'll never find yourself more than six miles away from some sort of body of water. With that water, comes water sports.
 
"Kayaking draws a lot of people to the area," said Downwind Sports Co-owner Todd King.
 
CanoeKayak.com named Marquette, Michigan one of the best paddling towns in North America.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

U.P. Second Wave article receives certificate from Good News Awards

U.P. Second Wave writer Brian Martucci recently was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2015 Good News Awards hosted by local religious leaders. He won the certificate in the non-daily written news category for a story from May 2014 exploring how the U.P. can solve the problem of population decline.
 
The full category results are below:
 
Nearly 50 media professionals and groups from throughout the Upper Peninsula were recognized for the positive stories they wrote and programs they produced during 2014 at the 18th annual Good News Awards luncheon held at Grace United Methodist Church in Marquette on June 9.  This year 16 media outlets, including newspapers, online publications, and TV and radio stations entered a total of 63 entries in the Good News Awards, resulting in 27 Good News Awards and 16 Certificates of Merit being given out.

The Good News Awards, which began in 1998, honors local works of excellence in broadcasting, print and on the web that affirm the dignity of people, recognize and uphold universally-recognized human values, and uplift and nourish the human spirit.  They are sponsored by the religious leaders of the Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches in the Upper Peninsula region.
Here are the 2015 Good News Awards by division and category:
 
Non-daily Written News
 
Straight News Story
Certificate of Merit:  The Munising News, Munising for "Warming up Trenary's Elderly" (a local tavern raised money to assist elderly neighbors heat their homes) by Toni Mann
 
Certificate of Merit:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Athletics to Lead Way for Finlandia's Growth" (university remains true to ethnic roots when implementing new athletic programs) by David Maki
 
Feature Story
Good News Award:  Pioneer Tribune, Manistique for "Digging into the Good:  Veteran, Philanthropist is 'Person of the Year'" (one man's mission to better the town despite his own obstacles) by Ashley Hoholik
 
Good News Award:  Marquette Monthly, Marquette for "The Guardians" (spiritualism and environmental advocacy linked by Native American culture) by Jon Magnuson
 
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Joseph Riippa's Life and Legacy" (a long-deceased pastor is remembered for his multiple contributions to Finnish-American culture) by Minna Salomaa
 
Good News Award:  The Munising News, Munising for "The Chatham Ski Hill" (an old-fashioned ski hill continues to unite the community with family-oriented recreation) by Toni Mann
 
Certificate of Merit:  Upper Peninsula Second Wave, Little Lake for "How the U.P. Can Fight Population Decline and Foster Economic Development" (how the region can tackle its population challenges head-on) by Brian Martucci
 
Editorial
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Out of Respect" (a teacher is recalled for her efforts to teach students how to respect each other and live in harmony) by James Kurtti
 
Photograph
Good News Award:  The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock for "Heikinpäivä 2014: A Look Back at Midwinter Finnish Fun" (one of the events, the kicksled race, that make up the midwinter ethnic festival, Heikinpäivä) by James Kurtti
 
Series
Good News Award:  The Munising News, Munising for "Mike's Hiking for Heroes" (following a Munising native, who was part of an eight-month-long journey across the country meant to bring awareness and support to America's Gold Star families) by Amanda Ingraham
 
Source: Good News Awards

Houghton named among most livable places

Houghton, Michigan got some recognition recently by Livability.com, which focuses on quality of life across the U.S. Houghton made it into the top 100 small towns list on the site.
 
Excerpt: With more than 12,000 small towns considered, the city of Houghton was selected to be in the top 100 of the most livable small towns in America. The Copper Country city was ranked 96th on the national list released by Livability.com — one of three Michigan cities to make the list and the only one in the Upper Peninsula.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: ABC 10

Marquette makes it onto best small cities list

Marquette made it into the top 10 of NerdWallet's best small cities in the country--take a look at the list and see how it stacks up at number 8.
 
Excerpt: If urban centers such as New York and Los Angeles are overwhelming and rural towns are too sleepy, there are many small cities across the U.S. that could be the perfect fit.
 
NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best small cities in America — places that hit the mark in three key areas: economic health, affordability and quality of life. To do this, we looked at over 1,300 cities with less than 75,000 residents and used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
 
The entire list is online here.
 
Source: NerdWallet.com

Manly Mr. U.P. pageant kicks off

If you needed a little more masculinity in your pageant-watching, the Mr. U.P. Pageant will soon have you covered, as contestants vie for a new title.
 
Excerpt: Presenting the Mister Upper Peninsula Pageant, where men 18 and older can compete for a title that personifies all things Yooper. Just like the Miss U.P. Pageant, contestants will have a swimwear competition, but the other categories have a "Yooper" twist.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: ABC 10

Scouts tackle new statewide trail

The state of Michigan's new trail that runs the extent of the whole state is getting an inaugural celebration from Scout troops across the state this week as every section of the trail is hiked by a group of Scouts.
 
Excerpt: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across Michigan are teaming up to tackle the state's newest trail that runs from Detroit to the western Upper Peninsula.
 
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the Scouts are taking part in a dedication hike Saturday for the Iron Belle Trail. The Scouts, parents and volunteers are hiking different sections of the trail at the same time, averaging about 6 ½ miles.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: The Greenfield Reporter

Ishpeming, Iron Mountain among best places to start a business in Michigan

Ishpeming and Iron Mountain were named to a recent list from NerdWallet of the best places to start a business in Michigan.
 
Excerpt: Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, is digging out of a financial crisis years in the making. But a NerdWallet analysis has found that some of Detroit’s closest neighbors have strong economies and are great places to start a business. We pinpointed the best locations — and also came across some striking findings.
 
The whole list is online here.
 
Source: NerdWallet

Two U.P. spots make BuzzFeed 'must visit' list

On a short list of great places to visit in the summer that are usually overlooked, the U.P. holds two spots, and nearby northern Wisconsin got two, too.
 
Excerpt: We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most underrated vacation spots in the U.S. Here are the places you won’t want to miss.
 
For the rest of the list, click here.
 
Source: Buzzfeed.com

Board game based on Copper Country now available

It's not Monopoly or Life, but it's kind of like both of them. A new board game puts you in charge of running a U.P. copper mine in its heyday.
 
Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to know what running a mining company was like in the days of the copper boom? A new board game just released by CMX Games allows you to do just that. Game developers David Lankton and Scott Diehl have captured the intrigue and competitiveness of the local mining history in Copper Country, the board game. Diehl talks about the experience of playing the game.
 
More on the story is online here.
 
Source: ABC 10

Dessert recipes from the Grand Hotel featured in Tennessee newspaper

Recipes from the Grand Hotel made their way down a little farther south than usual, as a Tennessee columnist recounted stories of the fine old hotel in a recent piece.
 
Excerpt: I first learned about the Grand Hotel on  Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island, Michigan, from the great old movie, Somewhere In Time.  Like a magnet and billing itself and the world’s largest summer hotel, it draws guests from all over the world.  Situated on Mackinaw Island where no motorized vehicles are allowed, the pace is slow, elegant, and easy. 
 
For the original story, go here.
 
Source: Rhea Herald-News

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
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