Greetings from Clare, Michigan, a little north of center in the state and kind of getting up and out there. My son, his wife and their 10 month old daughter recently moved here from Chicago. Long story but daughter-in-law is from here.
The population is 3,100, by coincidence about the same as Marysville, Kansas, where Mrs. C went to high school and her mother still lives. The feel is very different. The central parts of Michigan we saw today are quite flat and have lots of woodlands. The territory around Marysville is rolling and open prairie. There is an expression in Kansas that the corn is as tall as your eye on the Fourth of July. This place is so much further north that it might not reach your knee.
These businesses are across the street from our hotel in the center of town. More exploration to come.