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The deadly disease that wiped out 90% of the Upper Peninsula’s bats, and a new hope for one species

The deadly disease that wiped out 90% of the Upper Peninsula’s bats, and a new hope for one species

September 8, 2020 | Cassidy Hough, Great Lakes Echo

A new study shows a glimmer of hope for bats affected by white-nose syndrome.

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Parks, harbors, campgrounds and beaches are seeing big upticks in visitors this summer, as COVID-19 restricts summer travel options and vacationers embrace outdoor recreation for its built-in social distancing.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen northern Michigan by Memorial Day weekend

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen northern Michigan by Memorial Day weekend

May 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Gretchen Whitmer announces bars, restaurants and other retail establishments in 32 northern Michigan counties can reopen with some restrictions on Friday. And she hints that she could announce this week that more areas can reopen.

What to know about partial reopening of northern Michigan bars, restaurants

What to know about partial reopening of northern Michigan bars, restaurants

May 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Restaurants in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula can reopen Friday under a new order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but hotels are still closed to non-essential workers. And restaurants and bars will operate much differently than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus has spared the Keweenaw Peninsula but may kill summer tourism

Coronavirus has spared the Keweenaw Peninsula but may kill summer tourism

May 18, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Untouched until now by COVID-19, this Upper Peninsula tourist haven needs thousands of downstate visitors to keep its economy alive. The opening of restaurants and bars may not be enough to save many of its businesses.

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

Tribal casinos may be headed for clash with Whitmer, Nessel over reopening

May 7, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta, Ron French

At least six U.P. casinos may reopen before the end of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order closing bars, dine-in restaurants and casinos. They can do that. They’re sovereign nations.

With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

May 5, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University plan to return to in-person classes this fall, joining Northern Michigan University that had announced the same decision earlier. That’s an easier call in the Upper Peninsula, where there are currently few COVID-19 cases

With higher suicide risk during coronavirus, Michigan makes plans to help

With higher suicide risk during coronavirus, Michigan makes plans to help

May 5, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Mental health advocates highlight a rise in anxiety from the pandemic and economic disruption in Michigan, as experts devise ways to help health care workers and ordinary residents in an extraordinary time.

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

May 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Northern Michigan has more than half of the state’s land mass and 2 percent of its coronavirus cases. As Gov. Whitmer says she’ll take geography into account to reopen the economy, Bridge examines regional differences in cases, hospital capacity, testing and unemployment.

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

May 1, 2020 | Ron French

The Upper Peninsula public university is the first Michigan college to announce it is going forward with in-person classes in September. Most schools have put off making a decision for now. 

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

Five counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await arrival of coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Ashley Wong

Some of Michigan’s most remote regions have so far been spared, at least in what’s been officially recorded. With a vast geography, few tests and even fewer hospital beds, they wait and hope for the best. 

Opinion | The coronavirus almost killed me. Early action bought me time.

Opinion | The coronavirus almost killed me. Early action bought me time.

April 19, 2020 | William Vajda

For leaders and decision-makers at all levels of government, the lessons learned are straight-forward: Take the risk seriously.

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

Few coronavirus cases, but hundreds still victims in U.P. tribal community

April 8, 2020 | Kelly House

Bryan Newland, chairman of the northeastern Upper Peninsula tribe, said Bay Mills Indian Community leaders had no choice but to stop paying employees of the tribe’s resort and casinos after a request for federal relief loans went unanswered.

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

April 7, 2020 | Larry Buege

A retired physician assistant and Yooper has several suggestions on how to help both peninsulas protect and heal from COVID-19.

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

March 19, 2020 | Ashley Wong

With more than 100 cases and at least three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in lower Michigan, questions over closing the bridge do not appear to be seriously considered by state officials.

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

February 26, 2020 | Upper Peninsula school superintendents

"Flunking a student is immediately traumatic and is more likely to be experienced by those students who are categorized as poor, male and/or minority," the group of Upper Peninsula school superintendents writes.

Sheriff’s plea on mentally ill prisoner reveals gap in Michigan treatment

Sheriff’s plea on mentally ill prisoner reveals gap in Michigan treatment

February 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An Upper Peninsula sheriff went to Facebook to get state help for a delusional man in his jail. His post highlights severe shortages in the state for violent or severely mentally ill people caught up in the criminal justice system.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

How much brook trout is enough? Michigan keeps changing catch limits.

January 21, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

State regulators have changed daily catch limits for Michigan’s state fish four times since 2017 as they try to balance conservation concerns against the frustration of many Upper Peninsula anglers.

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

December 1, 2019 | Richard P. Smith

It’s time for Michigan wolves to be removed from the Endangered Species Act to reduce conflicts and protect human safety, says this Marquette outdoors writer in a Guest Commentary.

Dana Nessel to review Michigan DNR handling of wolf kill records

Dana Nessel to review Michigan DNR handling of wolf kill records

November 25, 2019 | John Barnes

In response to a Bridge Magazine investigation, Nessel said her office will look into whether the state agency mishandled public records on the 2016 killings of protected gray wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

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