mackinac island en A new board game that explores Mackinac Island <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a new board game called </span>“Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Island Treasure Hunt.” It was created to get people thinking more about Michigan's natural beauty and historical treasures.</span></p><p>Jim Muratski, co- creator with Barbara Overdier, said they came up with the idea when they were in the woods thinking to themselves, “what’s a good way to have other people see what’s happening out here?”</p><p>“I think people are used to just visiting the downtown part of Mackinac Island and not really getting out into the state park area, which we find pretty fascinating,” Muratski said.</p><p>The board game is actually five games in one. There is a card game, a nature hike board game, a cooperative scavenger hunt game, a memory game, and a treasure hunt game.</p><p>More information on the board game is available <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>*<em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:21:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 18295 at A new board game that explores Mackinac Island Terri Lynn Land shows she's not ready for prime time at Mackinac <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce may not like to admit this, but their </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Policy Conference’s official agenda is not the reason the vast majority of those who attend go to the island. Many who pay the steep registration fees of between $2,000 and $3,000 come for the incredible networking opportunities.</span></p><p>Mackinac in May is unique because for three days, you have virtually all the state’s top business and civic leaders and politicians in one building on an island without cars. They can’t easily run away; they have to talk to each other, and those beguiling possibilities attract hordes of media, too.</p><p>Yes, the conference spent a lot of money this year to bring in education and business experts like Jim Clifton and Joel Klein. But during their sessions, most of the businessmen seemed to be huddling with each other. And the media tend to focus its attention on politics, especially in an election year, and on the One Big Story of the day, in this case, Detroit.</p><p>This year’s conference was no exception. This has been something of a love fest for Gov. Rick Snyder, who is frankly adored by the vast majority of those here.</p><p>Though there is one protestor wearing a giant paper-mache Snyder head outside the hotel, inside, Snyder is viewed as a cross between a rock star and a conquering hero. His only competition in the charisma department came, perhaps surprisingly, from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:21:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17791 at Terri Lynn Land shows she's not ready for prime time at Mackinac In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding <p><strong>Calley wins straw poll to be Snyder's running mate again in 2014</strong></p><p>"Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll of Republicans attending a party conference this past weekend on Mackinac Island. New Jersey Governor Chris Christy came in second. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley easily won the straw poll to be Governor Rick Snyder’s running mate again in 2014," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Government shutdown could affect Michigan's poor</strong></p><p>"A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable. John Nixon is Michigan’s state budget director. He says if the federal government does shut down starting October First the state will have trouble finding money to pay for food assistance Medicaid and other programs for the poor," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports</a></p><p><strong>14 Michigan universities to benefit as Wayne State forfeits state funding</strong></p><p>"Wayne State University's decision to raise tuition at a rate above a cap for performance funding set by the state Legislature is benefiting Michigan's other public universities. State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified the Detroit school earlier this month that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding because of the 8.9 percent increase. The money has been divided among the state's other 14 public universities," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:03:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14539 at In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding Stateside for Thursday, June 13th, 2013 <p>Close your eyes for a moment and think about what America looked like, say, in 1962, the furniture, the architecture, the cars. We explore the huge role Michigan had in mid-20th century design.</p><p>And, before National Fudge Day--yes there is such a thing--we take a trip to Mackinac Island, which has a pretty legitimate claim as the modern day Capital of Fudge.</p><p>And, we interviewed an entrepreneur from Waterford who has developed a unique way for women to show appreciation for the men in their lives.</p><p>Also, we took a look at the recent Pew research report.</p><p>First on the show, we turned to Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes for our weekly Thursday check-in.</p><p>The theme for today's conversation seems to be: the Day of Reckoning is at hand for Detroit.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:16:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13040 at Stateside for Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This coming Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it is also National Fudge Day.