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Battle Creek Air Show & Balloon Festival, June 30 - July 4, 2006

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Little Thunderbirds by Jaras After a year's absence, planes and lighter-than-air crafts return to Battle Creek for the five-day Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. The annual event officially begins today at W.K.…
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Sculptor Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids

Tom Otterness Sculptures by oldbrushes WOOD-TV Grand Rapids has a feature on the Tom Otterness exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The exhibit represents the artist's largest public art exhibition in the United States to date. The sculptures…
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Explore Your Roots, Discover Your History, July 21 & 22; Lansing

The 2006 Abrams Genealogy Seminar, is designed for beginning and experienced family history researchers. Learn more about resources at the Library of Michigan, as well as at research centers throughout the region, and enjoy the keynote address…
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Bay City Tall Ship Celebration: July 20-23

Bounty Tall Ship by taylorcraft75 Bay City is proud to be the only official host port in Michigan for the American Sail Training Association's Tall Ships fleet. Magnificent Tall Ships will line up on either side of the Saginaw River in…
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What Will Happen to Tiger Stadium?

What Will Happen to Tiger Stadium? UPDATED: April 3, 2006: In Talking Baseball, Jack Lessenberry talks about shiny new Comerica Park, the old stadium, great players and the possiblilities of a new season. (Tigers did win the opener, 4-3!) UPDATED…
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Detroit Zoo Issues Page

UPDATED: February 26, 2006 Feb 26, 2006: River Rant is indeed ranting today about the Zoo, imagining how former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young might have handled the zoo issue. It's also a four-star look at one of Michigan's legendary…
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Valentines Day in Michigan

Our staff has pulled together some great links and articles for Valentine's Day to tell you more about the holiday and give you some great entertainment and gift ideas. We'll start off with this St. Valentine's Day information from Wikipedia.…
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Michigan History: The Hopewell Indians

Hopewell Mound by Gray Redfox NOTE: Mound is in West Virginia! Before European settlers, even before the Odawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibway, prehistoric people called the Hopewell built hundreds of burial mounds in the river valleys and forests…
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Michigan at the 1893 World's Fair

During the summer of 1893, tens of thousands of Michiganians headed to Chicago to enjoy a giant fair that marked the 400th anniversary of the European discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. (Although the Italian explorer had "sailed…
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Father Marquette Discovers the Mississippi River

During the summer of 1673, Father Jacques Marquette became the first Frenchman to explore the Mississippi River. To this day, these explorations remain among the most fascinating that occurred in North America. Born in France, the twenty-nine-year-old…
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Michigan at Gettysburg

For three frantic and bloody days in early July 1863, tens of thousands of Americans fought in the streets and fields around a small town in south-central Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War's biggest battle, occurred midway…
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SOO LOCKS at 150

On June 18, 1855, the steamer Illinois became the first boat to pass through the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie. The trip past the rapids of the St. Mary's River took less than an hour. Although the Soo Locks were difficult to build, they soon…