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Feature Story powerstudentssnowmobile

(Em)powering students: Training future recreational vehicle mechanics

With boat and recreational vehicle mechanics high in demand, Pellston Area Schools steps up to offer students PowerSports Technology.  

Feature Story The opening of federal forest roads have drawn more ORV enthusiasts to the Cadillac area.

Tread Lightly: Cadillac promotes responsible outdoor recreation

“We want to be proactive and promote responsible recreation,” said Kathy Morin, executive director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau. “We want to encourage tourism and encourage visitation; however, we want people to be responsible and safe and help maintain our recreation assets for years to come.”

Feature Story ironwoodcoop

Ironwood co-op uses grant to expand offerings

Federal grant money helps Ironwood's downtown co-op spruce things up and add more freezers, with the aim to offer customers more food options.

Feature Story Michigan Potash & Salt Company facility rendering

New potash mining facility: Creating an economic impact on Evart and surrounding region

What could be the first potash mine in the state of Michigan, and one of the largest union-supported economic development projects in the country, Evart Township is one step closer to being home to a brand-new potash (potassium chloride) and salt production plant and processing facility – creating well over one thousand jobs in the area, along with local, statewide, and international impact.

Feature Story OnPoint provides care at its facilities and also via mobile crisis response.

OnPoint’s mobile crisis team brings help to Allegan County residents with urgent mental health needs

OnPoint’s Community Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention Program is available 24/7/365 with a supervisor and two clinicians on-call at all times. 

Feature Story Help is just a phone call away.

Community mental health meets Northern Michiganders where they’re at with mobile crisis intervention

The Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority mobile crisis intervention services reach across Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.    

Feature Story Beaverton Trailhead, at the south end of the Trail of Two Cities.

Best of times: Trail of Two Cities moves forward

Grants fund completion of trail between Gladwin and Beaverton, and a new campground, too.  

Feature Story The James E. Bonine Carriage House in Vandalia served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Barn Believers work to save iconic farm structures

Nonprofit group offers grants to help preserve Michigan's historic barns. Many of them are vanishing from the state's rural landscape because of development, suburban sprawl and other reasons. 

Feature Story The Mount Baldhead Gap Filler Radar is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saugatuck’s iconic Mount Baldhead Radar Annex listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Saugatuck Gap Filler Radar was operational from 1958-1968 as part of a continent-wide effort to protect the United States from potential attack during the Cold War. The long-time Saugatuck icon is now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, a significant step in its preservation.

Feature Story Eastman kids and grandkids hamming it up for the camera.

Foster care fosters hope for Michigan’s most vulnerable children

Michigan's community mental health agencies, CMHs, provide mental health care for the roughly 10,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system. Here is how Genesee Health Systems and Sanilac County CMH are working hard to help foster children in their counties thrive.

Longform Tina Swanton, Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) executive director of community impact and strategic partnerships, and MiHIA CEO Heidi Tracy at Hidden Harvest and East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw.

Despite agricultural hub, Michigan's Thumb has high food insecurity. Can collaboration change that?

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance is taking a new approach to addressing food insecurity in the 14 heavily agricultural counties it serves in central and eastern Michigan.

Feature Story A former J.C. Penney store is being renovated as a brewpub for New Holland Brewing Co.

New Holland Brewing Co. expands to Battle Creek

New Holland Brewing Co. is renovating a former J.C. Penney store as brewpub, micro-brewhouse and a micro-distillery. The Holland-based brewer plans to open the Battle Creek brewpub by late March.

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The U.P.'s beauty inspires Marquette jeweler

From birch trees in deep forests to pebbles found along the majestic Lake Superior shoreline, the rugged landscape of the U.P. has inspired the eco friendly jewelry and artisans goods of Beth Millner Jewelry.  

Longform Filmmaker David Siev's "Bad Axe" premiered at his hometown theater in May.

Bad Axe: It's our town tooDocumentary is short listed for an Oscar

David Siev's documentary exploring his hometown of Bad Axe has been shortlisted for an Oscar and has prompted discussion about community across the country.

Feature Story GreenTree Interior

GreenTree Co-op celebrates 1-year in new location, continuing tradition of community-building

It’s been just over a year since GreenTree Co-op Market moved into their new location downtown. Let’s celebrate with a recap of their successes and forecast the future with solutions they’re providing the Mt. Pleasant community.

Feature Story Call line staff working in the team room at Summit Pointe’s First Step Urgent Care.

Community mental health agency call lines connect Michiganders with local crisis care

A call to a local community mental health crisis line can sometimes be more direct and offer services that may not be available when calling 988 or MiCAL.

Longform An up-close look at a bus charging connection.

Electric school buses roll into rural Michigan

Rural school districts across Michigan are poised to receive electric school buses, aimed at reducing emissions and improving the environment.  

Feature Story Owner Briana Tucker is looking to build a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community.

Refill U.P. helps residents kick the plastic habit

A new refillery in Hancock helps U.P. residents kick the plastic habit.  

Feature Story cheboyganchannel

Improvements on tap for Cheboygan locks and dam

Cheboygan's aging locks and dam -- part of a popular park -- are being upgraded as part of a statewide parks improvement program.  

Feature Story Karen Kekelik owns IndiGrow with her husband, Steven. (IndiGrow)

Downtown Muskegon’s first cannabis microbusiness opens

IndiGrow will officially launch with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Jan. 6, with the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 4 p.m., and a grand opening party and celebration on Saturday, Jan. 7.