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      Munising students find sweet success

      Tap the tree, boil the sap, filter, then enjoy.

      The Haglund family has been tapping maple trees and making their own sugary treats with the sap, right in their own backyard, for about 25 years.

      "It's a hobby. It's really not a business. I've never sold any. I just give it to friends and family and they've been coming. I've been doing it, I started, my grandpa built me my first pan, my brother too, and I was ten years old," said Harry Haglund.

      Haglund says he brings in some 50 students from Munising every year for the sap run as an educational field trip.

      The sap starts running between the end of March and early April and lasts four to six weeks.

      "It was really fun we got to try some sap. And over at the fire they gave us some warmed up sap. It was very sweet," said sixth-grader Bryce Bowerman.

      "I didn't expect to see how they did it, like how they boiled it. But it was really cool to learn how," said sixth-grader Kali Donnelly.

      Haglund and his crew took the kids on a tour of the maple farm, showing them the different ways to make syrup, from Native American days, to modern times.

      The students do the field trip to Haglunds as a part of their Native American education program.

      "I teach them about how they improved from how the Native Americans do it with wooden taps and wooden buckets to middle taps and middle buckets," said Jadyn Smith, Harry's granddaughter.

      Harry Haglund says he and the crew had a late start due to the weather being too cold in March.

      But despite that, they still have plenty of syrup and sugary treats to serve up to friends and family.