Every now and then I think about how I can do the extra-honest thing, feel a little underappreciated when nobody pats me on the back for it, then feel sheepish for even having that reaction.

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MAPLETON — Claims that Peninsula Township’s ordinances violate the constitutional rights of 11 wineries and an association that represents all but one will move forward in federal court.

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“We know that abusers tend to use their partner as their scapegoat for stress and anxiety. And pretty much the whole world has been stressed out and anxious since early March.” Kristi Cogswell-Boettcher, director of advocacy for the Women’s Resource Center

There is great rejoicing at the G. R. & I. station since the opening of the Northport branch which has been closed on account of the bad storm a week ago Sunday. A crew of about one hundred men spent Friday and Saturday shoveling out about six miles of track between Leelanau and Heimfort…

TRAVERSE CITY — Construction on FishPass is on hold after a 13th Circuit Court judge reversed his previous call and placed a preliminary injunction on the project.

Some foods seem to survive and thrive throughout time. Who can say why? Probably because they fulfill a human need, are flexible and easily riffed on and may be simply prepared with few ingredients.

BEULAH — A Benzie County commissioner resigned from her seat, the county’s finance manager left to take a job in Leelanau County and Administrator Mitch Deisch announced he will retire at the end of summer.

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As we leave the challenges of 2020 far behind us, the Dennos Museum Center team is thrilled to look forward to a new year filled with new possibilities. 2021 is a very special time for us, marking 30 years of extraordinary programs, exhibitions, and performances in our great community up nor…

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TRAVERSE CITY — Former Grand Traverse County Jail Administrator Todd Ritter was sentenced to 16 months to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor, stemming from accused misconduct while running the jail.

The Netflix animated series “Big Mouth” has what might be the most fitting theme music I’ve ever heard on a show. It’s the late soul singer Charles Bradley bellowing, “I’m going through chaaaaaa-nges,” which is the chorus to “Changes,” the cover of a Black Sabbath song he released in 2016, n…

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CHICAGO — Christopher & Banks has begun the process of closing more 400 of its clothing stores nationally, including the one in Grand Traverse Mall.

Erickson’s Salvage, Donald Erickson, 8130 Erickson Road, WilliamsburgStreet Team, Michael Drilling and Benjamin Street, 522 E. Front St., Traverse CityJohnecare, Susy Williams, 4103 E. Duck Lake Road, GrawnMaguires Beauty Services, Stephanie Maguire, 1128 E. Eighth St., Traverse CityAmp Jewe…

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TRAVERSE CITY — A contract that provides mental health services to the Grand Traverse County jail expired at the end of December, leaving inmates without two specialists that have worked there for about two years.

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ELK RAPIDS — A cultural audit of the Elk Rapids District Library Board showed trustee relationships in a “downward spiral,” a financial audit of expansion funds will take longer than planned and a resolution intending to re-affirm board unity, sparked a contentious back-and-forth over free s…

As we head toward the middle of January, ice fishing is becoming more widespread however caution still needs to be used. Anglers are targeting crappie, bluegills, bass, pike, and walleye.

I’ve never put a lot of thought into fishing pliers until recently when I was out with Brandon Stanton and we needed them. When I handed him the Rapala pliers he had in the boat, he launched into praise for the tool.

GRAND RAPIDS — We waited until 9 a.m. to meet up as the temperature was in the teens overnight and it would have been pointless to start much earlier.

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Sleigh rides continue this winter at a variety of locations. Dress for the weather and visit Ranch Rudolf in Traverse City, Fantail Farm in Benzonia, Antler Ridge Farms in Williamsburg, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville and Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Prices vary. Each location accepts …

TRAVERSE CITY — A work/study position his senior year of college was Steve Perdue’s first exposure to the reward of providing services and opportunities to those with disabilities.

I’ve done columns in past winters on taking guided raft trips down the Sturgeon and Jordan rivers. Winter float trips offer a different look at northern Michigan, offering solitude and quiet beauty along area rivers shrouded in snow.

A collection of columns from Record-Eagle Outdoors Columnist Mike Terrell:

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“It’s a sobering experience, but there has to be some accountability for the rhetoric. There have been too many times our president has been given a pass and that just can’t happen anymore. I regret very much that it’s come to this, but we have to stand this ground.”— Jim McKimmy of Milton T…

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