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Ann About Town: The Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Spartan Hall of Fame Café is off the beaten path for many East Lansing residents, but it more than makes up for the distance by being the most intensely Spartan place outside MSU’s own borders.

ELi on EARTH: Sweet Harvest

Monday, October 19, 2015

Photo: Pioneer sugar plant in Sebewaing, Michigan, in a photo taken by the author about two weeks ago.

The sugar beet harvest has arrived in Michigan just to the north and east of East Lansing. Driving by the areas where the beets are farmed, you can see huge piles of the beets piled in trucks and on staging pads across the region. The beets look like big, cream-colored turnips. One pile I drove by in Sebewaing two weeks ago was about 15-feet high, two lanes wide, and as long as a football field. (See below.)

ASK ELi: How Are TIF Proposals Managed in East Lansing

Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).

The Good Life: Putting Up at the Market

Friday, October 9, 2015

Image: Peppers for sale at Wildflower Eco Farm.

It’s funny what a difference a preposition can make. In English, putting up with refers to tolerating something or someone. But putting up refers to preparing a foodstuff to keep over the winter.

Artist Meet and Greet At Saper Galleries: Lou Heiser's Vistas Of Michigan

Friday, October 2, 2015
Artist Lou Heiser and Saper Galleries owner Roy Saper

This weekend, discover artist-eye views of Mother Nature that exist far closer to home than you might imagine.

Artist Lou Heiser will take viewers on a journey through the beautiful landscapes of Michigan with his collection of oil paintings entitled “Vistas of Michigan.” The exhibition will be opening this Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 1 to 4pm at Saper Galleries in downtown East Lansing. It is free and open to the public.

EL REWIND: Crunchy's

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Recently named by Big Ten Network as East Lansing’s “best game day restaurant,” Crunchy’s first opened in 1982 and has been a busy student hang-out ever since. Eli's Abigail Heath checks it out.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

EL REWIND: Tasty Twist

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The history of one of East Lansing's best-loved ice cream traditions, brought to us by Charlotte Baykian.

Folklorist Doggedly Researches Developers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Above: Eliot Singer

When one thinks about influential people in city governmental affairs, one might picture local elected officials, high-ranking city staff, or maybe wealthy business owners. What one probably wouldn’t picture is someone like Eliot Singer: a bespectacled, white-bearded folklorist, often spotted crossing campus and town with the aid of his walking sticks.

BWL Sues EL Homeowner Behind Tree-Defense Yard Sign Campaign

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Image: Richard Crittenden outside his home with one of the yard signs he had produced

The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has filed a lawsuit against the East Lansing homeowner who initiated a yard sign campaign to push back against what that homeowner called an overly aggressive “vegetation management” campaign by the electric utility.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Image: East Lansing City Council’s first of two meetings this week

This Tuesday, there were two Council meetings, one “work session” and a “regular session.” This Council Capsule combines the two.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Woods were present, with Beier arriving about ten minutes late to the work session. Councilmember Susan Woods was absent from both meetings.

Council Approves Eastside 6-Story Project; Developer to Seek Brownfield TIF

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Image: Architect’s drawing of the structure planned for the northwest corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues

East Lansing’s City Council has approved a proposal to build a new six-story building at the northwest corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues, and the developer says he will soon be back to ask for Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to help finance construction.

Council Approves New Building on Meijer Lot Over Neighborhood Objections

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Above: Architect’s drawing of the planned new building

Over strong objections from people who live across from the project site, East Lansing’s City Council last night approved plans for a new Lake Trust Credit Union building on the southeast corner of the Lake Lansing Meijer parking lot. The vote was 4-0 in favor.