April 1, 2015

Calling All ArtPrize Artists in Michigan!


We would like to spotlight Michigan artists who participated in 2014, or are entering the 2015 ArtPrize® competition, in the July/August issue of Country Lines. For 19 days, 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes an open canvas of art. Artists … [Read more...]

Wolverine Power Moves Forward With Natural Gas Plant


Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative Inc., of Cadillac, is moving forward with a new 432 megawatt natural gas-fueled electric power plant, located in Elmira Township, near Gaylord. The Alpine Power Plant will use natural gas to generate electricity during … [Read more...]

Mushroom Barley Soup


1 T. vegetable oil 2 c. finely chopped onion 1 c. diced carrots ½ c. diced celery 4-oz. can mushrooms, undrained 1 garlic clove, minced 14.5-oz. can beef broth 14.5-oz. can chicken broth 2 c. water ½ c. pearl barley 1 t. salt ½ t. pepper 3 T. … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Soup 


1½-2 lbs. ground beef 1 large onion, diced 2 15.5-oz. cans pink or red kidney beans 15.5-oz. can pinto or chili beans 15.5-oz. can shoe peg corn (or whole kernel corn) 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies 2 14.5-oz. cans, any brand, … [Read more...]

New Touch-Control Faucets Save Water, Energy


The right kitchen faucet can have a strong impact on your water and energy savings. Today, one-handle faucets are common, as their size and shape impact water use, but the newest, most efficient models can be controlled by the wave or touch of a hand. … [Read more...]

Thumbs Up For The Thumb!


Quick! Name your favorite part of our state. Many will say the U.P., Leelanau County, or Grand Traverse Bay. My hunch is some will say, “the Thumb.” We wouldn’t be the Mitten State without a thumb, so let’s pay it some homage… Phil Parrot, a Thumb … [Read more...]

Prepare a Power Outage Kit


A storm can lead to a major power outage, so having a two-week survival kit is wise. Here are contents you should consider including in your kit. Drinking water (5 gallons/person) Food (canned/ dried/crackers) Baby food/ diapers/supplies Pet … [Read more...]

Basketball Madness: ‘Floored’ By Michigan Companies


Tom Izzo surveys the basketball court in Michigan State University’s Breslin Center and still relishes what that court represents. Fifteen years earlier, Izzo led the Spartans to the NCAA championship on that very floor in Indianapolis. After beating … [Read more...]

Songbirds of Wood

Even as the crow flies, it’s a long way between the Chrysler automotive design studio in the Detroit area and Newberry, in the Upper Peninsula. But that’s the route Michael Van Houzen chose in 1976 when, after losing his styling job, he headed to the U.P. … [Read more...]

Deviled Egg Sandwiches


10 slices bread soft butter or margarine, optional 5 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped 1 t. prepared mustard ¼ t. onion salt ¹?8 t. bottled steak sauce 1 T. chopped parsley 2 T. chopped pimento 2 t. cider vinegar ¼ c. mayonnaise Spread bread … [Read more...]