Category Archives: Tourism

Michigan casinos working to end human trafficking

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

Pair of dice in front of poker chips.

The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness. Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel. The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.
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Cultural connections in Bay City

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Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture, and how some unique cultures have been the basis for central and northern Michigan communities.

My first stop was Krzysiak’s House- a family owned restaurant that serves authentic Polish food and traditional American cuisine.
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Idelwild, a look down memory lane

Zapp Brothers,Performer

Zapp Brothers,Performer

Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture and how unique cultures form communities.

Idlewild was the epitome of entertainment for African Americans to enjoy and be apart of. It was the place to be from the 1920’s to the 60’s.
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Northern Michigan businesses search for seasonal employment

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Photograph (may or may not be digitally edited)

Some northern Michigan businesses are having trouble finding enough workers during the busy summer tourism season.


Even in July, many tourism related businesses are still searching for seasonal employees. And part of the problem may be that fewer young people are staying in northern Michigan over the summer.

Jane Butzier is the operations manager for Northwest Michigan Works. She said it’s a year-round problem, but is heightened during summer.

“There is all the tourism and seasonal employment. So that requires probably more of a younger workforce. The young families and the people who are trying to make this their home, and have families here, need more typically than seasonal employment. So again it’s tapping that younger workforce that we don’t have much of.”

Butzier said she’s been seeing problems like this, especially during the summer, for the last three years.

Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.

PBS WWII history documentary being shown in Traverse City this weekend

Photo courtesy: PBS

Photo courtesy: PBS

History that was largely forgotten is now resurfacing in the form of a documentary on PBS.

Heroes on Deck focuses on the history of World War II aircraft carriers found at the bottom of Lake Michigan and the pilots that trained on them.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now conducting Zika tests in-state

falcontubes (1)In the past, testing for the virus was available but had to be done at out-of-state laboratories. That resulted in turnaround times of six to eight weeks.

Jennifer Eisner is a spokesperson for the department. She says by conducting the tests in Michigan, potential patients will receive results faster.

“A big part of this is with the quicker turn around time and the sooner someone knows their results, it can help reduce the potential for sexual transmission . Because if you know you have the virus you can take preventive measures to help stop the spread of the disease.”

The virus is spread by mosquito’s and through sexual contact. It is known to cause serious birth defects in infants.

Eisner said symptoms in adults are typically mild, including red eyes, rashes and fevers.

DNR offers $5000 reward for information on vandal

brokensignThe Department of Natural Resources is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of vandals who destroyed DNR property.

The damage was done to a new sign detailing areas where turkey hunting would be fruitful in Allegan State Game Area.
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2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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Bay City is looking for input from the public on the future of Wenona Park in the city’s downtown

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One of the plans on the table for discussion is a proposed 3-million dollar pavilion.

Darwin Branski is the park’s building and grounds manager. He said the park’s master plan was developed in 2006.

“ We expect that there are some site modifications that may come about as a result as this. Or maybe some additional features that are identified that folks would consider to be important. We hope to update that plan. And based on the public input that will chart a future for the development or the completion of the development of the park.”

Branski said a workshop is scheduled to discuss the park Wednesday at 6:30 at the Bay City City Hall.