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Feature Story The iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is a small, handheld device that quickly identifies the bill’s denomination.

Currency readers available for Michiganders who are blind or visually impaired

Michiganders who are blind or visually impaired can now apply to receive an audible currency reader at no cost through the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library.

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Issue Media Group launches new publication ‘The Helm’’ serving Greater Sandusky Region

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online news platform – The Helm Sandusky. This publication will tell the stories of investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, and individuals that are shaping the Greater Sandusky Ohio region.

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East Adrian project aims to bolster neighborhood

A $20 million plan to help a struggling Adrian neighborhood is one of the nation’s largest investments made in a rural community.

A year of living on the edge: looking over the precipice of the digital divide

We are now on the verge of great change, but many leaders are looking over the edge with uncertainty, unsure of taking that leap. That’s because broadband can be a complicated subject—one that requires deep knowledge and understanding of not only the technology but also the social issues surrounding the Digital Divide.

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Cassopolis: A village reimagined

A rural community in southwestern Michigan looks for a brighter future, tapping grants and other monies to revamp its downtown and add new amenities, including a beach, a pier and a skate park.

Feature Story Robert Sheehan, executive director of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

Here’s good news for Michiganders’ mental health: Community mental health delivers cutting-edge care

Michigan's community mental health agencies lead the nation in innovation, serve all 83 counties, and help Michiganders of all ages access the mental health supports they need.

Feature Story Main Street in downtown Greenville, where The Gathering Place has found space to pursue its goals.

A place to gather in Greenville

“We are an idea,” says founder Jan Wheelock, “of wanting to connect the people across our communities, to build on our rural roots of helping one another and knowing our neighbors … Our goal is not to duplicate what (other organizations) are doing or step on toes.”

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Event space opens in Walloon Lake

A former skatery housed in a historic barn-like building in Walloon Lake has been renovated as the Junction Event Space.

Longform Beth Maata releases a bald eagle back to nature. The bird was rescued and treated after being hit by a car while feeding on road-kill deer.

Rescuing and rehabilitating U.P. raptors

“The bird chose me, you could say,” says Beth Maata, the only certified raptor rehabilitator in the Upper Peninsula (and one of only a dozen or so in all of Michigan).

Feature Story A performance of "Carousel" at Thunder Bay Theatre in the summer of 2019.

Thunder Bay Theatre plans renovation campaign

Efforts are underway to renovate the historic Thunder Bay Theatre, heavily damaged by a fire in 2020. Organizers are hoping to raise $1.2 million for the project.

Feature Story Alan "Bubba" White and Greg "Ryno" Rynearson helped create the book telling the story of Cops & Doughnuts.

Cops & Doughnuts: Behind the badges and doughnuts

Nine Clare police officers stepped in to save a downtown bakery, turning the old joke about cops and donuts into a success story.

Feature Story The Wrigley Center and lofts are located at 318 Grand River Ave. in downtown Port Huron.

Wrigley Center brings more housing and entertainment opportunities in downtown Port Huron

“They’re beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments with a prime location in the heart of downtown, so not only will tenants be close to what’s going on at the Wrigley Center, but to all of the other attractions and stores located downtown as well,” says Korissa Kramer, Partner/Associate Broker for Kramer Commercial Realty.

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Birding programs have enthusiasts flocking to Ottawa County

Ottawa County caters to the growing base of bird watchers and enthusiasts with birding programs, a photo contest, scheduled bird walks and waterfowl field trips. Volunteers are needed for the Christmas bird count that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4.

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.”

Longform Jack Deo at his Superior View Studio.

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.