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Greetings from the Great Lakes State: Ferry, cherries & breweries among highlights of trip to Michigan

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* Michigan produces 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States.

* It takes more than four hours to cross Lake Michigan — from Manitowoc, Wis., to Ludington, Mich. — via ferry.


* Michigan is home to more than 100 microbreweries.

* The state’s name is from a Chippewa Indian word, “meicigama,” that means “big sea water” (referring to the Great Lakes).

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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