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Keep an eye on these outdoor rec startups

Outdoor recreation is big business -- in Michigan and across the country. And advances in technology and good old ingenuity are changing the landscape of outdoor recreation. Check out these startups and see if you don't want to get back outdoors and explore nature. 

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First-ever rural-focused Real Estate Development Boot Camp aimed at emerging housing developers

Looking to encourage emerging developers to build new housing in the state's rural communities, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is launching its first-ever Real Estate Development Boot Camp.

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Positive culture helps Saline marketing firm climb Inc. list of fastest-growing Midwest companies

Metric Marketing has grown from a one-woman company to have a staff of about 40, and it's doubled revenue nearly every year since it launched. Here's how it happened.

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Griskie Farms continuing the small farm legacy in challenging times

Being a farmer isn't easy. Laura Rzanca of Griskie Farms explains the history behind the family business and the challenges of being a farmer today. 

Feature Story Entering its second summer of construction, downtown Zeeland is working with customers and shop owners to make sure downtown shopping and dining is still "The Main Thing."

Supporting local businesses — even during construction — is the Main Thing in Zeeland

Zeeland is encouraging customers to make continuing to support their favorite downtown businesses during construction "The Main Thing" with an awareness campaign that highlights how to navigate construction and why it's important.

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Special report: How can Michigan fix a guardianship system that fails some kids and older adults?

Guardianship is designed to protect those who can't care for themselves, but it doesn't always work that way. Advocates are pursuing a variety of solutions to improve the system.

Longform Leaders from Mackinac Straits Health System and the public health departments implemented the assessment in the communities of Mackinac County.

Community health needs assessments drive priorities for local health departments and hospitals

To better serve their communities, many health departments and hospitals undertake community health needs assessments (CHNA) by surveying the people they serve.

Longform Shelby Coolbaugh, administrative assistant for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP), and Salli Pung, state long term care omubdsman for MLTCOP.

Michigan ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program improves quality of care and quality of life for people living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. 

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How Michigan universities are at the forefront of advancing AI technology

Artificial Intelligence offers enormous opportunities across industries, but universities in Michigan are aware of the need to implement the technology responsibly and are leading the charge on how to do so.

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Farms are growing in Washtenaw County even as they decline nationwide. Here's why.

A decline in food-producing farms has continued in Michigan for many years since the '50s, but the trend reversed in Washtenaw County starting around 2012.

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Downtown Clare has a new vibe, thanks to a new wave of entrepreneurs

Clare, a small farming community in central Michigan, is experiencing a resurgence in its historic downtown, thanks to a small group of entrepreneurs with new ideas and collaborative philosophy. 

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The 906 Adventure Team program teaches life skills with mountain bikes and more

Marquette's 906 Adventure program helps teach children the skills they need for life -- on and off mountain bikes. The program’s focus is on developing and nurturing life skills and working together.

Feature Story Christine Duhaime & Denny Sian of Sanford Hardware

Family, Business, and Community

A local hardware store in Sanford blends family, business, and community to build its future.

Feature Story Nicole and Rob Fowler, the owners of Fowler's Creamery & Coffee, stand outside their storefront in downtown St. Clair with their children Nash (left) and Harper.

Fowler’s Creamery & Coffee to open in St. Clair this spring

Long-time hairdresser, Nicole Fowler, says she is ready to pursue her dream of opening up an ice cream, coffee, and sweets shop, scheduled to open next month in St. Clair.

Feature Story One of four charging stations on the electric-trail network in Ontonagon County.

It's electrifying: The U.P. is home to first of its kind electric off-road vehicle charging network

The first electric off-road vehicle charging network is open in the western U.P. Polaris, Inc., a global leader in power sports, has installed four electric chargers along a network of trails. The initiative is part of Michigan's efforts to lead the country in outdoor recreation innovation, vehicle technology and sustainability. 

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Michigan's stretch of the Marquette Greenway moves forward

The Marquette Greenway will connect New Buffalo in southwestern Michigan to Chicago. The 60-mile pathway will follow the Lake Michigan shoreline and connect to lakefront amenities. 

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New organization seeks to educate and empower the Hispanic community in Southeastern Michigan

After a significant gap left by the disintegration of Hispanic organizations in the Blue Water Area, the Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Michigan is set to fill the void by offering vital resources and educational services as they cultivate tradition and spread awareness across the region. 

Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

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Agritourism: How small farms in rural Michigan are finding solutions

“I don’t believe that we would still be farming without diversifying,” says Dory Hill, co-owner of Crooked Creek Farm Dairy in Romeo. Agritourism income in Michigan jumped from $USD 20 million in 2017 to $56 million in 2022 as small farms are finding new ways to survive.

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MiCareerQuest connects 8,000 students with hands-on exploration into future career opportunities

Over 8,000 middle and high school students across West Michigan had the opportunity to experience more than 300 high-demand careers first-hand at this year's MiCareerQuest.