An ongoing, weekly series of stories focusing on the people of northern Michigan. Click on the map points to read more.

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Editor’s note: This is the second installment Kathy Bussell’s story. The first focused on her re-occurring battle with breast cancer; the seco…

TRAVERSE CITY — Quilting became popular in America during the 19th century. Today, northern Michigan boasts many quilting groups like Fellowsh…

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TRAVERSE CITY — For author Randall Sullivan, the story of Oak Island started in 2003 as a piece for Rolling Stone magazine.

MANCELONA — Milo, a shy puppy who spent the first seven months of his life in a kennel, recently spent a week in the woods surrounding Starvat…

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City’s past is a tale of adventure, romance, generosity and greed. Those who thrill to such stories recently lost a c…

KALKASKA — Riley Miracle, of Kalkaska, said she debated whether to call her eighth-grade community service project “fidget blankets” or “lap q…

TRAVERSE CITY — Formula: check. Rehydrating supplies: check. Sterilite bins and climbing cages: check and check.

TRAVERSE CITY — Amanda Lodge is a wanderer who likes to connect with the ground she walks on — especially if it’s at high altitude.

TRAVERSE CITY — Eric Lemmon has 10 gold medals from the Michigan Special Olympics and is hoping to add more to his collection.

TRAVERSE CITY — They sold the motorcycle and eventually had to retire the bicycles.

TRAVERSE CITY — Music thumped through a boom box as guest theater instructor Johamy Morales led students through ensemble movement exercises d…

TRAVERSE CITY — Warm, dry feet: If you have them, chances are you don't notice. If not, you may notice little else.

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area District Library’s science fiction collection can’t compare to the intrigue of the universe’s dark matter.

TRAVERSE CITY — Mark Handler said he was no Mozart, but he remembered taking songs he heard on the radio and playing them on the piano at age 4.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Death is no stranger to Penny Cox and Joy Marotzke.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Ernie Barry stumbled into car design by accident, but after decades of sketching for the auto industry, he can’t imagine havin…

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TRAVERSE CITY — An ordinary school day turned into a Blue’s Clues adventure for DJ Freet when a teacher handed him his own “handy dandy notebo…

TRAVERSE CITY — The music started but no one moved. All held hands and shared a circular embrace, crying while their routine’s music played in…

TRAVERSE CITY — Brenda Knaack has been retired for years, but the time she spends volunteering for Grand Traverse County Probate and Family Co…

TRAVERSE CITY — Carol Duvall is perhaps best known for “The Carol Duvall Show,” a crafting show she hosted in the 1990s.

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BENZONIA — Traverse City resident Nancy Bordine invites people to metaphorically “walk a mile” in the shoes of their ancestors during her “Sho…

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TRAVERSE CITY — Bill O. Smith’s father was a “quiet hero” who always downplayed his service during World War II.

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PETOSKEY — Angeline D’Balentine, of Petoskey, started drawing dolls last fall as a hobby.

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TRAVERSE CITY — The nun scans the painting furiously; breasts here, genitals over there. Pablo Picasso's haphazard private part placement stym…

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TRAVERSE CITY — Anvil and forge, drill press, welder. Farrier Trent Smith is readying the tools of his trade for his biggest job of the year.

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BENZONIA — Nick Lonsdale has never known life without a wheelchair, but he doesn’t let the chair — or his handicap — define him.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Diann Grimm, a retired speech and language therapy teacher, has traveled to Nepal seven times since she started the nonprofit …

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TRAVERSE CITY — Eight kindergarten students in crisp white aprons hurried around Old Mission Tavern. A pair of friends balanced glasses of ice…

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TRAVERSE CITY — Veteran truck driver and Ennis Trucking owner Earl Ennis III can think of plenty that could go wrong on a long haul out to Ala…

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TRAVERSE CITY — One of Kaitlyn Baldwin's duties as a critical care nurse is to reassure patients that everything is going to be alright. Then …

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TRAVERSE CITY — Marian Gauthier stood next to a “Red Kettle,” ringing a bell with one gloved hand and waving to a downtown pedestrian with the other.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Two kids: Melissa Fournier can say that now. Before, the small-talky question, “How many children do you have?” would launch a complex emotional inner battle over what to say, and how much.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second story of our “Santa series” — a weekly look through the frosty window at four people who pull on the red sui…

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story kicks off our "Santa series" — a weekly look through the frosty window at four people who pull on the red suit this …

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TRAVERSE CITY — Christopher O’Non bounces out his pre-show jitters like a boxer, channeling nerves and adrenaline to energize his entrance.