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U.P. universities win collaboration award

A recent ceremony brought together economic developers, state officials and various stakeholders from across the state to honor outstanding accomplishments, including an award that went to three U.P. universities for how well they work together.
 
Excerpt: The Collaborate, Connect, and Create awards are each presented to one of Michigan's 10 Prosperity Regions, which were created under the Gov. Rick Snyder to inspire collaboration and provide services more effectively and efficiently. The awards were presented by MEDC CEO Steve Arwood at the Michigan Governor’s Economic and Education Summit in Detroit.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: MI Newswire

Houghton couple visits every county in the continental U.S.

The story of a U.P. couple has even hit the international news of interest, as they recently achieved their goal of visiting every county in every U.S. state--at least, except for Alaska and Hawaii. But, they're working on those, too.
 
Excerpt: A Michigan couple has completed a quest to visit all 3,108 counties in the lower 48 states after driving around the country in a green 1999 Dodge Intrepid for almost nine years.
 
Jennifer and Jonathan Riehl put the finish touch on their journey this week when they boarded a ferry to Nantucket in their car, which has accumulated almost 540,000 miles.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Daily Mail

The perfect Michigan road trip has been created in time for spring

The roads are clear, and if the landscape isn't quite green yet, it's definitely inspiring thoughts of road-tripping. This year, a Michigan State student plotted out the ultimate Michigan road trip, posting a route online that will hit most major landmarks in the state. Might be worth a try this summer.
 
Excerpt: It's a map that makes you dream of summer days and green Michigan landscape sliding by outside your driver's side window.
 
Randal Olson, a computer science and engineering doctorate student at Michigan State University, has created what he views as the ultimate Michigan road trip. 
 
For the route and more info, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

U.P. cafes take second and third in Best Coffee Shop contest

Java by the Bay in L'Anse and Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising, both cultural mainstays in small U.P. towns, showed how loyal their customers are in a recent Mlive poll that resulted in second and third places for northern Michigan.
 
Excerpt: Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena has won the people's choice award in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in the search for Michigan's Best Coffee Shop.
 
Readers nominated and vote for their favorite coffee shops across the state. Cabin Creek Coffee won with 25.7 percent of the vote.
 
Following Coffee Creek was two Upper Peninsula shops.
 
The whole results are online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Finland Calling goes off the air after over 50 years

Finland Calling, or Suomi Kutsuu, a U.P. local TV talk and variety show that linked Finnish culture to U.P. viewers for decades, is ending as its longtime host retires. It was the only Finnish-language show broadcast in the U.S.
 
Excerpt: On March 29, Finland Calling will sign off for the final time, but on March 25 of this year, Finland Calling will celebrate its 53rd anniversary.  When Carl Pellonpaa signed on as the host in 1961, he certainly didn't expect to go this long.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

14 tastebud-pleasing restaurants in the U.P.

Best burger in Michigan? To-die-for barbecue? Find out all the great places you've been driving by in the U.P.--and maybe stop next time! Movoto rounded up a list of the best restaurants in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: This humble restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie will give you one of the best burgers you’ve ever had, plain and simple. Just make sure you don’t leave without trying both the deep-fried mushrooms and the deep-fried cauliflower.
 
The whole list is online here.
 
Source: Movoto.com

Snowy owls tracked through U.P. and Midwest

Snowy owls are becoming a more frequently spotted bird in the U.P., and some scientists are finding that handy as they can be captured for tracking to better understand their habits.
 
Excerpt: Once a rare sight, the birds have begun to move into northern states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, and states in the Northeast, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. They sometimes create a dangerous nuisance on airports, where they like to perch to watch for mice and voles across the open expanse that may resemble the tundra to them, said Rich Keith of the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory. The large birds, with wingspans of up to five-and-a-half feet, can interfere with flights.
 
More on the story is available here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

The U.P. attitude toward snow is what makes us different from Boston

This piece from a Wisconsin TV station explores the U.P. approach toward winter snowfall totals in the hundreds and what makes it different from the areas of the country currently in crisis due to snow.
 
Excerpt: During this time of year, in the Upper Peninsula, you’ll find snow hanging from rooftops, swallowing mailboxes and even trees.
 
"This is a city of 20,000 people and it spends $1.25 million a year on snow removal," said Mike Coyne, mayor of Marquette, Michigan.
 
The whole story and video are online here.
 
Source: Fox 11 Online

MTEC SmartZone adds dozens of jobs in 2014

The MTEC SmartZone in Houghton has consistently been a force for creating jobs in the region, and last year was no exception. The group announced their year-end results.
 
Excerpt: 2014 proved to be a very successful year for the MTEC SmartZone.
 
The local business incubator announced this week that they created 83 jobs last year. They were also recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the milestone.
 
For the whole news release, go here.
 
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Ski magazine visits Chatham hill

People might think of Colorado or Switzerland as high-end ski meccas. But every kid starts somewhere, and in the U.P., more often than not, it's on a well-loved local hill. In Chatham, that hill forms a center for the community each winter. This piece from a ski magazine's visit to the hill is bound to rekindle childhood memories for those who grew up in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Next to the cabin roars a bonfire surrounded by parents bundled up in Sorrels, snowmobile jackets, all cradling an extra layer of adult insulation in hand. That's about it here, and in the absence of everything the purpose of this place resonates easily through the empty hardwoods into my eardrums as the laughter from 30 shiny nosed kids having the time of their lives on a Wednesday evening.
 
The whole story with photos is here.
 
Source: Bombsnow.com

Top five things to do in the U.P. in winter

Mlive has a list of things to visit the U.P. to do this winter--it's pretty clear we have the snow and cold to make lots of winter activities possible this year.
 
Excerpt: Winter is definitely making itself very comfortable in Michigan and doesn't plan to go anywhere anytime soon. With a projected forecast of more snowfall in February, it's time to embrace the season and find new ways to enjoy it. There is still plenty of time to book a wintery weekend trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for fun and excitement.
 
The list is online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Northern schools turn rural status into an advantage for education

Don't underestimate the most rural school districts in Michigan -- several of northern Michigan's smallest districts scored the highest on a recent education ranking. The keys are tight-knit communities and a focus on quality.
 
Excerpt: Rural school districts like many in northern Michigan face many challenges -- geographic isolation, a lack of resources, teacher turnover and less attention than urban districts being just a few.
 
But, that doesn't mean they can't be successful.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

U.P. comic artist example of health care crowdfunding

An Upper Peninsula artist famous for his work with DC Comics has been the subject of some crowdfunding campaigns lately to help with health care costs after a stroke, leaving him unable to draw. The New York Times picks up the story below.
 
Excerpt: Norm Breyfogle, a comic book artist known for his work on Batman, found himself struggling after a stroke in December. He had no health insurance. He was partly paralyzed on his left side, unable to use his valuable drawing hand. And Mr. Breyfogle, 54, was in a nursing home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, facing months of physical therapy.
 
Worried about his brother’s rapidly rising bills, Kevin Breyfogle decided to step in. He started a crowdfunding campaign, which raises small donations from donors, on the site YouCaring.
 
For the whole article, go here.
 
Source: The New York Times

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
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