Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Community Collaborates for National Parks Centennial - ]]> “The natural beauty and the history that is preserved in these places — Sleeping Bear Dunes and the other parks — they make for a great playground for people,” said Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear’s deputy superintendent.]]> <![CDATA[It Pays to Live Here - ]]> One aptly named discount is the “Tourist In My Own Town” card. For $60, you’ll get a card (mailed to your local address) that is good for a discount at more than two dozen businesses.]]> <![CDATA[The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours - ]]> Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan to tour the more than 35 wineries dotted across Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. But, for locals living with the vineyards in their backyards, it can be easy to take such amenities for granted — or to dismiss winetasting as an activity only for tourists.]]> <![CDATA[Road Trip: The U.P. - ]]> From the top of the tannin brown Tahquamenon Falls to the dark depths of a copper mine, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has its own quirky sights, traditional foods and plenty of backcountry beauty. Head up to visit the Yoopers and you’ll find a whole lot of rustic adventure.]]> <![CDATA[Road Trip: Michigan’s Sunrise Side - ]]> Across the state from northwest Lower Michigan and its legendary sunsets lies the other side of the mitten. Often called The Sunrise Side or The Sunrise Coast, this region from Rogers City to Au Gres offers outdoor recreation opportunities that make for a whole new Up North perspective.]]> <![CDATA[A Bridge and a Divide - ]]> APRIL DECISION DUE Chuck Korn, Garfield Township supervisor and Hartman-Hammond’s biggest proponent of late, wants to see the Cass Road bridge project scuttled. He believes environmentalists want it built to ensure the Hartman-Hammond project never happens.]]> <![CDATA[Five Family-Friendly Adventures - ]]> Mystery Spot – St. Ignace mysteryspotstignace.com Since the 1950s, The Mystery Spot has been mystifying and baffling visitors, allegedly because the land where the Spot sits has unusual, mystical properties. The jury’s still out on that one, but the consensus of fun is certain.]]> <![CDATA[8 Steps to Turn Your Home Into A Spa - ]]> <![CDATA[Burnout - ]]> Efforts for Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition have failed since the 1980s, but what’s now known as the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians continues to work for reaffirmation. This year, with the help of former U.S. representative Bart Stupak, the Burt Lake Band (BLB) hopes to find legitimacy through the BIA or an act of Congress.]]> <![CDATA[Beauty S.O.S. - ]]> “We were discussing adding some new things to Venus and we all got to talking about how we’d love to be able to go somewhere to get fast touchups before an event or dinner,” explained Manager Giovanna Infante, who worked closely with Venus President Susan Ruoff and Marketing Manager Corrina Leete on the new venture.]]> <![CDATA[It’s All About the Goats - ]]> Boyne City veterinarian Pamela Graves always had a love for animals — including goats. So, when she was offered a couple of female goats for sale, saying yes was an easy decision, although she didn’t know it would lead to a whole new business venture..]]> <![CDATA[Cool Cosmetology Careers - ]]> They range from their late teens to their 50s. They’re preparing first, second, or even third, careers. They land jobs anywhere from local salons to international destinations. These are the students of northern Michigan’s cosmetology schools and they’re a far cry from beauty school dropouts like Frenchy in the movie musical “Grease.]]> <![CDATA[5 Gadgets to Get You in Shape - ]]> the InBody Band. It’s similar to the Fitbit, but adds analysis of your body composition — muscle vs. fat mass, calculated via body water — with its BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) system.]]> <![CDATA[Spiritual Rejuvenation - ]]> Physical exeRtion a Release Rick Stewart is executive/worship pastor at New Hope Church in Williamsburg where he leads the praise band, sings and plays trumpet. To get away from it all, he says there’s nothing like putting on his sneakers and heading out into nature.]]> <![CDATA[Congregation Beth El - ]]> Terry Tarnow: It was built in 1885 by a group of Russian immigrants, mostly. They wanted a synagogue. They were very religious Jews. We’re not the oldest congregation. There are older congregations in the metropolitan Detroit area, but they’ve switched buildings a half a dozen times.]]> <![CDATA[Licensed to Drill - ]]> The stylist who cuts your hair needs a license from the state. So does the person who sells your house or gives you a massage, but that’s not the case for the trainer who leads you through rigorous workouts several times a week. In fact, Michigan has no minimum requirement for allowing someone to hang up a shingle as a personal trainer.]]> <![CDATA[A Spiritual Home In The Woods - ]]> <![CDATA[It's Season Ending Madness! - ]]> The Main Event - Krazy Daze: March 20-21 is the weekend for this year’s annual spring celebration at the Highlands, with live music in the Zoo Bar and Slopeside Lounge and loads of other no-holds-barred festivities. Ski and board all afternoon and take part in the Krazy Cup’s infamous Silly Slalom and the hilarious (and damp) Ski Over the Pond event.]]> <![CDATA[Michigan’s Craft Beer Explosion Leads To New University Programs - ]]> This boom means something exciting where career paths are concerned: more people are needed to brew beer. Previously, would-be brewers in the Midwest were limited to opportunities at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas in Madison, Wisconsin.]]> <![CDATA[Ready Set... Distill! - ]]> When Michigan banned deer baiting, Mark Moseler found himself wondering what happened to all the sugar beets that couldn’t be used any longer. Six years later, he’s found a tasty and unique way to repurpose them: vodka made from Michigan sugar beets..]]>