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Sands Township — There’s a new warming hut along a popular ski trail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Superiorland Ski Club and Sands Township officials were on hand earlier this month to celebrate the opening of the warming hut at the Blueberry Ridge Ski Pathway, which is located south of Marquette.

The hut was built at a lighted parking lot for the pathway, which is operated by the DNR. The pathway offers 12 miles of groomed ski trails.

An $83,700 U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund grant was awarded to Sands Township in 2014 to fund construction of the hut that required a 50 percent local match. A $20,000 DNR Partnership Match grant also was secured to help fund the project.

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