Points North, Ep. 3: Surviving winter
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.
Neebish Island community braces for winter isolation
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.
One of the few furriers in the state wants to keep you warm
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.
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