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Porcupine Mountains State Park needs votes for top U.S. park

USA Today, along with website 10 Best, has listed the Porcupine Mountains as one of the best parks to visit in the U.S. The winner is determined by voting, so if you agree, head over to their website to weigh in.
Excerpt: The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, or the "Porkies" as its known to frequent visitors, encompasses 60,000 acres of lakes, rivers and virgin forest. The park offers camping on the shores of Lake Superior, 90 miles of hiking trails, kayak rentals, mountain biking and, in the winter, access to the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area.
For more on how to vote, click here.
Source: 10Best/USA Today

U.P. cafes take second and third in Best Coffee Shop contest

Java by the Bay in L'Anse and Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising, both cultural mainstays in small U.P. towns, showed how loyal their customers are in a recent Mlive poll that resulted in second and third places for northern Michigan.
Excerpt: Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena has won the people's choice award in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in the search for Michigan's Best Coffee Shop.
Readers nominated and vote for their favorite coffee shops across the state. Cabin Creek Coffee won with 25.7 percent of the vote.
Following Coffee Creek was two Upper Peninsula shops.
The whole results are online here.
Source: Mlive.com

Marinette Marine CEO named to U.S. manufacturing council

Jan Allman, CEO of Marinette Marine, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Council for a two-year term, according to a recent announcement.
Excerpt: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 30 private sector leaders to the Manufacturing Council (the Council) for the 2015-2016 charter term. The Council was established in 2004 to serve as the principal private sector advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry. 
For the whole news release, go here.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Finland Calling goes off the air after over 50 years

Finland Calling, or Suomi Kutsuu, a U.P. local TV talk and variety show that linked Finnish culture to U.P. viewers for decades, is ending as its longtime host retires. It was the only Finnish-language show broadcast in the U.S.
Excerpt: On March 29, Finland Calling will sign off for the final time, but on March 25 of this year, Finland Calling will celebrate its 53rd anniversary.  When Carl Pellonpaa signed on as the host in 1961, he certainly didn't expect to go this long.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Pop-up record store returns to Marquette

Vinyl record collectors in Marquette should be happy to know that the Pop-Up Record Sale is returning to the Ore Dock Brewery at the end of March.
Excerpt: The usual 5PM-MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY....but...NOON to MIDNIGHT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY! There will be vinyl. Lots of vinyl.
More on the event is online here.
Source: Facebook

Former NMU skier takes gold medal

Cross-country skiing is a niche sport, but U.P. folks do tend to excel in it, like this fantastic accomplishment from NMU alumna Caitlin Gregg.
Excerpt: Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing alum Caitlin Gregg (Compton) took home a bronze medal in the 10k freestyle at the World Championships Tuesday. Gregg is part of a historic podium that saw two Americans take home a medal in the same event for the first time ever at a World Championship or Olympic individual cross-country skiing race.
For more on the story, go here.
Source: NMUWildcats.com

14 tastebud-pleasing restaurants in the U.P.

Best burger in Michigan? To-die-for barbecue? Find out all the great places you've been driving by in the U.P.--and maybe stop next time! Movoto rounded up a list of the best restaurants in the U.P.
Excerpt: This humble restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie will give you one of the best burgers you’ve ever had, plain and simple. Just make sure you don’t leave without trying both the deep-fried mushrooms and the deep-fried cauliflower.
The whole list is online here.
Source: Movoto.com

Two northern Michigan musicians audition on The Voice

A Traverse City singer made through several rounds of the singing competition reality TV show The Voice previously, and this year, two are vying for a spot on the show.
Excerpt: Two singers from Traverse City made it through to the blind auditions on the show.
Harringtons in Traverse City was packed with dozens of people rooting for James McNeiece, who is a former employee.
They were also very excited to see Joshua Davis, another Traverse City resident, make it through the first round of the blind auditions.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: UpNorthLive

Chippewa County named airport of the year

An Eastern Upper Peninsula county airport was recognized for its excellence in a recent awards ceremony.
Excerpt: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics has named Chippewa County International Airport as Michigan Airport of the Year. The annual awards recognize outstanding service to Michigan aviation. This is the 24th year that the MDOT Office of Aeronautics has presented the awards.
The whole story is online here.
Source: EUP News

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

MTEC SmartZone adds dozens of jobs in 2014

The MTEC SmartZone in Houghton has consistently been a force for creating jobs in the region, and last year was no exception. The group announced their year-end results.
Excerpt: 2014 proved to be a very successful year for the MTEC SmartZone.
The local business incubator announced this week that they created 83 jobs last year. They were also recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the milestone.
For the whole news release, go here.
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Marquette taco truck aims for small business grant through online votes

Dia de los Tacos is Marquette's food truck pioneer, beloved of many. They're in the running to win a small business grant from FedEx--that is, if its supporters get online and vote for them. Find out how below.
Excerpt: How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?
"Our beloved truck has some issues. It's cold. It leaks. It can't go over 35 mph. We would be able to insulate and heat the interior of the truck, seal all the windows, and replace the transmission. Then we'd be able to expand the size of our service area significantly."
To vote, go here.
Source: FedEx.com

Title of snowiest city goes to Marquette

It's official -- right now, Marquette has the most snow in the country.
Excerpt: While the Northeast is getting all of the attention, it's really Marquette, Michigan that's getting all the snow- according to the National Weather Service. Just shy of 150 inches of snow has fallen in Marquette so far this winter - the most in the nation. 

The season started with a mid-November snowfall that dropped up to 40 inches in part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And winter still has a strong grip on the region. 
For more on the story, go here
Source: WeAreGreenBay.com

Filmmakers showcase Michigan ice climbing

Snow biking has already been the focus of one Upper Peninsula-made film, and now ice climbing, another sport gaining ground here, is the subject of another.
Excerpt: During the winter, the water that seeps from sandstone cliffs above Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore freezes into a blue curtain of ice, while inland waterfalls freeze into towers.
To adventurers, these curtains and towers around the Upper Peninsula city of Munising shout, "Climb me!"
The whole story is online here.
Source: Lansing State Journal
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