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The Frostbitten Convention: How the UP Became Part of Michigan

At the event most commonly known as the “Frostbitten Convention,” the Michigan Territory officially accepted the terms that led to the Upper Peninsula becoming part of the new State of Michigan.

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Christmas Comes to the Upper Peninsula

The observance of Christmas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a remarkable 361-year chronicle of transformation. Read Dr. Russell Magnaghi’s history of Christmas in the UP and the holiday traditions various immigrant groups practiced, which have all influenced how people celebrate Christmas in the UP today.

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U.P. Brothers Shoot Major Motion Picture Celebrating Yooper Culture and Values

Anders and Davin Lindwall, brothers from Iron County, are taking a decidedly different approach to the portrayal of small-town life and values in their new film called God Loves the Green Bay Packers that just finished shooting in earlier this month.

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The Beechwood Murders: A Tragedy in the Pioneer Days of Iron County, MI

This year marks the 120th anniversary of a spree of murders that took place in the pioneer community of Beechwood located in Iron County, Michigan. There were five lives taken in the span of five minutes on Saturday, October the 26th of 1901.

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A Conversation With Brigitte LaPointe, CEO of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Brigitte LaPointe, CEO of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. In this episode, Brigitte talks about her experiences growing up in the UP on the KBIC reservation and how it influenced her values and her career, and the biggest issues currently facing the KBIC–including education, employment and job training, healthcare, and more.

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