November 18, 2018


Ready, Set, Shop!

Up North goodies for all the good boys and girls on your list
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 17, 2018

Looking to put some local gifts under your tree this year? Look no further: We've scoured the shops of northern Michigan to find a mix Up North classics and out-of-the-box surprises — at all price points — that'll excite everyone on your list. Behold: Our 2018 picks for 25 great gifts that give you good reason to stroll our snowy small-town streets and stores:STOCKING STUFFERSTea-rifficGot a traveler and tea fan among your giftees? ... Read More >>

The White Shoal Beckons

One of the most iconic and isolated lighthouses in Lake Michigan will become an all-inclusive inn.
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 17, 2018

There was something in Brent Tompkins’ landlocked childhood that instilled in him a love of lighthouses.When the 44-year-old remodeler learned of a chance to buy not just a lighthouse, but perhaps the most iconic lighthouse on the Great Lakes, Tompkins jumped at the opportunity. Through a government auction, he and a friend purchased the White Shoal Lighthouse in the middle of northern Lake Michigan for $110,009.That might sound like a bargain for ... Read More >>

12 Shows of Christmas

Live holiday performances around the North
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 17, 2018

Each year, the season brings a host of holiday cheer to stages across the region. And because it’s a heckuva lot easier to get your hands on a ticket than it is on a partridge in a pear tree, we’ve assembled 12 live shows that are sure to make your holiday extra merry and bright.  The Second City’s “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue” Dec. 28Bay HarborSketch and improve group The Second City brings its live-action humor ... Read More >>

A Nobody, or a Drug Kingpin?

The Tangled Case of Leelanau's Angela Schocko
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 12, 2018

Conflicting testimony has complicated the prosecution of a woman whom authorities allege supplied the drugs in what’s believed to be Leelanau County’s first-ever opiate overdose death. What makes the development all the more confounding is that the conflicting testimony comes from the same witness: the daughter of the accused drug dealer. While on the witness stand the daughter has both implicated her mother and exonerated her. The wavering dynamic was on display ... Read More >>

Deciphering Fortnite

By Molly Korroch | Nov. 10, 2018

If you are the parent to a pre-teen, you know about the emotes. And Ninja. And that weird way your kid and the random kid across the soccer field seem to telepathically know the same quirky dance moves. If the above is true, you are a parent of a Fortnite Battle Royale gamer.Your child is likely amongst the billions who are watching Fortnite videos on YouTube and Twitch. The rest of us may require ... Read More >>

NMC Students Fly to TCNewTech Pitch Night Win

By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 10, 2018

For a quartet of NMC students, the future is here. The initial product from their startup company won the $500 prize at TCNewTech’s October Pitch Night.  It’s not just that they won $500, but the win demonstrated the viability of the group’s product: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable not only of flying, but also of landing in water. It then can deploy a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) into the water.  The ... Read More >>


Frank Mays was one of two survivors of the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 10, 2018

The Carl D. Bradleywas headed to port in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Nov. 18, 1958, to put in for the winter so that badly needed repairs to its rusty cargo hold could be completed.The ship suddenly received orders to change course and head to its home port of Rogers City, Michigan, on Lake Huron. Its owner, U.S. Steel, had decided that the Bradleywould haul one last load of limestone that season.It was a ... Read More >>

In Search of Bruce Catton’s Benzie County

Lessons the preeminent Civil War author learned in his Benzonia boyhood resonate today.
By Patrick Sullivan | Nov. 3, 2018

The country’s preeminent Civil War author grew up in a backwoods Benzonia, learning about the war from local Union Army veterans decades after the war’s end. Their lessons — about a country divided, states rights, and the price people will pay for freedom — are as relevant today as they were then. Northern Express pages back through Bruce Catton’s past. Benzonia of 1899 was a pretty quiet place, but you wouldn’t know that ... Read More >>

Honor Through Craft

Bob DeKorne built a guitar from his father’s WWII ammo box — then gave it away
By Ross Boissoneau | Nov. 3, 2018

Bob DeKorne wanted to give back. So the musician and luthier (that’s a maker of stringer instruments) decided to work on an instrument that was personal to him and would also reflect a special occasion: the annual concert and auction by guitarist Kenny Olson to benefit Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, a charity that assists with transporting older veterans to special ceremonies in Washington, D.C.  He knew just what he wanted to use as part ... Read More >>

Tis the Season for Car-Deer Collisions

Michigan averaged 148 car-deer accidents per day in 2017. Could 2018 be worse?
By Al Parker | Nov. 3, 2018

Denny Guernsey knows more than a little about car-deer accidents.As a principal agent at the Ford Insurance Agency in Traverse City, he’s kept busy this time of year fielding calls from clients who have had an unfortunate meeting with a buck or doe.                  And he has first-hand knowledge, too.         “About 12 or 15 years ago, my wife was coming back to Traverse City from Petoskey on U.S. 31, and a ... Read More >>

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