May 27, 2020

Patrick Sullivan | Author

Cadillac, Michigan: Pro Wrestling Hotbed of the North

July 13, 2019

On a hot Saturday night in Cadillac, inside the auditorium at the Wex, a ring is set up, surrounded by rows of folding chairs on each side. At the back, there’s a stage and a runway where wrestlers can make dramatic entrances under spotlights. In the lobby, a couple hours before sho... Read More >>

An Otherworldly Beauty

July 6, 2019

People come to northern Michigan for its natural beauty. Whether it is sparkling waters, rolling hills, steep sand bluffs, or dark green forests, there’s no shortage of stunning vistas around here.

Chris Roxburgh, an electrician from Traverse City who got seriously into d... Read More >>

Walter Hagen's Northern Michigan

June 29, 2019

Imagine this: One of the biggest sports stars in the world lives in Traverse City. He’s retired and a bit pudgy now. He’s been weathered by years of drinking and chasing women. No doubt he’s past his prime.

But every day, he hangs out at Little Bo’s. On ... Read More >>

A Life-changing Crash

June 22, 2019

When Kaischa Smith set off on a beautiful summer Sunday morning on her Trek hybrid bicycle for a ride on the Leelanau Trail, she was unaware that a life-defining moment was on the horizon, one of those points in time that separates everything before from all that comes after.

A...

Michigan A.G. Dana Nessel on the March

June 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel, the first openly gay person to hold state office in Michigan, isn’t in the fight of her life. But she might be in the fight of our lives. She’s battling Enbridge to shut down Line 5. She’s taking on the rules, regulations, and c... Read More >>

The Making of a Public Space

June 8, 2019

If you haven’t been through the Village of Walloon Lake in the past five years or so, you will notice some changes — it’s gone from a sleepy, tattered ghost of a place to a vibrant, handsome town center that can draw tourists who formerly would have been only tempted by ... Read More >>

Jetty Rae Rolls In

June 1, 2019

For three years, folk singer Jetty Rae, her husband, Jason Stewart, their three children— Beck, Rowin, and Jude — and their pug, Otis, have logged tens of thousands of miles traveling the United States, Mexico, and Canada, while towing their home, a 1970 Airstream camper.

Judgment Day for a Dog

May 18, 2019

Based on appearances, the small, fluffy Norwich terrier looks fun-loving, with a little hint of mischief in his eyes.

Based on a court ruling handed down on May 9, the dog, Chili, must be destroyed.
It’s a complicated case of a dog who viciously attacked a woman and ... Read More >>

How a Near-environmental Disaster Spawned a Wetlands Laboratory.

May 11, 2019

Fifty years ago, the notion that a vast tract of wetlands could be preserved in its pristine state rather than be developed into lakefront lots was a novel idea. There were no land conservancies. There was no such thing as a conservation easement. The Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit est... Read More >>

Mysterious Rise of the Cell Tower Next Door

May 4, 2019

Gregory Hanlin vividly recalls the Saturday when he and his wife, Kimberly, pulled their pickup into their driveway and laid their eyes on a cell phone tower under construction next door.
The sudden appearance of the latticed tower on Dec. 1 spoiled a day of Christmas tree shopping. ... Read More >>

A Home of One’s Own

April 27, 2019

NOTE TO READERS: Teenagers and young adults ages 14 through 24 who don’t have a place to live can get help by calling (844) 900-0500.
Growing up, Jerome didn’t have many of the things that other children had. When he became an adult, he didn’t h... Read More >>

The Saga of a City

April 20, 2019

Manistee became a city 150 years ago, in 1869, which makes it one of the oldest cities in northern Michigan. By contrast, while both Manistee and Traverse City first saw white settlers descend upon American Indian lands in the 1840s, Traverse City didn’t become a city, officially, u... Read More >>

Our Bee Colonies Aren’t Collapsing. Yet

April 13, 2019

If the Farmland Pollinator Protection Project is successful, it will offer some of the region’s fields two benefits for the price of one.

It will bolster habitat for bees, a population that’s been under stress lately, while at the same time create acres of dazzling ... Read More >>

On the Outside Looking In

March 23, 2019

Michael Ward’s relatives, at least, have deep roots in the Up North art scene.
Ward’s brother-in-law is Rick Daigh, an artist whose work was selected for the 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center. Daigh’s son, Eric Daigh, who... Read More >>

Metal Scrapper Murder

March 16, 2019

The day that 64-year-old Frederic resident Dennis Everson went missing was a busy one for his two partners. The pair, downstaters who salvaged and soldscrap metal with Everson, made several hauls, according to records investigators dug up.
For Matthew Franklin Smith, 37, ...

14 Breweries in One Day

March 9, 2019

Kevin McKinney started out 2018 with an ambitious goal. He’d started a blog the year before called Michigan Brewery Review, which serves as not only a creative outlet but also a justification to spend his free time travelling the state in search of craft beer. In 2018, he decided to... Read More >>

The Biggest Road Construction Projects Up North: 2019

Feb. 23, 2019

There’s lots of roadwork planned for the upcoming construction season. Whether you regularly travel along Eighth Street in Traverse City, find yourself driving through Petoskey, or plan to head downstate via M-72 through Grayling, you’d better budget a little more time for... Read More >>

Northern Michigan’s Safety Net is Broken

Feb. 16, 2019

A change in how the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services processes applications for benefits like food stamps and emergency heating assistance was supposed to increase efficiency and ensure that clients get processed more quickly.

Instead, the new system, which was ...

Lost in the Lake

Feb. 9, 2019

Losing a loved one to drowning is one kind of terrible tragedy. Not knowing where their body is, except that it’s out there in a certain section of water, is another kind altogether.
That’s something Kelly Dalton said she learned after her son, 21-year-old Tyler Lee Spink... Read More >>

What if you hold a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and no one comes?

Feb. 2, 2019

For the handful of people who regularly attend Traverse City’s twice-weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings, something is amiss: New people rarely show up, and when they do, they almost always drop out after just a meeting or two.

“So many people come for a week or mont... Read More >>