leelanau county

6:15 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Ranking the health of Michigan's counties

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

A new report ranks the healthiest and least healthy of Michigan’s 83 counties.

Ottawa County topped the rankings as healthiest, while Wayne County placed at the bottom.

But there’s no geographic pattern to the rankings put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers.

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5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

5 natural gems even native Michiganders don't know about

Grand Island in the UP has great kayaking
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Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was voted 'The Most Beautiful Place in America in 2011,' we know that. 

Some Michigan natives try to avoid the popular tourist sites during peak visiting months. The crowds can be overwhelming for some tourists, too.

Lifelong Michigander or not, if you're trying to soak up Michigan's beauty without all the people, check out michigantrailmaps.com.

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Politics & Government
9:47 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Commentary: League of women voters

The night before last, I drove to Suttons Bay in Leelanau County, just a few miles north of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

I went there to get inspired, and I was. Not by the magnificent scenery along Grand Traverse Bay, though it is still lovely country even in this season of competing rain, snow and mud.

I went there because the League of Women Voters just formed their own Leelanau County chapter – the twenty-first chapter in Michigan – and had invited me to speak.

What I’ve found out over the last few weeks is that even in our information overload society, a dismayingly large number of people have no idea what the league is or what it does. Some think they are the little old ladies who check your name off the voter list at the polls. In fact, the League of Women voter s is, more than any group I can think of, everything good about Democracy in action.

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4:27 am
Wed March 20, 2013

How healthy is your county? The 10 best and 10 worst in Michigan

The darker the green, the less healthy the county.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

A new survey shows your health may depend on where you live in Michigan.

The University of Wisconsin puts out an annual assessment of the health of the nation’s counties. The survey compares different factors, including access to clinical care and personal habits, like smoking.

As you may expect, counties surrounding Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids score high on the survey, but so do several counties in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Stateside: Dana Falconberry's "Leelanau" soundscapes

Dana Falconberry's music draws from the lush landscapes of the Leelanau Peninsula
Alicia Vega

Listening to Dana Falconberry's lush music, it becomes clear the artist draws inspiration from Michigan's western coast.

We spoke today with Falconberry about her latest record, "Leelanau," and the role that Michigan's landscapes play in her music.

"It's so beautiful up there, it's easy to be inspired by the land," said Falconberry.

With track titles like "Pictured Rocks" and "Sault Ste Marie," Falconberry's latest is in many ways a musical homage to a state beaming with beauty.

Listen to Falconberry's interview and music in our podcast.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

1:14 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

M-22: Who owns the rights to road signs in Michigan?

Broneah Inc.'s trademark on the M-22 highway route marker.

Several weeks ago I posted on the debate taking place over the trademark owned by brothers Matt and Keegan Myers.

They've captured the love people have for northwest Michigan and Leelanau County with their M-22 business.

M-22 has been a success, but they've also been working to keep others from selling stuff emblazoned with a Michigan state road sign symbol.

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1:02 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Owners of M-22 logo promise to "go down fighting"

State route M-22 winds through Michigan's scenic Leelanau County.
Larry Page wikimedia commons

Several years ago, brothers Matt and Keegan Myers had an idea - capitalize on the love people have for the Leelanau County area by selling t-shirts, hats, coffee cups, bumper stickers, wine, and other items with the state highway M-22 logo on them.

State highway M-22 winds through the scenic coastal areas northwest of Traverse City, and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan's "pinkie."

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3:04 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Top ten Northern Michigan beaches

Lead in text: 
Check out what MyNorth.com thinks are the top-ten best Leelanau Peninsula beaches the state has to offer. An up north escape from this heat sounds pretty good right about now...
  • Source: Mynorth
  • | Via: Elaine Ezekiel
Northern Michigan Beaches: Use the MyNorth.com guide to the best Leelanau beaches to find "the delight of your life." Jul 23, 2012 Intern Thea Senger Northern Michigan Beaches: The ancient Native American word Leelanau means "delight of life".
12:37 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Parts of northern Michigan get 20 inches of snow, power still out for many

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A winter storm passed over the northern part of the state starting last Friday night.

One meteorologist described it as a "cement-mixer" type of snow.

Interlochen Public Radio's Peter Payette reported "the heaviest snow came down on Leelanau County this weekend where 20 inches fell according to an estimate from the National Weather Service."

The snow was wet and clung to trees and utility lines around the region.

All phone service went down in Leelanau County, even cell phone coverage.

Much of that was restored by Saturday evening but many roads there and elsewhere remain impassable due to downed trees and snow.

On Saturday the American Red Cross scrambled to set up warming shelters from Baldwin to Cheboygan.

And many hotels in Traverse City filled up Sunday night.

And the Associated Press reports that many customers are still without power:

Consumers Energy says 35,000 customers still have no power in northern and northwestern Michigan due to storms that began Friday.

Nearly half the outages are in Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse counties. The utility says the "destructive nature" of the storm has been a challenge to repair crews.

Most customers north of U.S. 10 should get their power back by midnight, but the wait in some of the hardest-hit counties could stretch to Tuesday.

Those counties include Benzie, Charlevoix, Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee.

Public schools in Traverse City are closed today, and people who see downed power lines should call (800) 477-5050 or local police.