Points North, Ep. 35: Cherry farmers shut down as imports flood in from other countries
This week on Points North, northern Michigan’s signature cherry industry is struggling amid trade tensions and a lack of federal support.
Plus, learn about a 10-acre corn maze in Traverse City.
Cherry industry could be a casualty of international trade war
In the midst of tension between the U.S. and global trade partners like Turkey, northern Michigan’s iconic cherry industry is stuck in the middle.
Tart cherry farmers have been undercut by foreign competitors for years and thought tariffs implemented by the Trump administration would help.
Many say they haven’t.
126-year-old Traverse City farm hosts corn maze
If there’s one essential experience of fall in northern Michigan it’s getting lost in a corn maze.
Jacob’s Maze is a 10 acre corn maze in Traverse City. IPR’s Taylor Wizner visited the site.
Micah Sullivan, of Traverse City, asks: 'Do you believe in ghosts?'
Micah Sullivan is a mom of three children and one step-kid. She recently took a class from IPR Executive Director Peter Payette on how to produce audio stories.
She decided to focus her reporting on asking area residents if they believe in ghosts, and we wondered if she does.
“I don’t know. I’ve never seen one, but I believe in spirits and energy,” Sullivan says.
She’s had interesting things happen since her brother Mark (Hill) Sullivan died of a stroke suddenly this summer.
“I had a lot of weird experiences after my brother died. I’ve had very intense light things (happen),” she says. “Right after (he) died, I was telling my sister about the lights going on and off at our house.”
She spoke with a few people about their experience.