Lead Stories

5:27 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

How historic Glen Haven became a ghost town

Former Glen Haven Canning Company building.

Ghost towns don't only belong to the Old West. You can find them scattered all over Michigan, including Glen Haven, located in the Leelanau Peninsula right inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Marie Scott is a park ranger in the area. She says the town began before the civil war as a stop for steamers to pick up wood for fuel. As the traffic picked up, it grew from only a dock to a fully functioning town.

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The Environment Report
3:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

What will Michigan's energy future look like?

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:37 pm

In his State of the State address this week, Governor Snyder said we need a long-term energy policy.

“It needs to be an adaptable policy, because of the lack of federal policy and the challenges of a global marketplace," he said. "We need to focus on important things such as eliminating energy waste, and the conversion from coal to natural gas—an asset of the state of Michigan—and renewables."

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Northern Michigan Elections & Government
2:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Northern Michigan's freshmen lawmakers learn the 'intricate stuff' of Lansing

Rep. Lee Chatfield and Rep. Triston Cole

A new session began for state lawmakers last week. 

The newest members of the state House of Representatives and Senate from northern Michigan are settling into new offices and hiring staff, among many other things.

Right now they’re learning about new jobs and about the challenges of getting anything done in Lansing.

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Writers & Writing
11:16 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Michigan Writers on the Air - January 2015

The rapidly changing publishing world—Jerry Dennis, Glen Wolff, and Gail Dennis will explain why they have started their own publishing house, Big Maple Press.

Award winning poet, francine j. harris, reads from her bestselling book, allegiance

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on one of America’s most beloved poets, Mary Oliver.

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Michigan Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Did Beethoven’s heart trouble influence his music?

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:41 am

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Washington believes that Beethoven’s music came from his heart – literally. The team is proposing an intriguing theory: that Beethoven’s masterful compositions were influenced by his cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. Joel Howell is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, a medical historian and a member of the team that has developed this theory.

The team also includes Zachary Goldberger, a cardiologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Robert Johnson, a musicologist specializing in Beethoven from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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