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Ishpeming : In The News

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Forest service predicts next 100 years of Michigan forests

The forests of Michigan will have to adapt to changing climate in the coming century, according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. What that might look like is detailed in the article below, so read on.
Excerpt: In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. A new U.S. Forest Service report describes the potential risks and opportunities of climate change for forests in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
The whole story is online here.
Source: NetNewsLedger.com

Northern Michigan beekeepers try to breed hardier bees

A few beekeepers in northern lower Michigan are working on an issue that U.P. beekeepers might want to jump in on, too: Breeding winter survivor bees together to create strains of bees that can stay alive through a northern winter.
Excerpt: It’s been a tough winter for honeybees. Bees already face several obstacles, including parasitic mites, habitat loss, and pesticides.
Those factors and others are believed to contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where bees disappear from the hive in large numbers. 
In the face of all these things, beekeepers in Michigan are trying to breed a hardier bee.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Interlochen Public Radio

Why everyone wants to be a Yooper

With the recent news about the word Yooper making it into the dictionary, this post took a look at what makes us so proud to live here.
Excerpt: But other than a resident of the Upper Peninsula, what does it mean to be a yooper? They don't need their own dictionary entry to be totally unique. Here's some of the unofficial things that make yoopers so special -- and the UP one of the best places on earth.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Huffington Post

10 regional words from the U.P.

We do have our own special vocabulary up here in the U.P. MentalFloss explores some of that in a list of words only Yoopers say.
Excerpt: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is connected to the rest of the state by only one little four lane bridge (okay, actually the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere), and in its relative isolation, has developed its own distinct culture. Here are 9 other words it might be good to know if you ever decide to pay a visit to Yooperland.
The whole list is online here.
Source: Mental Floss

Michigan approves $35 million in conservation funding

Several Upper Peninsula projects are among the recently announced conservation efforts to be funded in Michigan.
Excerpt: Michigan Conservation efforts received a boost in support today after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it’s intention to provide $35.2 million in funding for fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Source: ABC 10

The word Yooper is now in the dictionary

Hooray! We finally made it into the dictionary! It's official--we're called Yoopers.
Excerpt: A familiar word will finally be showing up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary after a 10-year campaign.
It was announced Monday that "Yooper" will now be appearing editions of the dictionary. 
For the whole story, go here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Elk Rapids shop wins best doughnut in the north

An Elk Rapids bakery won Mlive's regional doughnut contest. If you're thinking, "What about Huron Mountain Bread Company or Suomi Home Bakery?" you can go comment on the story to put in your two cents.
Excerpt: After five days and hundreds of votes, you've chosen your favorite donut in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Congratulations to Elk Rapids Sweet Shop in Elk Rapids, which got the most votes with 19.16 percent.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Mlive.com

Michigan hopefully headed for tourism rebound

The state's tourism industry forecast is looking up, according to the latest from the insiders at the Governor's Conference on Tourism.
Excerpt: Michigan will see 1.5 percent more tourists who will spend 4.5 percent more than last year.
That’s the upbeat forecast two Michigan State University tourism researchers gave Monday during a presentation at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Traverse City.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Lansing State Journal

Visitor creates her own "Pasty Trail" while in the U.P.

Hey, you need hearty food during a winter like this one. A recent trip through the U.P. yielded a comparative survey of some examples of our culinary staple, pasties.
Excerpt: When in the Upper Peninsula, or U.P., do as da Yoopers do. And da Yoopers do pasties.
So when I traveled to Marquette, Mich., recently for a winter getaway, I too did pasties, eating my way through the northern hinterlands and evaluating what could possibly be the world's heartiest — and least photogenic — food.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Chicago Tribune

Deer Lake removed from environmental concern list

Deer Lake near Ishpeming is finally off the EPA's Area of Concern list, after a lengthy water amendment project from the city was finished. That means four decades of environmental concerns at the site can be put to rest.
Excerpt: The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced lower levels of mercury in Deer Lake-area fish, allowing the DEQ, the EPA and the local public advisory council to remove the Deer Lake Area of Concern "Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption" Beneficial Use Impairment.
The whole update is online here.
Source: MINewswire

Michigamme gets streetscape grant

Michigamme is always a nice place to visit, but this summer, it's about to get a little nicer with the help of an MEDC street improvement grant.
Excerpt: Michigamme Township received a $258,581 Downtown Infrastructure Grant check Friday for a streetscape improvement project set to get under way by the middle of this summer.
The township grant award was one of 14 announced Friday by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the only grant of the group awarded in the Upper Peninsula. 
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Marquette Mining Journal

What Michigan tourism might look like in wake of climate change

While it's hard to predict anything 100 years into the future, this look at the possible future of Michigan's climate relates it to our staple, the tourism industry.
Excerpt: By 2114, climate change could give Michigan’s winters the feel of southern Ohio and give its summers the drier, warmer feel of northern Arkansas.
That could fundamentally change the face of Michigan’s tourism industry, which hit $18 billion in 2012 and employs 200,000 people statewide.
The whole story is available online here.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Marquette volunteer goes to Sochi Olympics

Michigan has lots of involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympics, from athletes to apparel to volunteers. Here's how one local man will be experiencing Sochi first-hand.
Excerpt: On Tuesday evening, Marquette native Greg Goodman made his departure from Sawyer International Airport on what would be his first flight of a 25-hour trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Goodman was officially selected on Oct. 8 by the Olympic committee as a volunteer for a portion of the skiing events, and he will be helping with course setup and preparation, race day setting and slipping, and other safety coordination efforts.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: Mining Journal

At least Jezebel hasn't forgotten about the U.P.: A winter weather rant

In all the complaining about the winter weather so far, this post from Jezebel.com is among the funnier ones. The part where they worry about the Upper Peninsula is appreciated, too, although it's all right--we're doing just fine beyond the Wall. (Sorry, we still think Game of Thrones jokes are funny.)
Excerpt: According to freeloading rodents Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, America has six weeks of winter left. And honestly? I'm not sure we're going to make it. It's been so cold for so long that The Shining is starting to look like a documentary. Will this stupid frigid weather ever end?
The whole piece is online here.
Source: Jezebel.com

It could be worse: the blizzard of 1938

While it's certainly a cold winter, the U.P's had worse, as both NASA and the Atlantic noted recently.
Excerpt: On winter days like this one, when arctic wind chills are freezing off eyelids in much of the country, the best way of feeling warm might not be coffee or scotch but a healthy sense of historical perspective.
With luck, this one photo recently featured by NASA can help with that. It shows the aftermath of a particularly nasty blizzard that hit Upper Michigan in 1938 – the region's so-called "Storm of the Century" – when snow drifts piled up so mightily that they almost covered utility poles.
For the whole story, go here
Source: The Atlantic Cities
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