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Feature Story Two vehicles on display from the County Connection fleet

It’s all in the ‘chips,’ say public transportation managers

Like most Americans, social changes, public health, and climate change are affecting how Dial-A-Ride and County Connection managers provide service. The number of miles and the time to get to destinations create the biggest difference in costs.

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Midland County Fair: A week of entertainment, midway rides, fair food, and agriculture education

The 84th annual Midland County Fair returns to the community, offering exhibitors and spectators the chance to enjoy entertainment, experience education, and more during the weeklong event, Aug. 14-20.

Feature Story Jon believes the cows have a high quality of life on his farm. While they do receive veterinary care for any injuries, they don’t deal with sickness.

Where’s your beef from? Learn about how JNelson Farms raises their grass-fed cattle

Tucked in the countryside outside of Midland, Jon Nelson of JNelson Farms raises grass-fed cattle. Besides offering quality beef, Jon enjoys educating the community about farming and believes farmers should be transparent about their practices.

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River Days Returns to Midland for ….

River Days returns to Midland August 4-7 with free live music, hot air balloons, food trucks, a kids zone, fireworks, axe throwing, a hot-dog-eating contest, and more.   

Feature Story Absentee ballots must be submitted by 8pm, Tuesday, August 2nd.

Primary Election is just days away

While some votes have already been cast, a majority of votes will be made on Election Day, August 2nd. Find out what you need to do so you can cast your ballot.

Development News DStreet Music Foundation supports and stages live music events.

Popup Palooza returns to Village of Sanford for 2nd year

After the well-loved event, Parkapalooza moved to Midland, Village of Sanford residents hosted their own mini version of the hometown music festival, Popup Palooza last year. This year, the event returns on July 23 at Porte Park.  

Development News Eagle Ridge Walking Trail

Explore the new nature area in Midland

In mid-July, City of Midland and Dow officials celebrated the grand opening of the Eagle Ridge Nature Area in Stratford Woods Park.  The project was developed by Dow as a component of its natural resources damage restoration efforts and will be transferred to the City of Midland for future oversight and preservation.   

Feature Story Kayaker on river

Rivers present different challenges to kayakers & canoers in Midland County

Late summer and early fall are good times for novice kayakers and canoers to pad their experience on local rivers.

Development News The pieces themselves are made out of found wooden materials in nature, whether it’s dead trees or fallen branches.

Big Bugs Brings Larger-than-Life Exhibit to Dow Gardens

Dow Gardens is welcoming Big Bugs, a traveling exhibit, featuring larger-than-life sculptures. From July 15 to Oct. 16, Big Bugs takes over the gardens, with a giant praying mantis, marching ants, a daddy long legs, and more.   

Development News Several donors financially supported the creation of the park.

A new park in Midland is now open in an area that was damaged by the 2020 flood

The new Rogers Family Wellness Park – located on N. Saginaw Rd in Midland, is the outcome of an opportunity that grew out of the 2020 flood. The new park designed by and paid for in part by MyMichigan Health, was designed to attract people of all ages and promote good health.  

Feature Story Sears has been raising bees for over a decade.

Peek into the honeycomb: A day in the life of a beekeeper

Will Sears of the Midland Bee Company has raised bees for over a decade now. He’s come to appreciate how well they work together and just how sweet Michigan honey is.

Development News The tournament is offering an additional day of free admission on Wednesday, July 13.

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2022 does it “fore” the community

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational returns to the Midland Country Club, July 10-16. The event includes the top professional women golfers in competition, family-friendly events, Eat Great Trail food pop-ups, and much more.

Development News Recipe-cutting board

Catalyst Community: Recipes-Erica Sprague

In the latest in a series of columns from different perspectives in our community, Catalyst Midland focuses on the value of the little traditions in our daily lives.

Feature Story Mivra Saul, 7, and a shark in one of several play stations in Youth Services where flood damage was extensive.

After two years following the May 2020 flood, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is fully reopened

While the library took a hit during the 2020 disaster, it’s come back to new life with some new services!  

Development News Dow Gardens is one of the spots featured in Peter Owen's video.

Top Ten Things to Do in Midland

Peter Owen has a unique perspective of Midland. He grew up here but now lives in California. On a recent visit, he produced a video titled, “Midland, Michigan:  Top 10 Things to Do.”  

Development News There are some free-play games, as well as quarter machines which range from 25 cents to $1.

New beercade levels up downtown entertainment scene

Brinstar, a new beercade, is now open in downtown Midland. The restaurant, located on Main St., features vintage and new arcade games, a full menu, beer on tap, and mixed drinks.

Feature Story Water feature at Longview Spray Park

With the temperature rising this week, we’re looking for places to cool down

School’s out, the weather is hot, and summer is here. It’s time to showcase what the City of Midland and Midland County have to offer to help you cool down.

Development News Field technician treats standing water.

Profile Q&A with Carl Doud, Midland Co. Mosquito Control

In our Profile Q&A, we focus on Carl Doud, the director of Mosquito Control for Midland County. He’s served in that role since 2014. Doud and his staff deal with the irritating insects who can also carry disease.  

Development News The festival will be held in the Larkin Parking Garage.

Tapped Beer Festival parks at new location

Tapped Beer Festival returns to downtown Midland, in a new location for its seventh annual event. The festival features live music, food vendors, craft beverage samples, lounge areas, and outdoor games at Larkin Parking Garage on Sat,  June 18.  

Feature Story The club meets three times per year.

Midland 100 Club proudly donates again

The Midland 100 Club, made up of almost 600 members, meets at the Midland Center for the Arts three times per year and selects two beneficiary organizations at each meeting.

Community Calendar

NAMI Midland Support Groups

Monday, October 10, 7:00pm
Community Mental Health, 218 Fast Ice Drive, Midland
NAMI Midland monthly support groups meet on the second Monday at 7:00pm at Community Mental Health.  Support groups for family members/caregivers  and persons living with a mental health condition. For more info, call 989-948-3273 or email: namimidlandmi@gmail.com.
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My Fair Lady

10/28/2022, 7:30 pm
Visit Midland Center for the Arts for the Nationally Touring Broadway production My Fair Lady, a Lincoln Center Theater Production. Learn more about this event and purchase tickets today at midlandcenter.org or by calling the ticket office at 989-631-5930.
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