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Sweeten your weekend with Chippewa Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Day

The Chippewa Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Day invites the community for a sweet day of education and entertainment. The annual event takes place on Saturday, March 16 with a pancake breakfast, family activities, maple syrup demos, tours, and scavenger hunts. 

Longform Kate Holcomb and Tajalli Hodge with the WashUp Ministries mobile shower facility at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.

Food-truck ministry adds free showers at Ypsilanti Warming Center

Ann Arbor-based FedUp Ministries' WashUp program is offering a mobile shower facility with four full baths at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse Mondays through Thursdays.

Feature Story Inventing the Outdoors was originally on exhibit at the Michigan History Center.

The man who opened the U.P. to the world

Webster Marble changed how early 20th century Americans viewed the outdoors. An exhibit honoring his legacy has found a permanent home in Escanaba. “For a region that is working hard to retain and attract talent and to encourage entrepreneurs, Webster Marble reinforces the ‘can do’ U.P. attitude," says Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce,

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What’s next for housing in Kent and Ottawa counties

As Kent County grows faster than the rest of the state, the community looks at ways to address its ongoing housing shortages. Through government entities, upcoming developers like Housing Next, and seasoned community development financial institutions like IFF, Grand Rapids has a collaborative plan in place to address the issue.   

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Ford Airport one of first airports to use sign language boards powered by AI

The Grand Rapids airport is one of the first in the nation to try out new technology powered by AI that is being used successfully at train stations in the United Kingdom. 

Feature Story A combine harvests barley at Brewery Terra Firma. The barley was used for a Trappist beer.

Brewery Terra Firma: Craft beer and sustainability

After honing his craft at northern Michigan's first craft brewery, John Niedermaier went out on his own, creating a sustainable brewing operation and farm outside Traverse City. Brewery Terra Firma has become a model for other brewers.

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