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Michigan Arts & Culture
5:57 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ludington to host first 19-day "History Prize" event in 2016


Ludington will host a new 19-day history festival when it launches in the summer of 2016.

Several Michigan communities were vying for the festival, called History Prize. Organizers are modeling after the hugely successful ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids.

“We’re still early in the planning stages but very hopeful this is going to have a huge impact, not only for Ludington and Mason County, but the surrounding region as well,” says Brandy Henderson, of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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1:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Volunteer labor last chance for county ice rink

Credit Tom Carr

We’ve all heard of pay-to-play sports. Well, for Cadillac recreation league hockey players it’s work-to-play. That’s because it is now up to them to keep their county-owned hockey rink open.

Volunteers are also helping several other counties and cities around Michigan and elsewhere in this era of tight budgets.

Eric Gustafson, for instance, could have been working around the house on a recent Saturday. Instead, he stepped into what feels like a refrigerator with classic rock blaring.

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Michigan Healthcare
5:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Munson leaders say they have a final agreement to buy hospitals in Cadillac, Grayling

The sale of Mercy Cadillac to Munson Healthcare is likely to be final February 1st.
Credit Linda Stephan

Leaders at Munson Healthcare say they have a final agreement to buy two more hospitals. Mercy Cadillac and Mercy Grayling are currently owned by a major Catholic health system based in Southeast Michigan, CHE Trinity Health.



The deal is expected to be final February 1st. For now leaders are keeping quiet about the purchase price and other financial details. The sale still needs approvals from the government and the Catholic Church.

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3:22 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Energy crisis brewing in the Upper Peninsula

There are plenty of questions about how we’ll generate electricity in the U.S. in the next century. But the problem is particularly pressing in the Upper Peninsula. The owners of the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette are ready to close it. The agency that regulates the energy grid won’t allow that, and residents of the UP are paying millions of dollars to keep it running.

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Benzie County
10:38 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Writer gets 'inside' Kelli Stapleton's head in national cover story

Credit New York (magazine)

Kelli Stapleton is on the cover of this week’s edition of New York (magazine).

The Elberta woman was sentenced earlier this month to at least 10 years in prison for trying to murder her autistic teenage daughter in September 2013.

Hanna Rosin, a journalist based in Washington, D.C., wrote the cover story after months of reporting and interviewing Stapleton and her family.

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