Environmentalists have been calling on Enbridge Energy for years to shut down the pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  The company maintains that the pipelines are safe and in good condition. 

Now, a new study from the University of Michigan shows that an oil spill in the straits could impact over 700 miles of shoreline. 

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with lead researcher Dave Schwab and National Wildlife Federation regional executive director Mike Shriberg.

Fort Mackinac photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

At the end of the War of 1812, the British fort on Mackinac Island was returned to the United States. This weekend, the Mackinac State Historic Parks system is celebrating Fort Mackinac’s bicentennial.

State to rebuild historic Fort Holmes on Mackinac Island

May 15, 2015
courtesy Phil Porter, Mackinac Island Historic Parks

School is winding down, the temperatures are rising, and that means it’s time to start planning those summer vacations. At the top of the list for a lot of people is Mackinac Island. The 3.8 square mile island in between the two peninsulas has been a beloved vacation spot for generations of Michiganders. This summer, history  buffs will have a special treat on the island as the Mackinac Island Historic Parks rebuilds the historic Fort Holmes.


This Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it's also National Fudge Day. By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880's. By the turn of the 20th century, fudge making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.


The Michigan Public Radio Networks Rick Pluta tours the modern day "fudge capital."


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Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.