Author: Madison Gardner

Breath of Life Chiropractic Wellness Center: 8 Weeks to Wellness

A program called 8 Weeks to Wellness is unfolding at the Breath of Life Chiropractic Wellness Center in Petoskey. It’s an 8 week program that is using functional fitness, chiropractic care, nutrition, massage and mindfulness, helping people get on the right track to a healthier lifestyle and providing quality of life instead of quantity. Dr. Kyle Denholm says, “The average…

Habitat for Humanity: There’s No Place Like Home

The Grand Traverse Region of Habitat for Humanity is partnering up with a local Veteran and his Family Helping them Become Homeowners

“It was either buy groceries or pay rent,” says Holly Monteith, a mother who was struggling to find a safe and affordable place to call home here in Northern Michigan. Her husband, Kyle Monteith has served the country for 9 years and they were jumping from home to home until they sought help. Before contacting the Grand Traverse Region Habitat…

The Great Wolf Lodge Hosts Coast Guard Families for Free

It’s cold outside, but not too chilly to head to the water park if you are a local Coast Guard family. Coldwell Banker Schmidt and The Traverse City Great Wolf Lodge are teaming up to show their support for families impacted by the recent partial government shutdown. Together, they are offering a family fun day for pool and water park…

Antique Snowmobiles: Preserving History with a 100 Mile Ride

There was once a time when snowmobiles went 10 miles an hour instead of 100. They’re antique which is why they look and feel different. According to the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, the definition of antique means 1968 or older. “These snowmobiles you see here are very primitive. They were made with industrial components – the chains, the sprockets,…

Adventure Awaits Just North of the Bridge

Derrick Larr and Madison Gardner head to the Upper Peninsula for a winter adventure!

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to call ourselves Michiganders – especially during the long, winter months. Chief Photojournalist Derrick Larr and I were quickly reminded how lucky we truly are when we went to the Upper Peninsula on assignment to meet some awesome people and learn new things – like how to ice climb, how ice caves are…

Eben Ice Caves: “You can’t even copy that in a photo”

Tim and Heidi Swajanen own 40 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula and only a field separates them from one Northern Michigan’s finest treasures.  “From our doorway to the ice caves is 1.3 miles,” says Tim Swajanen, who is referring to the Eben Ice Caves located in Eben Junction, between Munising and Marquette. He has lived on the property…

Valentine’s Day: Spreading Love Through Song

A group of Young Northern Michigan Families Coming Together to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Seniors at the French Manor Assisted Living in Traverse City

When you think of Valentine’s Day you probably think of flowers, chocolates and romance. For some Northern Michigan families, it’s more about celebrating community love.  A small intimate group surprised residents at the French Manor Assisted living facility to serenade them with love songs, candy and handmade Valentines. “I think it touches everyone no matter what age they are,” says…

The Upper Peninsula Taking Climbers to Great Heights

Ice Climbing in the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula is home to more than 200 climbs for both professional and beginner ice climbers. They range in height from 20-200 ft providing a unique challenge for anyone who dares to try!  Bill Thompson, The Co-owner of Down Wind Sports says, “We have people that have never climbed before, we have people that have been coming up here…