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“On the Map” visits Alma to explore Padnos, a manufacturer in the recycling industry

Padnos signThe family owned business has been recycling materials for four generations.

Padnos settled/ opening in Holland, Michigan in 1905. The family originally went to farms and sawmills trading goods for iron. Then they shipped the iron to large cities for manufacturers to use.

The company has grown. In the last century expanded to 20 locations throughout Michigan. It employs 500 people statewide.
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Cultural connections in Bay City


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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USS Edson brings naval history alive in Bay City

USS Edson

USS Edson

Our ‘On The Map’ tour of Bay City wraps up with a stop right near the foot of the of the Independence Bridge.

There, moored along the shore of the Saginaw River, sits the USS Edson. It’s a Forrest-Sherman class destroyer that served, with distinction, during the war in Vietnam.

The USS Edson is one of the engineering marvels to come out of the 1950s. Built in Maine, she was commissioned in late 1958, and remained in service for over 30 years. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits America’s safest bakery: Cops & Doughnuts


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

‘On the Map’ visits Michigan’s winemaking region


France, Italy, Spain and California are all known as popular wine regions. And in recent years, a new location has been added to that list: Michigan.

In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, the wine industry contributed over $300 million into the Michigan economy, much of it coming from northwestern Michigan. Continue reading

Fishtown: A Town Within A Town

IIMG_0860t’s considered one of the gems of northern Michigan: the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s home to some of the state’s best agricultural destinations, including vineyards and orchards… as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes in the midwest.
Leland is situated right between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on the western edge of the Leelanau Peninsula. The quaint little community certainly isn’t northern Michigan’s largest, yet it is still big enough to host a town within a town… a hidden town, if you will. Continue reading