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History & Heritage as Told Through Our Industry

Posted on September 27th, 2018
Every town has a story. Every dot on the map is there for a reason. A town may have been established as a major place of commerce, or located along a wagon route rich with a necessary resource like fresh water, or exist simply because it was halfway between here and there.  Alpena’s story is r…

A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

Posted on September 6th, 2018
Local Experience Writer Lara King gives readers an inside look at a familiar favorite in Northeast Michigan. Alpena’s neighbor to the Northwest, Posen, has been celebrating the local potato harvest in Northeast Michigan for 67 years. Generations of families have grown up learning how to dance

The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Posted on November 9th, 2017
Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon? You’ve wondered, and we have your answers! The 3 most influe…

Pure Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

Posted on April 12th, 2017
Tapping Maple Trees Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians used it both as a food and as a medicine. Ea…