October 27, 2020

Patrick Sullivan | Author

The Ancient Wine Wizardry of Nathaniel Rose's Reds

Oct. 17, 2020

There is a paradox that confronts you when you turn into the dirt driveway of Nathaniel Rose Wines, north of Suttons Bay.

Rose, a 35-year-old winemaker who grew up in Leland and three years ago won a double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition fo... Read More >>

For Sale: The Headwaters of the Boardman River

Oct. 10, 2020


Two decades ago, Susan Morely and Donald Russell followed a calling that brought them from Maryland to Northern Michigan, a place where they’d never lived, and a place they didn’t know.

They were looking for land that would connect them to the earth, phy... Read More >>

A Pandemic Reckoning

Oct. 3, 2020

In one case, a man was accused of molesting a girl under the age of 13. At his preliminary hearing, the girl testified, and the evidence against the man was presented in court. Instead of awaiting trial in jail, however, the man was put on a GPS tether and allowed to await trial under hou... Read More >>

"I Want To Move The Needle"

Sept. 26, 2020

There is likely no business leader in northern Michigan more outspoken about clean energy than Jim MacInnes, CEO and Co-Owner of Crystal Mountain.

Yet when you visit the 1,500-acre ski and golf resort near Thompsonville, very little evidence of that is in sight. Roofs are not fest... Read More >>

The Democracy Lottery

Sept. 19, 2020

Mary Burget, a retired Northwest Michigan College math instructor, thought her math skills might be useful in redrawing Michigan’s gerrymandered electoral districts.

She was among the 9,000-plus Michigan residents who applied for a seat on the Michigan Redistricting Commissi... Read More >>

Listen In: Two Global Health Experts — one in TC — to Talk Pandemic

Sept. 12, 2020

This week, the Traverse City International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College opens its 27th season with a topic on everyone’s mind: global health crises.

The Wednesday, Sept. 16 event, “Grappling with Pandemics: Global Health Policy in the 21st C... Read More >>

NMEAC at 40

Aug. 22, 2020

Sally Van Vleck remembers the day, 40 years ago, when she and three other women sat around a kitchen table in Traverse City and decided to become environmental activists.

They were concerned about the storage of spent fuel rods at the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant located jus... Read More >>

Nat Geo's ENC Susan Goldberg to headline National Writers Series’ 10-year Birthday Bash

Aug. 15, 2020

Although Susan Goldberg, the first female editor-in-chief of National Geographic, lives in Washington, D.C., her roots are firmly planted in Michigan. She grew up here, spent summers exploring Northern Michigan with her family, attended Michigan State University, and, as a young ... Read More >>

The Libertarians are Coming

Aug. 8, 2020

Something in the ether, maybe, brought together a bunch of people who over the last year or so declared themselves Libertarians and got nominated to run for local, statewide, and federal office.

They’re not an easily organized group of individuals, but they are united in the... Read More >>

Three Races to Watch

July 25, 2020

Across Northern Michigan, sheriffs and prosecutors are facing challenges from within their own party.

Perhaps the most dramatic of the races, at least in terms of backstory, is in Emmet County, where a former chief assistant prosecutor has challenged his one-time boss for his job.... Read More >>

MiddleCoast’s Ginger Kölsch

July 18, 2020

A new beer from Traverse City’s Middlecoast Brewing Co. is made for summer and tastes a little like Detroit’s own Vernors.

That unmistakable flavor isn’t a mistake, but what’s blended into Middlecoast’s Ginger Kölsch isn’t actually Michigan... Read More >>

A Novel Perspective

July 18, 2020


As the pandemic descended upon northern Michigan and changed all of our lives, Vicki Shurly, director of the Peninsula Community Library, was on the frontlines at the beginning, when the virus turned from abstraction to reality, and at the next sea change, when places like ... Read More >>

Line 5 on Trial

July 11, 2020

Times were different when Line 5 was stretched underwater across the five miles of the Straits of Mackinac in 1953. The project was barely a blip in the news. People were hungry for new sources of energy to fuel their cars and homes. The pipeline existed for decades in a blissful state of... Read More >>

King of Beaver Island

July 4, 2020

It is possible to make the argument that James Strang is the most interesting person who ever lived in northern Lower Michigan. He was a self-proclaimed prophet, an abolitionist, a con man, possibly a pirate, and he crowned himself king of Beaver Island, ruling over its inhabitan... Read More >>

A Tale of Three Cities

June 20, 2020

On a day in the first week of January, Alex Marshall attended church, dropped family off at his mother’s house, picked up some Chinese food, and headed home. He soon realized he was being followed by a police cruiser.

The lights never flashed, and the siren never activated, ... Read More >>

The Time Four Guys Named Winn Decided to Start a Business

June 13, 2020

John Winn’s grandmother bought a boat when he was a child, a used 15-footer with an outboard engine big enough to pull people on waterskis.

Boating got into John Winn’s blood. He said he knew then that boating would be his life.

“And it just went from the...

Up North Gangland

June 6, 2020

As a professor at University of California Berkley, Robert Knapp spent decades researching and teaching ancient Roman history.

In retirement, however, he wanted to return to his own roots. He bought an old cabin near Clare, Michigan, not far from where he grew up, and started spen... Read More >>

Boyne Theater to Get New Life

June 6, 2020

Just as theaters of all kinds around the world face uncertain futures amid a global pandemic, officials in Boyne City announced the revival of a historic 1903 theater.

Richard Bergman, owner of the Boyne City Taproom and the Boyne Theater, had worked for 18 months to develop a pla... Read More >>

Northern Michigan’s Own Jeopardy! Star

May 23, 2020

Cadillac resident Ben Scripps went on a winning streak on the game show Jeopardy!, winning in his first two appearances. Unfortunately, the third appearance wasn’t a charm; Scripps ultimately lost to competitor Nathan Berger, of Portland, Maine, after making a big bet on wh... Read More >>

Summer People

May 16, 2020

On a sunny Friday afternoon on the first of May, the Emerald Isle, the massive 130-foot car ferry capable of carrying 294 passengers, 15 vehicles, cargo, and a semi-truck, completed its 32-mile journey and pulled into port at Beaver Island on its first trip of the season.

There...