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Fast Tourism, a global digital tourism company, has launched a new app that guides visitors on an efficient, if not frenetic, one-hour tour of the Sleeping Bear Dunes region and Leelanau County. Users are encouraged to maximize their “up north” experience by visiting as many destinations as possible in a short amount of time.

Contemporary American with flavors from around the world, this is Blu. The daily changing menu sources the freshest local ingredients available with Chef Randy Chamberlain’s unwavering desire to be spontaneous.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center hosts the 31st edition of Exposures, an annual exhibition of creative work of nearly 100 Leelanau County students in grades k–12. The exhibition runs April 19-28. A reception to honor the exhibitors is Thursday, April 25, from 4–6 pm in the GAAC gallery.

Owners Tim and Sue Nichols began Riverfront Pizza in 1982, which has become the go-to eatery for locals and visitors alike. They pride themselves in creating delicious, homemade dishes with the abundance of fresh foods that the area has to offer.  Come relax on our deck next to the clear waters of the Crystal River, relax, and enjoy a meal at Riverfront.

La Becasse serves authentic French country fare in Burdickville in Leelanau County. The restaurant is a mere 30-minute scenic drive west of Traverse City, situated between Glen Arbor, Empire and Maple City.

The acting president’s shutdown of the federal government, now nearly a month old, has furloughed approximately 800,000 workers nationwide. One Leelanau County resident considered an “excepted employee” is an air traffic controller at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. He spoke with the Glen Arbor Sun under the condition of anonymity, citing a government “gag order”.

Leelanau County’s Scandinavian roots shine bright this time of year. The colder, harder months juxtaposed with holiday spirit, lights, and community togetherness give many locals a chance to honor their Nordic ancestors.

After leaving the decrepit lodge and climbing up the mountain, Jeff Katofsky felt better about his prospects to revive Sugar Loaf—once the economic lifeblood and biggest employer in the county but which has been vacant since 2000.

In northern Michigan’s vineyards and orchards, ablaze with fall colors, migrant farmworkers are known to sing corrido ballads and folk songs as they pick grapes and apples from sunrise to sundown. But their voices fell silent this autumn when targeted roadside arrests by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and workplace visits by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased starting in late September.

As they elaborate on their goals and farm structure, I am struck by the planning and intellectual effort that went into the purchase and creation of this new farm. John and Bailey have researched and taken advantage of seemingly every grant and loan available to them as young farmers.