Local festival returns to Charlotte

The cold weather and mud couldn’t stop the fun at the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival this weekend. 

The event returned after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns. Festival goers were happy to return to the Eaton County Fairgrounds, as nearly 10,000 people were in attendance on Saturday. The annual festival offers fire performing acts, axe and spear throwing, live entertainment and more. More than 60 vendors were present, selling handmade items for viking enthusiasts of all ages. 

The festival’s chairperson Bryan Myrkle said the festival is a way of saying goodbye to winter and hello spring. He said he hopes people will enjoy the festival and return to Charlotte in the future. 

 “If you’re into this kind of a scene this is the best place you could be on the last weekend of february,” he said. 

The festival encourages people to wear their best cloaks, costumes and fur, as people were able to enter contests and win prizes. 

“We are not religious, we are not political, we are just about getting together, having fun and being family friendly.

Southbound Okemos bridge closes

The Southbound structure of the Okemos bridge closed for reconstruction on Feb. 14. Okemos traffic will be detoured through Dobie Road, Jolly Road and Grand River Avenue. Construction on the southbound structure will take place in July, according to Ingham County Road Engineer Eric Burns. 

“We’ll switch the northbound traffic to the southbound side and then remove and demolish the northbound structure over the Red Cedar River. Then, we will build the other half of the Okemos Road structure,” he said.

East Lansing student art helps local businesses

What started as a high school art project has morphed into a community-wide campaign. Local art teachers, art commissioners and businesses have banded together to display student artwork in East Lansing shops. On Jan. 26, the first of three art exhibitions began, displaying art pieces in 15 restaurants to promote businesses.