February 6, 2016

Keeping Soil Healthy: Gypsum’s Role In Agriculture And Electricity

We can grow more food, but we can’t grow more land. So, how do we protect our planet and get the most out of every acre? It starts with healthy soil. Soil is everything to a farmer. It houses the nutrients, minerals and water for crops to grow. Essential … [Read more...]

It Really Does Take A Village

In rural Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico, is a tiny village called Buena Vista and it is just that—a “good view.” Set amongst the mountains, with peaks poking through the clouds—it’s a magical sight. At least during the day. At night, the … [Read more...]

Camp Grayling: Michigan Is Home To World-Class Training Center

Northern Michigan is a destination for outdoor lovers—paddlers, campers, fishermen and cross-country skiers—and for military convoys carrying camo-clad soldiers to the largest National Guard training facility in the U.S. Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Bookmaker

Chad Pastotnik’s alchemy is half art, half toil. The fine-bookmaker must baby ancient machines, negotiate literary translations, conduct workshops, and fulfill international speaking engagements. In a recent blog, Pastotnik, who runs Deep Wood Press … [Read more...]

Sunken Treasure: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The eerie romance of a shipwreck is something that seems saved for epic adventure novels or blockbuster Hollywood movies. But just off the coast of Lake Huron, near unassuming Alpena, MI—is one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the Great … [Read more...]

Home is Where the Art Is

Coined the largest open art competition in the world—Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize has made its mark on the art world. It has been covered by the likes of The New York Times and GQ and lauded as both a great art experiment and lambasted as the art equivalent of a … [Read more...]

Meet Michigan’s First Lady of Energy

Often referred to as Michigan’s “Energy Czar,” Valerie Brader chuckles at that moniker. She appreciates the respect, but prefers the title that Gov. Rick Snyder gave her, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. Brader, 38, is the first … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Iron Man

While he makes his living from his 37-year-old business, Moran Iron Works, Tom Moran has had a second career as a teacher. His first student? Tom Moran. The son of a career lumberjack, Moran always had an interest in metalwork, but with college an … [Read more...]

Doak’s New Course: Double The Fun

A golfer’s bucket list of courses likely includes “Top 100” links by golf course architect Tom Doak, such as Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes. With his new project at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, MI, Doak’s own bucket list—of … [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...]