7 ways to find your winter fun in Manistee

MANISTEE COUNTY, MI – Winter may have already arrived on our doorsteps, but unless you put a little planning into your next adventures, this season of deep powder and snow-covered forest trails might just zip by without you grabbing your chance to get outside and play.

Whether you’re a sled head ready to tackle new trails with your snowmobiling friends or a cross-country skier in search of some stride-and-glide bliss,

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Where to find a perfect fir for the holidays? Try a national forest: Peak Northwest podcast

Why pay top dollar for a perfect Christmas tree when you can pay a nominal fee, tromp off into the woods and cut down your own?

While you might not walk away with the prettiest fir in the world, harvesting your Christmas tree from the national forest is a Pacific Northwest pastime – and a great excuse to get outside this time of year.

On this week’s episode of Peak

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Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at We Care Arts

ExploreYou can help Hannah’s Treasure Chest make Christmas wishes come true

Schalnat always said the We Care Arts philosophy stands in bright contrast to the traditional workshops many people with disabilities attend each day. The studio is lively, an environment where participants learn valuable job and life skills and are encouraged to stretch their minds in ways traditional programming might not provide. Coming to the agency or participating in

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Local residents find ways to stay active, connected as COVID-19 winter approaches | Tri-state News

GALENA, Ill. — After switching on the music, Emily Painter checked her computer to make sure all the dancers attending the class virtually could hear the song and see her as she started to move.

Every song had different moves and a new tempo, but each was designed to ensure the dancers — either participating remotely or in person — could follow along during the morning workout.

“It’s been

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Ski resorts expect a busy season. Can they find enough workers?

As ski resorts start to open for a new season, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted protocols such as socially distanced lift lines and reduced capacity for indoor dining. Yet the industry is also benefiting from Americans’ desire to get out of their houses and into fresh air. 

“People are excited to have this ability to have a respite from everything they’ve been dealing with the last several months,” said Ryan

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Americans torn between taking vacation and avoiding coronavirus, surveys find

Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go

Two surveys found many travelers express hesitation during the coronavirus pandemic about taking a trip.

Sixty-seven percent of those responding to an AAA Travel survey released Thursday say they are uncertain about whether to take a vacation.

Online booking site Travelocity found 57% of Americans say they won’t travel for the year-end holidays this

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Surveys find Americans want to go, fear COVID-19

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If you can’t get out of the city, try camping in your own backyard.

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Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go. 

That’s the finding of two surveys that both found many travelers are expressing hesitation due to the coronavirus pandemic about taking a trip.

Some 67% of those responding to an AAA Travel survey released Thursday say they are

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Outdoorsy remote workers find new home in Tahoe

A view of Stateline, Edgewood and Lake Tahoe.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

When the pandemic hit back in March, Nic Owens’ job at a renewable infrastructure company in San Francisco, like so many others, transitioned to work-from-home. Though his company could be flexible at times with remote working in pre-COVID times, it wasn’t the norm, nor was it something that Owens was entirely excited about.

“Personally, I didn’t

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Has a mini-break in Paris lost its allure? I took the Eurostar on Monday to find out

Paris has reopened to tourists, but the experience is rather different - getty
Paris has reopened to tourists, but the experience is rather different – getty

Checking into my hotel after arriving in Paris by Eurostar, I reacquaint myself with a passion shared with one of the City of Light’s most famous luminaries. ‘He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime,’ wrote Victor Hugo.

It was fantastic to

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Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd last month, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users

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Vast Federal Aid Has Capped Rise in Poverty, Studies Find

Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)
Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year when the coronavirus sent unemployment to the highest level since the Great Depression, two new studies suggest. The assistance could even cause official measures of poverty to fall.

The studies

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