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Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.

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Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

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How posh Aspen and Jackson Hole make housing affordable for year-round workers

Michigan’s northern resort counties could learn from these swanky ski towns in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Postcards from paradise: A daughter of Petoskey finds homecoming a real page-turner

Like lots of smart young natives, Katie Capaldi thought her destiny lay far from the northern Michigan town where she was raised. But she’s writing another chapter. Plus, five other looks at people and life Up North.

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Postcard from paradise: In the inky dark, a glimmer of starshine – and tourism

The Headlands is drawing stargazers to a 550-acre park at the very tip of the mitten, officially designated an International Dark Sky Park.

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Postcard from paradise: Custom skis, made by hand

Jeff Thompson figured he could make his own skis as easily as buying them. Then mom and dad sold their house to come work for him.

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Postcard from paradise: At Coolhouse Labs, a native son incubates startups in Harbor Springs

Internet-based companies can live anywhere. One twenty-something hopes giving entrepreneurs a great northern Michigan summer might turn their heads.

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Postcard from paradise: Needing to get out, a young man looks to the water

His parents always warned: In a small-town economy, the pie is too small for everybody to get a slice.

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Postcard: Luxe life at Bay Harbor reflects changing economy

A luxury playground grows where an abandoned cement plant once stood on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

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See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

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Michigan’s economic comeback promising, but incomplete

Amid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.

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Grand Rapids growth invites civic pride

The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.

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Lansing and Ann Arbor staging a battle of economic might

The Lansing and Ann Arbor regions are closely matched in GDP. Ann Arbor is just ahead in 2013. But will it last?

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Recovering Detroit region still drives the state

The Detroit region, digging out from a tough decade, still wields manufacturing might. But its future may well hinge on health care.

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The economies of Michigan: Ann Arbor

Region endures sluggish 2013 No regional economy in the state relies as heavily on government spending, which has been up over the past decade but fell in 2013. Click on a sector to add it to the chart below.In inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars. […]

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The economies of Michigan: Flint

Manufacturing drops after mild recovery No region saw a bigger drop in heavy industry than Flint during the recession and it declined again in 2013. Click on a sector to add it to the chart below.In inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars. Rank, 2013Sector 1Manufacturing […]

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The economies of Michigan: Jackson

Heavy industry continues rise The Jackson region saw one of the largest single-year increases in GDP, propelled in large part by a surging manufacturing sector. Click on a sector to add it to the chart below.In inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars. Rank, 2013Sector 1Manufacturing […]

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The economies of Michigan: Bay City

Region hampered by declines in industry Long-term losses in manufacturing and government have been partially overcome by increases elsewhere, including education and health industries. Click on a sector to add it to the chart below.In inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars. Rank, 2013Sector 1Manufacturing 2Government […]

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