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Summer in northern Michigan serves up great travel ideas

Why go anywhere this summer if you're lucky enough to live in northern Michigan? Just make sure to hit some nearby beaches, parks and lakes. Here's a list of standouts.

Excerpt: Here are 4 fun Northern Michigan travel ideas that will take you through Northern Michigan’s outdoors. Camp, kayak, ride or fly—these ideas will have you vacationing across all of Northern Michigan, from the Upper Peninsula to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

For the whole list, click here

Source: MyNorth.com

New berry gaining foothold in northern Michigan agriculture

Serviceberry jam or pie isn't that unusual in northern Michigan, at least on home tables and shelves. But it's quite the novelty for the rest of the country, and some enterprising hobby farmers are seeing a new business opportunity.

Excerpt: A new kind of berry has found its way into Michigan grocery stores. These dark purple fruits are called saskatoons.

This commercial cultivar of the wild juneberry is pretty common in Canada, but it hasn't been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here, the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected in the wild for generations.

For the complete article, click here.

Source: NPR

Long winter having impact on lakes

That was a long, cold winter, for sure. Not surprisingly, it's making some ripples into the summer as everything from wildlife to plant life to water conditions have been affected.

Excerpt: Following a harsh winter, lakes in Northern Michigan are experiencing below average temperatures, which is negatively impacting water-life and summer activities in both inland lakes and Lake Michigan.

For the month of July, past Lake Michigan temperatures from 1992-2013 have had an average range of 60 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: Petoskey News-Review

Munson to buy Mercy hospitals

Some changes are coming to health care in northern Michigan as Munson extends its operations agreements in Cadillac and Grayling to actually buying the two hospitals, along with some associated health care services.

Excerpt: Munson Healthcare said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to purchase two northern Michigan hospitals it already had been operating in a bid to streamline administration and improve patient care.

Traverse City-based Munson said it will buy Mercy Hospital Cadillac and Mercy Hospital Grayling, along with Mercy Manor long-term care facility in Grayling and the affiliated Mercy Home Care and Hospice services in Cadillac, Grayling and Houghton Lake.

For the whole story, click here.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

Essay bares the heart of a good "fish car"

This essay on MyNorth.com should bring up fond memories for all those who have owned or still own one of those intrepid, beat-up vehicles that has earned the title of "fish car."

Excerpt: What kinds of Northern Michigan fishing adventures does a car need to navigate to become a 'fish car'?  How many miles of two tracking through Northern Michigan’s outdoors does it take to elevate something so banal as a car to that upper automotive echelon? MyNorth contributor James McCullough, a teacher at North Central Michigan College, recounts his first fish car.  

For the whole article, click here.

Source: MyNorth.com

Nominate your favorite taco in northern Michigan

Whether it's Boyne City (Happy's Taco Shop!), Cedar or somewhere else entirely, where's the best taco in northern Michigan? Mlive will send out their reviewers based on your nominations, so click through and sound off.

Excerpt: Now we need to hear about more about what the Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula has to offer.

Nominate your favorite taco locations in the comments section below. The deadline to nominate will be May 7 at 5 p.m.

The whole piece and link to nominate is here.

Source: Mlive.com

Tourism spending is up, a good thing for northern Michigan

Looks like 2013 was a very good year for Michigan tourism, and projections say this summer season will be good, too. 

Excerpt: Tourism experts expect strong spending numbers in 2014, too, despite a cool, rainy spring. The rough winter weather benefited some of the state’s winter sports and recreation industries, and the weather should warm in time for strong spring and summer seasons in popular spots such as Traverse City and Mackinac Island.

The whole article is online here.

Source: The Detroit News

Festivals and fairs to check out in May

MyNorth.com rounded up all the chances northern Michigan residents have to check out a festival this month, and there are plenty. So go out and enjoy--it's not winter anymore!

Excerpt: Celebrate Northern Michigan’s tastiest totems—morels, beer, asparagus—and also the state’s rich cultural heritage and even a favorite gemstone at the following Northern Michigan festivals and events.

