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Marquette girds for climate change in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Marquette girds for climate change in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Marquette may become a destination as high heat and drought drive folks from southern communities more vulnerable to a shifting climate. But it still faces challenges — from intensifying rains to disease-carrying pests.

Old mines, perilous drains in Michigan’s Copper Country, which now eyes a fix

Old mines, perilous drains in Michigan’s Copper Country, which now eyes a fix

November 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Epic floods devastated Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Foundations are now stepping in to fix a unique vulnerability: century-old drainage systems — built by mining companies — that sat neglected after mines shuttered and towns shrank.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

This flu season looks deadly. Yet much of Michigan won’t get its shot.

October 18, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In much of rural Michigan, and in Detroit, fewer than 20 percent of residents get flu shots, even though the vaccine makes it far less likely that people will die or get seriously ill from the virus.

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

Tiny school districts to Lansing: Stop acting like ‘middle-schoolers’

October 7, 2019 | Ron French

Superintendents in some of Michigan’s most isolated districts blame Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Repubican leaders for a budget fight that they say threatens their future and treats students like political pawns.

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

Rural Michigan sheriffs fear layoffs after Whitmer vetoes road patrol

October 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting

Law enforcement raises alarms after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer axed $13 million for a state grant program that has helped county sheriffs hire road patrol deputies since 1978.

Michigan’s ban on flavored vaping products with nicotine now in full force

Michigan’s ban on flavored vaping products with nicotine now in full force

October 1, 2019 | Robin Erb

Court ruling thrusts into doubt the future of Michigan's e-cigarette industry and millions in taxes. Sales of products are punishable for jail time, fines.

Rural hospitals in Michigan face a dilemma: Merge or not?

Rural hospitals in Michigan face a dilemma: Merge or not?

September 29, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Rising fiscal challenges force independent Michigan hospitals to seek alliances. They can save the hospitals, but some critics ask at what cost.

In Ironwood, a tiny hospital merged to save itself. Despite fears, it thrived.

In Ironwood, a tiny hospital merged to save itself. Despite fears, it thrived.

September 29, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

For Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, in a sparsely populated former mining region in remote Michigan, merger points to a brighter future.

Q&A: Demystifying sky-high electricity rates in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Q&A: Demystifying sky-high electricity rates in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

“There is widespread discontent” with the U.P.’s biggest electricity provider: Upper Peninsula Power Co. Elise Matz, a consumer advocate, wants to help Yoopers understand what’s going on.

Suicide, depression on rise in rural Michigan, but psychiatrists are scarce

Suicide, depression on rise in rural Michigan, but psychiatrists are scarce

June 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Doctors in the Upper Peninsula and other rural regions report long waits for psychiatric care; child specialists are even harder to find. Can student loan forgiveness for medical residents and telemedicine reduce the gap?

The debate is on: Will wolves move to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula?

The debate is on: Will wolves move to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula?

June 5, 2019 | Eric Freedman

More than 500 wolves live in the Upper Peninsula, but some scientists are split about whether they will return to the Northern Lower Peninsula

Wolves face genetic challenge in Michigan’s Isle Royale, study says

Wolves face genetic challenge in Michigan’s Isle Royale, study says

June 5, 2019 | Kaley Fech

Scientists are scrambling to learn why the wolf population has plummeted on Isle Royale. Blame genes, one study suggests.

Fixing typo, Michigan loosens U.P. brook trout limits — for now

Fixing typo, Michigan loosens U.P. brook trout limits — for now

April 19, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan anglers can bag up to 10 brook trout on 33 U.P. streams this season,  ranging from a stretch of the Iron River to the north branch of the Pine River. But the relaxed limit could be temporary.

Michigan’s UP is full of closed mines. Technology may give them new life

Michigan’s UP is full of closed mines. Technology may give them new life

April 3, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Upper Peninsula communities struggled when mines shuttered. Now, researchers are studying whether closed mines could be used to store energy, lowering cripplingly high energy costs.

How a typo revived a Michigan fish feud over hungry Yoopers and science

How a typo revived a Michigan fish feud over hungry Yoopers and science

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A brouhaha over brook trout has bubbled up in Michigan, pitting older anglers against downstate ones and prompting questions about whether science or special interests sets policy.

Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

Where have all the babies gone? Michigan births lowest since 1944

March 11, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

In some counties, there are three funerals for every birth. That’s not a trend that bodes well for the state.

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

March 7, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A new study finds links between two grim causes of death, but also poses some proven ways to reduce rates

A $18B debt is coming due, and it’s haunting small town Michigan

A $18B debt is coming due, and it’s haunting small town Michigan

February 25, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

See how your town compares as a new state law tracking public pension and health care debt lays bare the financial woes of rural Michigan.

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan officials are mulling how to thwart millions of tons of mining waste threatening to smother Buffalo Reef, a vital spawning ground for lake trout and whitefish. Here’s your chance to offer feedback. 

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