Douglas Martin

As the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids wraps up this weekend, there's a particular exhibit in the halls of Boardwalk Condominiums that some may have missed. The exhibit looks like a classic photo montage -- pictures of flowers, animals, trees, all stacked in rows, one after another. But inside these photos is the stressful, yet hopeful journey of an 18-year-old Galesburg photographer named Madelaine Martin.

Jim Donahue

She writes a column for the Battle Creek Enquirer. She's a journalist, a playwright, and a novelist. To be that prolific, Nicole Mullis has learned to write on the run, grabbing moments wherever she can. While she was writing her novel A Teacher Named Faith (Cairn Press 2015), her children soon understood that Mom had adopted another kid into the family: a laptop called "Little Brother."

John Van Voorhees picks chestnuts off of the taller branches
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Even though I grew up in a mid-size town, on Sunday afternoons my family often drove into the surrounding countryside, where we would buy a gallon of cider from a fruit stand, and then troll the back roads for hickory nut trees. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- While enrollment is largely flat this fall among Kalamazoo-area school districts, the student counts at charter schools serving the general population are down 14 percent compared to fall 2014, according to figures supplied this week by local school officials." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

(MPRN-Lansing) A progressive group is crying foul over the price tag a state agency requested for processing a public information request it submitted.