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Boyne City Main Street purchased the Boyne Theater on Sunday from Boyne City Taproom owner, Richard Bergman, for $350,000. 

 

Before closing in 2003, the theater was used for both movies and as a performance space, according to Boyne City Main Street Executive Director Kelsie King-Duff,

 

“The main screen is on a heightened stage," she says. "So in the past, even the Boyne City School drama productions and things like that were there.”

 

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Parts of Traverse City's Front Street will be closed to vehicles to make more room for pedestrian foot traffic this summer. The City Commission approved the proposal at a virtual meeting Monday night.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

 

An inmate at North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin has died after contracting COVID-19.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated the death on its website, Friday.

The site shows 27 inmates are currently confirmed sick with COVID-19, while 56 inmates have recovered from the disease.

The prison holds 1,560 immigrants who have been convicted of federal crimes and will be deported following their sentence.

Today on Stateside, what the Wayne State University police chief says needs to happen to regain public trust as the nation erupts in protest over the killing of George Floyd. Plus, a theater director speaks about the role of art in articulating black pain amid civil unrest. 

On Wednesday this week, the planet Venus comes to a meeting with the Sun, known astronomically as inferior conjunction. And while Venus is having this encounter with the Sun, the two of them will be square, or at a right angle, with the planet Mars, which greets the dawn from the stars of Aquarius. So what can it mean?

Today on Stateside, thoughts from a sociologist and a law professor about the marches in Detroit and Ann Arbor that drew attention to police officers’ use of force against African Americans. We’ll also find out how one charter school operator is preparing for the fall. 

 

  The Michigan National Guard will be on site at two Northern Michigan locations this weekend to assist health departments in administering free COVID-19 tests.

 

The coronavirus testing will be available to any Michigan resident, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is necessary. 

 

Today on Stateside, we touched base with agriculture workers, and what some farmers are doing to keep their seasonal employees safe. Plus, writer Donavan Hohn talks about the inner coast explored in his new essay collection.

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Grand Traverse Mall reopens to the public

May 28, 2020

The Grand Traverse Mall is welcoming customers for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down businesses across the nation. 

 

Safety measures have been added, including hand sanitizing stations and frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” by janitorial staff. 

 

Markings on the floor have been added to help customers keep the six foot distance while in line at the food court. But that's not the only change at the food court, according to the Grand Traverse Mall general manager Jonathan Pittman.

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel says a lower court judge got it wrong by refusing to enforce an order to shut down Owosso, Mich., barber Karl Manke, who gained fame or notoriety for cutting hair in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 emergency orders. The orders include a ban on barbers and hair salons doing business during the declared crisis.

IPR Welcomes Environmental News Intern

May 28, 2020

 

IPR welcomes Environmental News Intern,  Cassidy Hough. Cassidy is a junior at Michigan State University, double majoring in environment, science and health reporting journalism and  environmental studies and sustainability. A recipient of the Michael and Sandra Clark scholarship in environmental journalism, she also received the Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Environmental Journalism.

 

Max Johnston

U.S. tart cherry growers and processors narrowly voted to renew the Federal Marketing Order last week. The FMO passed with 53 percent of growers and 57 percent of processors in favor.

Much of northern Michigan reopened Memorial Day weekend as rates of COVID-19 infections continued to decrease in Michigan. However, some communities Up North were left out of reopening in Governor Grethchen Whitmer's recent order.

Today on Stateside, restaurants in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula were allowed to open for sit down dining. We spoke with two restaurateurs; one who opened and one who stuck to take-out orders. Plus, how one high school senior is preparing for his future amid uncertainty.

This last week of May is also the last week of the year that the planet Venus will be visible in the evening sky, because she’s in her retrograde motion now and quickly falling into the arms of the Sun.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Some businesses in northern Michigan reopened Friday, with restrictions, under an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

While many welcomed the news, some businesses are playing it safe.

Today on Stateside, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel talks about plans to restart on-campus instruction in the fall. Plus, an epidemiologist's advice for navigating reopened public spaces.

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Mackinac Island closed for Memorial Weekend

May 21, 2020
Pure Michigan

While most northern Michigan businesses are busy preparing for their grand re-opening this weekend, Mackinac Island will remain closed.

“Mackinac Island will not be open for business for Memorial Day this year,” said Tim Hygh, executive director of Mackinac Island Tourism.  “There will be no ferry service at all Memorial Day, Saturday and Sunday.”

Alpena Public Schools

The Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) Board of Education unanimously selected John VanWagoner as the new district superintendent.

Delays expected at the Mackinac Bridge this weekend

May 20, 2020

As parts of Northern Michigan re-open this weekend, the Mackinac Bridge Authority is preparing for Memorial Day traffic. 

 

Back in mid-March, the Mackinac Bridge Authority stopped accepting cash in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

That means Memorial weekend travellers will need to pay with a credit or debit card or a digital payment, like Google Pay or Apple Pay. 

 

Owners of private campgrounds Up North eager to reopen

May 19, 2020
Taylor Wizner

Ahead of the partial reopening of restaurants, bars and retail businesses in northern Michigan, some private campground owners feel that Governor Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t understand the safety of camping.

"Camping is an extremely safe way to travel and get around, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be out there enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air,” said Cathy Kuebler, owner of Traverse City Kampgrounds of America. “It should totally be allowed."

Recreational camping for individuals who otherwise have a primary residence is not permitted at this time.

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Clarification 5/21: The following story was edited to clarify statements made by GEO Group. A representative from GEO Group says the company has not been aware of any hunger strikes at North Lake Correctional Facility and that the prisoners' allegations are false. 

Update 5/21: No Detention Centers in Michigan says the North Lake inmates ended their hunger strike on Monday after some situations improved.

About a dozen incarcerated immigrants started a new hunger strike on Friday at the North Lake Correctional Facility to protest their treatment. The activist group No Detention Centers in Michigan reported it’s the fourth strike they’ve been alerted to at the Baldwin facility in the last three months.

Today on Stateside, what will the impending re-opening of Michigan’s economy mean for public health. Plus, how the pandemic could allow districts to reshape learning in the fall.

Executive Office of the Governor

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says some rural regions of the state can partially re-open Friday, May 22 due to low COVID-19 infection rates. Restaurants and bars will be able operate at 50 percent seating capacity in the Upper Peninsula and 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula.

There’s a New Moon on Friday this week, and on the same day, the planets Mercury and Venus will join one another in the same region of the sky, looking west after sunset.

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