Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Go Inside TC’s First Wet House - ]]> A 2012 University of Washington study found that providing food and shelter to homeless alcoholics at a wet house in Seattle caused them to drink 40 percent less after two years. At Dann’s House, residents are expected to cut back from what they consumed on the street.]]> <![CDATA[Petoskey Paladins - ]]> However, after doing some research on an organization called FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Bailey changed his mind. FIRST’s mission is to show students that science, technology and problem-solving can be fun and can lead to great careers.]]> <![CDATA[A Depression-Era Christmas at Wellington Farm - ]]> DRAMATIC EFFECT The catalyst for making it “more” was a real life event that took place at Wellington many years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Without A Trace - ]]> QUIET DESPERATION Richardson believes Lepsy could be Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped from a commercial airliner on Nov. 24, 1971 into the dark Oregon night with $200,000 in ransom money. No trace of Cooper or his parachute has ever been found.]]> <![CDATA[Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners - ]]> While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.]]> <![CDATA[Cary Adgate’s Top Ten Picks for Up North Winter Fun - ]]> Cary Adgate is an inductee of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, a former U.S. Ski Team member, U.S. National Ski Champion and two-time Olympian, having spent 18 years on top of the world-class ski competition circuit.]]> <![CDATA[Sled Mania! - ]]> Snowmobilers from all around the Great Lakes come to ride thousands of miles of groomed trails crisscrossing the Wolverine State, and in turn support many small businesses that depend on that infusion of cash during the slower winter months to survive.]]> <![CDATA[Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone - ]]> Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.]]> <![CDATA[From the Heart of Ebola - ]]> Surrounded by death in a Liberian Ebola unit, nurse Kelly Suter writes heartbreaking letters of hope home to Petoskey. The 29-year-old woman has spent her life training to provide relief in circumstances like this.]]> <![CDATA[Year-End - ]]> As the calendar pages turn faster and faster, area experts suggest a few things you can do before this year comes to an end that can help make the upcoming tax time a little less painful. First among the suggestions are donating to non-profits, getting organized and, perhaps most important, checking with your tax professional.]]> <![CDATA[Five Gifts for the Artsy Type - ]]> Long hours spent creating masterpieces require lots of coffee (or tea or chai, if you prefer). Yet, artists need something a little more inspiring than the average coffee cup. Sturgeon Bay Pottery, a place chock-full of artists, including founders and potters Steve and Karen Andrews, is the ideal location to fi nd a mug as unique as your giftee.]]> <![CDATA[Vinyl Resurgence - ]]> “I never was attached to any of my CDs, really. I mean, you kind of got it in the plastic case and you slid it open, and your throw it in there. You threw them in the car; you threw ‘em in the boat. I took care of them, but there wasn’t really a lot of love,” Walton said.]]> <![CDATA[A Guide to Christmas: Northern Michigan's Holiday Festivities 2014 - ]]> NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Five Gifts That Give Back - ]]> Loved ones can enjoy a second cup of morning Joe guilt-free with Higher Grounds Trading Company’s Coffees for Change program. A portion of the proceeds from each one or fi ve-pound bag in this specialty line of hand-crafted coffees benefi ts a mission-based nonprofi t.]]> <![CDATA[Five Gifts for the Food Enthusiast - ]]> Maine-based Stonewall Kitchen produces a boatload of food products and kitchen accessories. Tops among them are a sextet of sauces, perfect for the chocoholic on your list: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Bittersweet Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Dark Chocolate Toffee and Spicy Mexican Chocolate.]]> <![CDATA[Five Gifts for the Music Fan - ]]> Box sets are a classic holiday gift that also make for a pretty spectacular presentation to the music aficionado, especially if you can pinpoint his favorite band or musician, and this year has plenty of standout offerings. MTV and influential Athens, Georgia indie-rockers R.]]> <![CDATA[Five Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast - ]]> The coated cotton provides water resistance and can be cleaned simply by wiping with a wet cloth. There’s a large compartment for your stuff and an outside loop with a toggle that can hold anything from a water bottle to a hockey stick. The Stewart tartan is one of seven patterns available.]]> <![CDATA[One Man Takes on a Classic - ]]> Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

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<![CDATA[Adrenaline - The Iceman Use fall for winter fun plan]]> The Iceman Cometh Challenge is large beyond the numbers. It’s impossible to quantify the race’s effect on its host town of Traverse City, but to qualify it, simply talk to nearly any mountain biker in the Midwest.]]> <![CDATA[The Diplomat Next Door - Retired and active foreign service workers love northern Michigan]]>

The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.

There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.

Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.

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