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L. Frank Baum, The Goose Man of Macatawa

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born on May 15, 1856. The Holland Sentinel has an excellent feature on Baum's Michigan connection, explaining that this multi-talented man was Louis F. Baum as an actor and playwright,…
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Tracking Ice Cover on Michigan's Great Lakes

Shoreline Ice by Mark Swanson via today's Michigan in Pictures... Ice on Michigan's Great Lakes has become something of a phenomenon in the last few years, attracting photographers and thousands more to see the ephemeral beauty created…
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Five Things you need to know about Michigan: Spring Forward Edition

Loyola High School in Detroit Detroit schools have been in the news a lot of late, and there's a tendency to believe that schools and students can't succeed in Detroit. The public radio show Here & Now looked at Loyola High School…
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Michigan Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer)

Carrie in Kewadin reported HEARING SPRING PEEPERS LAST NIGHT! It's only March 11th, but I saw some crocus shoots yesterday.
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Michigan Waterfall Time-lapses

While working on today's Michigan in Pictures about Root Beer Falls, I came across a great series of time-lapse videos of Michigan waterfalls from Douglas Feltman. Many like Root Beer Falls and Jumbo Falls I had never seen. Enjoy!
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Five Things you need to know about Michigan: Leap Day Edition

Happy Leap Day Michigan! Today is the day we do the quadrennial calendar adjustment known as Leap Day, instituted in 45 BC by Julius Caesar. It's in February because the old Roman calendar ended on the last day of February. Get the full…
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Five Things You Need to Know about Michigan: Primary Colors Edition

Mass Shooting in Kalamazoo I don't know what you can say other than "Isn't it time we do SOMETHING???" Via NBC News: The eight people shot by a rampaging Uber driver Saturday were cut down on what otherwise seemed to be an ordinary weekend…
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Five Things You Need to Know: Boomtown Edition

Next Big Idea for Transportation in Michigan? Speaking on Michigan Radio's excellent Stateside program, RFD Insight founder Lawrence Dolph says that Michigan has all the parts to think big about public transit with hydroelectric-powered  train/commuter…