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Longform Ben Miller was the first to use the new track chair at Ionia State Park.

Making Michigan's beaches accessible to everyone

“It has been wonderful to hear the stories of families being able to enjoy the beaches and trails together for the first time. The stories go on and on,” says Michelle O'Kelly, coordinator for DNR Fund and Resource Development. 

Inspiration Alcona blends natural beauty and art

Alcona County nonprofit group inspires the creative arts with events and programs embracing the region's natural beauty. 

Longform Lee Kitzman kicked off the Wednesday lunch music program in Alpena.

Street performers draw visitors to Michigan downtowns

Across Michigan, street performers and musicians are entertaining summer crowds in small towns. While it's part their livelihood, it's also part of community-planned programming to bring arts to small towns. 

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Battle Creek architect makes a name for himself in historic preservation work

Randy Case will soon receive the American Institute of Architects Michigan 2022 Gold Medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an architect in the State of Michigan.

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BOS Wine pushes boundaries in Michigan wine scene

A new-comer to the Michigan wine scene, BOS Wine changes the game, serving both Michigan and California wines and practicing bio dynamic farming.

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NTIA shares new tool to help tribal leaders create unique broadband plans

A new tool will help Native American tribes design broadband strategies to address the technology challenges facing tribal lands.  

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Avram Golden hopes to build an art district to re-vitalize a little-used part of Downtown Bay City

Avram Golden’s ambitious Jefferson Project includes public art, a makerspace, studios for artists, event space, and a place for classes in welding and other industrial skills.  

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Muskegon Clippers draw community to historic baseball park

Along the Lakeshore, you can enjoy America’s favorite pastime with the Muskegon Clippers. The summer collegiate team has returned for another exciting season of baseball at historic Marsh Field in Muskegon.

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17-year-old entrepreneur opens açaí food truck in Port Huron

Nicholas Robbins, a recent graduate of Port Huron Northern, has started his own food truck serving up fresh açaí bowls and smoothies to the local community.

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Downtown Mt. Pleasant’s Broadway Central set to reopen with new hybrid approach

Downtown Mt. Pleasant reopens Broadway Central for the summer of 2022 with new amenities and accommodations to adhere to previous requests of citizens and local businesses.

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Gaylord: A community comes togetherOtsego Community Foundation leads relief efforts

The Otsego Community Foundation is spearheading a tornado relief effort in Gaylord, helping raise thousands of dollars to assist victims. The city was struck by a devastating tornado in May.

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Your Michigan beach escape: Check out these gemsMichigan beach guru shares some hidden gemss

Just in time for summer, Michigan beach guru Jill Halpin shares some hidden beach gems on both peninsulas. 

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Coastal Container’s $25M expansion expected to create 60 new jobs

In addition to creating jobs, Coastal Container’s investment in a state-of-the-art corrugator, and a new rail spur for the delivery of paper rolls, will reduce 1 million miles of truck traffic annually.   

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Founder of Black Wall Street Muskegon has a passion for promoting financial literacy

Lashae Simmons II, who has a passion for assisting black and brown people with financial literacy, is organizing the second annual Black Business Expo on June 18 at the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center in Muskegon.   

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Searching for solutions to seasonal housing woes

The help wanted signs are out every summer in Michigan's tourist towns, but it's not only the lack of seasonal workers hindering hospitality. The lack of housing for seasonal workers is making the situation worse. 

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Hospital CEOs: Time to retool rural health care is now

What's on the minds of hospital CEOs in rural Michigan. Plenty. Recruitment and staff retention are top of list. And then there are concerns about cyber threats, aging infrastructure and the financial model for health care. 

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The freshest catch of the day lures customers to Bay Port Fish Co.

Family-owned Bay Port Fish Co. has grown from a one-person operation in 1978 to a thriving business that provides fish to individual consumers, grocery stores, and restaurants.  

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Little Bay Boards makes a splash in Michigan and beyond

A daughter's request for a paddleboard taps her father's artistic abilities and inspires a  full-fledged, environmentally friendly business in Petoskey.   

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Leelanau County looks to improve internet access

Internet access and availability has long been an issue in mostly rural but tourist-friendly Leelanau County. After several years of study, the county is on the verge of beginning construction on a two-year project that would provide most households with internet access by the end of 2023.  

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Program to spread trees throughout Bay and Saginaw counties takes root

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy is taking steps to address the critical need for more trees in Bay City and Saginaw.