Link Roundup - March 17, 2011

Flickr photo credit: Al Brown Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Pure Michigan Connect Readers! Spring is almost here, and the temperatures are starting to increase! In honor of spring, this week’s picture comes to you from the Pure Michigan Flickr page. Have you seen the first Robin of the year yet?

Congratulations to Ed Stielstra on finishing the Iditarod dog sledding race! His team came in 27th, and is one of the few Iditarod dog sledding competitors who does not live and train part of the year in Alaska, in addition to being the only team from Michigan. Nice job Ed!

What was once Michigan’s first state prison has been turned into a residential community. The Armory Arts Village in Jackson is a residential community that was originally set up to provide living, working, and presentation space for artists. The space gained national attention when it was ranked in the top ten most unique apartment buildings in the nation by MSN.

To some, March is all about NCAA March Madness, and the NCAA bracket. Well that’s not the only bracket worth mentioning this year. We’ve seen brackets for Beards, Saved by the Bell, Cats vs. Dogs, and even the Best Dad. But our favorite bracket this year is the Michigan Beer bracket, featuring the Michigan microbreweries from around the state. Go vote for your favorite!

Lastly, we couldn't let you go without sharing some of the best St. Patrick’s Day food and drink options! Mlive has put together a list of delicious Irish recipes, including green eggs & ham, as well as 38 great Michigan microbrews offered throughout the state. Who knows, they may help you fill out your brew bracket!