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Marquette looks to expand economic development zone

There's no doubt that the SmartZone up in Houghton has done a lot to advance the economy of the U.P., and Marquette is hoping to take some steps that might extend some of those benefits to its doorstep.
Excerpt; The Marquette City Commission has scheduled a public hearing for later this month to consider expanding the boundaries of the city's Local Development Finance Authority to encompass the entire city…
Marquette Chief Financial Officer Gary Simpson said what's spurring on the effort is the city's desire to expand the LDFA district to include the whole city to create a satellite SmartZone District with Houghton and Hancock.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: The Mining Journal

Forest service predicts next 100 years of Michigan forests

The forests of Michigan will have to adapt to changing climate in the coming century, according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. What that might look like is detailed in the article below, so read on.
Excerpt: In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. A new U.S. Forest Service report describes the potential risks and opportunities of climate change for forests in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
The whole story is online here.
Source: NetNewsLedger.com

Students look at possible geothermal energy from old mines

Some Michigan Tech researchers are exploring the idea of geothermal heat and energy systems using a resource in abundance in the U.P.--former mines.
Excerpt: I’ve always dreamed of making my house energy self-sufficient -- maybe a windmill could be mounted where that old TV antenna anachronistically sits; maybe we could get a wood stove for the living room, some solar panels on the roof? I even occasionally allow myself to fantasize that our entire peninsula could be energy independent with no need for a larger electrical grid. 
The whole story can be found here.
Source: Keweenaw Now

Final Four flooring coming from U.P. again

The maple and the work put into the NCAA Final Four basketball floor again came from the Upper Peninsula thanks to Connor Sports Flooring.
Excerpt: Workers in a tiny Michigan town toiled to produce the hardwood floor on which Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin will try to produce their shining moment.
The floor being used for the Final Four games today and the national championship game on Monday, all in Arlington, Texas, was put together in Amasa, Mich.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Appleton Post-Crescent

Northern Michigan beekeepers try to breed hardier bees

A few beekeepers in northern lower Michigan are working on an issue that U.P. beekeepers might want to jump in on, too: Breeding winter survivor bees together to create strains of bees that can stay alive through a northern winter.
Excerpt: It’s been a tough winter for honeybees. Bees already face several obstacles, including parasitic mites, habitat loss, and pesticides.
Those factors and others are believed to contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where bees disappear from the hive in large numbers. 
In the face of all these things, beekeepers in Michigan are trying to breed a hardier bee.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Interlochen Public Radio

Why everyone wants to be a Yooper

With the recent news about the word Yooper making it into the dictionary, this post took a look at what makes us so proud to live here.
Excerpt: But other than a resident of the Upper Peninsula, what does it mean to be a yooper? They don't need their own dictionary entry to be totally unique. Here's some of the unofficial things that make yoopers so special -- and the UP one of the best places on earth.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Huffington Post

10 regional words from the U.P.

We do have our own special vocabulary up here in the U.P. MentalFloss explores some of that in a list of words only Yoopers say.
Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is connected to the rest of the state by only one little four lane bridge (okay, actually the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere), and in its relative isolation, has developed its own distinct culture. Here are 9 other words it might be good to know if you ever decide to pay a visit to Yooperland.
The whole list is online here.
Source: Mental Floss

Michigan approves $35 million in conservation funding

Several Upper Peninsula projects are among the recently announced conservation efforts to be funded in Michigan.
Excerpt: Michigan Conservation efforts received a boost in support today after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it’s intention to provide $35.2 million in funding for fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Source: ABC 10

The word Yooper is now in the dictionary

Hooray! We finally made it into the dictionary! It's official--we're called Yoopers.
Excerpt: A familiar word will finally be showing up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary after a 10-year campaign.
It was announced Monday that "Yooper" will now be appearing editions of the dictionary. 
For the whole story, go here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Tech staffer goes to Sochi for Paralympics

A Michigan Tech staffer is helping manage equipment for the Paralympics in Russia--the games aren't over yet.
Excerpt: Two weeks after closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Russia, a Michigan Tech Athletic Department staff member is in Sochi going for gold. Joel Isaacson is with Team USA’s Sled Hockey squad competing at the Paralympics, an international competition for the physically disabled held immediately following the Winter Olympics every four years.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Michigan Tech News

Elk Rapids shop wins best doughnut in the north

An Elk Rapids bakery won Mlive's regional doughnut contest. If you're thinking, "What about Huron Mountain Bread Company or Suomi Home Bakery?" you can go comment on the story to put in your two cents.
Excerpt: After five days and hundreds of votes, you've chosen your favorite donut in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Congratulations to Elk Rapids Sweet Shop in Elk Rapids, which got the most votes with 19.16 percent.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Mlive.com

Michigan hopefully headed for tourism rebound

The state's tourism industry forecast is looking up, according to the latest from the insiders at the Governor's Conference on Tourism.
Excerpt: Michigan will see 1.5 percent more tourists who will spend 4.5 percent more than last year.
That’s the upbeat forecast two Michigan State University tourism researchers gave Monday during a presentation at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Traverse City.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Visitor creates her own "Pasty Trail" while in the U.P.

Hey, you need hearty food during a winter like this one. A recent trip through the U.P. yielded a comparative survey of some examples of our culinary staple, pasties.
Excerpt: When in the Upper Peninsula, or U.P., do as da Yoopers do. And da Yoopers do pasties.
So when I traveled to Marquette, Mich., recently for a winter getaway, I too did pasties, eating my way through the northern hinterlands and evaluating what could possibly be the world's heartiest — and least photogenic — food.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Chicago Tribune

Research shows best way to remediate mining waste soil

A Michigan Tech researcher's work on how to clean up barren soils like stamp sands is getting some attention in this well-explained piece.
Excerpt: Scientists have known for years that together, bacteria and plants can remediate contaminated sites. Ramakrishna Wusirika, of Michigan Technological University, has determined that how you add bacteria to the mix can make a big difference.
He has also shed light on the biochemical pathways that allow plants and bacteria to clean up some of the worst soils on the planet while increasing their fertility.
For the rest of the article, go here.
Source: ScienceCodex.com

Coolest summer jobs list includes Copper Harbor

USA Today asked job search site CoolWorks to come up with a list of the most awesome summer jobs available out there, and we're glad to see working in Copper Harbor as an outdoors guide is among them. It totally would be.
Excerpt: Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the Old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?
Yeah, we thought so. How about getting paid for it? Even better.
See the whole list online here.
Source: USA Today
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