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Lansing State Journal picks favorite Michigan spots, heavy on the U.P.

Pick a favorite place in Michigan? That's a tough question for any resident. The staffers at the Lansing State Journal offered up their favorites to kick off a statewide contest, and the results are very flattering to the U.P.
 
Excerpt: By any route, the hike is rich with lakes, ponds, streams, birdlife and flowers, such as lady slippers, found in so few other places.  The payoff comes when you pop out of the forest and onto the beach. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see another person in any direction. If winds are calm and Lake Superior is flat, you won’t have to die to experience heaven.
 
For the whole list of choices, click here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Upper Hand Brewery releases 906 Ale

Based in Escanaba, Upper Hand Brewery is rolling out the latest addition to its U.P.-made beers. the 906 Ale. It's a U.P.-palate friendly red ale.
 
Excerpt: Upper Hand Brewery is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 906™ Ale (9.06% ABV). An Imperial Red Ale brewed in celebration of the 906 area code, the beer’s name is a tribute to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the brewery calls its home.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Brewbound.com

U.P. photos highlighted in Detroit News contest

A photo from Isle Royale won a recent Michigan photo contest run by the Detroit News, in company with two other U.P. photo finalists... and the contest is ongoing, so if you have the perfect photo with the theme "Celebrate Michigan," they want to see it at the link below.
 
Excerpt: His shot, "Sunrise Fishing on Isle Royale," wins a place in the finals of The Detroit News’ ninth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. Each Wednesday through Sept. 2, Detroit News judges will select four photos of Michigan that reflect what’s special about our state.
 
Check out all the photos online here.
 
Source: Detroit News

New book chronicles company towns of the U.P.

A native U.P. writer turned to the history of the U.P.'s many small towns that were both built and abandoned by companies for his latest volume.
 
Excerpt: Author Christian Holmes uncovers stories of struggle and celebration as he explores vanished communities and their legacy that make up the history of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
 
For more on the book, click here.
 
Source: Holland Sentinel

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

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

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

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

Turkey hunting on the rise in Michigan

Hunters in both peninsulas of Michigan are seeing a plentiful turkey population, and turkey hunting is becoming successful enough to have a real impact on the natural resources picture in the state.
 
Excerpt: Every year, about 100,000 Michigan hunters venture into the field in the hopes of bagging a gobbler, and about 30,000 of them are successful. And this year, for the first time on record, state wildlife officials say that there is a turkey population in every single county in the Lower Peninsula.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: OutdoorHub.com

One-room schoolhouses dot Michigan educational system

Some states have done away entirely with the old form of education, one-room schoolhouses. In Michigan, there are dozens of schools that still fit this description, including several in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance.
 
But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. A
 
For more on the story, go here.
 
Source: Bridge Michigan

Appleseed Collective will perform in Marquette, Houghton

Ann Arbor-based Americana group The Appleseed Collective is coming to the U.P. with stops at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette on May 27 at 8 p.m. and the Orpheum Theater in Houghton at 7:30 p.m. May 29.
 
Excerpt: No Americana sound could ring so true without miles of highway to back it up, and The Appleseed Collective certainly has that- 2014 has seen them travel coast to coast in support of their two studio albums, Baby to Beast (2012) and Young Love (January 2014). According to Aarik Danielsen of the Columbia Daily Tribune, "Young Love sweeps out the various corners of American music, taking a long look at both the sublime and the strange. The group explores both dark and light in a way that other string-band revivalists haven’t touched."

For more on the band, go here.
 
Source: AppleseedCollective.com

Michigan lighthouses are beacons for tourists

If you're interested in seeing America's lighthouses, there aren't a lot of places that offer a wider range than Michigan, and some remote locales on the Great Lakes are seeing slow but steady drips of tourism because of it.
 
Excerpt: The Point Betsie Lighthouse is a classic: a four-story white tower attached to a red-roofed keeper's house, surrounded by a windswept vista of dunes and water.
 
Built in 1858, the lighthouse near Frankfort is the oldest standing structure in Benzie County.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: WZZM13.com
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