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Craig Manning | Author

Short-term rental group v. Traverse City

Dec. 15, 2018

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, the ordinance substantially restricts the ability of city homeowners to rent out their properties on a short-term basis. ... Read More >>

Kid's Extracurricular Activities

Oct. 13, 2018

The school year is now in high gear, and with it, an all-new season of extracurricular sports and activities is underway. Like most communities, northern Michigan has lots of options, both school-affiliated and independent, to keep kids involved, active, and challenged. To get a better se... Read More >>

Game Changer

Sept. 1, 2018

In the old days, aspiring college athletes would send out VHS tapes – and later, DVDs – to college coaches, all in the hopes of getting noticed. These tapes collected footage of the athletes and their performances into a highlight reel of sorts, showing game or meet footage th... Read More >>

Fall’s Must-have Necessity for High School Sophomores?

Aug. 4, 2018


The ivory tower has morphed into something beyond educating the young.

For many colleges, it's all about the bottom line.
"Colleges are not in the business of making money. Colleges are in the business of making huge money," said Matt Breimayer, the owner and ... Read More >>

Cherryland Band Classic is Back!

June 23, 2018

After being absent from the National Cherry Festival schedule last year, the Cherryland Band Classic is making a return in 2018.
According to Kat Paye, the Cherry Festival’s executive director, the competitive marching band event was pulled last year due to lack o... Read More >>

Bob Carr’s Uphill Climb

May 19, 2018

By all accounts, Bob Carr is an underdog.

The Mackinac Island native seeking a seat in the United States Senate looks to be up against some heavy hitters in August’s primary race — John James, both a combat veteran and the president of supply chain management company J... Read More >>

Glen Arbor's First Brewery Opening

May 12, 2018

On May 15, Cherry Republic will officially open the doors to its Cherry Public House. The establishment will feature full lunch and dinner menus, indoor seating, and an extensive outdoor beer garden. Most notably, the restaurant will mark Cherry Republic’s first-ever foray into beer... Read More >>

Spring Re-Awakening

May 5, 2018

Ever since she got her start at a Borders open mic night in 2002, local singer-songwriter Angela Josephine has been a notable fixture in the northern Michigan folk music scene. She’s flitted in and out of the Contemporary Christian Music world, earned comparisons to the likes of Amy... Read More >>

Home Sweet Homestay

May 5, 2018

On an average night, 2 million people around the world are sleeping at Airbnb rental properties. Since Airbnb’s 2009 inception, the online short-term rental marketplace has grown exponentially. Yet, despite the global embrace of platforms like Airbnb, or the slightly less popular VR... Read More >>

Five Albums Every Northerner Should Own

April 21, 2018

Northern Michigan might not rival Nashville or Austin as a hub of live music or a destination for artists hoping to hit it big. Still, there is a lot of talent up here, from the music rooms of local high schools to the stages of area bars and wineries. Consider this five-album collection ... Read More >>

Bike Trail Updates

April 7, 2018

Planning a spring or summer bike trip in northern Michigan? If so, staying aware of the latest trail closures, construction plans, and other developments is always a good idea. Not only will knowing about recent updates help you plot your route, but it will also give you something to look... Read More >>

Safe Zone Legislation Pedaling Forward

April 7, 2018

On July 7, 2016, a man driving a pickup truck plowed into a group of bicyclists in Kalamazoo. The crash killed five cyclists and injured four others. It also became a lightning rod of controversy and activism for Michigan’s bike community, which has long criticized the state and its... Read More >>

Biker Girls

April 7, 2018

Norte is fighting to get more girls involved in cycling.

For the past four years, the Traverse City-based organization has pushed to get more local youths on bikes. For the most part, the mission has been successful. Norte has hundreds of kids involved in its various programs, inc... Read More >>

Security for the Sanctity of Life

March 31, 2018

“I’m always armed. Sometimes I carry a weapon.”

That saying has become something of a motto for Colby Taylor, a local Krav Maga black belt and founder of Covenant Defense, a faith-based security organization in Traverse City. The company — which offers cons... Read More >>

Staycation Time!

March 17, 2018

A lot of local families are counting down the days until they can jet off to somewhere warm. Not one of ’em? We feel your pain.

If you’re sticking around for spring break, there’s a good chance you’ll be stuck with gray skies and cold temps, but there&rsquo... Read More >>

Right Brain Brewery: Underdog on Top

March 10, 2018

A decade ago, amid the bleakest economy in nearly a century, a hairstylist/real estate appraiser with minimal beer-making experience opened an eclectic little brewery on a ragged alley outside of Traverse City’s downtown. Against all odds, Russell Springsteen’s Right Brain... Read More >>

Vintage Vinyl: A local couple’s curated look back

Feb. 24, 2018

Vinyl records are back.

You might be surprised to read those words if you’re old enough to have ditched your record collection when CDs came along, or young enough that you’ve never dropped a needle on a record before. The vinyl resurgence is real, though. In 2017, vin... Read More >>

Northern Michigan’s Legendary Dishes

Feb. 17, 2018

What are the most iconic and legendary dishes in northern Michigan? 

You know the type: the dishes that locals make all their out-of-town friends or relatives try when they visit, or the ones that restaurants tout as “world-famous” on their menus. 

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MacMaster and Leahy on Love

Feb. 3, 2018

Canada’s favorite Celtic super duo — and love story — are returning to Traverse City this month. The Northern Express grills MacMaster about their musical life, what it’s like being married to your work, and touring the country with their (nearly) seven kids in... Read More >>

Uncovering an Old Indian Trail

Dec. 16, 2017

If you walk all the way to the end of the TART Trail, near West End Beach, you’ll see a few things. You’ll see Grand Traverse Bay, of course, and a nice view of Leelanau Peninsula. You’ll also see a white stone marker, painted with the number 33 and marked with a plaque ... Read More >>