July 3, 2020

Al Parker | Author


Aero Artist Willie Jones Jr.

May 16, 2020

You can't hardly swing an easel in northern Michigan without hitting an artist painting a landscape, crafting jewelry, or creating a piece of pottery.

But you have to look far and wide to find one who creates vivid images of military aircraft any better than retired U.S. Air F... Read More >>

A Woman, her Horse, and a Dream

April 18, 2020

Aleta Daniels is prepping for what she calls a “soul-shaking” adventure.

The former Petoskey resident is training for the Ride the Wild Coast endurance horse race in South Africa, a 370-kilometer (230 miles) trek across some of the most rugged territory in the world... Read More >>

Hockey Kids

March 14, 2020

After poking the puck past the opposing goalie, the energetic young hockey player got high-fives from teammates, then briskly skated to the bench for a 90-second shift change. 

“That was SOOOO cool,” she squealed, with all the enthusiasm that an 8-year-old girl... Read More >>

Wonder Woman

Feb. 29, 2020

Without much fanfare or fuss, one of America's outstanding young athletes works out every day in a small no-frills fitness center in East Jordan.

Seventeen-year-old Lillii Armstrong is a weightlifter. But not any ol’ teenage weightlifter. The soft-spoken high school senior h... Read More >>

Tater Time: Inside Kitchen Farms

Feb. 15, 2020

Just north of Alba and south of Elmira, a foot-thick blanket of crisp snow covers the dormant fields of Kitchen Farms, a 5,000-acre potato-growing operation that straddles both sides of US -131.

The fields are quiet and will remain so until spring when planting begins.
 ... Read More >>

Alpine Chocolats

Feb. 8, 2020

Here's your chance to score some sinfully delectable treats for your Valentine from the number-one chocolate shop in the state, Gaylord's Alpine Chocolat Haus. The chocolatier was given that high ranking late last year by mentalfloss.com. Manager Heather McKinnon says that chocolate-... Read More >>

Nearly 70 Years MIA, A Patriot Returns

Jan. 25, 2020

Nearly 70 years ago, a young soldier from Glen Lake went missing in action in the Korean War. In July 2018, 65 years after the fighting stopped, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un allowed the first release of American remains held since. Army Sergeant Walter “Babe” Tobin was ... Read More >>

Repping the Man — and Woman — in Red

Dec. 21, 2019

Every year a dedicated cadre of Kris Kringles man the front lines of the Christmas season. From Thanksgiving to nearly Christmas Eve, these are the Santas that you see in stores, parades, parties and anywhere else a dab of holiday jolliness is required. 

It would be easy ... Read More >>

Kaleva's Christmas Gift

Dec. 14, 2019

One of Kaleva's newest residents is making a 30-foot creative gift to honor her adopted Manistee County home.
        
Mosaic artist Patricia Boucha is donating a large six panel glass display that will illustrate Kaleva's Finnish legacy.... Read More >>

East Jordan's Charles Eisendrath

Dec. 7, 2019

Noted journalist, college professor, inventor and Charlevoix County cherry farmer Charles Eisendrath didn't set out to write a book.
           
“I'd been writing these essays and putting them away in a box,” he... Read More >>

Can One Volunteer Change the World?

Nov. 9, 2019

Carrie Hessler-Radelet came across her life's passion more than 35 years ago during a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Western Samoa, now known as Samoa. 

“I was living with a host family, and the wife was a 32-year-old woman with eight childr... Read More >>

Miracle on Wheels

Oct. 26, 2019

Camille Frede (pictured above, center) was only 4 years old when her parents, Nancy and Eric Frede, received the devastating news that their daughter would be lucky to live to age 9.

Diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), young Camille constantly struggled with health problem... Read More >>

Meet the Artist: Colorado’s Bobby MaGee

Oct. 12, 2019

Traverse City's coming display of public art, a colorful mural in the Clinch Park tunnel, will be full of eye-catching images with several splashes of “glyphitti.”
        
“Glyphitti is a form of writing that combines e... Read More >>

A Day in the Life of a B&B Owner

Sept. 28, 2019

The sun is barely peeking over the eastern horizon when Jared Pontius awakes, slips out of bed, and begins his day at the Korner Kottage, the bed and breakfast that he and his wife, Jillian, own and operate.
           
A l... Read More >>

Uncovering — and Restoring — Middle Village History

Sept. 21, 2019

A dedicated team of professional archaeologists and volunteers are in the midst of restoring a unique 150-year-old home in Middle Village, a Native American community near Good Hart.      
        
“This is... Read More >>

New Future for Third Oldest Lighthouse on the Great Lakes

Sept. 21, 2019

Charlevoix County and Networks Northwest have entered into a partnership to buy the historic Beaver Island Lighthouse School property.
        
“This is something that's been in the works for about two years,” explained Charle... Read More >>

Cheboygan’s Big Boom

Sept. 21, 2019

New businesses are sprouting up in Cheboygan like morels after a warm spring rain.
        
“For the past three years, we've had one new business open each month — some are downtown, and some in other parts of the city,”... Read More >>

  The Man Who Saved Our Woods

Aug. 31, 2019

It might seem out of place, and it certainly lives under the radar of tourists and locals alike, but Grayling's W.J. Beal Tree Plantation might be the oldest documented experimental tree plantation in North America. 
        
Situat... Read More >>

Traverse City’s T.J. Phillips Witnessed the Lions’ Last NFL Championship Win

Aug. 31, 2019

“Christmas came twice that week.”

That's how Traverse City resident Thomas “T.J.” Phillips recalls the last time the Detroit Lions won the National Football League Championship, almost 62 years ago.
         <... Read More >>

Harbor Springs teen graduates in June, owns dance studio by July

July 13, 2019

She's danced all over the world and now, at the age of 18, has become owner of her own business, the Beautiful Feet Dance Studio of Harbor Springs.

Amanda Humphrey, who has been teaching at the studio for the past two years, took over as owner this month and will teach classes, of... Read More >>