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How Ten Cents a Meal Can Change the Lives of Michigan Children

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state and a national leader in the cultivation of apples, asparagus, blueberries, tart cherries, green beans, dry beans, potatoes and squash. Despite our diverse and rich produce production, most Michiganders fall short of...

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New Product Can Help Thousands Suffering from Dexterity Issues

Perhaps the only thing harder than watching someone you love struggle with a seemingly simple task, is to be the person for whom the task seems almost impossible. One such chore is buttoning a shirt. Most of us have done...

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Michigan: First In and First Out of Prohibition

The month of May marks the anniversary of Michigan Prohibition, which began on May 1, 1917. “But wait," say those of you who know your Constitutional History. “Prohibition was the 18th Amendment and that took effect on January 17, 1920.”...

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Public Television Launches New Show about the Great Lakes

I defy anyone to spend time in Michigan and not be at least a little in awe of the incredible lakes that surround it. The serenity of a sunrise over Lake Huron and the majesty of a sunset over Lake...

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4 Michigan Artists Capture National Attention

The arts community in Michigan is vibrant and diverse, representing multiple genres. Every day there are talented Michiganders in recording studios, behind lenses, at rehearsals, across from canvases, and in front of laptops in coffee shops. They hone their skills...

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Bless You Boys: A History of the Detroit Tigers

April. It is officially spring, and there is much going on in the world of sports. In hockey, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, as do the NBA playoffs, and of course one NCAA basketball team will experience ‘One Shining Moment’...

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Michigan Woman Earns Medal for Civil War Valor

There are many accounts throughout history of women who dress as men and go off to fight gloriously in battle and the Civil War has no shortage of examples. One of the most well-known women who joined the army is...

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Celebrate National Reading Month with These Notable Books

As an adult it seems like every New Year’s Day I make a plan to read more, and then life gets in the way. Fortunately, I seem to get a jumpstart when March rolls around because it’s National Reading Month....

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Abraham Lincoln's Visit to Kalamazoo

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care...

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Michigan's Best Elk Viewing Experience

Most kids love a trip to the zoo, but it’s sometimes a little less fun in the winter months Michigan. Many of the animals are keeping warm indoors, so parents may have to get a little creative with their animal...

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Remembering Michigan Native and National Hero Roger Chaffee

January 27, 1967 started just like any other day for most Americans. There was much excitement through the nation as three men prepared for another mission in space. The three astronauts knew that in a month, their mission could make...

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How to Give a Great Interview

Ok, you – or your PR agency – have landed a coveted press interview but you’re a rookie when it comes to media interviews. Don’t stress! It is absolutely normal to be a little nervous – even media interview pros get...

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$20,000 Hardware Pitch Competition Launched in Detroit

Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) Centrepolis Accelerator and Planet M are looking for the next great ideas in hardware development. The two entities are teaming up for a pitch competition that will take place in conjunction with the Hardware Tech Summit,...

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IoT Tech Connect Conference Returning to Detroit

Increasingly homes and businesses are filling up with smart phones and televisions, security systems we can control and monitor from other places, and even appliances that connect to the Internet. Many transportation systems are already dependent upon accessing the Internet,...

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Ray's Red Hots Is Surprisingly Green

At first glance, it might be easy to dismiss Ray’s Red Hots in Ann Arbor as just another hot dog joint. Yet, it’s so much more than that, and there’s nothing ordinary about their delicious dogs either. One of the...

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Michigan Restaurants Earn 9 James Beard Nominations

America just shined its spotlight on the Academy Awards, and now it turns toward the “Oscars” of the food industry, otherwise known as the James Beard Awards. These culinary accolades seek to honor the skill and expertise of top chefs...

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A2 Celebrates Restaurant Week

There are lots of good eats across the great state of Michigan. With our diverse agricultural profile, this state is a food lovers paradise, even in the off season. That’s essential because it is a time of year that lends...

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Inside Detroit's First Winery in Sixty Years

As far back as 1679, French explorer, LaSalle, and his crew, reported making wine from grapes growing wildly and abundantly along the Detroit River. Similarly, Cadillac, credited with discovering Detroit in 1701, wrote of vines heavy with grapes and the...

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10 Spectacular Ways to Spoil Mom

There’s an argument to be made that every day of the year should be Mother’s Day, but let’s face it, most are kids days instead. Thankfully, the second Sunday of each year, we finally focus our attention on all the...

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5 Unique Snacks You Just Have to Try

The season of road trips, picnics, and beach days is nearly upon us. What better time than now to up your snack game? These unique options will tantalize your palate and perhaps even surprise a guest or two.   Original Cinnful Crunch...

