December 14, 2019


Committed in 2012. Solved in 2019.

A seven-year-old Grand Traverse County robbery case solved this year demonstrates the promise — and the limitations — of forensic science.
By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 14, 2019

When a man passed a note through a Walgreens drive-thru saying that he’d rigged the store with a bomb and needed all the morphine and Ritalin the Grand Traverse store had, an alert pharmacy clerk and quick action by detectives soon led to all the evidence needed to identify a suspect and connect him to the crime.The clerk handed over one bottle of each of the drugs, saying that was all they ... Read More >>

Merlefest Brings Back the Folk and More

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 14, 2019

Enjoy Americana, bluegrass, folk, roots, and country music? Then get yourself ready for a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina next spring, when the 28th annual Merlefest rolls around April 23–26. Founded in 1988 by guitarist Doc Watson, the must-visit music fest for folk fans is returning for four full days of performances and more in 2020, including live sets from hometown favorite Billy Strings, Alison Krauss, The Jerry ... Read More >>

Winter Festival Madness!

By Kristi Kates | Dec. 14, 2019

The best way to prevent cabin fever in the coming months? Plan to hit up some of the North’s weird, wild, or just plain wonderful winter fests. We’ve assembled a few of our favorites — and a singular must-see event at each. All you’ve got to do is pencil in the dates, bundle up, and be ready to make some only-Up-North memories. WINTERFESTMackinaw City, Jan. 17–19Embrace the great outdoors at Mackinaw City’s winter ... Read More >>

Kaleva's Christmas Gift

Artist donates sparkling, 30-foot glass and crystal mosaic to her new neighborhood, Kaleva.
By Al Parker | Dec. 14, 2019

One of Kaleva's newest residents is making a 30-foot creative gift to honor her adopted Manistee County home.         Mosaic artist Patricia Boucha is donating a large six panel glass display that will illustrate Kaleva's Finnish legacy.           “I moved here in August and took a walk in the Sculpture Park and went through the Kaleva Art Gallery,” said Boucha. “I decided then that I wanted to donate something to this community.”         Boucha, ... Read More >>

Must–See Made-for-TV Holiday Movies

Tis the season to tune into TV’s most reliable holiday tradition
By Meg Weichman | Dec. 14, 2019

Living in northern Michigan, we have some pretty magical holiday traditions. Like getting your Christmas tree at a picturesque local farm, a street that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, or attending small-town light parades and tree lightings. Heck, Traverse City’s towering two-story Christmas tree is planted smack dab in the middle of a downtown street (its stump is set inside a manhole), and traffic just drives around it like ... Read More >>

POW! Winter Fun on the Slopes

Big early snowfall + mega investments means one thing: an epic season on area slopes
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 14, 2019

Area ski slopes are doubling down on improvements to not only the slopes but also what’s inside. From new paint to new equipment to new places to plug in your crockpot, it’s all about making things more accommodating for skiers and snowboarders. After all, winter is coming. Nub’s Nob, Harbor SpringsUpgrades inside and outside is expected to make Nub’s even more appealing. First, more snow, courtesy of an additional well, and a new ... Read More >>

Kalkaska: Marijuana Mecca

Unlike most other small northern Michigan towns, Kalkaska has gone all in on pot.
By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 7, 2019

For weeks, in a shopping plaza near the southern limits of the village of Kalkaska, workers have been busy transforming a former Forest Area Federal Credit Union branch into a marijuana store.The Village of Kalkaska wants to be a mecca for marijuana, and as recreational marijuana goes on sale legally for the first time in Michigan this month, the flurry of activity from one end of the village to the other proves ... Read More >>

East Jordan's Charles Eisendrath

International journalist, professor, and inventor of the world's favorite grill.
By Al Parker | Dec. 7, 2019

Noted journalist, college professor, inventor and Charlevoix County cherry farmer Charles Eisendrath didn't set out to write a book.            “I'd been writing these essays and putting them away in a box,” he explained in a recent telephone interview from Ann Arbor. “I thought there might be 75 pages or so, but there were 350 pages. They were originally intended as sort of a personal history to be shared with friends and family, ... Read More >>

A Breath of Fresh Aire

The hardest working choral group in the North
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 7, 2019

There’s just no stopping the music in the Petoskey/Gaylord area, especially this time of year. The more than 80 members of the Little Traverse Choral Society are poised to share their gift with the community this week at two concerts: Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Petoskey United Methodist Church at 7:30pm, and the following day at First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs at 3pm. The program will feature Schubert's “Mass in G Major” as well as ... Read More >>

Why Your Favorite European Wine/Cheese/Whisky/Coffee Is About to Get Pricier

Thanks a lot, Mr. President.
By Craig Manning | Nov. 30, 2019

If you’re planning to put imported wine on your holiday table this season, it could cost you. Thanks to a series of tariffs imposed on select products from the European Union (EU), U.S. consumers are likely to pay more for Scotch whisky, Italian cheeses, German coffee, and more. On the list of products affected by the tariffs are all French, German, British, and Spanish still wines (e.g., not sparkling) that are under 14 ... Read More >>

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