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Michigan ranked best of all 50 states

Well, those of us who live here already knew there was good reason to think so... But in a very unscientific ranking, Thrillist decided Michigan was the best of all the states.
Excerpt: Seeing how it's America Week at Thrillist, and we've already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche "go big or go home" and rank the states based on everything. More specifically, their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.
For the whole list, go here.
Source: Thrillist.com

Wineries may benefit from benchmarking program

As the Michigan wine industry continues to build itself, a proposed benchmarking program could help them know what to aim for.
Excerpt: A benchmarking program focused on Michigan wineries and vineyards could help managers hone in on higher profits.
Traverse City-based North Coast Ag Advisors, Farm Credit East and Greenstone Farm Credit Services this month combined forces to launch the Michigan Winery & Vineyard Benchmark Program of Michigan. It is modeled on an existing benchmarking program that serves winemakers in the northeast U.S., according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

 For more on the story, go here.
Source: Centre Daily Times

Grants focus on improving water quality

Water is what sets Michigan from most other Midwest states, with its unparalleled access to the Great Lakes, plus inland lakes and rivers. A chunk of funding will go to grants to keep that resource clean.
Excerpt: The state says grants totaling nearly $3.1 million will help improve water quality in Michigan lakes and streams.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says funding for 10 projects will help restore impaired waters and protect high-quality waters by reducing sources of sediment, nutrients and other contaminants.
The whole list can be found online here.
Source: 9 & 10 News 

New northwest Michigan farm will double Michigan's hops acres

This spring, a new hops farm near Traverse City will boost Michigan hops output a whole lot -- and that's by design of its developers, who see it as a way to have a larger economic impact on the area.
Excerpt: A recently announced project is set to double Michigan hops production by 2016.
A Traverse City investment group that typically invests in commercial real estate, MI Local Investment, is prepared to break ground on a 400-acre hops farm in Williamsburg once the ground thaws. The sign is posted, the poles are waiting in the snow.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle

The perfect Michigan road trip has been created in time for spring

A student has plotted the ultimate Michigan road trip, hitting all the major landmarks in the state. Might be worth saving to try out this summer if you've got the travel bug and want to see more of our beautiful state.
Excerpt: It's a map that makes you dream of summer days and green Michigan landscape sliding by outside your driver's side window.
Randal Olson, a computer science and engineering doctorate student at Michigan State University, has created what he views as the ultimate Michigan road trip. Hitting 43 spots around the state, Olson plans on taking the trip soon before leaving the state when his studies are complete.
The whole trip and map are online here.
Source: Mlive.com

Time to vote for northern Michigan's best coffee shop

What's your favorite place for coffee and a treat? Roast and Toast in Petoskey? Higher Grounds in Traverse City? Voting is open for Mlive's search for the state's best coffee shops.
Excerpt: You told us some of your favorite coffee shops in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, now it's time to vote.
This month, MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez will be looking for Michigan's Best Coffee Shop. Specifically, he is searching for community coffee shops or cafes that cater to its local customers.
More on the voting is online here.
Source: Mlive.com

Benzie County gears up for winter events

Folks in northern Michigan know how to live with long winters: get out and enjoy them! There are several events coming up to help you do just that.

Excerpt: Winter events in Benzie County are the many reasons people in the "know" book their getaways to "the best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation." One of the most popular family oriented winter events isWinterfest in Beulah to be held this year on Saturday, February 14, 2015. 

The entire press release is online here.

Source: Marketwired.com

Boyne skiing highlighted in travel review

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer reviews the slopes at the two Boyne ski resorts.

Excerpt: Perhaps Midwesterners were not meant to downhill ski. Consider what they’ve been given: flat terrain, subzero windchills and fickle helpings of a ski weekend’s most crucial ingredient. During my first morning at Boyne Mountain Resort in northern Michigan, the server at the ski lodge restaurant pointed to the broad windows that led to the slopes I’d soon be whooshing down.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Local teens build business while learning life lessons

The classic way an entrepreneur is born is to find a product or idea that's missing but shouldn't be--and that's what two local teenagers did.

Excerpt: Dakota and Garret Porter wanted to shake up the ski slopes with a splash of color. Together they created Action Glow, an LED lighting system that adds color and safety to longboards, bikes, skis, and more.

Thanks to the help of their family and community, these teenage entrepreneurs are ready to introduce themselves and their product to northern Michigan.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Grand Traverse Insider

Three northern Michigan artists finalists in ArtPrize

The ArtPrize competition honors innovative artists each year in Grand Rapids, and includes three northern Michigan artists this year. 

Excerpt: Three Northern Michigan artists have made it in to the top 20 at this year's Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids.

These are, Manton artist, Dan Heffron's creations. His art prize entry is a collection of 20 wood-carved sea animals called "Poseidon's Paradise."

More on the story is online here.

Source: 9 & 10 News

The whole story on Michigan cherries

What does it actually take to grow cherries in northern Michigan? This extensive look at the industry and what it brings to the area is worth a read.

Excerpt: Every year, visitors flock to the exuberant energy of the National Cherry Festival and devour countless cherry-infused or inspired foods and drinks at their favorite local restaurant — it is no secret that Traverse City and many other surrounding Northern Michigan towns are hailed for their crème de la crème cultivation of sweet and tart cherries. 

For the whole article, click here.

Source: MyNorth.com

National Lighthouse Day spotlights northern Michigan landmarks

Several of the best Michigan lighthouse photos recently chosen to celebrate National Lighthouse Day on Mlive.com are in northwest Michigan--of course!

Excerpt: Today is National Lighthouse Day. To help you celebrate, we chose 10 of our favorite pictures of Michigan lighthouses. You can add yours in the comments section below if you’d like to add to the list.

See the whole list online here.

Source: Mlive.com

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
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