Success

Each day, Michigan is made a better place to live through the efforts — large and small — of private citizens and public servants. Bridge will feature those inspiring stories.

Lansing bank president breaks barriers, restores profits

Paula Cunningham helped revive Lansing’s Capitol National Bank after the Great Recession, while changing perceptions about what a banking leader should look like.

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Bank president looking out for next generation

Paula Cunningham has impressed Lansing leaders with her quiet efforts to mentor African-American children in the community.

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Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.

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Rare book collector Ed Surovell started with little, now traces ‘footprints of mankind’

Edward Surovell made his mark selling houses — thousands of them across southeast Michigan with trademark blue lawn signs. But his passion is books. One-of-a-kind-books. Michigan books published in the 1800s. The affable 73-year-old Ann Arbor real estate broker has acquired nearly […]

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A multi-talented horse spreads joy across Michigan

Clifford is quite accomplished. He’s an abstract painter, a dancer and the subject of a published biography, and goes on statewide tours to spread the message of empathy. He also has four hooves and a tail. Clifford , also known as “Clifford […]

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Warehouse lofts in Grand Rapids fill fast due to affordable housing program

For years, the massive century-old brick furniture warehouse stood vacant in Grand Rapids as one developer after another took a pass. Thanks to a federal tax credit program, Baker Lofts opened for business earlier this year and is filled with dozens of […]

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Look Ma! We’re doing it on three wheels!

You can tell a lot about where the state’s economy has been and where it’s heading by examining this year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch list. In one case, the future is being built on three wheels. “This is one of the […]

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Pipefitter’s daughter from Downriver becomes potent advocate for Michigan prisoners

It began as a favor to a dying friend. But Deborah LaBelle’s decision in 1985 to take over a federal lawsuit at the request of attorney Judith Magid has since evolved into a 28-year legal crusade that has improved the quality of […]

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MSU prof preps state’s spirits to follow craft beer’s success

Kris Berglund’s business cards identify him as a distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering at Michigan State University, which is a pretty fancy title for someone who spends time tending a still. But don’t allow thoughts of Hatfields, McCoys and […]

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Class in Upper Peninsula school sparks students’ interest in powering the world

MARQUETTE — Doug Elliott’s class at Ishpeming’s Westwood High School goes way beyond the focus of many a shop class: making wooden birdhouses, shelves and such. Elliott’s students get into computer numerical control and sensors. Entitled “Survival in an Electrical World,” the […]

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Michigan veteran’s service didn’t stop after discharge

For many Americans, Memorial Day means cookouts and fun with friends and family. But for Nate Weiser, it’s a day to remember buddies who died on the battlefields of World War II. “I’ve never forgotten their faces – I see them all […]

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At Michiganology, using history to help preserve history

Back in the 1950s, business leaders gathered to consider how best to promote Michigan as a great place to live, work and do business. From that idea sprang an event — Michigan Week — and an image to promote it: a little […]

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Who are you? Detroit branding expert will help figure you out

DETROIT – Hajj Flemings is an expert in “personal branding.” When that description draws the inevitable blank stares from the over-40 set, the 41-year-old Detroiter switches gears and explains he helps his clients in “telling your story.” Think of it, he adds, […]

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Pushing 90, Avern Cohn not ready to adjourn career

DETROIT — Notes on the family fridge to remind to “pick up milk” or “Bobby’s soccer game 6:30 tonight” are a common sight in Michigan homes. Avern Cohn uses such notes, too — except his are stuck to the bench in a […]

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Bridge sweeps online news category in Detroit SPJ contest

Bridge Magazine swept the online general news category in the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter’s Excellence in Journalism contest for 2012. In its first year of competition in the contest, Bridge garnered first-, second- and third-place awards for news coverage. Winners […]

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In Ottawa County, parks leader shepherds quarter-century of green growth

The Lake Michigan coast near Grand Haven features two spectacular natural areas, each of which gives rise to towering sand dunes that are cloaked by lush forests. The Rosy Mound Natural Area and North Ottawa Dunes are stellar examples of freshwater dune […]

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High hopes, high energy: Detroit teacher leads with flair

At the beginning of every school year, while other teachers are going over their first day lesson plans minute by minute, Pamela Harris-Hawthorne has a different goal. In fact, for the first couple weeks at Detroit Innovation Academy Detroit Leadership Academy, Harris-Hawthorne […]

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Bridge’s preschool package wins national reporting award

Bridge Magazine has been awarded a national journalism award for its series, “Michigan’s forgotten 4-year-olds,” which exposed shortcomings in the state’s preschool program. The National Education Writers Association awarded Bridge Magazine Senior Writer Ron French first prize for investigative reporting for the […]

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