An effort to promote economic development in Genesee and Shiawassee counties is expanding south to the Michigan-Indiana border.
The effort began 5 years ago to promote development along the I-69 corridor. This summer, the effort is expanding south to include the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall, Michigan. Continue reading →
Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.
Environmental activists rallied at the state Capitol today to protest an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is operated by Enbridge Energy – the company responsible for a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Continue reading →
Bears are a part of life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but for one family business, bears are a way of life. Oswald’s Bear Ranch offers a walkabout for visitors to get up close to these huge animals. Continue reading →
Out of all of the destinations in the world, Mackinac Island is in the running for the most romantic spot.
In a contest held by USA Today, Mackinac Island is currently ranked 2nd out of 20, for the most romantic spot in the world. The island trails Porto, Portugal. But is ahead of spots like the Bahamas, Colombia, and Argentina.
The quaint island is one out of four places in the U.S. to make it on the list.
Voting for the top spot will continue until August 3rd.
Today our On The Map series makes its next stop in Clare.
As you drive down any highway in Michigan, you may see an unfamiliar (or familiar) billboard for “Cops & Doughnuts” a ‘World Famous Bakery in Clare.’ Talking with the owners of the bakery you would never know these guys are world famous, as they act like a friendly hometown neighbor. Continue reading →
After more than 20 years, restoration work on the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is nearly complete
Scientists from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plan to remove a blockage from the river which they say will help restore roughly seventy (70) acres of prime sport fishing area. Continue reading →
Sault Ste. Marie will soon be rolling out a new mobile app that allows downtown patrons to pay for parking meters with their smartphone.
Users just download the app (the name will soon be released) and type in a code listed on the decal of the meter. A credit card or bank account can be linked with the app. The rate will be the same as using coins, but for those using credit cards, a fee of $00.35 will be added. Change can still be used on the meters.
Justin Knepper is the Downtown Manager of the Sault Downtown Development Authority. He said the upgrade will help tourists who visit and the employees who work downtown.
“We have over 470 meters in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, close to over 5,000 employees, half a million tourists that come into Sault Ste. Marie each year, and so the meters really help us make sure that our shoppers and our tourists have a place to park.”
Knepper explained how he is hoping this app will make things more convenient for downtown shoppers.
“You park at a meter and not have to worry about rushing back immediately or forgetting about it and getting a ticket, it gives you that option to be right on top of things and make sure you’re taking care of your business in the most efficient way possible. We hope that it will provide a really great convenience factor.”
The app and meters are expected to be upgraded by August.