Features/News

Thurston Sets Out to Make His Own Fish Fertilizer

More than 1,000 pounds of fish parts from the nearby Mackinac Straits Fish Company went into Mr. Thurston’s first batch of fertilizer.

McNamara-Underwood Captures Passage of Winter in Pastels

Local artist marks the passage of winter with a series of pastels.

Effort Is Holding Off Winter’s Icy Grip

The St. Ignace Municipal Marina might appear silent and still, but constant maintenance protects the structure from ice during the winter.

Sheer Determination Grows Dafter Farm

Farming is hard work, and no one knows it better than novice Jodi Hunter, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program’s Farmer of the Year.

201 Teams Bring Their Game to Moran Bay

201 hockey teams, joined by spectators and community volunteers, took to the ice in St. Ignace for the ninth annual U.P. Pond Hockey Tournament.

46 Years in Hardware: John Lipnitz Marks Retirement

After 46 years and two business locations in downtown St. Ignace, John Lipnitz is retiring from True Value hardware store

Moran Beagle Is Rare Champion

A Moran family trained one of the Midwest’s eight International Field Champion beagles. The dog earned distinction after recovering from life-threatening illness.

Minecraft Club at School Is More Than Just a Game

St. Ignace Elementary/Middle School’s Minecraft Club harnesses the imagination of students to develop their skills and interests.

Pega Kennedy’s Tastes of the Season

Pega Kennedy of Brevort sends her husband off to his Cheboygan deer camp with 75 dozen cookies.

Migrating Owls Are Focus of Banding Study at Straits

In a wooded area just outside St. Ignace, a continual beeping noise can be heard from sundown to sunup. The source is a little box with a pin-sized light that continuously plays the call of a male sawwhet owl.

Fresh Ice Ready at Little Bear Arena

Children learn how to skate at Little Bear East Arena the day after its ice rink opens.

Beagle Leaves Life in Lab, Finds Home

A beagle used for laboratory testing finds a new home and a loving family on Mackinac Island

Fort de Buade Building Poses Ongoing Risk to Collection; Awaits Roof Repair

The deterioration of Fort de Buade Museum threatens its collection. The downtown building awaits a city inspection and repair.

Show Draws 910 Antique Tractors of All Makes and Models to St. Ignace

The St. Ignace Tractor Show draws 910 antique tractors to the straits for a chance to cross the Mackinac Bridge.

30,000 Walk Bridge

More than 30,000 people attend the 57th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk and complete the five-mile trek from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City

City Hall May Be Worthy of Register

St. Ignace City Hall might be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, owing to its interesting architecture and the point in time that it represents.

Rendezvous at the Straits Celebrates Culture

The Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow, now in its eighth year, brought family, friends, and newcomers together at the Father Marquette National Memorial west of St. Ignace

Virginia Olmstead Recalls ‘Many Wonderful Years’

Long-time city clerk Virginia Olmstead recalls experience with city as she approaches 100th birthday.

Radio Voices

Iowa reporters bring news of the front to audiences at home during World War II.

Cracking the Code

Elizebeth Friedman graduated from Hillsdale College in 1915 with a B.A. in English and an interest in Shakespeare that unexpectedly led her to become a pioneer in the field of cryptography.

A Marked Man

James F. O’Connell, the “Tattooed Man,” acquired a full-body tattoo as a castaway in the South Pacific’s Caroline Islands, but found himself an outcast when he came to the U.S.

Right to Write

A play in Pennsylvania asks, “what is authentic?” and challenges audiences to examine perspectives beyond their own.

First Lady of the Revolution

A girl from Alabama ventures to “The Land of Eternal Spring,” where she marries “Don Pepe” José Figueres Ferrer and finds herself in the midst of a revolution.

Manifest Beauty

Step into the world of “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints,” an exhibit of art from Northeastern Brazil on view in Detroit.

Pickford Mania

In 1909, when Mary Pickford began acting in movies, performers’ names were not even released to the public. But she came to shape both a new industry and a new understanding of “celebrity.”

Love and the Revolution

Lucy Flucker and Peggy Shippen were well-bred specimens of the ideal eighteenth-century American lady when love altered the course of their lives and thrust them into the action and intrigue of the American Revolution.

Colors that move: The Ballet Russes

A look at Serge Diagilev’s Ballet Russes, a revolutionary dance company of the early 20th century.

Piano duo brings romance, poetry

Half a preview for a duo piano concert and half a profile of the two pianists, Debbi Wyse and Kristi Gautsche.

Tower Players bring "Medea" to life

A preview of Hillsdale College’s production of “Medea,” set in Fort Michilimackinac, circa 1680.