December 13, 2018


Morgan Lafonte Comes Home

World champion extreme snowboarder returns to northern Michigan
By Geri Dietze | Dec. 8, 2018

Former world champion snowboarder Morgan Lafonte learned to ski at Nubs Nob, near Harbor Springs, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to the nascent sport of snowboarding in Colorado that she found her métier on the slopes. By the late 1980s, Morgan was breaking all the rules as the one of the world’s few women extreme snowboarders.  In a decade, she managed to rack up an impressive — and lengthy — list ... Read More >>

Your 2018-2019 Ski Resort Report

Get ready to shred, sled, skate, and swoosh
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 8, 2018

Amid the seasonal offerings of song, likely nothing beats the Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne classic for skiers and snowboarders: “Let It Snow” is close to the heart of those in charge of or heading out to the area slopes. From Cadillac to Gaylord, over to Harbor Springs and back south again, the slopes are snow covered and awaiting the onslaught of schussers. Here’s what to expect at your favorite parks and mountains: Boyne Highlands, ... Read More >>

How Much Northern Michigan Trash Really Gets Recycled?

By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 8, 2018

Depending on where you live, you might have curbside recycling, or you might have to drive to a drop-off location. In some places, you might have to drive to a nearby township to properly get rid of your recyclable paper and plastic and metal debris; what’s accepted varies from place to place. The rate of recycling around the North is as high as above 40 percent of waste in Emmet County, and ... Read More >>

Tune in, Toyko

Boyne City High’s Rambler Sports Network is getting play ’round the world
By Al Parker | Dec. 8, 2018

On the basketball court, football field, or volleyball court, teamwork is the key to success. It’s no different with Boyne City High School’s student-produced sports broadcasts on the Rambler Sports Network, an award-winning program that airs select football, basketball, and volleyball and other events live to viewers across the nation and all over the world.  “We got an in-game tweet from a couple that said ‘We’re watching in Venice, Italy. It’s 3 ... Read More >>

The Ski Resort’s Secret Cemetery

Why were two soldiers buried in a hidden cemetery at Hanson Hills?
By Al Parker | Dec. 8, 2018

By Al Parker Atop a windswept hill west of downtown Grayling, an American flag stiffens in the breeze and stands as a lonely sentinel above perhaps the smallest military cemetery in the nation. Here, two Michigan soldiers lie for eternity. The site, tucked deep in the woods of the popular Hanson Hills Recreation Area, is safeguarded by a chainlink fence topped with barbed wire and is nearly inaccessible to the public. Buried ... Read More >>

California Mesmerizes Wolf Alice

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 8, 2018

London indie-rock band Wolf Alice has been named the 2018 Mercury Music Prize winner for its second album effort, the critically and fan-acclaimed Visions of a Life. The band recorded the album throughout 2017, having transplanted themselves temporarily to Los Angeles, California, for the project. The city made a big impression on the bandmates, who spoke to the press about the astonishing fact that you can “go skiing and then to the ... Read More >>

I’m Dreaming of a Trite Christmas

The best of the worst made-for-TV holiday movies, now streaming
By Meg Weichman | Dec. 1, 2018

The start of the holiday season is signaled by many different traditions. For some, it’s putting up a tree or decorating cookies. For others, singing Christmas carols. But when you’re a single adult woman with a cable package, the holidays begin with the arrival of the year’s slate of new and original Christmas movies! Yes, those formulaic films that dominate certain pockets of the airwaves come November and December have garnered an ... Read More >>

Quirk It, Girl!

Kalkaska entrepreneur proves big things come from little (monthly) packages 
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 1, 2018

For self-described “quirky girl” Rochelle Nevedal, it was a case of need meeting opportunity. She needed a job, and she didn’t see any subscription boxes that were designed with someone like her in mind: fun-loving, colorful, eclectic. So she created one, and Quirky Crate was born. “I was working a corporate job and was not happy with the lifestyle. It didn’t fit my personality and didn’t fulfill my desire to be creative,” ... Read More >>

An Audacious Goal for Leelanau County

A local group plans to power the entire county with 100 percent renewable energy — within 10 years.
By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 1, 2018

Northport Energy was founded a decade ago with a singular mission: to make the tip of Leelanau County completely green. The group hasn’t gotten there yet, but it’s had some significant achievements. Members have helped establish one of the first “net zero” golf courses in the country. They’ve seen a wind turbine installed to help power the town’s wastewater treatment facility. And they’ve set up renewable projects across the Village of Northport ... Read More >>

The Escape Artist

Why Paul King ditched Royal Oak for an Up North trout stream and got back to his drawing board.
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 1, 2018

Paul King has always had an interest in art. So it’s probably not a surprise that he’s drawn caricatures of popular musicians, from Dave Brubeck to Stephen Tyler.  What is a surprise is how he got there — and here, meaning his riverside abode and studio outside Beulah. “I was pre-med at MSU. I wanted to be a thoracic surgeon,” said King. That changed when he decided he didn’t want to be ... Read More >>

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