Michigan winters, as generations have known them, may be coming to an end

DETROIT — Karl Schwartz wishes he was simply chasing glory on the snowmobile racing track. Instead, in recent years, he has been forced to chase increasingly elusive cold weather. Schwartz, of Freeland, is president of the Midwest International Racing Association, a snowmobile racing circuit operating primarily in Michigan for more than 40 years. Their weekend races draw about 100 teams, hundreds of racers and crew members, and thousands more fans, usually as part of a local community’s winter festival. But each year, as Michigan’s climate changes, it’s getting harder to do. “We race on ice, n…

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