Michigan Outdoor Summit returns this weekTraverse City again hosts annual event to bolster Michigan's outdoor economy

The Traverse City area will be the base camp this week for the Michigan Outdoor Summit. The event takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 27, and brings together networking, programming and outdoor activities to strengthen the outdoor economy across the state.  

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Communities across Michigan tie teal ribbons, spreading awareness of ovarian cancer with MIOCA

Have you seen teal ribbons tied in bows along lamp posts in Michigan downtowns recently? Each September during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, cities throughout Michigan tie teal ribbons to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. This year, groups of volunteers in over 60 cities and 14 campuses are participating in the Tie Michigan Teal campaign. Discover more about the initiative

Feature Story The De Vors have a herd of about 100 Jersey cows and a few Guernseys on their farm east of Kalkaska in northern Michigan.

Cow cuddling? It's a thing at this northern Michigan dairy farm

Looking to earn money while waiting for permits to sell their food products, Jackie and Henk De Vor opened up their northern Michigan farm to a Dutch wellness practice called koe knuffelen, which translates to cow cuddling. Customers can cuddle with the cows during designated times during the week. 

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Macomb County applies for grant to expand Butterfly Flyway at the Sterling Relief Drain

“We’re looking to build on the success of an award-winning green infrastructure project and butterfly flyway by expanding it, including the planting of many pollinator species of plants that attract butterflies,” says Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller.  

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Ypsi coffee shop to host local chocolate makers for inaugural Michigan Chocolate Festival

Promotional materials say the event, hosted by a Grand Rapids-based chocolate company, will offer an opportunity to "meet, greet, and eat" with a variety of Michigan-based chocolate producers.

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Voices of Youth: Kalamazoo students wage Climate Strike to demand end of fossil fuel use

Kalamazoo students waged a Youth Climate Strike to end the use of fossil fuels on Friday, Sept. 15 with nearly 150 youth and concerned adults attending the protest. The Ardea Youth Climate Action Coalition organized the rally to ask for decisive action.

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New marina in Marine City aims to boost tourism and downtown economy

The result of a multi-year collaborative effort with more developments still on the horizon, Marine City’s new marina is working to boost tourism in the coastal community.

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Michigan's foster children face mental health challenges – but these agencies set them up to succeed

All foster children experience some form of trauma, but Michigan's child and family service agencies are working to provide the mental health services foster kids desperately need.

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How URC is building talent-generating capacity, designed to propel Michigan’s economy

“The state of Michigan has realized that this is a ‘do or die’ moment with this economic and technological transformation of the automotive industry and related industries,” says University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida. It's one of the reasons he is part of a group working closely with universities, cities, and stakeholders to build better, more vibrant, sustainable cities in our state.

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