Executive Office of the Governor

A few weeks ago, IPR reported on the problems facing rural schools in northern Michigan before next fall. Now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has provided a roadmap for them to reopen.

But there is still a lot of uncertainty on what next school year will look like.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Michigan schools are preparing for some of the deepest funding cuts in nearly three decades. Some small rural school districts Up North hope to avoid layoffs or cut programs.

They’re more worried about the basics, like bussing, hiring and cleaning.

Tom Carr

If the wind is right, the Buckley area could see 60 power generating windmills rise above the fields.

That's about what it would take to crank out enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes, which is what NextEra Energy Resources hopes to produce here. Wexford County does not currently have any windmills feeding power to the utility grid.

The Juno Beach, Fla. company is asking the county's permission to first put up a tower to measure the wind, says spokesman Steve Stengel.