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      Michigan ranks most popular license plates

      State records show Michigan State University's license plate is the No. 1 specialty plate in Michigan, while Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University's plates are 14th and 19th on a list of 25.

      The Lansing State Journal reports Friday that a half-million of the MSU plates have been sold since it debuted in 2000. That puts the East Lansing school squarely ahead of its rival to the southeast.

      The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor's license plate has drawn about 362,000 patrons. That puts it in third place behind a patriotic plate that debuted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

      Michigan State officials say the popularity of their plate likely stems from the school's large alumni base in Michigan. The school has earned $6.2 million from the proceeds of the plates.

      Michigan Technological University, according to the Lansing State Journal, has 39,000 license plates sold. Northern Michigan University only has about 20,000 license plates sold, which has raised nearly $247,000.

      To view a full list of the license plate rankings, check out the Lansing State Journal article here.