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13 Michigan books to get you through the stay-at-home order

13 Michigan books to get you through the stay-at-home order

May 4, 2020 | Monica Williams

Bridge suggests a list of Michigan-centered nonfiction and fiction books that will help you lean into or mentally escape from the coronavirus pandemic.

RV owners, a Michigan nurse, and the coronavirus that brought them together

RV owners, a Michigan nurse, and the coronavirus that brought them together

April 6, 2020 | Ron French

She’s caring for those with coronavirus. They were looking for a way to pitch in. The pandemic is bringing out the best in Michiganders.

Northern Michigan to downstate residents: Stay home during coronavirus!

Northern Michigan to downstate residents: Stay home during coronavirus!

March 25, 2020 | Bob Campbell

The mayors of Traverse City and Petoskey, and plenty of local residents, are putting out the unwelcome mat to people who own second homes in the region.

Michigan adjusts to strange, empty world of coronavirus lockdown

Michigan adjusts to strange, empty world of coronavirus lockdown

March 24, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Valerie von Frank, Robin Erb

From empty streets to locked stores, Michigan residents awoke Tuesday morning to a state desperately trying to slow the spread of a potentially deadly virus.

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

How to survive coronavirus lockdown: Tips for Michigan from San Francisco

March 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Life under a stay-home order is new to Michigan, but San Francisco residents have been living under similar orders since March 17. Read how one resident is coping.

In photos: In one week, coronavirus upends life in Michigan

In photos: In one week, coronavirus upends life in Michigan

March 17, 2020 | Bridge Staff

In one week, life has changed dramatically in Michigan, as the coronavirus has put life on hold, caused a rush on grocery stores and forced the closure of many public businesses.

Michigan’s brain drain is back, as best and brightest leave state

Michigan’s brain drain is back, as best and brightest leave state

January 6, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

New Census numbers show Michigan is still growing, albeit slowly. The bad news is a rise in migration to other states. Charts and maps tell the story.

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.

Michigan to Democrats: Tariffs hurt, but we aren’t sold on Medicare for all

Michigan to Democrats: Tariffs hurt, but we aren’t sold on Medicare for all

July 25, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A few days before the second round of Democratic presidential debates, a new poll by the Detroit Regional Chamber shows confidence in economy and worries about tariffs.

Payday blues: Rural Michigan and the quick-cash debt hole

Payday blues: Rural Michigan and the quick-cash debt hole

June 26, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

With interest rates that can top 400 percent a year, payday lenders sprout in small-town Michigan. Bipartisan legislation in Lansing would rein in lending practices, but there’s no guarantee it will get a hearing.

How one Michigan credit union is helping ease customers from payday loans

How one Michigan credit union is helping ease customers from payday loans

June 26, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

After debt, a second chance for rural borrowers through a capped loan program and community education

It’s tax day, Michigan. Take this quiz or face an audit

It’s tax day, Michigan. Take this quiz or face an audit

April 15, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Okay, we totally lied about the audit. But it wouldn’t kill you to learn more about Michigan’s taxes and exemptions. Test your smarts with this quiz.

As measles outbreak spreads, Michigan anti-vaxxer group hits Lansing

As measles outbreak spreads, Michigan anti-vaxxer group hits Lansing

April 11, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan health officials say 39 residents have contracted the highly contagious disease. But groups opposed to mandatory vaccines are asking lawmakers to preserve their freedom on whether to vaccinate children.

Rich cities lose out as Wayne County cuts waste in programs to help poor

Rich cities lose out as Wayne County cuts waste in programs to help poor

April 9, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

For years, Wayne County was slammed over its handling of community development block grant funds. Now, the county is changing how it distributes money in hopes of steering more toward poor cities and reducing costs.

The federal shutdown hit Sleeping Bear Dunes. So volunteers rushed in.

The federal shutdown hit Sleeping Bear Dunes. So volunteers rushed in.

January 24, 2019 | Jacob Wheeler

Michigan’s majestic national park had to shutter its visitor’s center and curb popular snowshoe hikes. But a hardy group of park angels is hauling trash, cleaning toilets and helping maintain the park during the shutdown.

Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

Federal shutdown gets real in Beer City: Michigan summer ales in jeopardy

January 18, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

This year’s new seasonal brews may never hit the shelf, and some smaller breweries along West Michigan’s “Ale Trail” fear their openings may be at risk. Thanks, Washington!

As cities rush to sell off utilities, Wyandotte boasts 3 city-run systems

As cities rush to sell off utilities, Wyandotte boasts 3 city-run systems

September 27, 2018 | Dan Jones

Cities across the nation are selling off utilities to raise cash for other needs. But Detroit’s downriver neighbor still runs its electrical, water and cable systems, sparking community pride.

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