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When my kids were little and there was a full moon, I would take them out to a local park to swing by the moonlight. It became one of the things we did. When we moved to Michigan, I bought a house with a swing set in our backyard. more
A year ago, the Lansing City Council rushed through a tax package in support of a hot new soccer team that would share space with the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team. more
The family restaurant “where good friends meet,” officially unveiled recent façade improvements to its location at 1825 N. Grand River Ave. more
East Lansing’s Judy Winter is one of only 10 women nationwide to be selected as a 2019 Women of Worth honoree by L’Oreal Paris for her development of Eric “RicStar” Winter Music Therapy Camp.   more
On an unwindy Friday night, a colossal section of a bur oak tree dating back at least to the 1800s and possibly the 1700s came down behind Cozy Koi Bed and Breskfast, 720 Seymour Ave. more
Lansing is poised to approve yet another “brownfield” redevelopment plan, this time for a $9 million renovation of the historic Bethlehem Temple Building in Old Town.  more
East Lansing has a six-way scrum for three positions in this year’s City Council election, giving residents a chance to affirm the big changes that have come to the vibrant college town over the past four years or vote in some new blood. more
Absentee voting is already under way for candidates running for the city councils in Lansing and East Lansing. In Lansing, four are running for two at-large seats, which will go to the top two vote-getters. Two ward seats are also up. In East Lansing, six candidates are seeking three Council seats, which will go to the top three vote-getters. The election will be decided on Nov. 5, when polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. more
Polished in a shirt and tie, Brandon Betz has spent months knocking the doors of the First Ward in northeast Lansing, vying for a spot on the City Council. more
The city of Grand Ledge has a spirited three-man race for mayor, with three longtime residents with a background in public service all facing off to lead their city of 7,786 people. more
Do you shop at a Kroger supermarket? Or maybe at Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, King Sooper’s, Fry’s, City Market, Pick n Save, or … well, never mind, all of these and more are part of the vast Kroger fiefdom of 2,759 grocery stores spanning the US. It also owns 38 food processing plants, 44 distribution centers, 1,556 gas stations, and 251 jewelry stores. In short, Kroger is BIG — a colossus that is America’s largest grocery chain, dominating many local markets from coast to coast. The Cincinnati-based retail conglomerate sacks up revenues topping $121 billion a year from us consumers. more
Virg Bernero, the 50th mayor of Lansing, has settled into private life as a consultant, which he said is going well and is less stressful than were his 12 years running Lansing that ended in 2017. “But I miss public service,” he said. So he has accepted an offer from NRM Streamcast, in Farmington Hills, to air a weekly, hour-long podcast, “The Virg Bernero Show,” beginning Oct. 17, that will stream live noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Here are edited and condensed excerpts from an interview in the house that BerneroHannan (Randy Hannan was his chief of staff) rents on Seymour Avenue from businessman Chris Holman. more
To believe that the president of the United States has done nothing wrong in asking the government of Ukraine — and now, more openly, China — to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and/or a California company called CrowdStrike, which investigated Russia’s hack of Democratic National Committee’s servers for the DNC in 2016, you have to believe the following. more
Medical marijuana dispensaries were once prolific on Michigan Avenue, with numerous locations operating there in the days before the city and state embraced regulation. They all closed in its wake. more
Sensing that independent voters aren’t in love with the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump, Republicans nationwide are hopping on Democrats in battleground districts who have come out in support of an impeachment inquiry. more
One of the most significant developments in Lansing’s recent history officially broke ground today on the eastern edge of the city, as the old Red Cedar golf course gives way to new apartments, hotels, shops and park space.  more
My favorite thing we have is the Hofbrau Heifeweizen Dunkel beer. I discovered it when I was riding around Germany on a motorcycle. I rented a BMW and tore it up on the Autobahn across the country. This is a darker beer with a thick creamy head. more
The city of Lansing is inching along building out its bicycle network even as it struggles to keep up with its crumbling road network. more
Michigan comes in next to the bottom of the region in a recent study ranking the happiness of people in each state. more
Women who fish have created a new Twitter hashtag to promote awareness of their growing numbers. more
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