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U.P. businesses honored by Operation Action U.P.

Operation Action U.P. makes it their business to support U.P. businesses, and one way they do that is through their annual awards, which you can find out more about below.
 
Excerpt: Energizing our future was the theme of Tuesday’s Operation Action U.P. meeting. 
 
The annual event awards companies growing their neighborhood.
 
For the whole story and who was honored, click here.
 
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

Too much snow for Tech's Winterfest this year

Winterfest at Michigan Tech is usually a celebration of snow and ice, with giant snow sculptures as the centerpiece. This year, there's apparently too much snow for some. 
 
Excerpt: Michigan Technological University students and staff celebrate snow like few others, but this year is a bit much even for them.
 
Grounds manager Peter Pelissero said Monday that students have asked crews to remove some snow from the site…
 
The rest of the story can be found here.
 
Source: MINBC News

It's not too early to plan birding trips in national parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks should be on anyone's list of national parks to visit if they're interested in birding, according to this recent piece.
 
Excerpt: Sometimes it’s cold enough that birding just isn’t that much fun. Sure, when it’s -10°F the birds are still around (as I talked about here a couple weeks ago), but I’m not 20 anymore and freezing isn’t my cup of tea. Before long I’ll be a snowbird.
 
In the meantime, it’s time to sit at home and plan my year. I’ve noticed quite a few national parks popping up on my destination list for the year.
 
For the rest of the article, read more here.
 
Source: National Parks Traveler

Humane Society president calls for action on Isle Royale wolves

What to do about the weakened Isle Royale wolf population has been the subject of a lot of debate, reaching to national levels. Some favor no action, while others call for the introduction of new wolves.
 
Excerpt: When I was on Isle Royale in the 1980s, there were more than 20 wolves, and some years before that, there were 50 on the wilderness archipelago. Today, there are now just eight inbred and increasingly weakened wolves that remain on this island and cry for “genetic rescue,” a replenishing of the gene pool to restore future generations to health.
 
The whole column can be found here.
 
Source: Lansing State Journal

Mackinac Bridge to get $200 million deck replacement

The Mighty Mac is under constant repair, as the suspension bridge takes a beating while connecting the Upper Peninsula to the Lower Peninsula. But in a few years, it's about to get some major reconstruction.
 
Excerpt: Plans are in the works for a $200 million deck replacement for the Mackinac Bridge that’s scheduled to start in 2018.
 
Robert Sweeny is executive secretary for the Mackinac Bridge Authority.
 
The rest of the story is here.
 
Source: Detroit News

Menominee appears in episode of Finding Bigfoot

The Upper Peninsula seems to keep popping up in TV shows lately, and the most recent is on the show Finding Bigfoot, which you can catch on Animal Planet.
 
Excerpt: On Sunday night Animal Planet aired an episode of Finding Bigfoot titled Super Yooper Sasquatch.
 
The team traveled outside of Menominee to meet with hunting guide Craig Sulk who owns 80 acres of land.
 
More on the episode is online here.
 
Source: UpperMichigansSource.com

UPPCO sold to investment fund

Upper Peninsula energy company UPPCO will now belong to an investment fund that specializes in energy and infrastructure, as owner Integrys announced a new deal.
 
Excerpt: Integrys Energy Group Inc. announced Monday it will sell 100 percent of its stock in the Upper Peninsula Power Co. to the infrastructure equity investment fund Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: The Mining Journal

Michigan Notable Books named for 2014 include links to U.P.

By our count, at least four of the books on the 2014 Michigan Notable Books List have ties to the U.P., so it's well worth checking out the list to see which ones you want to read. 
 
Excerpt: The 2014 list includes titles covering topics as diverse as a detailed discussion of Chief Pontiac's Rebellion; a biography of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych; a children's graphic novel about Buster Keaton's summers spent in Muskegon; an anthology of some of the best Michigan poetry; the deadly Great Lakes hurricane of 1913; a collection of articles studying the Great Lakes sturgeon to a book highlighting the joys of baking and eating pies are all topics covered on this year's varied list.
 
For the whole list, click here.
 
Source: Michigan Newswire

Marquette airport travel up by 10 percent

Sawyer International Airport reported a pretty decent increase in air passenger travel through its doors in 2013, which is good news for the local economy.
 
Excerpt: During 2013, a total of 83,799 passengers traveled to (or through) the airport. This is an overall increase of 7,798 passengers or 10.26% over 2012 when 76,001 passengers used Sawyer in their business or leisure travel.
 
For the rest of the story, click here.
 
Source: ABC 5 & 10

Duck Lake family works to reforest their burnt property

Not everyone has the skills or knowledge to reforest their own land, but for this downstate family with a camp near Newberry that was destroyed in the Duck Lake fire, it's been a dedicated effort ever since.
 
Excerpt: While the Duck Lake fire ripped through Upper Peninsula forest, Walloon Lake residents Rick Baetsen and Bonnie Heuvelhorst hoped their property and camper on Pike Lake, which they have owned since 1990, would be spared.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: Petoskey News-Review
 

Arts and culture organizations get grants

The lifeblood of our society is our arts, and several groups in Marquette will be keeping that flowing with the help of some recent grants.
 
Excerpt: Arts and culture organizations in the city of Marquette have been awarded almost $200,000 in grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
 
According to the website for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the MCACA strengthens art and culture in the state by increasing its visibility, supports art education, encourages new works of art and broadens a cultural understanding.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: The Mining Journal
 

Mackinac Bridge tolls will stay the same for one more year

The tolls to cross the Mackinac Bridge are actually going in an unexpected direction--down. It's a temporary change, but a welcome one for sure.
 
Excerpt: Mackinac Bridge toll increases scheduled to rise on Jan. 1, 2014, will remain at current levels instead, while commuter tolls will be rolled back to 2012 rates.
 
In July, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) voted to keep 2014 toll rates at the 2012 level, which includes a per-trip toll of $4 for passenger vehicles. The decision also rolls back commuter costs to 2012 rates.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

How to turn left in the U.P. in winter video is a hit

You might already have seen this video of a car doing a somewhat creative turn while going down a Houghton hill, but we thought we'd share it anyway--it's definitely hit the big time with those dreaming of winter all over the country.
 
Excerpt: Driving in the snow isn't for the faint of heart.
 
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where winter lasts nearly the whole year, driving in a snowstorm is more of a daily routine. 
 
The video is online here.
 
Source: Huffington Post

Marquette-Delta economic district approved by legislature

Thinking regionally, not town by town, is a key to revitalizing a local economy, and the central U.P. is taking a big step toward that with a new Delta-Marquette economic district.
 
Excerpt: Legislation to designate Delta and Marquette counties as an economic development district was approved by the Michigan House and Senate on Thursday and now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature.
 
Once enacted into law, the legislation will amend Public Act 275 to include a sixth Michigan Development Corporation in the two-county area. Five such districts exist downstate and are eligible for state funding and tax incentives.
 
For the whole article, go here.
 
Source: Escanaba Daily Press

U.P. native survives week stranded on Alaska river

A Michigan man who recently survived a week lost in Alaska turns out to be from the U.P. originally. Which might explain why he's already back out hunting and fishing.
 
Excerpt: A Michigan hunter who spent a harrowing week stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with no food, shelter or warm clothes has attributed his survival to luck, guile and faith.
 
Adrian Knopps was stranded for seven days in September after his hunting partner, Garrett Hagen, drowned while boarding their boat.
 
The rest of the story is online here.
 
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
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