Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Boom Or Bust? - ]]> In the 1990s, 1,000 new oil wells were drilled across the state of Michigan. In 2015, only 100 wells were drilled. Many of the people who drill and service those wells live and work in northern Michigan. This is the other side of the incredibly cheap gasoline seen in recent months.]]> <![CDATA[Unique Ideas For Your Valentine - ]]> The restaurant, the flowers, the chocolates, the card are all safe and very nice bets, for sure, but, if you want to treat your Valentine to something a little different and a lot more memorable, here are a few ideas to add a unique sparkle to this year’s holiday.]]> <![CDATA[Lace Up Your Skates for Pond Hockey - ]]> Ten years ago, the community of St. Ignace decided it was time to start a special events committee, to help make the most of the little town at the northern end of Michigan’s magnificent Mackinac Bridge. The summer season was a sure thing, given their location, so the challenge was to emphasize the St.]]> <![CDATA[A Michigan Oil History Primer - ]]> <![CDATA[Atop The Ice - Writer Arrives in Northern Michigan, Tries Ice Fishing ]]>

We plunged over the shoreline hill and into the crystalline fog; the surefooted Ski- Doo quickly gripped the ice below. The fog made it hard to see, but Annette was driving and knew the way. Like my first time on a horse, I held white-knuckled to the snowmobile’s passenger handle, not knowing what to expect — but I liked it.

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<![CDATA[Bad Civics - ]]> <![CDATA[Have a (Snow) Ball! - ]]> Downtown Boyne City is stuffed with winter festivities for their annual Winterfest, which starts inside with Indoor Sidewalk Sales and the Farmers Market, and continues outdoors with everything from a snow sculptures contest to sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.]]> <![CDATA[Putting The Exchange In Foreign Exchange - ]]> This school year, Rotary is hosting three foreign students in Traverse City. At the same time, there are students from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School studying through Rotary’s foreign exchange program in Brazil, Germany and Columbia.]]> <![CDATA[A Drifter Out To See The World - Local Sees Syrian Refugee Crisis Up-Close]]> Winowiecki, a Kingsley High School graduate, travels and writes about traveling on his blog, headedabroad.com, whenever he can; he’s also a student at Lake Superior State University, where he majors in creative writing and marketing. Last fall, the 21-year-old came face-to-face with desperate Syrian refugees and he found it heartbreaking.]]> <![CDATA[Robot Battle! - ]]> One might think schools from northern Michigan wouldn’t stand a chance in robot competitions against Detroit-area teams sponsored by General Motors or Delphi that have some of the world’s best engineers on speed dial. One might think that, but one would be wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Five Music Tech Standouts for 2016 - ]]> You’re running, listening to your motivational tunes, and that cord just keeps getting in the way or you just don’t want to be tethered to anything in the first place.]]> <![CDATA[Six New Hair Trends for 2016 - ]]> Knotted hair was another trend seen from a plethora of designers during runway season, mostly of the disheveled kind. Make a knotted bun at the back of your head and then undo it slightly, and you’ve got the look. It’s easy, but also semi-polished, as seen at Jason Wu via Allure, Edun, Lela Rose, Rachel Antonoff, and Rag and Bone.]]> <![CDATA[Wedding Traditions Morph and Change - ]]> “We call it a sand ceremony,” said Barb Ellis of the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, a popular destination wedding site. Some use sand from the resort’s own Lake Michigan beach, others opt for colored sand, some for something with personal significance.]]> <![CDATA[Six New Makeup Trends - ]]> 2016 is not going to be a subtle fashion year. From bright lip treatments to exaggerated facial features, from cartoon-colored eyes to glitter on just about everything, the calm tones of the past couple years are making way for some loud and fanciful visual statements.]]> <![CDATA[Technology Reshaping Weddings - ]]> “Some of the money shots are high over the water looking back on a cliff, hovering over water near a gazebo, second story balcony shots and flying backwards along the beach as the bride and groom walk into the sunset,” she added.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate Snowmobiling at New Gaylord Festival - ]]> “Gaylord is located in the snowbelt of Michigan and we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are the premier destination for snowmobiling,” explained Kelly Combs, special events coordinator for both the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.]]> <![CDATA[Be Picture-Perfect With Airbrush Makeup - ]]> Makeup, whether it’s for daily wear, a wedding or stage, is usually applied with sponges and brushes. Another method of cosmetic application is called airbrush makeup, and it’s sweeping both the country and northern Michigan. The result is a flawless face — or even more.]]> <![CDATA[Organic Beauty Products: For Better or Worse? - ]]> HEY, FDA Organic beauty products, in the simplest of terms, are supposed to derive their ingredients from natural sources (living matter), with no synthetic compounds, chemicals or pesticides included, but the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[2016 Wedding Trends - ]]> <![CDATA[Wall-To-Wall Harleys - Local has incredible, if hidden, collection]]> We’ve all heard the expression, “You never know what goes on behind closed doors.” Truer words couldn’t be said of longtime Wexford County resident Gene Payne and what lies behind the doors of his garage. That’s assuming you could even find his home; if you’re lucky enough to be invited.]]>