Author: Coulter Stuart

Senator Gary Peters Holds Infrastructure Roundtable with Traverse City Leaders

Negotiations on an infrastructure package continue in Washington and Friday, Michigan Senator Gary Peters met with northern Michigan leaders about what they’d like to see included. They told the senator they hope the infrastructure package can address issues like rural broadband and roads. They said damage caused by climate change and rising lake levels also needs to be addressed. Senator…

Midland Business Alliance Helping Bring Vaccine Clinics to Local Businesses

The Midland Business Alliance is working with local businesses to make it easier for their employees to get vaccinated. The Business Alliance, along with Mid-Michigan Health and the Midland County Health Department are now offering to host vaccine clinics on-site at companies. Doctors will also be on hand to answer any questions employees may have about the vaccine. The business…

Northern Michigan Vaccine Incentives, Partnerships Continue as State Works to Reach Herd Immunity Levels

More incentives are being offered to try and encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A new approach is also being taken to reach more unvaccinated people. The vaccine rate in Michigan has slowed significantly over the last month, leaving the state short of its vaccine goal and not at herd immunity numbers. That’s led to more vaccine incentives along…

Downtown Mt. Pleasant Social District Returns

Downtown Mount Pleasant has once again closed a section of their downtown area to vehicle traffic. A section of Broadway was closed last summer to allow for more outdoor dining space and social distancing. The plan was a hit with both visitors and local businesses, so it was brought back for a second year. Ponder Coffee Shop says they had…

Mt. Pleasant Welcomes Back Festival of Banners

The Festival of Banners is back in Mount Pleasant for its 13th year. Around 300 banners are now on display throughout Isabella County. Each one has been decorated by community members and local artists. Art Reach of Mid-Michigan puts on the festival every year and they say it’s always fun to see the variety of ideas that come to life….

Onekama Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of Town’s Creation

Onekama is excited to celebrate 150 years since their town was created, and they’re telling the fascinating story of how it happened. An 1871 dispute between lumbermen and farmers prompted farmers to dig their own access to Lake Michigan from Portage Lake. It became known as ‘The Cut.’ The channel brought opportunity to the area and created Onekama, all over…

Third Annual Restaurant Week Kicks Off In Frankfort and Elberta

It’s the third annual restaurant week for Frankfort and Elberta, and restaurants are offering a wide variety of food and specials. Restaurants are also offering drink specials. The annual event allows restaurants to show off their seasonal creations and signatures dishes. It also allows patrons the chance to check out a different menu every night. “Expect an offer of $18…

Northern Michigan Courts Return to In-Person Trials While Facing Case Backlog

Courts across the state are getting back to in-person jury trials, while also dealing with a back log of cases. Like most everything else in the past year, court proceedings have looked different and went largely virtual. But, they’re slowly returning to in-person business and in person trials. Isabella County has been holding trials since February. “I would say we’re…