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Incubator farm underway to improve local food choices

The research planned at the new MSU Extension farm in Chatham has the potential to benefit a whole new generation of U.P. farmers.

Excerpt: A Michigan State University researcher plans to establish a farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of an effort to improve food options in the region.

The project backed by a roughly $500,000 grant is led by Michigan State AgBioResearch scientist Matt Raven. The farm will be based at its Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, a more than 1,200-acre research site, the East Lansing school said.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Petoskey News-Review

MTEC SmartZone will expand with Marquette satellite

Marquette and Houghton will be helping each other out with economic development as the MTEC SmartZone adds a new office in Marquette.

Excerpt: The MTEC SmartZone will be expanding to a satellite in Marquette, its CEO said at a Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting Wednesday.

Marilyn Clark said the new satellite would enable the MTEC SmartZone economic incubator to extend its original 15-year funding from the state, which would otherwise expire in 2017.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Daily Mining Gazette

Landmark Inn featured on Today Show

Marquette's own Landmark Inn was mentioned as a Memorial Day getaway destination on the Today show recently.

Excerpt: After the segment aired Tuesday morning, the Landmark's Facebook page, as well as Pesola's own Facebook page, were flooded with congratulations.

"The response has been great on the local level," Pesola said. 

The whole story can be found here.

Source: Mining Journal

Results are in for best tacos in the U.P.

Dia de Los Tacos in Marquette won the Michigan's Best Taco regional voting for the U.P. and northern Michigan with 41.53 percent of the vote-whoa. Others made the cut to get a visit from Mlive reporters on their next round of food reviewing across the state, too: Click through to find the winners.

Excerpt: The winner of the poll will be the "People's Choice" candidate and will automatically be part of the search. MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez will start traveling the state on May 16 searching for the best tacos.

In addition to the People's Choice, we will look at the results and recommendations to make up the rest of the itinerary.

For the full results, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Escanaba showcased by Pure Michigan ad

Locations in the U.P. have been featured in the state's travel and tourism Pure Michigan campaigns before, but this is the first time for Escanaba.

Excerpt: The ad features Pure Michigan’s hallmark theme music and the voice of Actor Tim Allen, a Michigan native. With a budget of $120,000, half of which was paid by the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, and half matched by the State, the campaign will include a one minute radio advertisement, digital advertising and an Escanaba hot-spot page on the Pure Michigan web site.

The whole story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Suomi Home Bakery reviewed in the Daily Beast

A very nice review of the famed-in-the-Copper-Country Suomi Home Bakery is appearing on the Daily Beast. Surprising, but fun to see.

Excerpt: A hi-def blue sky gleams over the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the autumn day when we first step into Suomi Home Bakery and Restaurant by the Keweenaw Waterway. At first we can’t pinpoint why the room tone sounds so incongruous. Only after several minutes do we realize that cross-table conversations among customers and waitresses in the spacious dining area are not being carried on in an obscure Scandinavian language, but actually are being spoken in English. Breakfasters are conversing in the dialect known as Yooper, a term derived from the initials U.P., which stand for Upper Peninsula. 

The whole article is online here.

Source: The Daily Beast

New anthology collects work of U.P. authors

Ron Riekki is a familiar name to those in the literary arts in the U.P., and he's extending those connections in a new anthology of U.P. work.

Excerpt: The 2014 Michigan Notable Book Award winner made a final stop in Houghton on his U.P. book tour Thursday night.

Ron Riekki stopped by the Portage Lake District Library to talk about his new book, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, which is a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces by some of the best writers from the Upper Peninsula.

The rest of the story is found here.

Source: ABC 10

Pictured Rocks photo chosen for national parks passes

Images of Pictured Rocks already draw in travelers via the Pure Michigan ad campaign, but they'll be inspiring an even wider audience as the face of next year's national parks pass.

Excerpt: Share the Experience Contest Winner, Courtney Kotewa, snapped this image at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with her smart phone. It will be featured in the 2015 National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass.

The photo and more on the story are online here.

Source: CBS News

Barley explored as new U.P. crop to support craft beer

As the demand for Michigan craft beers increases, brewers are looking for an in-state-grown crop in high demand; barley. There's a project underway to help U.P. farmers step up their barley growing in response. 

Excerpt: Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, was recently awarded a grant to explore the agronomic potential of barley and the feasibility of processing that barley for malt in northern Michigan. These funds, awarded through the MSU Project GREEEN grant program, will allow for variety testing at four sites through the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to identify which varieties are most productive, both in terms of yield and quality.

For more on the idea, go here.

Source: MSU Extension

Lac Vieux Desert tribe focus of documentary

A recent documentary called Frozen Homeland might be especially interesting to U.P. residents who struggled through this winter. It follows tribal members in the western U.P. through the hard winter.

Excerpt: Facing the harshest winter on record, skyrocketing propane prices and some of its members choosing between food and heat, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is the subject of a new documentary short which takes viewers on a journey to one of the most geographically-isolated areas of the United States in a compelling story of survival.

The whole article is online here.

Source: Broadway World

Michigan co-ops pitch in to help the new Marquette Food Co-op

The development of a new location for the Marquette Food Co-op hasn't escaped anyone who's been through downtown Marquette recently. Turns out it's far from a solo effort, as many co-ops nearby also have been providing help.

Excerpt: Recently, the Marquette Food Co-op (MFC) received much appreciated help from the Keweenaw Food Co-op in Hancock, Oryana Food Co-op in Traverse City, People’s Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, and Chequamegon Food Co-op in Ashland, Wisconsin, each of which sent employees to Marquette to help put up shelving and stock the shelves in its new store.

The whole story is available here.

Source: Community Voices

Florek plays against Red Wings

A Marquette native's dream of the Stanley Cup playoffs came true in a different way than he might have thought it would, playing for the Boston Bruins.

Excerpt: Growing up in Marquette, Mich., Justin Florek routinely watched the Detroit Red Wings as a kid. Often he’d fantasize about scoring that Stanley Cup goal and leading his hometown team to another championship.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Boston Herald

Yooper status is more sought after than it used to be

A Battle Creek columnist recently mused on her history with falling under the definition of "Yooper," not always as pleasant as the status might seem now.

Excerpt: It pleased the heck out of me when two long-time friends recently sent me columns from different newspapers, both addressing the nationally significant news that the word, "Yooper" is now officially in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Yes, in case you missed that bit of earth-shattering news, those of us who hail from the Upper Peninsula now have a bona fide identity. How cool is that?

The whole column is online here.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Marquette among finalists for All-American City

If Marquette is named an All-American City this year, it'll be a repeat honor for the U.P. town. Right now, it's one of the final 25 cities selected. 

Excerpt: The City of Marquette has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 All-America City Award.  

The National Civic League honor was created in 1949 to recognize outstanding, community-based civic accomplishments.  

The rest of the story can be found here.

Source: WNMU-FM

Syfy's"Ghost Hunter" to speak in Marquette

If you're a fan of the show "Ghost Hunters," you might want to find out the details on an upcoming event at Northern Michigan University, where an investigator from the show will speak.

Excerpt: Yooper ghosts haunting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should beware. Steve Gonsalves from Syfy channel's "Ghost Hunters" is coming to Marquette, according to The Mining Journal.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com
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