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Sarah LeSage

What We've Lost: The community impact of invasive species

Invasive species are costly to Michigan cities and their residents, negatively affecting everyone's quality of life. Here's a look at what we've lost to invasive species and how we can prevent future invasives from causing similar damage.

An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, his wife, Erica, his mother, Rosemary, father, Jim, and children Teddy, Josie and Owen.

New Red Wings coach has roots in the Soo

New Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill talks about his experiences playing hockey growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Manufactured home communities also sometimes offer old-fashioned neighborhood amenities.

The return of the pre-fab home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

The Racket is an all ages music venue in Marquette.

Local couple brings all-ages music venue to Marquette

Marquette's vibrant live music scene thrives mainly in local bars, making it off-limits to younger listeners--until now. The Racket, an all-ages music venue in Marquette, provides a stage for young musicians and a safe atmosphere.

Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit.

The next level of being a localist: 3 ways to up your local game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.

The Moose Drop Inn is open seasonally in Michigamme.

Review: Moose Drop Inn is top 10 in the U.P.

The Moose Drop Inn in Michigamme gets a top-10 rating from the food review blog Small Town Girl Foodie World.

Chris Boyle of Solo Shot.

The Henry Ford Innovation Nation: The Solo Shot

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Take the perfect selfie with the SoloShot camera, then meet inventor Chris Boyle at Maker Faire® Detroit!

Bill Sterrett stands in a portion of maintained state forest land.  It was clear cut around 35 years ago and has grown back.

All about the (real) green: How forestry is about community impact, not financial

Think that recently clear cut forest in your community is a darn shame? It might not look lovely, but the forest management practice is crucial to healthy trees, wildlife and communities in Northern Michigan. 

Espy Thomas of Sweet Potato Sensations.

Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small.

Small business owners made a splash at a recent Mackinac public policy conference by encouraging attendees to "Think Small."

Students take M-STEP online testing in the DeTour Area Schools.

Island and remote schools provide unique mix of culture, challenges

Some small schools in the Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan face unique challenges of geography--island schools, and their close cousins, remote school districts.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

The Honoring Our Children program focuses on young children.

In the U.P's Native American communities, early childhood education is getting a big boost

With an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is making sustainable investments in early childhood development and education throughout the U.P.'s Native American communities.

The Flying Moose will soon be open in Marquette, owned by Jeremy and Melanie Poch.

Husband-wife team opens old-time general store in Marquette

Meet the husband-wife team behind the Flying Moose, a new "old-time general store" in the heart of downtown Marquette. Their goal: nothing less than "a one-stop shop" for organic food, local beer, sporting equipment rentals and much, much more.

The British rock band Badfinger plays the Calumet Theatre this month.

British rock history on stage at Calumet Theatre

The band Badfinger will be playing at the Calumet Theatre this June 26, reconstructed after a long and notable history.
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