Poverty in paradise:


Postcard: How a git-’er-done spirit helps one rural school district

February 17, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Every school bus that stays on the road represents more money for the classroom at Inland Lakes Schools. The district’s mechanic is onboard. Plus, three more looks at life Up North too complicated to fit on a postcard.

Two Michigans gaze across a widening gap

February 17, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

You could hardly find a purer slice of Pure Michigan than the tip of the Lower Peninsula. But as the wealthy prosper alongside blue bays, those who live here year-round find life tougher to navigate

In northern counties, workers and business find each other lacking

February 17, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

There’s work to be done in the resort counties of northern Michigan, but opportunity doesn’t always match the available workforce.

Hidden poverty stalks a Pure Michigan setting

February 17, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay

Postcard: When elk is for dinner

February 15, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Food pantries, like their customers, mostly take what they can get.

Postcard: A roof and a bed

February 15, 2015 | Bridge Staff

The homeless are about in rural northern Michigan, John McLintock sets out to find them.