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A close look at the Big Drink

Upper Peninsula State Roundup

January 1, 2010


Ron Wirtz Editor, fedgazette
A close look at the Big Drink

For Michigan Tech University, this is the big one that didn’t get away.

This past fall, the university received approval from the state Legislature to break ground on a new $25 million, 49,000-square-foot building that will house the Great Lakes Research Center.

The center, located in the Keeweenaw Peninsula at the tip of the Upper Peninsula, will house a range of research facilities, including labs for fisheries, sediment processing and mass spectrometry (to sample and analyze sediment), hydrology, exotic species and meteorology. This diversity of research will allow the center to study a broad range of disciplines and pressing environmental issues in the Upper Great Lakes, including habitat destruction and invasive and native species.

Ron Wirtz
Editor, fedgazette

Ron Wirtz is a Minneapolis Fed regional outreach director. Ron tracks current business conditions, with a focus on employment and wages, construction, real estate, consumer spending, and tourism. In this role, he networks with businesses in the Bank’s six-state region and gives frequent speeches on economic conditions. Follow him on Twitter @RonWirtz.