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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

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
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