Pieces of our distant, and not so distant, past. Real people, real stories that made local headline news, touched our hearts, made us laugh or cry. Several more will publish often. We'd love your suggestions of other memories to include on these pages.


On April 23, 1995, a major gas natural gas leak caused a massive explosion on the triangle parcel at State Street, U.S. 131 and S. Maple Street.  Three businesses were completely destroyed; others were shifted on their foundations. Store fronts were left wide open due to shattered glass. The explosion was heard as far away as Elk Rapids. The parcel was developed into what is now known as Triangle Park. 


1995 April TCRE Gas Explosion Jolts Mancelona article