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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

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
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