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Mike is the author of ThumbWind.com An ongoing project to show the highlights of a gem of a region a short drive from Metro-Detroit. Designated as the Wind Energy Capital of the Great Lakes, the Upper Thumb is a dichotomy of farming, renewable energy production and the pristine playgrounds of our sugar sand beaches along Saginaw Bay.

I love this area and seek events to share. From Caseville’s famous Cheeseburger festival , Sailing on Saginaw Bay, and Wind Farm development across the Thumb. We look for the fun the region has to offer and pass on the “Best of the Thumb”

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    Famous Bankrupt Restaurants We Would Love to See Again

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    Haunted and Spooky Sites in Michigan’s Thumb

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    Check out the most active paranormal sites in Michigan's Upper Thumb—an area full of colorful history.

  • Ora Labora - A Lost Colony in Michigan's North - Part III
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    Ora Labora - A Lost Colony in Michigan's North - Part III

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  • Traveler Hints and Things to Do at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
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    Traveler Hints and Things to Do at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

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    Ora Labora - A Lost Colony In Michigan's North - Part II

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    Part II of the Ora Labora story outlines the summer of 1863. Building is rapid and progress exciting in Michigan's north. But the looming effect of the Civil War is about to impact this fledgling German religious colony's effort to bring their culture and traditions to the Great Lakes wilderness.

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    Tour Detroit in a Day

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    How to Attract Orioles to Your Backyard

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  • First Time Sailors on the Great Lakes
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    First Time Sailors on the Great Lakes

    4 months ago

    After a couple buys an old sailboat to explore the Great Lakes they tell the tale of their first short cruise across Michigan's Saginaw Bay with four young kids.

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    Create a Straw Bale Garden in Your Backyard

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    Ora Labora - A Lost Colony In Michigan's North

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    How Technology Wiped Out Michigan's Grindstone City

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  • Visit Isle Royale National Park: Fun for All Ages
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    Visit Isle Royale National Park: Fun for All Ages

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