December 18, 2018

The Great Flu Pandemic of 1918

Short-term rental group v. Traverse City

Are the wheels of progress purposely turning slow?
For more than two years, city officials in Traverse City have been debating whether to make changes to a 25-year-old ordinance that regulates home rentals. As written, ... Read More >>

Coming to a Chimney Near You

Bellaire resident grows the beard, dons the suit, tells the stories.
Jeffery Schatzer isn’t Santa Claus. At least, for most of the year he isn’t. He’s a clean-shaven writer who now makes Bellaire his home after working in ... Read More >>

Winter Weekend Getaways

Dig in Up North
Old Man Winter has always been a friend to northern Michigan, and this year, he started the party early. Instead of letting those extra winter days stretch ... Read More >>

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Options worth celebrating
For many, going out on the town is the only way to rig in the New Year. Champagne at midnight, party favors, music, maybe even fireworks. So ... Read More >>

Your 2018 Holiday Soundtrack

The best — and a few to bypass
No matter how many times we’ve heard “Deck the Halls” or “Winter Wonderland,” each year sees artists trying to (re)capture the holiday spirit by putting their stamp ... Read More >>

Bells Will Be Ringing

Meet some angels behind the Salvation Army bells.
From its humble beginnings in 1891 in San Francisco, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable charitable efforts in the ... Read More >>


Beloved Alden Bar Bought — Becoming Torch Lake Beer Co.

It’s never easy replacing a local legend. But that’s the challenge facing Daniel D. Minor and Adam Morris. In October, Minor bought the Alden Bar and Grille, a Torch Lake landmark where locals have ...

Dec. 15, 2018 | COMMENTS


Petoskey Pretzel Co.'s Soft Pretzel

This time of year makes everyone want to be a kid again. And the kid inside each one of us wants to eat a large hot pretzel RIGHT NOW. Girl, you know it’s true ...

Dec. 15, 2018 | COMMENTS


Santa Kaskade Is Back With Holiday Tunes

DJ extraordinairre Kaskade presented his first holiday collection of tracks last year, and now he’s returned with another set for this December, simply titled Kaskade Christmas 2018. Kaskade puts some excellent new spins on ...

Dec. 15, 2018 | COMMENTS


Voter Fraud Claims Mostly a Fraud

Another election, another series of claims of fraud and other shenanigans.  This started in 2016 when we were told “millions” of fraudulent votes had been cast in California, mostly by non-citizens. To be fair ...

Dec. 8, 2018 | COMMENTS

Virtual Express



Cheboygan’s Libby’s Café in Overdrive

If the food and service are good, restaurants can thrive in most any location. But in an auto dealership? Well, yes. At Fernelius Toyota and Chrysler in Cheboygan, that’s exactly where you’ll find Libby’s Café. Owner Dave Fernelius came up with the novel idea, but that doesn’t mean ... Read More >>

How Much Northern Michigan Trash Really Gets Recycled?

Depending on where you live, you might have curbside recycling, or you might have to drive to a drop-off location. In some places, you might have to drive to a nearby township to properly get rid of your recyclable paper and plastic and metal debris; what’s accepted ... Read More >>

The Ski Resort’s Secret Cemetery

By Al Parker Atop a windswept hill west of downtown Grayling, an American flag stiffens in the breeze and stands as a lonely sentinel above perhaps the smallest military cemetery in the nation. Here, two Michigan soldiers lie for eternity. The site, tucked deep in the woods ... Read More >>

An Audacious Goal for Leelanau County

Northport Energy was founded a decade ago with a singular mission: to make the tip of Leelanau County completely green. The group hasn’t gotten there yet, but it’s had some significant achievements. Members have helped establish one of the first “net zero” golf courses in the country. ... Read More >>