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Maple syrup season on track this year

It's been an atypical winter in many ways, but apparently the maple trees don’t mind, as they are right on track for maple syrup production.
 
Excerpt: Despite a bitterly cold and seemingly endless winter causing a late start to the season, maple syrup production seems to be on track in the Upper Peninsula.
 
"If I ignore the calendar it's not too bad," said Jeff Olson who owns Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in Bark River with his brothers Greg and Mark.
 
The whole story can be found here.
 
Source: Escanaba Daily Press

Brimley test track hosts cars of the future

Self-steering, infrared cameras, seats that notify you if you're not alert, adaptive braking--these are some of the features found on a recent round of cars being tested in the U.P., reviewed here.
 
Excerpt: The first full day of spring dawned frigid and clear in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where weather patterns—especially the cold ones—seem to linger, but on this morning it’s not the weather we’re interested in. This remote location, more than 340 miles from Detroit, is a launching pad for the future, and I’m in Brimley to sample some of the most cutting-edge, forward-looking technologies in the car industry.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Automobile Magazine

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

Mackinac Island named top island destination

We all know and love Mackinac Island as a close-to-home dream vacation spot, but that's only been reinforced by a recent rating from National Geographic Traveler.
 
Excerpt: Mackinac Island added another gem to its crown after being named the #5 Best Island Destination in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
 
The magazine enlisted a panel of 522 international travel experts to rank islands based on a specific set of criteria. 
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: CBS Detroit

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

Extreme Tool makes the Upper Peninsula attractive for employees

An Ironwood firm was named one of the best places to work, according to its employees. Some of that might be its location in the U.P.
 
Excerpt: Mike Zacharias had an unusual reaction upon learning his firm made the Plastics News Best Places to Work list.
 
"I was surprised about being a finalist," he said. "It’s not an easy place to work."
 
The whole article can be found here.
 
Source: Plastics News
 

Coming soon: Trio of Eastern Upper Peninsula job fairs

If you're looking for a job in the eastern U.P., here's when and where to do it.
 
Excerpt: Local job-seekers will have an opportunity to connect with prospective employers at three upcoming job fairs.
 
Michigan Works!, along with Lake Superior State University, the Sault Area Career Center and Consolidated Community School Services, will host the Sault’s job fair on Wednesday, March 26 at LSSU’s Walker Cisler Center from 4-6 p.m.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Mackinac Islandís Fort Holmes restoration project approved

A Mackinac fort will hopefully soon be drawing history-minded visitors to its newly reconstructed walls.
 
Excerpt: Mackinac Island visitors are closer to being able to step back into Michigan’s history with the reconstruction of Fort Holmes, a defensive structure built during the War of 1812 on the island’s highest point, thanks to a $250,000 appropriation that recently gained approval in the state Legislature.
 
For the rest of the story, click here.
 
Source: ABC 10

Tech staffer goes to Sochi for Paralympics

A Michigan Tech staffer is helping manage equipment for the Paralympics in Russia--the games aren't over yet.
 
Excerpt: Two weeks after closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Russia, a Michigan Tech Athletic Department staff member is in Sochi going for gold. Joel Isaacson is with Team USA’s Sled Hockey squad competing at the Paralympics, an international competition for the physically disabled held immediately following the Winter Olympics every four years.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: Michigan Tech News

Bear ranch to expand in U.P.

Oswald's Bear Ranch over in Newberry will be growing, through a deal with the state DNR for more land. 
 
Excerpt: An Upper Peninsula bear ranch is expanding through a state forest land exchange.
 
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports Friday that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this week approved a deal to exchange land plots of about 160 acres with Oswald’s Bear Ranch near Newberry in McMillan Township.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Detroit Free Press

Manistique honored at Governor's Fitness Awards

U.P community Manistique is one of several being honored by the state of Michigan for its efforts to increase community health and fitness. 
 
Excerpt: A second grader completing his Tae Kwon Do training, a Paralympic athlete, and a team of nurses committed to their patient’s health and the health of their own team are just three of the 62 Governor’s Fitness Awards finalists. Each finalists nomination was carefully reviewed by a diverse committee of judges based on the nominee’s commitment to their own health, dedication to their community and unique definition of what fitness means to them. 
 
The whole list of honorees is here.
 
Source: Michigan Fitness Foundation

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
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