A belated WELCOME!!! I've been a member of this site for some time, but only tend to check back sporatically. It's a great site and very informative. Some VERY knowledgeable people here. They'll all be a great help to you.
I'm currently in Gurnee, IL, but have a home in Phelps, WI, and will be moving up there permanently in a couple of weeks. We're between Watersmeet and Iron River just on the WI side of the border. Where in the UP are you?
I have 6 hives currently, hope to add more next year. I'm working strictly comb honey right now. With the addtion of more hives, in time I suppose I may move into some extracted honey.
If you're in the Iron River area, feel free to stop by for a hive visit sometime, I'd be happy to show you what I've got (bee-wise!)