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We Energies to sell U.P. power plant

One more knot is being detangled in the maze of questions about the Marquette power plant, as UPPCO will buy the plant from its current (haha) Wisconsin owner. 

Excerpt: The deals would put the Upper Peninsula's electricity future in the hands of a Michigan-based utility, with Wisconsin customers no longer being asked to foot the bill for costly power upgrades in Michigan.

Under the agreements, We Energies plans to sell its Upper Peninsula utility business to Upper Peninsula Power Co., including the coal-fired power plant it operates on Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich. 

More on the story is online here.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

U.P. township named Michigan's third safest city

Chocolay Township in Marquette County was named the third safest community in the state in a recent list that analyzed crime data. Several other U.P. communities made the list, too, but that was the only one in the top 5.

Excerpt: ValuePenguin is a personal finance research and data analysis company. It studied FBI statistics for violent crime and property crime in Michigan from 2013, the most recent year for which those numbers are available. Chocolay Township came up as the third-safest city in Michigan.

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Source: ABC 10

The U.P. can offer advice to lower Michigan on how to survive this winter

A piece in Michigan State University's college newspaper, the State News, offers observations on lessons gained in the U.P. about how to deal with winter.

Excerpt: East Lansing has finally received a much anticipated "real winter." By "real winter," I mean that the temperatures have at last dropped below freezing and a few inches of snow have successfully stuck to the ground for longer than a 24-hour period.

Now that "real winter" is upon us, it's becoming painfully obvious how ill-equipped most of us are in dealing with our yearly descent into cold and darkness.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The State News

U.P. race makes list of bike rides for 2015

For bikers, it's not too soon to be dreaming of race season. The Lansing State Journal has a list of Michigan races and rides to put on the calendar this year, including a few that include the U.P.

Excerpt: Grand Adventure Race

A modified triathlon featuring a two-mile paddling loop, 11.5-mile road bike race, and a 5K run in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Scheduled for Sept. 27, 2015. More information at grandadventurerace.com.

For the whole list, go here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Dog sledding draws those looking for something new to the U.P.

People from all over the world, include some of the rich and famous, have found dog sled outings in the Upper Peninsula offer something unlike other experiences.

Excerpt: It takes powerful wizardry to make a 3-below windchill forgettable. Such magic can be found in McMillan at Nature's Kennel.

Despite being hidden in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula, this dog sledding attraction draws guests from all corners of the world.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Duck Lake area still recovering from fire

A wildfire near Newberry a few years back is providing fertile ground for forest managers to study recovery.

Excerpt: Two years after the Duck Lake fire swept through 21,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula, experts this spring will assess the need for new plantings to restore the primarily jack pine forest.

Forest managers will search for areas where a 2013 drought led to failed recovery plantings. In the slider’s 1983 image on the left, you can see where dense forest has been replaced by open areas visible in the 2013 image on the right.

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Source: Great Lakes Echo

23 Michigan towns with more famous counterparts

U.P. residents probably know about the town of Paradise, but there are plenty of other interestingly-named places here and throughout Michigan.

Excerpt: If you’re from one of these villages, townships, or cities in Michigan, you might dread the small talk obligation of answering where you’re from. Or, maybe you love seeing the confused look on people’s faces when you tell them you hail from a small town with a much more well-known destination they might have in mind. 

For the whole list, go here

Source: A Healthier Michigan

Fat tire biking in Marquette

 The Washington Post has noticed the trend of fat bikes spreading across the country, and points out Marquette as a highlight.
Excerpt: Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, grooms trails especially for fat biking, and the SBR (snow bike route) of its Noquemanon Trail Network is considered one of the best in the country. This year, the city is designing its own groomer, which will be dragged behind a snowmobile.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Washington Post

Northern Michigan offers Christmasy activities

The Free Press rounds up several fun activities to make us all feel better about winter, including some standouts here in the U.P.

Excerpt: This is a scientific fact. You feel better about winter when you experience it from an open sleigh.

OK, maybe it's not scientifically proven. But there is enough anecdotal evidence to make it totally plausible.

Luckily for us, Michigan is home to several places where you can go dashing through the snow, sleigh bells and all.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Seven U.P. communities get DNR recreation grants

ABC 10 has a list of the Upper Peninsula towns and cities getting DNR recreation funding, along with dollar amounts and what they'll use it for.

Excerpt: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 21 communities across the state will share $877,500 in Recreation Passport grants.  This funding is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which is needed for vehicle entry at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: ABC 10

Western U.P. starts regional prosperity initiative

In every area, it seems there are a lot of agencies working toward common goals, but they don’t always do it together. In the western Upper Peninsula, economic development groups are banding together to overcome that problem.

Excerpt: The Western U.P. Planning and Development Region has created a regional prosperity initiative that will focus on collaboration between multiple organizations and agencies that seem to overlap in terms of the services they provide.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: ABC 10

Pop-up restaurant makes appearance in Negaunee

Pop-up restaurants are nothing new, though they really haven't found their way to the Upper Peninsula yet. Perhaps that is going to change now that one had a successful night in Negaunee.
Excerpt: For as long as Rachael Grossman can remember, she has had a love of cooking. It all started in her grandmother’s kitchen, when she could barely reach the counter.
"She showed me a picture of when I was about three years old the other day standing on a stool, stirring something in a pot at her house and it was really special for all of us" said Rachael Grossman, chef.
For the rest of the story about the restaurant, go here.
Source: WLUC-TV6

mBank's merger with Peninsula Bank is complete

It looks like all those Peninsula Banks in Marquette County will be sporting a new name now that the merger between them and mBank is complete. Services likely won't change much, but the network is definitely expanded now for those who previously banked with Peninsula.
Excerpt: The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation [Nasdaq: MFNC] (Mackinac), the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the merger of Peninsula Financial Corporation (Peninsula), the holding company for Peninsula Bank, with and into Mackinac with Mackinac as the surviving corporation.
Following the closing of the merger, Peninsula Bank was consolidated into mBank and all branches will open as mBank locations on Monday, December 8, 2014.
For the rest of the details, visit this link.
Source: ABC 10

Former U.P. sports editor plays golf in all 50 states

If you've ever met Dennis Grall, then you know he's quite passionate about sports, and that he loves golf. That love, mixed with being pretty bullheaded once he sets his mind to a goal, has earned him a bit of recognition in the golf community, as noted by PGA.com recently.
Excerpt: Many people have the dream of visiting all 50 United States. Dennis Grall has done that one better. He's played golf in them all.
When longtime sports editor Grall stepped up to the first tee at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in September, he completed his personal quest to play a round of golf in all 50 states, something that hadn't even crossed his mind until a chance meeting with another sports writer in September of 2010.
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Source: PGA.com

UP company launches new program

An Upper Peninsula-based book publishing company has announced a new promotional service for authors to take advantage of.
Excerpt: BookVenture Publishing LLC, a forward-thinking and independent publishing company, has once again introduced additional book promotional service to all authors worldwide. The company seeks to continue strengthen and broaden its product range as way of giving the right publishing and marketing solutions to all authors anywhere in the world. The launching of Retailer Preview Program aims to boost up every author’s identity globally through linking with different top-selling booksellers and retailers worldwide such as Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, BookDaily.
For the rest of the details, go to this link.
Source: PR.com
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