For the whole rundown, go here.

Source: MyNorth.com

Time to think about summer camps for kids

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition for children and parents alike, and northern Michigan offers up some amazing opportunities.

Excerpt: Let those fledgling children spread their wings at a Northern Michigan Summer Camp—and get a little vacation for yourself, too.  Here are 5 Northern Michigan Summer Camps inculcating a love of the outdoors and the arts:

Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
With a girl’s camp located on Lake Arbutus and the boys stationed on 600 acres adjacent to Torch Lake, these YMCA operated camps have over a century of experience to draw on to make for superb camping experiences.  

The whole list of suggestions is here.

Source: MyNorth.com

Session planned to talk regional strategy in Charlevoix

Creating economic growth for the whole region is a goal that takes regional planning, which is just what's happening with an upcoming meeting in Charlevoix.

Excerpt: As one part of Gov. Snyder’s statewide Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments announced a regional planning process for the 10-county northwest Michigan region of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. 

The regional prosperity planning process is being called "Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan."

The rest of the story can be found here.

Source: Petoskey News-Review

Spring rules aim at morel foraging

Morel hunting and cooking with morels are time-honored traditions in northern Michigan, but as with many wild-gathered foods, there are cautions--and that’s the reason for a recent reminder from the health department. Did you know you're supposed to be certified to buy or sell morels?
 
Excerpt: On March 17th, The Health Department of Northern Michigan—which oversees inspection of Northern Michigan food establishments in Antrim, Otsego, Emmett and Charlevoix—dispatched a letter to 700 restaurants and food vendors reiterating regulations pertaining to wild harvested foods.  The rules limit exchanges at both ends of the transaction to licensed handlers. 
 
Find out more about it here.
 
Source: MyNorth.com

Short's Brewing celebrates 10 years in operation

Short's Brewing has been in business for ten years this month, and that's definitely cause for celebration--preferably with one of their brews.
 
Excerpt: Short’s Brewing Company, Northern Michigan’s largest craft brewery, is turning 10 years old on on Saturday, April 26. To celebrate their growth and success, Short’s will host a 10th anniversary party in Bellaire that day.
 
"We're celebrating loving what we do and where we live with the people we love," said Joe Short.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: Petoskey News-Review
 

How Michigan vineyards and orchards made it through the extreme winter

MyNorth.com tackled a topic on many a northern Michigan mind: How will the crazy-cold winter affect this year's vintages and crops? 
 
Excerpt: Temperatures are warming, snow is beginning to melt, and farmers of Northern Michigan are getting their first good chance to inspect orchards and vineyards to see what damage the winter has wrought. We checked in with Nikki Rothwell, chief of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, to ask about early indications for the upcoming growing season.
 
The whole article is online here.
 
Source: MyNorth.com

Search for best doughnut comes to northwest Michigan

You may recall the recent search for the best pizza in Michigan by a team of intrepid Mlive reporters. Those guys' bosses must really like them, because now they get to do the same thing, but with doughnuts. Check out their progress and what they think of the local doughnut shops.
 
Excerpt: And today, we're in Traverse City, ready to drive across Northern Michigan to see what the bakeries have to offer. Hopefully the snow stays away.
 
After visiting five bakeries we are going to cross the Mackinac Bridge and head to Marquette for our last stop of the tour.
 
For updates and the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Ski season is definitely not over

Chicago Magazine profiles the Boyne area this week for a Midwest skiing recommendation. We completely concur.
 
Excerpt: The epic winter may have crushed our spirits with bone-chilling cold and record amounts of snowfall, but there is an upside: The ski season is far from over and you can enjoy monster snowpack and fun hills without flying West. 
 
Take one last ski trip in northern Michigan at Boyne, which has seen 180 inches of snowfall this season (up 30 percent from last year). The base has been as deep as 73 inches, not shabby when you consider Vail’s 69-inch base.
 
For the whole article, click here.
 
Source: Chicago Magazine
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