northern Michigan

More women Dems are running in northern Mich. Is it a sign the landscape is changing?

BY: - September 3, 2022

Antrim County is a GOP stronghold in northern Michigan, best known as being home to the tourist destination of Torch Lake, as well as one of the most-enduring conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.  But in an unlikely turn, the county could be represented in the Michigan House by a female Democrat next year, Cathy […]

Proposed rail line linking SE and northern Mich. touted for convenience, positive climate impact

BY: - August 24, 2022

Some Michigan residents and officials are encouraged about an effort that is expected to coordinate train service connecting the southeastern and northern regions of the state. A northern Michigan rail development plan would include cities such as Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, Owosso, Traverse City, Petoskey and a potential route to Detroit. The effort, which […]

Nessel hears northern Michigan concerns about childcare, mental health and more

BY: - August 18, 2022

During a one-hour listening session in Traverse City, Attorney General Dana Nessel heard about a variety of issues and concerns from the United Way of Northwest Michigan (UWNM). Seth Johnson, UWNM president, said it was important to connect with Nessel, who requested the meeting. The nonprofit covers seven counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

BY: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

‘We’re still here’: Indigenous water protectors call for Enbridge to respect treaty rights

BY: - July 25, 2022

On a cloudy May afternoon, a short walk from the turbulent Mackinac Straits waters, tribal citizens from Michigan to Siberia marched miles down the streets of Mackinaw City in protest against fossil fuel projects on tribal lands. The date was May 14, 2022: One year and a day since Canadian pipeline company Enbridge became an […]

Rural Michigan lacks access to abortion care, even while it’s still legal

BY: - July 20, 2022

Access to abortion care is already a challenge for rural Michiganders, but it could get much worse if Republicans in the Legislature are able to end the preliminary injunction on the state’s 1931 abortion ban, reproductive health advocates say.  “When you consider the many complications and things that go wrong during pregnancy, we must guarantee […]

Tribes lead effort to restore, enhance native Great Lakes fish populations

BY: - June 15, 2022

On a large plot of land northeast of Harbor Springs, thousands of juvenile fish native to the Great Lakes are being meticulously monitored and raised for release by tribal citizens. Staff at the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Natural Resources Department have been working dutifully since 2013 to make their 80-acre fish […]

Whitmer declares emergency after rare EF3 tornado leaves 2 dead, 44 injured in Gaylord

BY: - May 23, 2022

A rare northern Michigan tornado ripped through the city of Gaylord just before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, causing widespread damage, injuries and two deaths. “My heart goes out to the families and small businesses impacted by the tornado and severe weather in Gaylord,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday, after declaring a state of emergency for […]

Updated: Blue Lakes Fire in the northern Lower Peninsula is now 75% contained

BY: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 5/16/22 Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, which, as of Monday, is about 75% contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports its fire crews, along with local partners, continued to connect remaining containment line gaps in wet, low-lying areas in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. The […]

Indigenous citizens from U.S., Canada, Siberia converge for Line 5 ‘eviction’ anniversary

BY: - May 13, 2022

If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her way, Friday would have marked one year since the two 20-inch underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac last saw a drop of Canadian crude oil. Instead, the flow of oil through the twin Line 5 pipelines has not ceased — although neither has the rising tide of international […]

Report shows several northern Michigan counties with high poverty and COVID death rates

BY: - April 6, 2022

Many of America’s poorest counties have experienced disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 deaths, including several in northern Michigan, according to a new report from the Poor People’s Campaign. The report released Monday was from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Repairers of the Breach; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and […]

Bovine TB detected in first private deer facilities since 2009

BY: - February 12, 2022

The state of Michigan has confirmed its third positive detection of bovine tuberculosis in the last two weeks, marking the first positive cases of the new year and again highlighting Michigan as an anomaly among other states in terms of its “reservoir” of the disease. On Feb. 3, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural […]