northern Michigan

‘Extremely frustrating’ mail delays for prescriptions hit veterans, rural areas

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with the […]

Rep. O’Malley calls for county official who used N-word over masks to resign

BY: - August 6, 2020

Tom Eckerle, a northern Michigan road commissioner, reportedly used N-word to explain why he refused to wear a face mask during a recent Leelanau County Road Commission meeting. Eckerle was asked by another road commissioner at a body meeting on Tuesday why he wasn’t wearing a mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eckerle responded: “Well, […]

Michigan reports over 72K positive cases of COVID-19

BY: - July 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that 72,502 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,108 have died from the virus — an additional 660 cases and seven deaths since Thursday. DHHS also notes that an additional 8,091 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

‘Trying to find reform’: Small cities hold anti-police brutality protests

BY: - June 8, 2020

Small Michigan cities and towns have held peaceful anti-police brutality protests, joining a growing Black Lives Matter movement that has swept across the nation — and even the world — in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Since late May, demonstrations have taken place in more than two dozen municipalities in Michigan on both sides […]

Locks got too long under lockdown? You can get your hair cut soon.

BY: - June 5, 2020

Salons and barbershops are set to reopen statewide soon as new COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-114 and Executive Order 2020-115, which allow for a rolling reopen of many sectors of the economy to open across the state.  On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails […]

Michigan tops 58K COVID-19 cases, 5,570 deaths

BY: - June 3, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Wednesday that 58,035 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,570 have died from the virus — an additional 304 cases and 17 deaths since Tuesday. The outbreak has reached all but three of Michigan’s 83 counties. The city of Detroit, which is the only […]

Whitmer ‘optimistic’ about reopening more regions, will testify in D.C. on COVID-19 response

BY: and - May 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said more information about different regions of the state opening back up will be announced in the “coming days” as the rate of Michigan’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop. “If it continues this way, I’m optimistic that in the coming days we’ll be in a position to take another step forward,” Whitmer […]

U.P., parts of northern Mich. will be back in business before Memorial Day

BY: - May 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced the partial reopening of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan as the rate of new cases of COVID-19 continues to slow. Whitmer’s plan allows retail businesses and offices to reopen, but bars and restaurants will be required to operate at 50% capacity in time for Memorial Day weekend, usually […]


Column: We’re all facing the threat of COVID-19, but we’re not all in the same boat

BY: - May 8, 2020

A local Meals on Wheels program receiving 75 new requests for home-delivered meals every day. Suddenly unemployed workers hounded for repayment on payday loans. Local food banks scrambling to meet unprecedented need in their communities. A restaurant server scammed out of a rental deposit check by someone posing as an out-of-state landlord. Domestic violence survivors […]

Rural, Republican counties are Michigan’s newest COVID-19 hotspots

BY: - May 6, 2020

While Republicans in the Legislature continue to push to reopen Michigan’s economy quickly, new data suggests that relaxing restrictions too early would come at an elevated risk for a second — possibly worse — wave of COVID-19 for which the state’s hospitals would be underprepared. And many of the areas that likely would be hardest […]

Location data: Protesters without masks, PPE may have spread COVID-19 to North, West Michigan

BY: - May 4, 2020

Conservatives who didn’t exercise social distancing as they gathered April 15 at the Michigan Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order might have later spread COVID-19 to smaller communities, according to cell phone location data. The protest dubbed “Operation Gridlock,” involved a crowd of about 4,000 people who used their vehicles […]

When will people be comfortable traveling? For Michigan, that’s a multi-billion-dollar question.

BY: - May 3, 2020

Alyson Burch was planning to visit family and friends in the Flint area on her vacation in August. Now she’s thinking about canceling. Burch, 33, lives in Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula, where there have been only three confirmed cases and two deaths from COVID-19. Flint is located in Genesee County, which has more […]