Category Archives: Culture

‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

On the map travels to torch lake to meet the lirones family

Bruce Lirones driving the 'brand new 10 year-old boat' down to Torch Lake

Bruce Lirones driving the ‘brand new 10 year-old boat’ down to Torch Lake

For the Lirones family, an encounter with Maynard Ferguson is one of many stories that parallels Northern Michigan’s rich and warm culture.
Matt Sumner traveled to Torch Lake to meet the Lirones’s and discover their love of life, and the arts. Continue reading

Pitbull ban under fire from animal rights groups

PitbullThe city of West Branch is coming under fire from Pitbull owners and animal rights groups for their ban against the aforementioned breed.

Breed Specific Legislation are laws that ban certain types of dogs from an area. These laws are nothing new, but controversial nonetheless.
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Rise and fall of the Beaver Island Mormon kingdom

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Bands of Native Americans, Irish famine fleer’s and even a Dominican convent have all called the secluded coasts of Beaver Island home.

Also finding solace on the island, at least temporarily, was a group of Mormons who declared a kingdom on the Northern Lake Michigan Island.
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Northwestern Michigan College joins international study abroad effort

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has joined an international effort to boost the number of students studying abroad.

NMC has partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad program to help push students to study the world. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

Expert weighs in on why Valentine’s Day is overrated

valentineThere’s a big day coming up this weekend that many people are looking forward to, the day after Valentine’s Day when the price of chocolate drops!

Let’s face it, whether you’re in a relationship or not, many people say Valentine’s Day is overrated. Continue reading

Northern Michigan ‘Food Hub’ helps local businesses to grow


Michigan foodies said there’s more to local foods than cherries and wine.

And they said lesser known specialties like venison, hummus and beer are now available at stores thanks to what they call, a food hub.
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Japan Culture Center Festival offers unique look at Japanese arts, drums and more.

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a faraway place, but don’t have the time or money right now, how about a trip to Saginaw instead. At one of the city’s culture centers you can literally set foot in Japan.

At Saginaw’s Japanese Cultural Center you can technically stand on Japanese soil, take a step and you’re back in America. Continue reading

Michigan food deserts continue to impact residents


Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.

The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Continue reading

Students take field trips to learn about Michigan shipwrecks


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School kids across Michigan are stepping out of the classroom and onto buses for, what for many, is their favorite time of the year, field trips.

Some that are within driving distance of Alpena are learning about a unique part of Michigan history…shipwrecks. Continue reading