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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

State taking suggestions on name for trail from Detroit to the U.P.

The new statewide trail that will straddle all of Michigan is in need of a name, so the state DNR is asking for help.

Excerpt: Want to help name a potentially historic feature of Michigan?

The state’s Department of Natural Resources is asking Michiganders for suggestions on what to name a trail that runs from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. The trail will connect existing trail paths across Michigan.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

New trade school being built in western U.P.

Students in the western Upper Peninsula will soon have some educational options new to the area with the construction of a new trade school.

Excerpt: The Adams Township School District Foundation broke ground on their new trade school construction project on Friday.

The ceremony was cut a little short by the weather, but the excitement of those involved held strong. 

For the whole article, click here.

Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Michigan's U.P. goes head-to-head with its energy future

A major problem facing utilities and governments in the U.P. right now is how energy will be provided in the near future, once the region's main power plant closes. This extensive look at some suggested solutions is worth a read.

Excerpt: Across the country, utilities, regulators and government officials are grappling with the complex question of how to replace the energy from retiring power plants.

On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, that transition is playing out on a much more urgent timescale.

For more on the story, go here.

Source: Midwest Energy News

Kenton bar named Michigan's best neighborhood bar

Kenton might be a small blip on the highway to travelers, but there's one more reason to stop there now, after Hoppy's Bar there was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar.

Excerpt: During our trip to Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, owner Jane Osinski made it clear that she is not one for the spotlight.

"I'm not a big fan of attention," she said.

But, the spotlight shining on her small-town Upper Peninsula bar continues after Hoppy's was named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar by MLive statewide entertainment reporter John "Gonzo" Gonzalez.

For more, including the whole list of winners, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Plaidurday in the U.P. is this week

Plaid is like the unofficial color of the U.P., although you could make a strong argument for green and gold, or hunter orange. But plaid has its own celebration, coming up this week.

Excerpt: If you’ve been a fan or customer of Yooper Steez for a year or longer, you’ll know that we love to celebrate Plaidurday. As Yoopers, we are fortunate to be immersed in a culture plentiful with plaid. However, there are many places without this same fortune. And that’s the goal, to share this the joy with everyone, because in the end we’re all connected by a common thread.

More on the event is online here.

Source: YooperSteez.com

Keweenaw offers rocks, ghosts and mysticism to travelers

This piece on one of the stranger attractions to be found in the Upper Peninsula comes from a Detroit Free Press writer. 

Excerpt: Alex Fagotti sat under a tree, holding a shotgun, waiting in the darkness for the thieves to return.

He was all alone. Except for the ghosts watching from the woods.

Fagotti owns Prospector's Paradise, a rocks and minerals store along U.S.-41 in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, an area so remote and isolated, a sign along the highway calls it "The Last Place on Earth." 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Photographing the Upper Peninsula

A trip to the U.P. should never come without a camera of some type, if only to remember your adventures by. For some, it can serve as a reason in itself to visit.
 
Excerpt: A world away from the concrete mountains and steel-lined Chicago River is a rolling land filled with trees, rivers and streams, deer, badger, wolverines, moose, wolf and both black and brown bear. Roughly a 6-8 hour drive north of Chicago is the upper peninsula of Michigan, the UP as many call it.
 
For the whole blog post, go here.
 
Source: Out of Chicago

Neighborhood bars in the U.P. welcome Mlive reporters

There's some serious love for the U.P. and its residents showing through in this report from Mlive journalists who recently have been surveying Michigan for its best neighborhood bars. Can't really blame them; U.P. bars ARE the best.

Excerpt: We've sat on barstools in Detroit, Muskegon, Saginaw and even Lewiston. And after nine days of exploring drinking establishments all across lower Michigan, we finally got a chance to visit some Yoopers.

For day 10 of MLive's Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar search Saturday, Sept. 20, I joined statewide entertainment reporter John Gonzalez at a quartet of one-of-a-kind haunts in the western Upper Peninsula.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

A less snowy winter? Very possible.

After last year's winter, it seems like a foregone conclusion that this winter must be bringing less snow than it did last time. Forecasters are saying that might be true.

Excerpt: The Climate Prediction Center issues forecasts for the winter. Right now they are making a clear cut forecast that Michigan will have below normal precipitation this winter.

Yes that means Michigan would have much lower snow amounts than last year, when a few cities had record snowfall.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Best spots to see fall colors include the U.P.

The Detroit Free Press has a list of recommendations for best places in Michigan to see the fall colors change, including some in the Upper Peninsula.

Excerpt: When it comes to fall color, Michigan has an embarrassment of riches.

Rolling farmland, hilly woodlands and beach and dune views make Michigan one of the best places in the country for fall color viewing.

Check out the whole list here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. bar among those nominated for Michigan's best

If there's one thing the book Yooper Bars confirmed about the U.P., it's that we have great neighborhood bars. So it's no surprise that at least one U.P. bar was nominated in Mlive's search for the best one in Michigan.

Excerpt: By lunch time, we had received more than 100 nominations, and I still haven't gone through Facebook and Twitter.

…We even heard from the Upper Peninsula, where one reader nominated Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, which is about 80 miles west of Marquette.

For the latest on the contest, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Upper Peninsula resident to sit on travel commission

A Munising businessman will be helping to build tourism in the U.P. with a recent appointment to the state travel commission.

Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula resident has been appointed by the governor to sit on the Michigan Travel Commission.

John Madigan, the manager of Pictured Rocks Cruises, was named to the commission last week. As a member of the commission, Madigan will interact with the Pure Michigan campaign and the state’s tourism board to promote travel in the U.P.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10 

Research forest once belonged to Ford

The tiny settlement of Alberta is now a Michigan Tech research site, but has its roots in Henry Ford's industrial empire.
 
Excerpt: The site that sprang out of Henry Ford's desire to produce wood for his automobiles continues on as a Michigan Technological University site for forest research.
 
The 60th anniversary of the site's transfer to Michigan Tech was commemorated with a two-day celebration recently at the Ford Center.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

U.P. offers great family vacation

If your family loves beaches and the outdoors (and really, what kid doesn't?) the Upper Peninsula is a pretty great place to visit.

Excerpt: The kids and I have been lucky enough to take a trip almost every year to the North Shore and Grand Marais, Minn., but this summer, we decided to explore another part of the great Lake Superior.

We made an eight-hour drive to the south shore of the lake, which lies on the northern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

For the rest of the article click here.

Source: Pioneer Press
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