</span></p><p>By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880s. By the turn of the century, fudge-making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, which today has a legitimate claim as the modern day fudge capital.</p><p>Tourists pile off ferries and onto Mackinac Island by the thousands every day during the summer. For many, one of the first stops when they arrive or the last stop before they board a ferry back home, is one of the island’s 15 or so fudge shops.&nbsp;</p><p>Island-wide, the favorite is plain, unadulterated chocolate fudge.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:02:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 13035 at Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island Dan Musser Jr., Grand Hotel owner, dies at age 80 <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The owner of Michigan's most famous summer hotel has died. R.D. "Dan" Musser Jr. was 80.<br><br>Musser owned the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. In a statement, the hotel says he died Saturday of congestive health failure at a Lansing hospital.<br><br>Musser started working at the hotel when he was in college in 1951. It was owned at the time by his uncle, W. Stewart Woodfill. Musser became president in 1960 and purchased the hotel, with wife Amelia, in 1979.<br> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:28:29 +0000 The Associated Press 12131 at Dan Musser Jr., Grand Hotel owner, dies at age 80 Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk <p>A national environmental group says plans to expand an oil pipeline near Mackinac Island presents a serious ecological threat.</p><p>The <a href="">National Wildlife Federation</a> opposes Enbridge Energy’s plans to expand the nearly 60 year old pipeline that passes through the <a href="">Straits of Mackinac.</a></p><p>Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation, said the age of the pipeline, the Straits of Mackinac's dangerous currents, and a lack of safety equipment close by threatens to put the vacation <a href="">destination at risk</a> of a major spill.</p><p>"With Enbridge’s estimates and average current speeds for the Straits, we believe oil could spread to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in the three hours it would take them to respond," said Wallace.</p><p>"If six hours passed, oil could spread to Wilderness State Park. Twelve hours, and oil could be all the way to Cheboygan [Michigan],” said Wallace,&nbsp; “and the damage from a spill, without a doubt, would be devastating."</p><p>It took Enbridge 17 hours to realize it had a broken pipeline near <a href="">Marshall, Michigan</a> in 2010.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That spill released more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The cleanup of Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River has cost close to a billion dollars.</p><p>There is still oil in the river.</p><p>An<a href=""> Enbridge</a> spokesman says the Calgary-based oil company is reviewing the National Wildlife Federation's report.</p><p></p><p>Jeannie Layson, PHMSA's Director for Governmental, International, and Public Affairs, issued a written statement on the NWF report:</p><blockquote><p>Pipeline safety is a top priority at PHMSA, and we hold pipeline operators accountable when they violate federal requirements. For example, Enbridge just paid the<a href=";vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank">highest</a><a href=";vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank"> civil penalty in the agency’s history</a> for the Marshall, Michigan spill. In addition, PHMSA executed a consent agreement which imposed more<a href="" target="_blank">stringent</a><a href="" target="_blank"> safety requirements</a> for the entire Lakehead System, including Line 5.</p><p></p><p>Pipeline safety requires a combination of enforcement, information sharing and transparency and public education. PHMSA&nbsp; created&nbsp; the <a href="" target="_blank">Stakeholder Communications</a> website to provide the public comprehensive, searchable information on the safety records of pipeline companies, such as incident rates and PHMSA’s oversight actions and enforcement activities including fines, warnings, and violations. Additional information on pipeline operators in Michigan can be found on our <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan State Pipeline Safety </a><a href="" target="_blank">Profile</a>page.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:18:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 9521 at Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk Annual Mackinac Island conference starts today <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is scheduled to make opening remarks as the Detroit Regional Chamber begins its annual policy conference on Mackinac Island.<br /><br /> The conference regularly draws more than 1,000 business and government leaders for three days of discussions about the Michigan economy, education and other issues. It starts Tuesday.<br /><br /> This year&#39;s program will focus on how Michigan can improve its global competitiveness through innovation and collaboration.