Limits on direct shipments ‘ridiculous,’ says Coe

LANSING - Leelanau and Old Mission wine producers hoping to continue shipping direct will get what they asked for, but not without a compromise. A bill passed recently by the state House allows for both in-state and out-of-state wine producers to ship their product direct, but...

Bill could force public schools to start after Labor Day

STATE - Starting school after Labor Day could help boost Michigan's summer economy, according to several state legislators. Rep. Edward Gaffney, R-Grosse Pointe, along with Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer, R-Bellaire, have drafted a bill that would require all Michigan public schools to end summer vacation after Labor...

Ban on direct shipments could put wineries over a barrel

LANSING - When Donald Coe purchased his Leelanau County property, it was classified a "dormant farm," a house and field that had been inactive for years. Since starting a vineyard and winery business on site, Coe is now the successful owner of Black Star Farms, which...