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Snowy owls tracked through U.P. and Midwest

Snowy owls are becoming a more frequently spotted bird in the U.P., and some scientists are finding that handy as they can be captured for tracking to better understand their habits.
 
Excerpt: Once a rare sight, the birds have begun to move into northern states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, and states in the Northeast, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. They sometimes create a dangerous nuisance on airports, where they like to perch to watch for mice and voles across the open expanse that may resemble the tundra to them, said Rich Keith of the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory. The large birds, with wingspans of up to five-and-a-half feet, can interfere with flights.
 
More on the story is available here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

The U.P. attitude toward snow is what makes us different from Boston

This piece from a Wisconsin TV station explores the U.P. approach toward winter snowfall totals in the hundreds and what makes it different from the areas of the country currently in crisis due to snow.
 
Excerpt: During this time of year, in the Upper Peninsula, you’ll find snow hanging from rooftops, swallowing mailboxes and even trees.
 
"This is a city of 20,000 people and it spends $1.25 million a year on snow removal," said Mike Coyne, mayor of Marquette, Michigan.
 
The whole story and video are online here.
 
Source: Fox 11 Online

MTEC SmartZone adds dozens of jobs in 2014

The MTEC SmartZone in Houghton has consistently been a force for creating jobs in the region, and last year was no exception. The group announced their year-end results.
 
Excerpt: 2014 proved to be a very successful year for the MTEC SmartZone.
 
The local business incubator announced this week that they created 83 jobs last year. They were also recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the milestone.
 
For the whole news release, go here.
 
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Ski magazine visits Chatham hill

People might think of Colorado or Switzerland as high-end ski meccas. But every kid starts somewhere, and in the U.P., more often than not, it's on a well-loved local hill. In Chatham, that hill forms a center for the community each winter. This piece from a ski magazine's visit to the hill is bound to rekindle childhood memories for those who grew up in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Next to the cabin roars a bonfire surrounded by parents bundled up in Sorrels, snowmobile jackets, all cradling an extra layer of adult insulation in hand. That's about it here, and in the absence of everything the purpose of this place resonates easily through the empty hardwoods into my eardrums as the laughter from 30 shiny nosed kids having the time of their lives on a Wednesday evening.
 
The whole story with photos is here.
 
Source: Bombsnow.com

Top five things to do in the U.P. in winter

Mlive has a list of things to visit the U.P. to do this winter--it's pretty clear we have the snow and cold to make lots of winter activities possible this year.
 
Excerpt: Winter is definitely making itself very comfortable in Michigan and doesn't plan to go anywhere anytime soon. With a projected forecast of more snowfall in February, it's time to embrace the season and find new ways to enjoy it. There is still plenty of time to book a wintery weekend trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for fun and excitement.
 
The list is online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Northern schools turn rural status into an advantage for education

Don't underestimate the most rural school districts in Michigan -- several of northern Michigan's smallest districts scored the highest on a recent education ranking. The keys are tight-knit communities and a focus on quality.
 
Excerpt: Rural school districts like many in northern Michigan face many challenges -- geographic isolation, a lack of resources, teacher turnover and less attention than urban districts being just a few.
 
But, that doesn't mean they can't be successful.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

U.P. comic artist example of health care crowdfunding

An Upper Peninsula artist famous for his work with DC Comics has been the subject of some crowdfunding campaigns lately to help with health care costs after a stroke, leaving him unable to draw. The New York Times picks up the story below.
 
Excerpt: Norm Breyfogle, a comic book artist known for his work on Batman, found himself struggling after a stroke in December. He had no health insurance. He was partly paralyzed on his left side, unable to use his valuable drawing hand. And Mr. Breyfogle, 54, was in a nursing home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, facing months of physical therapy.
 
Worried about his brother’s rapidly rising bills, Kevin Breyfogle decided to step in. He started a crowdfunding campaign, which raises small donations from donors, on the site YouCaring.
 
For the whole article, go here.
 
Source: The New York Times

Celebrate Michigan's 178th birthday with a quiz

The Detroit Free Press has a Michigan-themed quiz for the state's birthday this week. Hint: More than one of the answers is in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Happy birthday, Michigan! The Great Lakes State became the 26th state to join the union on Jan. 26, 1837.
 
See how well you know your Michigan history with this short quiz.
 
For the quiz, click here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

Tech student creates sustainable sunglasses with Kickstarter help

Sustainable ways to make the products we all rely on are a big business concern, but one U.P. student has started a business that fills one small niche of that need.

Excerpt: A Michigan Tech student is selling environmentally-friendly sunglasses made from bamboo with his own startup company.
 
Adam Weber started his sunglasses company 1st Element with a small group of people in August last year. 
 
The whole story can be found here.
 
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Pure Michigan has new chief of tourism

The Lansing State Journal sat down with David West, the new head of Pure Michigan, for an interview about where the state's tourism industry is headed.
 
Excerpt: For West, 43, a U.P. trek, a visit to Traverse City or a sojourn in Detroit are all in a week's work. He started a job last month as vice president of travel for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He'll lead efforts to boost Michigan destinations and oversee the popular Pure Michigan campaign. Tourism was almost a $19 billion industry in Michigan in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available.
 
The whole interview is online here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Cross-country ski championships bring boost to Keweenaw

If there's one thing the U.P. does well, it's skiing. That fact was on display recently as the Copper Country hosted championship ski races.
 
Excerpt: When there’s an influx of people in town, it usually means great things for local businesses, and this week, Houghton was the center of the ski racing universe as professional racers packed the Michigan Tech trails.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: ABC 10

The U.P. can offer advice to lower Michigan on how to survive this winter

A piece in Michigan State University's college newspaper, the State News, offers observations on lessons gained in the U.P. about how to deal with winter.

Excerpt: East Lansing has finally received a much anticipated "real winter." By "real winter," I mean that the temperatures have at last dropped below freezing and a few inches of snow have successfully stuck to the ground for longer than a 24-hour period.

Now that "real winter" is upon us, it's becoming painfully obvious how ill-equipped most of us are in dealing with our yearly descent into cold and darkness.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The State News

U.P. race makes list of bike rides for 2015

For bikers, it's not too soon to be dreaming of race season. The Lansing State Journal has a list of Michigan races and rides to put on the calendar this year, including a few that include the U.P.

Excerpt: Grand Adventure Race

A modified triathlon featuring a two-mile paddling loop, 11.5-mile road bike race, and a 5K run in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Scheduled for Sept. 27, 2015. More information at grandadventurerace.com.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

23 Michigan towns with more famous counterparts

U.P. residents probably know about the town of Paradise, but there are plenty of other interestingly-named places here and throughout Michigan.

Excerpt: If you’re from one of these villages, townships, or cities in Michigan, you might dread the small talk obligation of answering where you’re from. Or, maybe you love seeing the confused look on people’s faces when you tell them you hail from a small town with a much more well-known destination they might have in mind. 

For the whole list, go here

Source: A Healthier Michigan

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
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