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Feature Story Dennis Delor was appointed in September as the new Director of St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission.

St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission welcomes new Director, Dennis Delor

“I’m big about opportunities for everybody in the community,” Delor says. “People have different outdoor activities that they like, so once we know what those interests are, we can develop our parks around what our constituents and users want, creating a more diverse park.”

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Portrait of an artist: Preserving the U.P.'s past

“People will be using these images for the next century and beyond to understand what life was like in the U.P. during the 19th and early 20th century. His work, and collection, is an important repository of the ‘Yooper’ way-of-life,'" said Dan Truckey, director of NMU’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.

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SAIL students chart their own course

“We did not previously have an alternative school in our district and we were seeing students leave for other programs that offered different ways to learn. We felt we were failing those students by not being able to see them through to graduation," said Laker School District Superintendent W. Brian Keim.

Feature Story The library has outgrown its current space on Main Street in Harrison.

Harrison District Library turns a new page

Cramped space and demand for more services prompts Harrison District Library to renovate an historic building, saving a beloved landmark and once again creating a community gathering space. 

Feature Story Mike Brokema of Shady Side Farms Inc. leads a discussion on soil health at his farm as part of the 2022 Cultivating Resilience Field Day.

$7M available to fund conservation practices

Owners interested in farmland, forest and water quality conservation have until Nov. 28 to contact the Ottawa Conservation District Regional Conservation Partnership Program to begin developing a no-cost conservation plan.

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Negaunee plans street, lighting and other improvements

The Marquette County city continues its efforts to move its downtown forward with infrastructure improvements. 

Feature Story  A lifelong Sanford resident, Jamie Mose has worked at Three Rivers Corporation for 18 years.

Village of Sanford Park to reopen in 2023

Rebuilding the Village of Sanford Park has been no small task. Rather than just reconstructing what was there, the village has seized the opportunity to build additional features.

Bi-county internet provider panel event a success

A panel of community leaders from Iosco and Alcona Counties meet with internet providers to talk about increasing internet access to residents.

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An honor for the whole village of Vicksburg

“Not only is this an honor the entire village can take pride in, but it’s also most likely going to benefit us with economic benefits such as tax-credit programs,” says Jim Mallery, Vicksburg Village manager. “We are excited to add one more tool in our economic development toolkit.”

Longform The interior of the former Delft Theater, now Delft Bistro.

Now showing ... former theaters repurposed

Once the heart of many downtowns, older movie theaters across Michigan are being turned into restaurants, distilleries and shops. 

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Pickleball courts part of Marshall’s Recreation Plan

Marshall launches fundraising campaign to create a new community area that will include designated pickleball courts, to meet the demand for the fast-growing sport.   

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SOLD: Tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula

The Nature Conservancy has stepped in to protect thousands of acres at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. “This purchase ensures everyone can enjoy and appreciate these iconic lands and waters forever and assures that sustainable management of its lush forests continues,” the Conservancy said. 

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It's all about 'fun at this Michigan conference

This annual conference hopes to inspire fun and more as traditional festivals and events return to Michigan's rural communities.   

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Dark tourism? Have no fear

The paranormal? Not so scary. In fact, "dark tourism" can be a boon for small towns and communities looking to grow their economies. Author Dianna Stampfler shared some of her experiences at the recent Michigan Festivals and Events Association conference.

Longform Among the homes destroyed by the tornado.

Gaylord: On the long road to recovery

Five months after a tornado struck Gaylord, the northern Michigan continues to rebuild and help victims, with an eye on making long-term improvements to the greater community.

Feature Story Cassie Harms, 25, is the owner of Cassie Harms Designs in St. Clair, Michigan.

Quilting success leads young professional and St. Clair business owner to international recognition

St. Clair businesswoman Cassie Harms turned away from a career in accounting to pursue her passion for designing and creating quilts. Today, her work has received international recognition.

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Ironwood's Miners Park combines history and recreation

Once the site of several mines, Ironwood's Miners Memorial Heritage Park is now home to a network of trails, inviting outdoors fun and history lessons in one setting.

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Schuler’s expands its hospitality portfolio

Marshall's famous restaurant is returning to its roots, renovating its second and third floors for badly needed housing in the Calhoun County community. 

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Tour highlights success stories along the Saginaw River for a statewide audience

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board met in Bay City this week, so local officials took the opportunity to showcase recreation opportunities along the Saginaw River.

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Old trees grow on Oden Island

A 50-acre forest on an inhabited island in northern Michigan has been recognized as an old-growth forest, a rare designation in the Great Lakes State.