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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

Seven U.P. communities get DNR recreation grants

ABC 10 has a list of the Upper Peninsula towns and cities getting DNR recreation funding, along with dollar amounts and what they'll use it for.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 21 communities across the state will share $877,500 in Recreation Passport grants.  This funding is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which is needed for vehicle entry at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Western U.P. starts regional prosperity initiative

In every area, it seems there are a lot of agencies working toward common goals, but they don’t always do it together. In the western Upper Peninsula, economic development groups are banding together to overcome that problem.

Excerpt: The Western U.P. Planning and Development Region has created a regional prosperity initiative that will focus on collaboration between multiple organizations and agencies that seem to overlap in terms of the services they provide.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: ABC 10

mBank's merger with Peninsula Bank is complete

It looks like all those Peninsula Banks in Marquette County will be sporting a new name now that the merger between them and mBank is complete. Services likely won't change much, but the network is definitely expanded now for those who previously banked with Peninsula.
 
Excerpt: The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation [Nasdaq: MFNC] (Mackinac), the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the merger of Peninsula Financial Corporation (Peninsula), the holding company for Peninsula Bank, with and into Mackinac with Mackinac as the surviving corporation.
 
Following the closing of the merger, Peninsula Bank was consolidated into mBank and all branches will open as mBank locations on Monday, December 8, 2014.
 
For the rest of the details, visit this link.
 
Source: ABC 10

Michigan Tech students reaping rewards of education

There has been no doubt that Michigan Technological University offers up one of the best educations in the entire country (just ask any of the folks who tend to put them at the top of any number of best colleges lists). So, it's not really a very big surprise that the students who study there and leave with a degree often land themselves decent positions. But, we'll let Bridge tell you why.
 
Excerpt: In late September, hundreds of recruiters descended upon tiny Houghton, filling every hotel and motel room in this remote area in the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Recruiters filled a four-basketball-court recreation floor with tables and displays, so many that the two-day event spilled over to the school’s basketball arena.
 
“We have had great success with grads from here,” said Brian Cowell, a mechanical engineer from Plexus, an international electronics manufacturing services company based in Wisconsin. Plexus sent about 10 people to talk with students, collect resumes and schedule interviews. It was a big commitment made by more than 340 other companies who saw Tech’s students as golden economic opportunities.
 
For the whole story, read on.
 
Source: Bridge

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

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

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

Old mine shafts suggested as energy option

Alternative methods of energy are more crucial than ever, and one geothermal answer might be in good supply here in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: "Mineshaft geothermal" is gaining attention here as researchers investigate the energy potential stored hundreds of feet below the ground. The water in these abandoned and flooded mines, which expand throughout the U.P., is just now starting to be used to heat and cool buildings.

More on the story is online here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

App might make winter driving easier

The U.P. has a history of innovation when it comes to snow, and the latest on that front is an idea for a new mobile app from a recent coding event held in Marquette.

Excerpt: Commuting to work during a Michigan winter could be a little easier and safer with the SnowFi app.

Using real-time data from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the app would let users know when roads have been plowed.

For more on the idea, go here.

Source: Mlive.com
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