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Michigan Politics

Task Force Makes Good Start on Straits Pipeline Woes

Although some environmentalists say they do not go far enough, task force recommendations by Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant had a good opening salvo against threats posed by Enbridge More...

Nature Notes

Golden Lungwort: One of the Invasive Floral Species Seen on Island

In my 1995 master’s thesis, “A Floristic Study of the Vascular Plants of Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Michigan,” one of the things I discovered was that about 28% of the nearly 600 species of vascular plants (those having condu More...

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

Poison Ivy – A Natural Biological Hazard

Summer is in full bloom. As spring sprang slowly into summer, the foliage and flora followed, likewise turning the land from scrawny to lush. More...


The weather this past week has been just beautiful, with bright, sunny days and cool nights. The weather is absolutely ideal for the flowers and they are just stunning all over the Island. More...

A Look at History

Custer Road Is Reminder of Victorian History on Mackinac Island

On top of the Island bluff by the Governor’s Mansion is a wood-shrouded road marked “Custer Road.” It gives walkers and bikers from nearby starting points, such as Grand Hotel, a shortcut to Mackinac Island’s historic cemeteri More...

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