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Location of Michigan within the United States

Michigan ( About this sound /ˈmɪʃɨgən/ ) is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. It was named after Lake Michigan, whose name is a French adaptation of the Ojibwe term mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. In 2005, Michigan ranked third for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida. Michigan has 12,000 inland lakes. A person is never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source, or more than 85 miles (137 km) from Great Lakes coastline.

The state is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula of Michigan, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is sometimes dubbed "the mitten," owing to its shape. When asked where in Michigan one comes from, a resident of the Lower Peninsula may often point to the corresponding part of his or her hand. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as The U.P.) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile-wide (8.0 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula (whose residents are often called "Yoopers") is economically important for tourism and natural resources. The Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-wide (8.0 km) Mackinac Bridge, which is the third longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the world. The bridge has given rise to the nickname of "trolls" for residents of the Lower Peninsula, because they live "under" (south of) the bridge.

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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (called Michigan or U of M) is a public university. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan which also includes campuses in Flint and Dearborn. Founded in 1817 as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, about 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state, the university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha), now Central Campus. The university has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings and transformed its academic program from a classical curriculum to one that includes science and research. U of M has one of the world's largest living alumni groups at 460,000. It owns the U of M Health System and has one of the largest research expenditures of any American university, surpassing $1 billion dollars a year. Its athletic teams, called the Wolverines, are members of the Big Ten Conference and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The football team plays in Michigan Stadium, also known as "The Big House," the largest football stadium in the world.

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Tony Boles (born (1967-12-11) December 11, 1967 (age 51) in Thomasville, Georgia) is a former professional American football running back and kick returner who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. After starring for the Michigan Wolverines football, where he once led the Big Ten Conference in rushing, he went on to a scandal ridden life. His college football career was ended prematurely due to a knee injury. He has been sentenced to prison multiple times and placed in homes for addicts due to cocaine abuse. Although Boles was born in Thomasville, Georgia and his family settled in Westland, Michigan when he was ten years old, he grew up in a predominately white neighborhood where he was one of only four African-Americans in the entire student body at John Glenn High School, and attended Marshall Junior High School.


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Novi is a city in Oakland County. It is a suburb of Detroit and is part of the Metro Detroit area. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 47,386. The city is located approximately 25 miles northwest from the center of Detroit, and is located within the boundaries of the geographic Township of Novi.

Novi is one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan. The construction of Twelve Oaks Mall in the mid-1970s at the interchange of Novi Road and I-96 is often credited with ushering in the growth that the city has experienced. But even before Twelve Oaks, the area encompassed by the city experienced consistent growth since the 1950s. This growth has led to substantial increases in the city's population, as well as commercial and industrial developments in the city.

Novi is also home to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which opened in 1989. Inductees receive the "Horsepower Award" on the Wednesday before the June NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway.


Flag of Michigan.svg
The Flag of Michigan

Seal of Michigan.svg
The Seal of Michigan

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Bird American Robin ( Turdus migratorius)
Fish Brook Trout ( Salvelinus fontinalis)
Flower Apple blossom ( Malus domestica)
Game animal White-tailed Deer ( Odocoileus virginianus)
Mammal Wolverine ( Gulo gulo luscus) (unofficial)
Reptile Painted Turtle ( Chrysemys picta)
Tree Eastern White Pine ( Pinus strobus)
Wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris ( Iris lacustris)

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Fossil Mastodon ( Mammut americanum)
Gemstone Isle Royale greenstone or Chlorastrolite
Motto " Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice"
Latin for "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you"
Soil Kalkaska Sand
Songs My Michigan
Stone Petoskey stone

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M-28 route marker

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Quarter of Michigan
Released in 2004


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