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Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The black bear that’s been ransacking bird feeders and garbage cans west of U.S. Highway 31 in Traverse City has finally been trapped. 

It’s believed to be the same bear seen wandering the Meijer parking lot last October.

Zoom screenshot Munson news conference


Northern Michigan vaccine clinics will go forward without the single-dose Johnson and Johnson shots. 

Hospitalization of children with COVID-19-related illnesses are on the rise, according to public health experts who spoke during a Munson press conference Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Munson Healthcare reported the highest two-week average in COVID cases it’s ever seen and cases are still rising.



At times, Keli MacIntosh had to take a deep breath before getting her words out. During an emotional testimony Tuesday, she explained why she decided to sue Commissioner Ron Clous and Grand Traverse County. 

The cow jumps over the Moon this week when the waxing crescent sweeps up through the stars of Taurus the bull, looking west an hour after sunset on Thursday.

Courtesy of the office of the governor

UPDATE: Traverse City Area Public Schools' middle and high schools will continue with virtual learning the week of April 12, following a school board decision on Saturday. School sports will continue.

Spectrum Health

Some northwest Michigan health departments are seeing a decline in COVID-19 vaccine interest just a few weeks into the state expanding access to everyone 16 and older.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer answers questions from reporters in Traverse City on October 9, 2020.
Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

Less stick. More carrot. That appears to be Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s approach now as Michigan wracks up some of the nation’s worst COVID-19 numbers.

The largest health care system in northern Michigan, Munson Healthcare, has more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. That includes in late November, when no one was yet vaccinated. 


Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy said in a statement Monday that ballots in the county’s local elections next month will be counted electronically, despite a vote by the county board of commissioners that would have required them to be counted by hand.

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Anyone scrolling Facebook in Michigan over the past week may have noticed ads attacking a new energy bill in the statehouse. 

This is “The Storyteller’s Night Sky”  and this week’s waning Moon means it's International Dark Sky Week 2021. / Julie Elliott-Abshire


If you call for an ambulance in northern Michigan, chances are it will show up within ten minutes. But lately, sending out ambulances has become a balancing act.

Ray Leavitt


Dan Blake likes to go off-roading with his family through the trails in Hoosier Valley, just south of Traverse City. What he doesn’t like is all the trash. 

Taylor Wizner

Michigan is in the throes of the worst COVID surge in the nation. For the second straight day, the state is reporting more than 6,000 new cases.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

As Canadian officials lobbied a Michigan Senate committee in March to keep the Line 5 pipeline open, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) grew frustrated with a conversation that, up to that point, had focused mainly on the immediate economic and safety implications of a possible shutdown. 

Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has doubled Michigan’s vaccination targets as the pace of COVID-19 related deaths has accelerated and the state leads the nation in per capita COVID cases.

Michigan House Democrats

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula used to be represented by Democrats in Lansing and Washington, DC.

Now there’s one left: Sara Cambensy from Marquette represents the 109th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. The UP Democrat attacks her governor and sometimes votes with Republicans.

That is what kept Rep. Cambensy in office, but she might be the last of a dying breed.

The Full Moon happened Sunday, March 28th, and though Full Moon happens nearly every month, sometimes twice a month, this particular Moon is exceptional in the cycle of the year because it marks the time when the Moon trades places with the Sun in the celestial hemispheres.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio


This week, several cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been found in four northern Michigan counties, as Covid-19 infections accelerate across the region.

Reports of a black bear have been documented in Traverse City's west side near Great Wolf Lodge and the YMCA. It's believed to be the same bear that was seen in the Meijer parking lot last fall.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Reports of a black bear are again coming from residents in Traverse City. It’s believed to be the same bear seen roaming the Meijer parking lot last year.

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The 2021 Great Lakes shipping season started Wednesday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie at Noon. 

The U.S. Army

Fire crews with the state’s Department of Natural Resources responded to over 50 fires in recent days, including assisting at a 600-acre blaze near the Manistee National Forest on Monday.

It’s been a strange beginning to fire season.

A commercial cleaner in Traverse City has been fined thousands of dollars for labor violations.

Universal Cleaners brought in Mexican workers on a visa program last summer without advertising the jobs locally.

Robert Darling of the U.S. Department of Labor in Grand Rapids says the company shortchanged the foreign workers, sending them home early and paying them well below the prevailing wage.

“They came in with the expectation of getting a certain wage and did not receive that,” he says.

Courtesy Charlevoix DDA

Like many resort towns in northern Michigan, Charlevoix has struggled to build a strong year-round community ever since landlords saw the money to be made in summer rentals.

Area officials say 40% of the city’s housing stock is vacant for most of the year while the area’s service workers can’t find a place to live.


Last year Charlevoix city officials capped the number of vacation rentals and made rules that some developments have to be owner-occupied 10 months a year.


A tree stumps burns in the aftermath of a 600-acre wildfire in the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews are monitoring a wildfire in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The 600-acre fire started Monday around Warfield Road east of Wellston, and is currently 80% contained.