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New Brews Are Springing Up in Michigan

March not only marks the return of greenery and baseball, in many cases it also harkens in the release of some of Michigan’s most popular and unique brews. You’ll notice an influx of wheat and fruit in most of these...

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Michigan Maple Weekends Are Back

Long before European settlers came to Michigan, maple syrup was an agricultural staple. The spring thaw would start sap flowing, and Native Americans tapped the trees to collect the sap then boiled it down to create sweet syrup. While the...

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Michigan Distillers Capture 9 Medals in National Competition

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), has announced the winners of its Sixth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. The annual Awards marked the official opening day of the 2019 ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Michigan...

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The Evolution of Dragon's Milk

To many beer connoisseurs, Dragon’s Milk is the nectar that truly put New Holland Brewing Company on the map. The West Michigan-based company opened its doors in 1996, and in 2001 a “legend” was born. The release of the first...

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Valentine Gifts to Make His Day

Shopping for men can sometimes be challenging. It’s not that they are more particular necessarily, so much as the fact that they aren’t as likely as women to express what they like or even drop any hints. That may create...

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Valentine Gifts to Make Her Day

The key to making her Valentine’s Day special is demonstrating that you cared enough to put some thought into the gift. One easy way to do that is to avoid big box and online superstores and instead shop a neighborhood...

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6 Products for Surviving a Michigan Winter

Luckily, we've had a fairly mild winter so far, but the recent storm that swept across Northern Michigan dumping over a foot of snow, is a healthy reminder that real winter is coming. Every seasoned Michigander knows that, even if...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan This June

Warmth is finally arriving, graduates are marching, and fests are popping up every weekend. It’s time for some summer fun.  June 6-9 Bavarian Festival – Frankenmuth June means it’s time for one of Frankenmuth’s favorite weekends. Celebrate the heritage that made the...

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The Most Unbelievable True Story of Pontiac's Rebellion

Every Memorial Day Weekend, a group of individuals dressed as American Indians from the upper part of Michigan gather in front of Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City to play baggataway, which is an early version of lacrosse. The game is...

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12 Things To Do in Michigan This May

We’re still flirting with snowfalls so it’s nice to know that May truly means summer cannot be far behind. Flowers are blooming, boats are reappearing in our lakes, and a month of delightful experiences awaits. Here are a dozen opportunities...

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Painter Sandi Hammerstrom Oliverio Captures Michigan on Canvas

Today, painter Sandi Hammerstrom Oliverio has the great fortune of working in the medium she most loves, while living in a place that provides seemingly endless inspiration, but that was not always the case. She first began her career in...

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10 Moments That Make Us LOVE Springtime in Michigan

Winter got off to a bit of a sleepy start in 2018, but it sure has finished with a kick in 2019. It's almost enough to make us think that, despite the date, spring will never really arrive. Yet, we...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan This April

One of the best things about April is the resurgence of green, complemented by the first flowers of the year. Here are a dozen other opportunities to enjoy.   April 4-5 Spring Art Fair – Royal Oak Head to the Royal Oak Farmers...

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Michigan's Best St. Patty's Day Wardrobe Options

There’s an old adage that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, that’s not really true, but it is true that you can get in the Irish spirit by donning something green. That said, not everyone has that...

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12 Things To Do This March in Michigan

March brings “Madness,” unpredictable weather, kite-flying season, and the long-awaited arrival of spring. It also has loads of enjoyable event opportunities. Here is a dozen of our favorites. March 1-3 DSO Heroes & Villains Concert – Detroit What do you get...

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How Did a Doughnut Get Its Own Holiday?

One of the most significant elements that makes up the food culture of any region is the ethnicity of the people that settle in that area because they bring with them the traditions of their land of origin. One such...

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Planning the Perfect Northern Michigan Girls Getaway

Stock up on snacks, pick a meeting place, fill the tank, and hit the road. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip, especially when it involves some of my favorite people. Such was the case recently,...

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Michigan's Winter Restaurant Week Destinations

The concept of a “Restaurant Week” is said to have originated in New York City back in the early 1990s. The idea was to give foodies an opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus at some of the best restaurants in the...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan This February

 The arrival of February is hopefully bringing some relief from the polar vortex. Either way, there is time for more winter fun. Feb 2,9,16,23 Snowshoes, Vines & Wines – Suttons Bay  As long as there is snow on the ground, Black Star...

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12 Things to Do in January

For those of us who choose to live in Michigan, embracing each season is part of the joy. The state is a winter wonderland come this time of year, with plenty of January events and opportunities. Here are a dozen...

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