Meet the Michigan man who crossed Lake Michigan sitting backwards in a bathtub because of a $5 bet
Did you hear about the Michigan man who crossed Lake Michigan in a bathtub (sitting backwards, no less) because of a $5 bet? Well, the 54-year anniversary of his voyage was this week, so we’re telling his story.
54 years ago: Michigan man accepts $5 bet to cross Lake Michigan in a bathtub
One day at work, Lake Michigan came up in conversation when Jackson’s boss, Fred Behnke -- who Jackson called “a fellow loudmouth” -- confidently told coworkers it takes a large boat to cross any Great Lake, including Lake Michigan.
12 Michigan properties added to National Register of Historic Places
Twelve Michigan properties have earned special recognition in the 2020 National Register of Historic Places, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. The National Register of Historic Places is the United States federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. More than 95,000 properties across the country, including nearly 2,000 in Michigan, have been listed in the National Register since the program began in the 1960s. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service and administered by the states. In the state, it’s administered by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.
Holding company buys Lake Michigan car ferry SS Badger
LUDINGTON, Mich. – A coal-fired ferry that carries people and cars across Lake Michigan between Michigan and Wisconsin has been sold. Interlake Holding Co. announced Wednesday that it bought the SS Badger, The Ludington Daily News reported. The Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based company also purchased the tug-barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41, the mothballed ferry SS Spartan, and the Lake Michigan Carferry and Pere Marquette Shipping companies. “I think we’ve always been interested in the Pere Marquette and the Badger,” said Mark Barker, Interlake president. The 410-foot (125-meter) SS Badger launched in 1952 and hauled railcars across Lake Michigan from 1953 to 1990.
Up to 7 inches of lake effect snow expected in Northern Lower Michigan
Parts of Northern Lower Michigan will get some decent snow tonight and into Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Western part of Northern Lower Michigan, including Grand Traverse County, down to Ludington, Cadillac and Gaylord. “An arctic front will bring very cold air into the Great Lakes today into Wednesday. This cold air over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes will kick on the lake effect machine once again. The typical northwest flow snow belts should see the most snow through Wednesday.”Most of the impacted area will see 2-3 inches of snow, with an isolated six or more inches.