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The War of 1812 left Detroit impoverished. When word reached Michigan about the Treaty of Ghent, which ended America’s second war with Great Britain, Detroiters gathered at Ben Woodworth’s Hotel and held what is called a Pacification Ball to celebrate the war’s formal end.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
War of 1812 PBS film. DVD on order.
Personal income in Michigan rose 4 percent in 2014, but Michiganders still lag behind those in other states on income per capita.
That's according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, which released its report on personal income by state this week.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Personal income on the rise for Michiganders, but lagging nearby states", MLive, March 29, 2015.
Michigan has nearly 200 state boards that regulate, advise upon and promote everything from agriculture to acupuncture, corn to controlled substances, and milk to morticians.
Running those boards cost the state $1.3 million last fiscal year, based on information provided to the State Journal. That total covers only the cost of bringing the members to meetings and direct administrative expenses.
It doesn't include any spending on programs the boards run, which are often obscure, hyper-specific or seemingly duplicative.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Michigan spends $1.3M on meetings of state boards", Lansing State Journal, March 29, 2015.
For a related article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Snyder wants fewer 'licensing regimes'", Lansing State Journal, March 29, 2015.
Even though they began a two-week spring break Thursday afternoon, lawmakers didn't take a break from introducing a slew of bills last week.
The newest pieces of legislation deal with everything from help for victims of domestic violence to changes in state energy policy and a ban on the sale, possession or use of powdered alcohol.
Perhaps the two bills that could have an impact on the most Michiganders though, are: allowing communities to set local policy on when and how fireworks can be used on all days except the three days surrounding the Fourth of July, and allowing local school districts to start school before Labor Day as long as schools are closed on the Friday before Labor Day.
About 40% of the laws introduced in the last legislative session ended up becoming law.
For the rest of the article, see Kathleen Gray, "Fireworks, date for beginning of school among new bills", Detroit Free Press, March 29, 2015.
That sound in your ears is your heartbeat, and in the silence of the woods it's the loudest thing you hear.
"If you go stand in the snow, it's all sound dead; it's all sound dampening out there in the winter," said John Jungwirth, who calls this isolated place home. "You stop and you can hear your body tick."
He lives in a log cabin in a mountainside forest in the northern wilds of the Upper Peninsula. The nearest road is miles away. The only way to get to the cabin is to hike awhile through the woods.
John and his wife, Victoria, own Ishpeming Birchbark Canoes. They build traditional wood canoes at home by hand the way the Ojibwa Indians of the region did hundreds of years ago, a skill that comes easy because they live the way those tribes did back then, too.
For the full article, see John Carlisle, "Couple turns dream into reality in U.P. wilds" with video, Lansing State Journal, March 16, 2015.
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