Muskegon Muskegon “snurfers” plowed the way for snowboarding’s popularity By Stateside Staff • Jan 18, 2018 Listen Listening... / Stateside's interview with Rachel Clark, Michigan History Center historian, and Ron Pesch, Michigan High School Athletic Association historian and film documentarian. Some hate the snow, others love it, but there is no arguing that snow has been the mother of invention for many a Michigander. Case in point: Snurfing. How to fight blight: Expert says planning a building's whole life cycle could reduce abandonment By Ryan Grimes • Feb 25, 2016 The Next Idea Michigan is all too familiar with the sight of abandoned buildings. Detroit is one of the most significant examples, where hundreds of millions of dollars are being spend on demolition. Rex LaMore wonders whether we can’t save taxpayers the cost of abandonment by planning for the end of a building’s life from the very beginning. LaMore is director of Michigan State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development, and he’s looking at ways to address Michigan’s glut of abandoned buildings. 2 toxic hot spots down, 12 to go By Rebecca Williams • Mar 31, 2015 They're known as "Areas of Concern" and Michigan had 14 of them at one time. Now, we have 12 of these toxic places where pollution from the past is lingering. This summer, work crews will tackle the next phase of cleanup in the Muskegon Lake area.