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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

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

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

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
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