May 28, 2022


A Tough Row to Hoe

Michigan hemp farmers face challenges at every turn
By Lynda Wheatley | May 28, 2022

On a cold, drizzly Monday morning, Eric Dean sits hunched over a long folding table inside a cramped room on his family’s property in Williamsburg, doing what five generations of Deans have done here since before the Civil War: farming. Eric’s careful work takes place in a temperature-controlled room, a windowless enclosure teeming with bright lights, whirring fans, and a veritable jungle of plants—hip-high, leafy bushes growing in buckets on the floor ... Read More >>

All the North’s a Stage

A Summer of Live! Productions
By Joseph Beyer | May 28, 2022

From the early glam days of the Cherry County Players to the traveling tours from Broadway, our northern Michigan home has always been a rich and friendly place for the arts. With an almost dizzying array of musicals, plays, opera, and dance available to inspire you this summer, you won’t have to look far to discover something special. Whether you love thought-provoking dramas or the laid-back escapism and connection with audiences that ... Read More >>

Net Worth

Using gill net surveys to study the health of Michigan’s fish populations
By Victor Skinner | May 28, 2022

Pat O’Neill and Kris Snyder are cruising the Lake Michigan shoreline, stopping overnight at a half-dozen popular fishing ports along the way. They started out in St. Joseph but are surely to Arcadia by now, more than halfway to their final stop in Charlevoix. From April through June, the duo haul in thousands of fish of all kinds into their state-owned research vessel, the Steelhead, where they meticulously document the number, length, ... Read More >>

How to Recycle an Elementary School

Communities respond to dwindling headcounts and aging infrastructure
By Jillian Manning | May 28, 2022

What do you do when a school building gets too old or out of date? What about when there aren’t enough students to fill the classrooms? These questions are becoming more common across northern Michigan, and we’ve seen elementary schools have to make major changes to adapt to failing infrastructure and shifts in the youth population. Some of those major changes are coming to Harbor Springs, where residents recently voted yes on ... Read More >>

The Photoshop Effect

What’s hot—and cold—in cosmetic aesthetics Up North
By Lynda Wheatley | May 28, 2022

Despite the popular misconception, the word “plastic” in “plastic surgery” does not mean “artificial,” but is derived from the ancient Greek word “plastikos,” which means to mold or give form. And across the North, plastic surgeons are doing a lot of molding. Both locations of Cosmetic Skin and Laser Clinic, in Traverse City and Petoskey, are “extremely” busy with body sculpting right now, says Dr. Gustav Lo, medical director of CSLC and ... Read More >>

K-9 Safety

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | May 28, 2022

It’s been said—first in 1922 by New York City police Commissioner Richard Enrigh—that all that stands between a law-abiding society and “criminality” is a thin blue line (i.e., the police). Well, truth be told, that thin blue line can also be brown … and furry. At least it is at the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department, where K-9 Officer Klouse joined the force in March 2021. A dual-purpose narcotics and patrol dog, Officer ... Read More >>

Gaylord Relief Efforts

By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | 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 far: Otsego County United Way, the American Red Cross - Michigan Region, and the Otsego County Community Foundation have started disaster relief funds. Real Estate One ... Read More >>

Concert for a Cause

By Jillian Manning | May 28, 2022

This Friday, June 3, Mt. Holiday in Traverse City will be rocking. The popular ski hill and summer adventure zone is hosting The Steel Wheels—a Virginia-based Americana/roots/folk-rock band—in support of Less Cancer Bike Ride America. Less Cancer (also known as the Next Generation Choices Foundation) is a nonprofit focused on the prevention of cancer. Their Bike Ride America program offers “a month-long challenge that encourages riders across the country and around the ... Read More >>

Al Fresco Art

By Jamie Kauffold | May 28, 2022

The Glen Arbor Arts Center’s front yard and parking area will be turned into an open-air exhibition and music venue on Friday, June 4, from 11am-3pm for Up North Pride’s Unconditional PRIDE Artist PopUP + Demo. The first of three summer pop-up events, it features work by studio artists who are LGTBQ aligned and others. Interlochen’s Sound Garden Quintet will perform and talk about making music in unconventional settings. Read More >>

Makers Market Hits the Mark

By Jillian Manning | May 28, 2022

Try saying that title 10 times fast. Or don’t, and instead make your way to the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds in Traverse City June 3-4 for the Red Dresser’s Barn Market, a vintage flea and makers extravaganza. (Complete with live music and food trucks so you can dance, eat, and shop—the perfect trifecta of spring fun.) More than 100 vendors come together to bring you everything from vintage furniture décor to apparel to ... Read More >>

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