This week on Points North, a community prepares to be stranded on an island in the middle of winter. Plus, a furrier transforms animal pelts into expensive clothes.
Last year on Neebish Island, 20 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, thick ice formed on the St. Mary’s River. When the U.S. Coast Guard cut it, the island ferry got stuck, and residents were stranded at home for almost a month. Islanders call this 'ice cutting season,' and they know they could be stuck at some point during each winter.
There used to be a furrier in most Michigan towns, says Michael Fridrich Henke. Now, he says it’s a dying craft. That hasn’t stopped Henke, a third generation furrier, who has worked the trade off and on for the past 40 years.
In an upcoming show, we’ll have a story about how tariffs are impacting cherry farmers. Have trade wars or policy affected your life? If so, how? Maybe you’ve watched the price of milk change or paid more to buy a car.
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