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Taylor Wizner

TRAVERSE CITY — A man in his 80s is the first Kalkaska County resident to die from the COVID-19 disease.

District Health Department No. 10 officials said the man was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on March 25. His positive test result came back the next day and he died Monday morning at the hospital.

"We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family who lost their loved one," said Kevin Hughes, the health department's health officer, in a released statement.

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The Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City will close early due to concerns over the coronavirus. Guests have until Wednesday, April 1 to leave the facility. 

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Bars and restaurants across Michigan are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means many chefs and cooks are out of work and have time to spare.

One cook in Traverse City is using that time to feed those in need.

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Grand Traverse County reports there are two residents with COVID-19 who likely became exposed in the community.

One woman in her 70s had not travelled or had contact with any known person with the disease, a county health department investigation found. She is currently in the hospital.

The county anticipated it would see community transmission eventually, Grand Traverse County Health Department Medical Director Michael Collins said in a release.

Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music with Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. This week's weeknight playlists are below.

 

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Carolyn Southworth and Jennifer Thomas - Sweet Dreams

Danny Wright - The Way We Were

Tomas Michaud - Lotus in the Moonlight

Colors of the Land - Taking the Backroad

Rebecca Oswald - Embrace

Kevin Kern - Endless Blue Sky

A woman walks across an empty Front Street in Traverse City on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Grand Traverse Health Department officials want visitors coming to the county coming from COVID-19 hot spots to self-quarantine for 14 days.
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If you’re traveling to Grand Traverse County, please quarantine yourself. That’s the message from the Grand Traverse County Health Department. It's requesting a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone coming to the county from areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.


ENCORE - Kids Commute - Old West Week!

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Welcome to the encore of Old West Week on Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West. We'll hear music inspired by the Grand Canyon, music from an old west ballet, and more! There's lots of fun music to capture your imagination and keep you entertained. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

In January there was an unusual line-up of planets at one place in the zodiac that included the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto. Since then, they have all moved on, but due to the varying speeds of the planets in their orbits, it will appear to us that they all make a retrograde or backward motion, which will result in another meeting of planets in the same degree of the zodiac as in January, only the players will be slightly different. This time, it will only be Jupiter and Pluto.

Great Lakes Concerts: March 30, 2020

Mar 29, 2020
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Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

 

This week's playlist:

 

 

Astor Piazzolla: III. "Nightclub 1960" from L'histoire du Tango
Richard Sherman, flute
Gwendolyn Dease, marimba
(Recorded Feb 21, 2019- Urban beat, Old Town – Absolute Music Chamber Series)
 

Music By Request for March 28, 2020

Mar 28, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Baltimore MD, Sarasota FL, Oklahoma City OK,  Fort Drum NY, Lake Leelanau, Manistee, Petoskey, Traverse City, Cadillac, Honor, Holland, Hersey, Mesick and Northport.  Today's featured piece was On The Trail from Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite

1.      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Excerpts from the Third Act of the Marriage of Figaro, Nuccia Focile, Carol Vaness, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras

2.     Robert Schumann, Scenes from Childhood, Annie Fisher

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A Missaukee County man in his late 70s died this afternoon from COVID-19. 

The man was hospitalized at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital on Tuesday for shortness of breath, according to District Health Department #10. He was tested for COVID-19 and results came back positive two days later.

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Over the last couple of weeks, Michigan officials worked to slow the spread of COVID-19, take care of citizens and stay operational. The twelve federally-recognized tribal governments in Michigan faced the same challenge.

Metropolitan Opera: Werther

Mar 27, 2020

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Massenet’s gripping romantic tragedy Werther, a performance from 2014 starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. While live performances are cancelled at the Met due to health risks for audiences and artists from the COVID-19 virus, Saturday matinee broadcasts continue with memorable pre-recorded performances from the Met archives.

It's the Kids Commute Story Challenge! Listen to music, and write us a story or draw us a picture!
Image by Fathromi Ramdlon from Pixabay

Hi Kids Commuters! We’re always talking about musical imagery on Kids Commute, and we’re issuing a challenge to you. See that piece of music there on the page? The Kids Commute team thought it would be fun if you told us a story to go with it! It can be about whatever your imagination conjures up, but it can’t take any longer to read aloud than the music itself, which is two minutes and eighteen seconds long. We’ll pick our favorite stories and bring them to life in a dramatic reading for the radio! If you don’t want to write a story, send us a picture and we’ll put it on our website!

The Greenfields stepped out for a safe social distance interview at Veterans Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. Left to right: Heather, Jill, Sonja and Gregory Greenfield from left to right, with Allison Greenfield up front.
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School officials in Michigan will have to make some tough decisions very soon about the rest of the school year. One of them is whether to send layoff notices to teachers and other school staff who aren’t working.

That would save money for later in case the school year is extend to make up for days lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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The House is debating and then voting on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that the Senate passed earlier this week. Watch the floor proceedings live.

Essay: Uneventfulness

Mar 27, 2020

Several years ago, I heard a woman give a talk about a trip to Greenland where she lived with theInuit people, traveled by dog sled, ate raw seal meat. It wasn’t the kind of vacation most of us would choose—but for her, it was life-changing.

ENCORE - Kids Commute - Pirate Week!

Mar 27, 2020

  

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Health officials are worried about people traveling up north from downstate and other areas around the country to their second homes. 

Many are coming to northern Michigan to hunker down as the COVID-19 disease spreads in cities throughout the United States.

Health officials say they could be bringing the disease with them.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from Finland. We feature pieces by composers including Suolahti, Klami, Rautavaara, and Sibelius. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Classical IPR spotlight on From the Top hopefuls

Mar 26, 2020

Classical IPR is featuring audition recordings for the previously scheduled From The Top taping at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Since the public From The Top event had to be canceled because of COVID-19, Classical IPR will share performances from Interlochen Arts Academy’s From The Top hopefuls.

Listen at 1:30 p.m. weekdays.

 

Maria Farney (bottom left) teaches a Chinese student (top left) a song written by Traverse City singer songwriter Miriam Pico (right).
Miriam Pico

Traverse City singer songwriter Miriam Pico thought she was just writing a song to sing to her own kids. But now, kids in China are learning that song to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

The Soo Locks reopened Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie, beginning the 2020 shipping season on the Great Lakes.

The Locks have been officially closed since January 15.

According to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District, repairs and maintenance were performed during the 10-week winter shutdown.

People in formal clothing stand on a stage with their hands raised, taking an oath.
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The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hold its primary election in April entirely via absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election is for the tribal chair and councilors and was pushed back from April 7 to April 21, according to an announcement on the tribe’s website.

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Grand Traverse County is declaring a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Chairman of the county board of commissioners Rob Hentschel said in a letter that the declaration will make state and federal funds available to buy much needed equipment for hospitals and medical providers. 

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