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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

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

Eben native becomes first female sergeant for combat engineers

Women from the Upper Peninsula have been serving in the military for a long time, and being among the first to do so in a number of fields. A U.P. woman was among the first women to become an Air Force pilot in the 1960s. Before that, another pioneered the first women's Air Force auxiliary during World War II. Now, an Army Reserve sergeant from the U.P. is the first woman of her rank with a combat engineer company, a specialty that has been closed to women.
Excerpt: "Receive the report," 1st Sgt. Raquel Steckman ordered the company.

Each platoon sergeant did, taking accountability of Soldiers among their ranks. 

They reported back to Steckman: the first woman in the Army appointed to a combat engineer company as a first sergeant.
But for her, being a woman is irrelevant. When the topic is brought up, she laughs it off entirely.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: U.S. Army Public Affairs

Gear Patrol names Marquette one of the best places to travel

How did Marquette get on the same list as places like Tangier, Morocco and Malmo, Sweden? The folks at Gear Patrol answer that by naming Marquette one of the places not to miss on your 2015 travels. Adventure capital, hey? We'll take it.
Excerpt: The adventure capital of the North, Marquette has everything either within city limits or close striking distance. In the summer, there’s world-class mountain biking, hiking and "sweetwater" paddling on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world …
For the whole list, go here.
Source: Gear Patrol

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

The day the Red Wings played a Marquette prison team

Yes, it's true: the Red Wings played a game in Marquette back in 1954. At the prison. And, probably no surprise, they won.
Excerpt: The Red Wings game on Feb. 2, 1954 was notable for two major distinctions: It was the Wing's first outdoor game, and it was against a team of inmates at Marquette State prison. 

The unlikely match happened when the Wings' general manager Jack Adams and team captain Ted Lindsay visited the maximum security prison as part of a sponsored trip.
More on the story is online here.
Source: Metro Times

U.P. comic artist example of health care crowdfunding

An Upper Peninsula artist famous for his work with DC Comics has been the subject of some crowdfunding campaigns lately to help with health care costs after a stroke, leaving him unable to draw. The New York Times picks up the story below.
Excerpt: Norm Breyfogle, a comic book artist known for his work on Batman, found himself struggling after a stroke in December. He had no health insurance. He was partly paralyzed on his left side, unable to use his valuable drawing hand. And Mr. Breyfogle, 54, was in a nursing home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, facing months of physical therapy.
Worried about his brother’s rapidly rising bills, Kevin Breyfogle decided to step in. He started a crowdfunding campaign, which raises small donations from donors, on the site YouCaring.
For the whole article, go here.
Source: The New York Times

Biogenic Reagents profiled in Middle Market Growth magazine

An extensive profile on U.P. company Biogenic Reagents appeared in Middle Market Growth magazine recently and is well worth a read for those interested in business growth and sustainability.
Excerpt: At first glance, potable water, power plant emissions and cat litter don’t appear to have much in common. But upon closer examination, you’ll find a hidden product behind the purification of each of these substances—activated carbon.
A type of charcoal, activated carbon behaves like a sponge, seeping up unwanted toxins and odors. 
For the whole article, go here.
Source: Middle Market Growth

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

Tech student creates sustainable sunglasses with Kickstarter help

Sustainable ways to make the products we all rely on are a big business concern, but one U.P. student has started a business that fills one small niche of that need.

Excerpt: A Michigan Tech student is selling environmentally-friendly sunglasses made from bamboo with his own startup company.
Adam Weber started his sunglasses company 1st Element with a small group of people in August last year. 
The whole story can be found here.
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Sweetgrass golf course named among best casino courses

 It's nothing new for the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris to get good ratings in the golf world, but it's being ranked even higher compared to other casino courses this year.
Excerpt: …the award-winning amenity course at Island Resort & Casino - climbed six spots in Golfweek's 2015 "Best Casino Courses" list to rank No. 20 in the U.S.
The Paul Albanese design, located in the scenic Upper Peninsula, is the only Michigan course to appear in the rankings.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: WorldGolf.com

Marquette celebrates 25 years of sled dog racing

The U.P. 200 sled dog race has been around for 25 years in Marquette, and it's not going anywhere, as it seems to be turning into an even bigger draw to mushers and visitors.
Excerpt: For twenty-five years, mushers and their teams have endured the UP 200 and its scenic trail that runs along the frozen shore of Lake Superior, from Marquette to Grand Marais and back. For the mushers, it’s a chance to test their dogs in the Iditarod qualifying race. For the spectators, it’s a time to enjoy the wintry weather and local culture of this Upper Peninsula city.
For the whole article, click here.
Source: Pure Michigan
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