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Community Events Focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 18, 2022

Juneteenth Celebrations
Depending on what day of the week you read this issue of the Express, you may be able to catch Northern Michigan E3’s Juneteenth events on June 18 and 19. Juneteenth is a federal holiday that honors the end of slavery in th... Read More >>

Connecting the Community

June 18, 2022

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation—in partnership with Traverse Connect, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and Networks Northwest—announced the launch of the Grand Traverse Regional Project Dashboard this past week. The dashboard’s purpose: to make grassroots ... Read More >>

Nominate a Rising Star for 40Under40

June 11, 2022

Do you know a millennial or Gen Zer who’s making their mark on the northern Michigan business scene? The Traverse City Business News, sister publication to Northern Express, is now accepting applications for the 2022 40Under40. Individuals in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, and Ka... Read More >>

Trout Time

June 4, 2022

The Charlevoix Area Trout Tournament kicks off with a captains’ meeting on Thursday, June 9, before a weekend of fishing fun. The fun comes with more than bragging rights—each of the tournament’s five divisions offers a $1,000 prize and trophy for first place, as well as... Read More >>

MBA Program Headed to Traverse City

June 4, 2022

The Upper Peninsula is getting a bit closer to home now that Michigan Tech has announced its launch of a hybrid version of TechMBA®—the university’s Master of Business Administration program—in Traverse City. Last year, MTU began the process of building out its Grand... Read More >>

Gaylord Relief Efforts

May 28, 2022

A devastating tornado struck Gaylord last week, killing two people, causing dozens of injuries, and destroying multiple homes and businesses. In the wake of this tragedy, organizations and businesses in the region have mobilized to start recovery efforts. Here are a few we have seen so fa... Read More >>

A Fresh Perspective

May 21, 2022

If you think you’ve seen it all above the bridge, think again. Even some of the Upper Peninsula’s most visited sites get a new look when you see them from a different angle. From trains to rafts to steam-powered hoists, we found five unique ways to help you don those rose-colo... Read More >>

Now Hiring! Up North Jobs

May 14, 2022

Welcome to our Spring 2022 “Now Hiring” section sponsored by Hagerty! Here you’ll find more than 90 jobs now open across northern Michigan, some seasonal, some part-time, some full-time.

Explore away!

HAGERTY...

Could Camp Grayling Grow?

May 14, 2022

The Michigan National Guard military training complex at Camp Grayling could be getting bigger. Twice as big, in fact. The 148,000-acre camp is looking to make the move to 320,000 acres by requesting access to land managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Camp Grayling is ... Read More >>

Where to Eat Now: Your Spring Restaurant Guide

May 7, 2022

Loosen your waistbands and tuck in your napkins—it’s time to take a look back at the eateries featured in Northern Express since our last Restaurant Issue. While the menus may have changed, the great food and hospitality have not. And with the weather warming up, you ... Read More >>

Calling All Race Hosts and Promoters!

May 7, 2022

This one is for the runners, the swimmers, the bikers, and the paddlers. It’s even for those brave and wild souls who do triathlons. (We bow to you, even if we don’t understand you.) Do you want to see your upcoming race included in Northern Express’ summer race calendar... Read More >>

Have an opinion? Write about it!

April 23, 2022

Northern Express is seeking one or two new guest opinion writers for 2022 and beyond. Our opinion columnists are passionate, experienced writers who are connected to our communities and also have an understanding about how northern Michigan’s issues fit into larger national... Read More >>

Farewell to the Advice Goddess

April 16, 2022

After 20 years of helping us with our biggest—and weirdest—questions about life, the Advice Goddess is retiring her pen. Northern Express was one of the first papers in the country to publish Amy Alkon’s column all those years ago, and she went on to be syndicat... Read More >>

Your Northern Michigan Staycation Guide:

March 26, 2022

Not all of us are headed for warmer climates this spring break, and if you’re sticking around the North, you can still create a little getaway magic here at home. Reporters Rachel Pasche, Geri Diezte, Craig Manning, and Lynda Wheatley give us the scoop on what to do, where to eat, a... Read More >>

Celebrate the Wearin’ of the Green: St. Patty’s Events Across the North

March 12, 2022

Welcome to the magical time of the year where St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, and spring all come together to create a flurry of events around northern Michigan. Whether you’re seeking green beer, green beads, or the return of greener grasses, we’ve pulled together 10 eve... Read More >>

Northerners You Need to Know

March 5, 2022

Every year, Northern Express reporters scour the North to find 20 average folks dedicating themselves to a not-so-average existence—people who parlay their passions into something bigger than themselves. Here, our picks for the unsung but undoubtedly fascinating people ... Read More >>

Where to Eat Now

Feb. 12, 2022

Sweet’s Bar & Grill
Meet Bill Sweet, an outgoing guy who — along with his wife and partner in entrepreneurial optimism, Toni — opened Sweet's Bar & Grill in Honor last summer. The spot? Inside the former Sleepy B... Read More >>

Where to Eat this Fall

Sept. 18, 2021

Please be seated for this abbreviated version of the restaurant profiles we've featured since our Summer Restaurant Issue. Bon appetit!

Grand Traverse Salad Co.

Traverse City
It’s not a straight line from the gas station to re... Read More >>

Yes, Virginia, Dunesville is Happening July 23–25

July 17, 2021

The Dunesville Music Festival, held at Harmony Pines, between Interlochen and Lake Ann, will be held July 23 through 25, and it is expected to be much, much more than dozens of music acts in a pine-dotted meadow … there’s camping (through Monday, July 26), live art, body hoop... Read More >>

Where to Eat this Summer

July 17, 2021

Please be seated for this abbreviated version of the restaurant profiles we’ve featured since our Spring Restaurant Issue. Bon appetit!

Bella Italian Kitchen and Market
You might say Ed Carella was destined to o... Read More >>