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Benzie’s Decoration Man

When the holidays arrive, Marley’s decorations thrive. By Jacob Wheeler Current Editor Back when he was a student at Benzie Central, native son Marley Demers got the idea to place Christmas decorations in the school cafeteria. He contacted…
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From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock

A Benzie Thanksgiving among the Dakota Sioux to protest an oil pipeline. By Jacob Wheeler Current Editor “They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took…
The 2016 presidential primary helped to close the gap between the number of Benzie County’s registered voters who vote (in blue) compared with the number who do not vote (in red). Graphic by Aubrey Ann Parker.
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Voting in Benzie County

A look at voter registration and turnout
The Platte River will have seen a record number of visitors at the end of July, according to predictions. Photo courtesy of Joe Lachowski/Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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Where Are the Workers?

Tourism economy booms, but finding help proves elusive
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Benzie Central and Frankfort will graduate close to 150 students on Sunday, June 5. What if we could send them all off to college? Photo by Aubrey Ann Parker.
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Benzie Promise

Sending every kid to college
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A Bridge Story

Protecting bridges and saving fish on the Betsie
Paddle-to-the-Sea, a musical yarn released. Image courtesy of Song of the Lakes.
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Getting the Band Back Together

Song of the Lakes releases first album in over a decade
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A Benzie Home: 2015 was a banner year for real estate

Last fall, Kurt and Samantha Dellicker scored their own piece of Northern Michigan heaven, right here in Benzie County.
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Gerald’s Talking Dog Essay Contest 2015: Third Place

Diva and the Real Dog By Anne-Marie Oomen Gerald's Talking Dog loves cherries. That's all he talks about… Gerald. Gerald. Gerald's Talking Dog loves cherries, all things sweet. That's all... Diva’s shower opera echoed against…
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Gerald’s Talking Dog Essay Contest 2015: Second Place

By Doug Sanders Gerald's Talking Dog loves cherries. That's all he talks about. Of course, he doesn’t call them “cherries.” They’re “Bings,” which is his favorite word. “Bing me,” he says when he wants some cherries in his…
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Gerald’s Talking Dog Essay Contest 2015: First Place

By Gordon Berg Gerald's Talking Dog loves cherries. That's all he talks about. But who you gonna call when those beloved cherries mysteriously disappear??? Stormcloud, Private Dog. Gerald’s Talking Dog, a scruffy mutt named Stormcloud,…
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Gerald’s Talking Dog Essay Contest 2015: Judge Submission

By Jeff Smith Gerald's Talking Dog loves cherries. That's all he talks about. He talks Montmorencies, Balatons, dwarf root stock, cold tolerance. He talks dormant sprays, petal fall, shuck stage. He talks Malathion, fruit flies, fungal response.…
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The Cabbage Shed’s History

According to Allen L. Blacklock’s book, History of Elberta, and records from the Benzie Area Historical Museum, the site where The Cabbage Shed now sits, on Waterfront Lots 16 and 17, was first occupied by a general merchandise store, built…

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