February 15, 2019

First Comes Love

Lost in the Lake

A mother dedicates herself to a nonprofit that recovered her son’s body long after the search was called off.
Losing a loved one to drowning is one kind of terrible tragedy. Not knowing where their body is, except that it’s out there in a certain section ... Read More >>

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates

Doesn’t matter if your love is a pint-sized peanut, a vegan, or an ultra-picky chocoholic — Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate in Empire has the last-minute Valentine’s Day treats ... Read More >>

Love & Basketball

Boyne City’s Nick and Julie Redman
Go to a Boyne City High School basketball game, and you’ll see something rarer than a Detroit Pistons victory parade. The Ramblers’ Nick and Julie Redman have ... Read More >>

Wild at Heart

This Valentine's Day, bring your A-game with a homemade wild-game meal
Want to kick things up a notch this Valentine’s Day? Forget the predictable chocolates, flowers, wine, or jewelry — even the fancy restaurant dinner. A beautifully presented ... Read More >>

Loss of Finger Doesn’t Stop Pianist

Concert for Left Hand Feb. 17
For Dr. Michael Coonrod, Memorial Day weekend 2014 was looking like any other. He went camping with the scout troop he sponsors, and after dinner they decided ... Read More >>

Cheboygan Brewing Co.'s Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout

Bottoms Up
Forrest Gump says life is like a box of chocolates, but if you ask us, it should be a lot more like Cheboygan Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Covered ... Read More >>


Sturgeon Fishing

Lake sturgeon, the prehistoric bottom-dwelling fish that roams only a select few Midwestern waters, is a threatened species[LW1] [LW2] . The sheer quantity of eggs an adult lake sturgeon carries makes the ...

Feb. 2, 2019 | COMMENTS


Grand Traverse Sauce Co.’s DD214

Mark Baker was a Michigan State University public health graduate with a dream: He imagined he’d be fighting Ebola outbreaks in Africa. Instead, he ended up watching out for salmonella in northern Michigan. No ...

Feb. 2, 2019 | COMMENTS


Mix It Up With Some ’80s Babies

A massive 53-city schedule has been announced for The Mixtape Tour, an ambitious retro-music tour set to launch a little later this year. The tour will focus on ’80s music via headliners New Kids ...

Feb. 9, 2019 | COMMENTS


Running, Exploring, Lurking

Democrats are circling, posturing, and positioning themselves for 2020. At least 13 of them — there might be more by the time you read this — are running, exploring, or lurking about for a ...

Feb. 9, 2019 | COMMENTS

Virtual Express



Bullies, Bots, and Trolls, Oh My!

In this turbulent political climate, internet harassment is clearly on the rise, largely due to a president who can’t make it through his first BK Whopper of the day without trolling anyone who disagrees with his half-baked public policy schemes. On Trump’s lead, online bullying of women, ... Read More >>

What if you hold a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and no one comes?

For the handful of people who regularly attend Traverse City’s twice-weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings, something is amiss: New people rarely show up, and when they do, they almost always drop out after just a meeting or two.“So many people come for a week or month and then ... Read More >>

Locked & Loaded

Despite larger and louder movements against guns and gun violence, gun ownership in Michigan is on the rise, and with it, lots of new ranges and gunshops. Northern Express sends an amiable (and non-gun-owning) reporter to see what all the fuss is about. The 9mm pistol fit in ... Read More >>

The Lost Art of Animal Trapping

Mark Valente always loved the outdoors. So perhaps it wasn’t surprising that after spending his early years in the Motor City, he decamped to northern Michigan. “I grew up in Detroit, and I hated it. I got out at 21. I wanted to be outside.”  So he ... Read More >>