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Great Lakes

  • Since 2010, more than 1,200 people have drowned in Great Lakes waters, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
  • It’s a dry spring – 1984 in Wisconsin – and all these suspicious fires are popping up. A conservation warden named Dave is pretty sure it’s arson, but he can’t catch a break. So, he and a pilot decide to get creative.
  • The "John Bigler" was a schooner built in 1866 when canals made it possible for ships to go from Lake Erie to Lake Michigan. The Bigler hauled lumber and other cargo on the Great Lakes.
  • More than 120 years ago, a Native American village in northern Michigan was burned down at the behest of a white land speculator. Now, the descendants of that village want the federal government to know they’re still here.
  • Donna Martino stuck a photograph from the newspaper of a handsome kayaker on her fridge. A few months later, Donna matched with the guy on a dating website, and they decided to go out. This story is about what happens when two strangers take a chance on each other.
  • Iceland has figured out how to use almost 100% of every fish caught – not just the filet. By making things like durable leather, beauty products, and skin graft bandages, it’s increased the value of an Atlantic cod from about $15 to over $5,000. Can this approach help the struggling Great Lakes fishery?
  • Small, silvery fish called kiyi used to roam the deep, cold waters of nearly every Great Lake. Remnant populations still exist in Lake Superior, and scientists are wondering: Can we find them? And bring them back to the other Great Lakes?
  • When U.P. snowboarder Nick Baumgartner lost in a qualifying round at the 2022 Olympics, he broke down on national TV. It was his fourth Olympics, he’d never medaled, and he was 40 years old. He might not get another shot at a medal. But then he got some news.
  • Despite some confusion, this season will be the first fully under the 2023 Great Lakes Fishing Decree, an agreement between the U.S., the state of Michigan and five tribes.
  • Three important commissions in the Great Lakes region are signing a formal agreement to encourage collaboration on research and information-sharing.