<br /> Tue, 29 May 2012 10:26:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7647 at Annual Mackinac Island conference starts today Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island celebrates 125 years <p>The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, where Mark Twain once lectured, five U.S. presidents have stayed, and a place that has been named a National Historic Landmark, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.</p><p>The hotel opened for the first time in 1887, and it starts this year&#39;s season today with a series of<a href=""> special events</a> marking the milestone.<br /><br />In July, the AP reports there will be a party with a 125-foot birthday cake for guests to enjoy (I&#39;m guessing that&#39;s not 125 feet <em>tall</em>).</p><p>Here&#39;s a grand ole&#39; 1944 Metro Goldwyn Mayer video on Mackinac Island in which narrator James Fitzpatrick calls the Grand Hotel &quot;that romantic institution justifiably called the grandest of grand hotels.&quot;</p><p>;feature=player_embedded#!</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 14:59:48 +0000 Mark Brush 7341 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island celebrates 125 years Hotel owner, tribe cooperate in repatriation of remains on Mackinac Island <p>The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will rebury human remains found last week at a construction site on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Cecil&nbsp;Pavlot, Sr.&nbsp;handles repatriation for the tribe.&nbsp;</p><p>He said the ceremony won&rsquo;t be publicized to avoid it becoming a &ldquo;three-ring circus.&rdquo;</p><p>&quot;Not to be secretive,&quot; said Pavot, &quot;But to be respectful and not have a crowd standing around and watching.&quot;</p><p>Pavlot said it&rsquo;s possible the remains could be European settlers.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 23:29:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4889 at Hotel owner, tribe cooperate in repatriation of remains on Mackinac Island Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island, visits from Perry and Romney expected <p>Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will be on Mackinac Island this weekend for a Republican conference held by the state party every two years. The two prominent presidential candidates will speak with party faithful tomorrow at the Grand Hotel.</p><p>Also on the island are many campaign signs, buttons and t-shirts advertising names of Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls. Among them is Gary Glenn, the president of the anti-gay-rights group American Families Association of Michigan. He says coming to Mackinac Island this weekend is important for his campaign.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:48:45 +0000 Laura Weber 4289 at Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island, visits from Perry and Romney expected GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island <p>On the heels of <a href="">last night&rsquo;s Republican presidential debate</a>, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are heading to <a href="">Mackinac Island</a>. The two GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to attend the <a href="">Michigan Republican Leadership Conference</a> this weekend.</p><p>As <a href="">Rick Pluta</a> tell us, it&rsquo;s a time for Republicans to brainstorm their policies and political messages:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s where half of the political culture is going to be. [They&#39;ll] be developing the platforms and messages that they&#39;re going to be coming back to us with next year...&nbsp; to try and make the case that it ought to be another Republican year.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Pluta notes that fundraising also plays an important part at the conference:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Conceivably its to network and to plot strategy but, it&#39;s on a resort island, and it&#39;s really for Republicans who have the money or the means to go up there so, as you can imagine, there&#39;s a lot of fundraising... as the individual GOP campaigns figure out how they&#39;re going to finance their efforts.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Governor Snyder</a> will address the conference this evening. The events wrap up on Sunday. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:43:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 4274 at GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island Ready....Set.....SUMMER <p>More than a million Michiganders are expected to spend part of the Memorial Day holiday weekend travelling to popular tourism destinations.&nbsp; But&nbsp;they are expected to watch their spending too.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">A AAA Michigan survey</a> found Michiganders plan to spend about 14% less on things like food and other amenities during their Memorial Day holiday travels this year.&nbsp; The main reason - <a href="">4 dollar a gallon gasoline.</a></p> Fri, 27 May 2011 16:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2657 at Ready....Set.....SUMMER Memorial Day weekend may mean a little less 'green' for Michigan's tourist destinations <p>More than a million Michiganders are expected to get-a-way to some of the state&rsquo;s favorite tourist spots next weekend.&nbsp; But they are not expected to spend much money Memorial Day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">AAA</a> surveyed its members recently and found many plan to spend less of their vacation budget on restaurants and other amenities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2590 at Memorial Day weekend may mean a little less 'green' for Michigan's tourist destinations