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winery photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

When you think of Michigan’s wine country,  you probably think of the vineyards in places like Traverse City or the Leelanau Peninsula.

But while the sandy soil along the lakeshore is where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, there are plenty of wineries in other parts of the state.  

Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

When owners Deb and Dave Burgdorf started the winery 10 years ago, they were actually working out of their garage.  They’ve expanded since then.  

Current State #593 | August 25, 2015

Aug 25, 2015

Today on Current State: An effort to rejuvenate South Lansing; the "Dukes of Hazzard's" Tom Wopat performs in mid-Michigan; Great Lakes Month in Review and the THRIVE youth program arrives in Lansing.

South Lansing photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

In late 2014, a new grassroots organization formed to try to improve the quality of life in south Lansing. ‘Rejuvenating South Lansing’ was founded by Elaine Womboldt, who’s lived in that part of the city since 1971.  

Womboldt says the group’s aim is to create positive changes in the quality of life for residents and businesses, and to create a safe environment. One focus has been eliminating blight and attracting more quality businesses to the area.

Tom Wopat photo
Courtesy The Barn Theater

Actor Tom Wopat is best known for his portrayal of Luke Duke in the old TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Since then, Wopat has flourished as a Tony-nominated Broadway star in shows like Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, and Glengarry Glen Ross.

Tonight, and for the next two weeks at the Barn Theater in Augusta, he returns to Michigan as the lead role in “The Will Rogers Follies.”

Current State’s Jamie Paisley caught up with Wopat and the show’s director, Ann Cooley, ahead of their debut tonight.

algae photo
Flickr Annie and John

Three of the Great Lakes made the news this month.

The town of Waukesha, Wisconsin is moving ahead on its plans to draw Lake Michigan water; U.S. Senators are trying to delay the creation of a nuclear waste facility close to Lake Huron and the federal government is investing big money to prevent algae blooms on Lake Erie. 

Current State talks with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

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