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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

Five reasons why folks should visit the U.P.

As if anyone needs a reason to visit the Upper Peninsula (hey, we have year-round activities and fun!), a recent press release by the Duluth Trading Company and Pure Michigan gives folks some food for thought when considering a trip up north.
 
Excerpt: Grab your flannel and pack your bag, one of America’s hidden travel gems awaits you. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was just named the Most Flannel City in America by Duluth Trading Company. To earn this distinction, "Yoopers" (those living in the Upper Peninsula, or" U.P.") secured more than 40 percent of all bracket votes in Duluth Trading Co.’s Flannel City Face-Off competition, defeating 15 of the toughest cities in the nation.
 
For the rest of the press release, visit this link.
 
Source: Business Wire
 

Local NWS staffer gets statewide award

A local National Weather Service employee has been going above and beyond her job title to educate Great Lakes residents about weather and currents that can pose a danger.

Excerpt: Megan Dodson of the National Weather Service was recently recognized for her exemplary partnership with Michigan Sea Grant and thus was awarded their Van Snider Partnership Award for 2014. The Michigan Sea Grant team has come to rely on Megan’s expertise and appreciate her enthusiasm for her work.

For more on her work, go here.

Source: Michigan State University Extension

Biomass plant could replace aging coal plant in U.P.

There are a lot of options being presented for how to replace the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette and move to cleaner energy solutions. Here are a few of those that are moving forward, from all appearances.

Excerpt: Developers from metro Detroit have plans to build a $100 million, 34 MW biomass plant in the central Upper Peninsula, about 20 miles south of an aging coal plant that is the ongoing focus of the region’s energy crisis.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

Why does Michigan love Paul Bunyan so much?

Mlive columnist Brad Flory explores our particular fascination with the myth of Paul Bunyan.

Excerpt: If scientists from outer space arrive to study the culture of Michigan, they may conclude we worship huge men with axes.

Driving through the Upper Peninsula city of Manistique, I noticed the towering statue of Paul Bunyan, who in that town holds his ax in both hands as if blocking the escape of bank robbers.

For the whole column, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Keep up to date on the snow here

Local weather stations and news sites are tracking the snowstorm this week closely, so if you need to know what's coming next, here's some real-time resources to check from Mlive.

Excerpt: Most of the western half of the Upper Peninsula has at least nine inches of snow on the ground from snowfall yesterday through last night. Marquette is now reporting 14.5" of snow since yesterday. Ishpeming, MI has 14.2" and Ontonagon, MI has 8.7".

The latest on the snowfall can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com

Ghost towns of the U.P. explored

There are many "lost" and abandoned towns in Michigan, remnants of better economic times. This look at some of those ghost towns shows a picture of the state's history.
 
Excerpt: Some of the abandoned towns that dot Michigan's landscape from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana state lines are no more than outlines of foundations or a few weathered cemetery headstones. A few, like Fayette, are preserved as historical sites. Others still have a handful of homes.
 
All speak to boom-and-bust cycles in Michigan's history.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

Tom Izzo enters Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

U.P. native Tom Izzo was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's most recent class of eight members.

Excerpt: With an assist from one of his all-time great players, Tom Izzo was named to another Hall of Fame today.

The Michigan State basketball coach was one of the headliners of an eight-member Michigan Sports Hall of Fame class that was unveiled by former MSU point guard Mateen Cleaves at the Izzo Family Media Center at Spartan Stadium.

More information is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Deer Lake taken off EPA hotspot list

Deer Lake near Ishpeming has been on the EPA's cleanup list for decades, and now finally has reached its environmental goals to be taken off.

Excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: ABC 10

Edmund Fitzgerald legacy continues

The Detroit News retells the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald through the eyes of a family member of one of the lost sailors in this timely piece.

Excerpt: As Lightfoot's haunting ballad played in the moody museum, Gabor shared details about her lost uncle that gave her listeners goose bumps: Just days after hearing the stunning news about the Fitzgerald, his grieving widow got a surprise delivery, a veritable gift from the grave. While in port in Duluth, Minn., Bindon had bought his wife a two-carat diamond ring as a surprise 25th wedding anniversary gift. He had given it to a friend for safekeeping.

More of the story can be found here.

Source: The Detroit News

Tech recognized for number of women getting doctorates

Michigan Tech is on a recently released list of schools who have the most women earning physics doctorates. 

Excerpt: The American Physical Society--an organization that works to advance and spread knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach and advocacy--just issued a report listing the universities that awarded the highest percentages of PhDs in physics to women between 2010 and 2012.  Michigan Tech placed 12th in the nation with 42 percent of physics PhDs earned by women. 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Tech News

U.P. wins Flannel City Face-Off

While the Upper Peninsula isn't a city, it did manage to win the title of "Flannel City" in a recent contest.

Excerpt: With almost 27,000 total votes the U.P. is now the flannel capital of America.

The U.P. faced off against Duluth, Minnesota in the Duluth Trading Company's "Flannel City Face-Off."

For the whole story, click here.

Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Keweenaw makes Most Scenic Roads list

It's no secret to U.P. folks that the Copper Country is a great place to take a scenic drive in the fall, and now it's official in Country Magazine.

Excerpt: A travel magazine has listed U.S. 41 through Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula on a list of the 'Best Scenic Roads' in the country.

The November issue of Country Magazine ranked the Upper Peninsula appendage as being among 10 of the most picturesque drives in the U.S in a special section highlighting unique byways.

More on the list can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com
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