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Three former Tech hockey players get NHL contracts

The road to the NHL included stints at Michigan Technological University for three new signees on three different teams this year.

Excerpt: Three former Michigan Tech hockey players have recently signed NHL contracts: John Scott (2002-06) with the San Jose Sharks, Chris Conner (2002-06) with the Washington Capitals and Brett Olson (2008-12) with the Florida Panthers.

More information on the story is here.

Source; ABC 10

U.P. is a perfect Michigan getaway

We're lucky enough to live in a place where other people want to go on vacation, and sometimes it's nice to look at it through that lens instead of the daily grind.

Excerpt: Because I spend the majority of my life in the Mitten, my favorite getaway is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Once I cross the Mighty Mac, a whole new world awaits.

The cozy town of St. Ignace offers stunning sunrises and a quick  trip to Mackinac Island by ferry boat. Just outside of town, I can climb Castle Rock for a breathtaking view of the straits or stroll down miles of Lake Michigan beaches.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

MTU gets $5 million grant to improve science education in local schools

STEM education is a hot topic among U.S. parents and educators, and at least in the Keweenaw, it's getting a major boost with the help of a grant at Michigan Tech.

Excerpt: Michigan Technological University says a $5 million grant will help in an effort to improve middle school science education that is expected to be tested in several school districts.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: WLUC-TV

Parklets proposed for placemaking

Marquette is among the cities looking into adding parklets to its downtown streets, according to a report from the city of Grand Rapids. 

Excerpt: Parklets are growing in popularity across the nation as businesses, organizations and city residents are becoming more actively involved in improving quality of life in cities big and small through citizen-led, low-cost means of Placemaking…

Retail businesses and downtown development authorities are generally in favor of parklets in downtown locations because of the concentration of people that they attract. 

For more information, go here

Source: Michigan State University Extension

Northern Light documentary gets NYT review

The documentary Northern Light, set here in the U.P.,  has gotten some good reviews before, but landing in the NYT movie reviews should get the word out for sure.

Excerpt: Cool in tone and temperature, Nick Bentgen’s "Northern Light" turns white vistas and blue language into a sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For the whole review, click here.

Source: New York Times

Odd things to do in Michigan this summer

The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace is, not shockingly, first on this list of weird places in Michigan to visit this summer. 

Excerpt: The Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, Traverse City's wine tours, the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula. There are many popular weekend destinations for Michiganders within the state. Craig speaks with Jerome Pohlen, the author of "Oddball Michigan," about some of Michigan's most celebrated --and sometimes bizarre-- attractions. 

The whole list can be found here.

Source: WDET

Michigan makes summer in the Midwest awesome

Places in Michigan really dominate this list of summer hotspots from the Huffington Post. We do like to think summer here is pretty amazing.

Excerpt: The Midwest may not have the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, but that doesn't mean it lacks awesome summer destinations.

From lakefront retreats to charming small towns, these 12 spots are perfect for a summer escape.

A whole rundown on good spots to visit is online here.

Source: Huffington Post

U.P. developing into wine country

Cold-hardy grapes might be the key to developing a northern wine industry in Michigan.

Excerpt: We've all heard of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Those wines have been around for centuries.

But what about Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent? Those grapes have only been around for a decade or two and they can withstand harsh winters, and thrive.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Michigan Radio

Marquette called one of 10 most exciting places in Michigan

Movoto specializes in making lists of places based on various real estate data, but their latest reveals something that might be surprising to some: Marquette made the site's list of most exciting places in Michigan.

Excerpt: Michigan is probably known by most of the U.S. for having those big lakes and maybe for Detroit. Really, that doesn’t do the state justice, and the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to set the record straight. Michigan is an exciting place to be, and we’re not just saying that because we have a very tall Michigan native looking over our shoulder right now.

For the whole list, click here.

Source: Movoto.com

Keweenaw Chamber to be part of clean energy hub

Clean, green, alternative, sustainable: Whatever you want to call it, it's the future of energy, and a local group in the Keweenaw is helping envision it.

Excerpt: The chamber signed on to participate in the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation, and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Iron River hospital joins Aspirus

Hospital chains seem to be expanding across the Upper Peninsula in recent years, with Duke Lifepoint buying up central U.P. hospitals, and Aspirus adding western U.P. hospitals to its system. The latest to join Aspirus is Northstar, in Iron River.

Excerpt: NORTHSTAR Health System (NHS) leaders today announced that it will join the Aspirus health system. Effective July 1, 2014, NHS will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aspirus, which is based in Wausau, Wis. Aspirus has offered to retain all current NHS staff members.

The whole story is available here.

Source: WSAW

U.P. drive listed among best road trips

Driving through the U.P. is a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike, for a good reason--it's some of the prettiest driving you'll do. A recent list of great American road trips confirms it, by putting part of the U.P. on the list.

Excerpt: The Great American Road Trip is a national rite of passage, says Jamie Jensen, author of Road Trip USA (Avalon, $29.99), a comprehensive guide in its sixth edition. 

"Before you vote, you should be required to drive across the country and see the variety of people and places," he declares. 

The whole list is online here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Superior movie set for filming in Keweenaw

A movie will be filming around the Copper Country this summer, called Superior. Casting has taken place and includes some local talent, as well as, of course, local settings.

Excerpt: An independent movie company from Los Angeles, Beyond the Porch Productions, is coming to the Copper Country to produce a movie completely filmed in the Keweenaw.

Film director, Edd Benda, is planning to tell the true coming-of-age story of his uncle, a Calumet native, and his 1,300-mile bike ride around our favorite Great Lake, and the title of the movie, "Superior."

For the whole article, go here.

Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Manufacturer plans to move its facilities to Menominee

Menominee manufacturer Anchor-Coupling will be consolidating its Illinois facilities back home with its U.P. location, according to recent news coverage. 

Excerpt: The Dixon and Sterling areas will lose about 170 full-time jobs over the next year when a manufacturer moves its facilities to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Anchor-Coupling plants are owned by Caterpillar: the parent company is moving the jobs as it consolidates more of its operations. 

The whole story is online here.

Source: Northern Public Radio

Freep gets in depth with ex-Yooper California Chrome owner

California Chrome has been in all the sporting news lately, although he didn't attain his Triple Crown goal. What isn't so well-known is that one of the horse's owners is a former Yooper.

Excerpt: "Hello," I said. "I'm trying to reach Perry Martin."

Martin is the quiet, media-avoiding, transplanted Yooper, who graduated from Michigan Tech and co-owns California Chrome, a horse that will race in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, bidding to become only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.

For the entire article, click here.

Source: Detroit Free Press
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