Feature Story Luis Benitez spoke about the future and importance of outdoor recreation at a recent Friends of Grand Rapids Parks event.

Outdoor industry thought leader Luis Benitez sees economic potential in rural Michigan

Luis Benitez, author of “Higher Ground: How The Outdoor Recreation Industry Can Save The World,'' makes summer visits to Northern Michigan. He has some ideas on how rural communities can find success beyond the tourism economy.

Feature Story Owner of The First Cup Jake Skarbek shakes hands with former owner Don Peterson.

The First Cup: Clay Township coffee shop gets new owner and new look

With a new owner and new name, a long-standing coffee shop in Clay Township has reopened after a brief closure for renovations. Here’s what’s next for The First Cup.

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The doctor is in -- and so is the dentist at these soon-to-be school-based health care clinics

Three southeastern Michigan schools will have new student health centers on campus this spring, thanks to grants from the Family Medical Center of Michigan.

Feature Story New and old collide in Hazel Park.

How Hazel Park's housing market continues to evolve with its residents

“The seeds that were planted five to 10 years ago are bearing fruit now,” realtor Derek Werenka says about city-led efforts to reinvigorate the Hazel Park housing market.

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Ann Arbor farm stop hosts inaugural national farm stop conference

Farm stops help to bridge the gap between local produce farmers and potential customers by providing a year-round grocery store that sells local produce on consignment.

Partner Content The conference will include four break-out sessions offering a choice among 15 different topics.
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Boosting childhood immunization rates vital to community health

Recent data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows that 91% of kindergarteners in 2022 were up to date on their vaccinations, while rates of younger ages are seeing a decline. 

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Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau unveils "Caddy Wagon," a mobile visitor center

“We have seen this mobile visitor center concept implemented by destinations in other states – and to our knowledge, we are one of the only Michigan visitor bureaus doing this. We hope this new approach will reach more people about the many exciting activities and experiences in the Cadillac area," said Kathy Morin, executive director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.

Feature Story Bysterveld County Park includes trails forwalking, running, or cross-country skiing; a picnic shelter; playground; catch-and-release fishing pond; a grass picnic and recreation area; restroom facility; and paved parking.

4 parks to explore in Allegan County

As the Allegan County Parks Department invites residents to take part in updating its five-year recreation plan, here’s a look at four Allegan County parks that offer an array of outdoor recreation activities.

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