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Michigan Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

History buffs seek Michigan location for a 19-day festival in 2016

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/History-Prize/146759932084035

Ludington and Traverse City are on a short list for a new 19-day festival being planned for 2016.

Listen to IPR's conversation with Mara MacKay about History Prize.

History Prize would be modeled after ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Organizers of the new event hope to offer cash prizes in the tens-of-thousands of dollars for the best exhibitors.

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Michigan Healthcare
11:09 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Retiring CEO champions Mercy Hospital Cadillac's sale to Munson

Mercy Cadillac CEO John MacLeod agreed to lead the transition to Munson before retiring this year. He is pictured with Shannon Smith, who is his marketing manager.
Credit Linda Stephan

UPDATED 8/25/2014 This story has been corrected to properly reflect the role of Mayor Carla Filkins at Mercy Cadillac. She oversees the purchasing of supplies. We regret our earlier error.

Two northern Michigan hospitals now owned by a national health system could soon be the property of Munson Healthcare in Traverse City. A deal for Mercy Grayling and Mercy Cadillac is expected in September.

Going local is just the opposite of what we’ve seen in Petoskey, Cheboygan and Ludington. All joined major hospital systems in recent years, in part for the stability and access to capital those big players can provide.

In Cadillac no one seems very worried about bucking the trend. That’s at least in part due to the efforts of one man. The outgoing CEO of Mercy Cadillac is leading the transition into Munson as his final legacy before retirement.

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Michigan Food & Agriculture
10:59 am
Tue August 19, 2014

The growth of the gourmet food truck industry is charted in new UM study

It's estimated there are about four thousand ‘gourmet’ food trucks, in U.S. cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Gourmet food trucks have seen remarkable growth in recent years.

A new University of Michigan study looks at the phenomena.

Researcher Todd Schifeling is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UM.  He’s also a big fan of food trucks. In fact, he says he was spending so much time eating at his local food truck, he thought he might as well get some research done at the same time.

Schifeling says gourmet food trucks tend to grow in communities with active locally grown food scenes and more than the average number of college graduates.

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Tourism & Recreation
4:51 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

City of Cadillac expands free bike program

Credit City of Cadillac

A free bike rental program in Cadillac was expanded this summer. Today the city is loaning out 30 bicycles at two locations. The original location remains at Mitchell State Park. The city has added a second rental location across Lake Cadillac at the downtown After 26 Café.

Mayor Carla Filkins says the program, called Bike Cadillac, is designed to encourage more visitors and residents to use the area’s bike trails.

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Grayling Fish Hatchery
6:18 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Groups ask state to reverse fish hatchery permit

Environmental groups have asked the state to reverse a permit that allows a commercial fish hatchery to expand on a legendary northern Michigan trout stream.

The Grayling Fish Hatchery is located along the AuSable River, which is renowned for its trout fishing. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups say that trout population could be threatened by pathogens and parasites from a fish farm that’s allowed to raise as much as 300,000 pounds of fish.

“Frankly, we think it’s a lousy, lousy place for a commercial fish operation,” said the Sierra Club’s Marvin Roberson.

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