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LSJ explores challenges and growth for Michigan tourism

From downstate water parks to the shores of Lake Superior, this is a lengthy look at statistics and trends for Michigan tourism in recent years, well worth a read for those interested in the future of the U.P.
 
Excerpt: The biggest tourism success is the Pure Michigan ad campaign, which celebrates its 10th year in 2016. But there are challenges, including pothole-ridden roads, convincing the Legislature to invest more funds to promote tourism and bringing visitors in year-round. Tourism officials also would like to develop a culture inside and outside of hotels and resorts that welcomes tourists and treats them with respect.
 
The rest of the story, and there's quite a bit, is here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Things no one tells you about leaving the U.P.

There comes a time in every young Yooper's life…Time to leave the confines of home and strike out into the wide world. But when you come from the U.P., that looks a little different than it does to most people. Movoto has a list of the things that you might find a little strange in the rest of the world.
 
Excerpt: After spending your entire life driving mostly in the UP, you probably don’t have much tolerance for overcrowding on the roads. When you consider anything more than a 5 minute delay to be heavy traffic, you’ll be shocked to see what most Americans put up with daily.
 
For the whole list, or to add more of your own, go here.
 
Source: Movoto.com

Two U.P. towns on top 10 snowiest list

It might seem a little early to be compiling lists of who got the most snow this winter, but at least so far, the U.P. is still on top.
 
Excerpt: This winter was long and brutal for many, but none of us got as much of the year’s coldest, darkest season as these locations in the Northeast and Midwest.
 
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula takes the prize, with two climate-tracking sites leading the top 10 list. 
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Washington Post

Biker tracks an 1800-mile course across the U.P.

Check out the Pure Michigan blog if you have a motorcycle and like to travel the U.P. Thorough maps, reviews and neat photos all come from a biker who's already been there, done that.
 
Excerpt: I like to do my exploring on an adventure motorcycle, but a car – or even a horse (as I learned along the way) – will take you to treasure. With motorcycle riding upon us, it’s a good time to share some opportunities for the curious to explore and enjoy.
 
Rolling along to take in hundreds of points of interest, I covered about 1,800 miles of Pure Michigan goodness. My goal went beyond the entertainment of taking my own trip.  I wanted to share some information that would make it easier for others to plan a trip of their own. 
 
For the whole story plus maps, click here.
 
Source: Pure Michigan

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

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

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

Local authors run Kickstarter for book series Return of the Magi

Two U.P. authors are looking for support to publish their original fiction book, Return of the Magi. To do so, they're asking for fans and would-be readers to help them with a Kickstarter campaign.
 
Excerpt: Can ZoMagi stand in the face of her people, unaccepted and unwanted? Will the child, JunIst, the gift, be protected from the darkness that seeks him? The story begins with the first book of The Magi Saga, Return Of The Magi.
 
We hope you will help us raise funds to get professional help to publish this book. This is our first writing project together and qualified help from a publisher will cost around five thousand dollars. I am certain that together we can reach the goal of getting this book edited and into print, with at least a limited release of 250 paperbacks.
 
For more on the project, go here.
 
Source: Kickstarter

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

State announces name for trail connecting Detroit to U.P.

The statewide trail connecting hiking, biking and walking trails from Michigan border to Michigan border has a name, officially.
 
Excerpt: Michigan’s cross peninsula trail has a name: Iron Belle.
 
Michigan's Iron Belle Trail connects existing trail ways in Michigan from Detroit’s Belle Isle to Ironwood, in the Western Upper Peninsula. There will be a 1,259-mile hiking route and a 774-mile bicycling route.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

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
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