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11 safety tips for deer firearms hunting in Michigan

11 safety tips for deer firearms hunting in Michigan

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell

With the beginning of Michigan’s firearms deer hunting season this Friday, Nov. 15, here are some reminders to help avert tragedy.

Michigan hunters thought they shot deer, squirrels — they hit other hunters

Michigan hunters thought they shot deer, squirrels — they hit other hunters

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell

While accidental shootings are down in Michigan, a review of hunting incident reports reveal some common mistakes that can lead to hunters shooting themselves or others.

 What went wrong in the shootings of three Michigan hunters last year

What went wrong in the shootings of three Michigan hunters last year

November 13, 2019 | Bob Campbell

Matthew Boeck was shot on the far side of a bait pile. Justin Beutel was killed as he field dressed a buck. Chong Moua Yang survived a secret war in southeast Asia only to die at the base of his tree stand.

‘You just react’ — Hunter deaths shadow opening of Michigan firearms season

‘You just react’ — Hunter deaths shadow opening of Michigan firearms season

November 12, 2019 | Bob Campbell

Last year, three hunters were killed in the opening days of deer firearms season, which begins Friday. As hunters return to Michigan’s woods, the shootings illustrate how quickly a human life can be lost.

Good news for Michigan cherry industry. Bad news for Turkey.

Good news for Michigan cherry industry. Bad news for Turkey.

September 23, 2019 | Bob Campbell

A U.S. Commerce Department ruling is likely to result in large duties imposed on Turkish dried cherries, which Michigan growers accuse of being illegally dumped on the U.S. market. 

A summer of despair for Michigan’s cherry growers

A summer of despair for Michigan’s cherry growers

August 21, 2019 | Bob Campbell

For decades, the peninsulas of Old Mission and Leelanau have produced ideal conditions for tart cherries. But harsh weather, pesky bugs and Turkish imports are prompting farmers to reconsider their futures.

Chaos in Traverse City, as county government wrestles with pension debt

Chaos in Traverse City, as county government wrestles with pension debt

February 20, 2018 | Bob Campbell

Grand Traverse County is searching for its fourth administrator in three years as county workers go to war over benefit cuts. Could the political upheaval be a bellwether for other distressed communities?

Michigan cities and counties haunted by retiree liabilities

Michigan cities and counties haunted by retiree liabilities

February 20, 2018 | Bob Campbell

While the political chaos playing out in Grand Traverse County is bizarre, it’s a harbinger of local troubles throughout the state.

Democrats and Republicans agree: Shut down Enbridge Line 5

Democrats and Republicans agree: Shut down Enbridge Line 5

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

A strange-bedfellows coalition of Trump supporters and progressive Democrats are finding common ground in opposing the Enbridge oil lines in the Straits of Mackinac, united by deeply personal ties to the Great Lakes.

A cheat sheet to the Enbridge Line 5 controversy

A cheat sheet to the Enbridge Line 5 controversy

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

Give us five minutes, we’ll give you the basics on this environmental showdown under the Straits of Mackinac.

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

March 16, 2017 | Bob Campbell

State Department veterans Jack Segal and Karen Puschel are selling out lecture halls in Northwest Michigan discussing American foreign policy in the Age of Trump. No shouting. No fistfights. What’s their secret?

In possible swansong, Cabela’s celebrates northern Michigan

In possible swansong, Cabela’s celebrates northern Michigan

November 22, 2016 | Bob Campbell

Nine starstruck Michiganders were delighted to share covered bridges, barn doors and their own dashing good looks to promote this year’s holiday catalog for the iconic retailer, which recently announced its sale to a rival