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Think of Michigan. What comes to mind? Detroit Iron? Chevies? The Rust Belt? Lee Iacocca? Well, that's one side of the coin. Michigan does indeed suffer from some major league post-industrial societal and economic problems. But the auto industry has become functional again, more specialized high-tech manufacturing has moved into the system, and there are a few other opportunities here and there in a radically shifting economy. Income from mineral production is almost equal to that of the agricultural industry, over two billion dollars annually. The state hosts four major ports and transshipment hubs for raw materials headed for the industrial centers along the Great Lakes. The state positively hums with industrial activity.

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Ever notice that the state looks like a mitten? What about that little detached chunk up there on the upper left? It's called the Upper Peninsula and is a world apart from that veritable beehive of productivity to the south. Largely forested, this corner of the U.S. offers some spectacular scenery and lots of outdoor recreational opportunities for vacationers, especially boaters of all stripes. A large portion of the northern quarters of the state are studded with lakes interconnected by networks of creeks and streams. And now that the sea lamprey has been pushed out of the Great Lakes and environmental regulation has finally made some impact, the fishing is even coming back. Michigan ... it's more than just a big mitten.

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