WHILE PLAYING near the “dummy” at old Ott docks, Ray Brown, age 12, was accidentally hit in the head by a stone thrown by his brother Harold, age 13, and was severely bruised. The stone struck the lad just above the right temple with such force that it knocked him down. A doctor was called a…

When I was 20, I married a Vietnam war objector. My husband, four friends and I decided to travel to Europe so my husband could escape the draft. We followed Joni Mitchell’s lead and eventually ended up in Ierapetra, Crete, close to Mitchell’s beloved caves at Matala.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan residents Lee and Daphne Cobb dreamed of opening their own ice cream shop.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Two downtown Traverse City projects — one just beginning and another approaching a final report later this year — were discussion items at the Downtown Development Authority’s monthly meeting Friday morning.


Rolling sand dunes meet turquoise waters. Vineyards form pleasing pastoral patterns. Farmhouses and fish shanties. Stunning sunsets. Leelanau Peninsula is a feast for the eyes. Not surprisingly, it also inspires and nourishes its art communities. A number of outdoor events are on the summer calendar geared for both artists and art appreciators. Watch a professional paint in real time, peruse a summer morning art fair or try your creative hand at capturing Leelanau’s many moods. Let Leelanau be your muse.


More than 99 miles of state-recognized water trail opened in Antrim County during a late May ceremony.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Thomas “Tommy” Johnson was a familiar face among the area’s unsheltered community, a man who acquaintances said liked rock and roll, could get pretty rowdy, yet had a kind soul.

TRAVERSE CITY — A 53-year-old local man died at Munson Medical Center Hospital from injuries he received after being stabbed during an altercation on Keystone Road.

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will not pursue charges against a Grand Traverse County commissioner after he displayed a rifle at a livestreamed meeting.

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GRAND RAPIDS — While Interlochen Center for the Arts has announced an abbreviated summer concerts series with six August shows, another popular West Michigan amphitheater plans a full schedule of 28 shows starting in mid-July — about the same time that the Michigan-bred Greensky Bluegrass ro…

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ACME — Heavy equipment rolled through the future site of KOTI to lay the groundwork for the first part of a new resort planned in Acme.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Public input on a pair of projects is part of the agenda for the Downtown Development Authority's monthly meeting.

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BEULAH — Kirk Jones couldn’t promise bees buzzing would be among the sound measured at his meadery and winery during a meeting of the Homestead Township Board, but did say an academic engineer would be measuring all noise — human, ambient and perhaps even bee wings.

There’s still time to sign up for the Outdoors Skills Academy Walleye Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 19 at the the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. To register, go to Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses and click on the “Purchase a license” button. Sign in (using either a username a…

As a lifelong fisherman, I have picked up a few things along the way that really matter in regards to this favorite activity. Access to the water and fishing opportunities for all has been a big part of it all.

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The Summer Bird Walk begins at 8 a.m. June 19 at Grass River Natural Area. The guided walk includes a lesson on how to identify birds by their sounds and environment. Pay $5 at the event. 

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Near my house lies a ravine. Not deep by any standards, yet a depression nonetheless, snaking its way downward, curving right, and blending into the vast depths of a mile-long swamp beginning at the bottom of my hill. Though I’ve lived here nearly 10 years, I’m still peeling back the layers …

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TRAVERSE CITY — Several positions have been eliminated in the 86th District Court after passage of a new state law that is meant to cut down on the number of people that are placed on probation.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Restaurants looking for seating on downtown Traverse City’s sidewalks could offer shelter from the storm.

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Before moving to Traverse City, Catherine O’Connor made a career out of shopping. Not for herself — but for the high-end clients she got to know while working in luxury retail.

Realtor Chris Diebel became part of Keller Williams Northern Michigan thought Manistee’s Dwelling Realty. Prior to becoming a Realtor in 2013, Diebel owned a construction company and worked in the hospitality industry. Diebel moved to Free Soil from the Grand Rapids area in 2007. Keller Will…

LANSING — With an estimated 43,000 ages 16-19 seeking and finding summer jobs in the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed June as Youth Employment Month in Michigan.

DEARBORN — Gas prices in Michigan took a big jump from last week, surpassing the national average in the process.

DEARBORN — AAA — The Auto Club Group will add hotel cleanliness inspections this month as part of its more than 80-year-old Diamond Program.

ELK RAPIDS — Short’s Brewing Company announced its specialty releases for the third quarter of 2021.


TRAVERSE CITY — TCF Bank’s tenure in northern Michigan may have been brief, but its absorption by Huntington Bank may have long-lasting implications for the region.

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