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Cheryl Bartz

On the guide today: how eastern chipmunks use social distancing, the danger of overharvesting ramps and the sonic power of ruffed grouse.

The video we mention, produced by the Ruffed Grouse Society, is here.

Thanks to Cheryl Bartz, Larry Mawby and Leslie Hamp for production help.

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University opened a COVID-19 testing lab on its Houghton campus this week.

Researchers at the school worked for over a month to get it up and running.

The lab can’t take samples from patients, but can help healthcare providers deal with their sample backlogs.

Hospitals in the region were notified Thursday morning that the lab could start accepting samples.

Morgan Springer / Interlochen Public Radio

National Cherry Festival organizers say the annual Traverse City festival will not go on as planned this year. 

The festival, which typically occurs the week of the Fourth of July holiday, attracts more than 500,000 people a year to the region, organizers say.

Lark Jankewicz

Schools across the state are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning high school seniors like Lark Jankewicz had their final year cut short.

As part of IPR's series School’s Out, hear how Jankewicz wanted her softball season to be the final chapter of a tragic time.

Parallel 45 Theatre Company announced it has cancelled it's 10th anniversary season.
Parallel 45 Theatre Company

The show won’t go on for Traverse City’s Parallel 45 Theatre Festival. The group announced Wednesday that it canceled its upcoming summer season due to COVID-19 concerns.


Today on Stateside, a protest over Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order leads to gridlock in Michigan’s Capitol. Plus, we explore the life and legacy of Michigander Elly Peterson, one of the most influential women in Republican politics during the 1960s and 70s.

Morgan Ju

Schools across the state are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning high school seniors like Morgan Ju had their final year cut short.

As part of IPR's series School’s Out, hear how Ju won’t get the chance finish her last season running track and cross-country.

School's Out is a new series from Interlochen Public Radio where you'll hear from high schoolers who have had their worlds upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville remains open despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan Legacy Art Park

If you want to look at art during the coronavirus pandemic, your options are pretty limited. Art museums and galleries are considered non-essential businesses and are closed across the state until at least the end of the month.

That’s why Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville is uniquely positioned at a time like this. It’s outdoors and visitors have plenty of space to socially distance in the park’s 30 acres. 

Today on Stateside, we check in on Michigan’s farm scene and see how food producers are doing amid the pandemic. Plus, how the state unemployment office is handling a huge surge in the number of people applying for benefits.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

 

  

Updated 4/16/20 with additional North Lake worker who tested positive.

 

Five employees at a North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin tested positive for COVID-19.

Inmates who interacted with infected employees are in medical quarantine, says GEO Group, the prison operator.

North Lake Correctional Facility is a federal prison that holds up to 1,700 immigrants who’ve been convicted of felonies.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

The Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education will interview five candidates for the superintendent vacancy. The first round of virtual interviews starts April 25, according to a press release. 

Finn McLaren

Schools across the state are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning high school seniors like Finn McLaren had their final year cut short.

As part of IPR's new series School’s Out, hear how McLaren said goodbye to his classmates with a memorable performance in the Spring play.

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

 

Epidemiologists say the coronavirus is slowing its spread in southeast Michigan and the state could see its peak number of cases soon. But COVID-19 is still appearing in northern Michigan and its peak may come later, some say.

 


Today on Stateside, we talk to a Republican state senator who says that Governor Whitmer’s extension of the emergency stay at home order goes too far. Plus, how students with disabilities who rely on schools for important services are faring at home. 

Macie Bixby

Schools across the state are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning high school seniors like Macie Bixby had their final year cut short.

As part of IPR's new series School’s Out, hear how Bixby’s graduating class may never get the chance to say goodbye.

The Moon is waning through the morning sky this week, acting like an emotional tuning fork as she moves past Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.


Today on Stateside, we take a look at the toll the coronavirus pandemic is having on farmers and farm markets. Plus, we hear from the team at Planet Money about the economics of ventilator production in America.

Sarah Allis works at Leland Mercantile in Leland. Essential businesses like grocery stores are now required to screen their employees for symptoms of COVID-19 and take proper social distancing measures.
Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

County health departments are asking businesses that remain open to step up their efforts to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

Leslie Hamp

On the audio guide today: the first butterflies of spring, nesting bald eagles and oak wilt.

Also, a good reason to put off raking up all that leafy debris in your yards. 

You can report sightings of turtles and other reptiles and amphibians to the Michigan Herp Atlas.


Today on Stateside, Michigan's local governments are moving public meetings online. Hackers took notice and are heckling and streaming inappropriate content on the calls. Plus, we talk with two comedians about finding humor in uncertain times.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The coronavirus pandemic means Michigan schools are closed for the rest of the academic year.

Many districts are switching to online learning and it’s a big adjustment. It’s also a gamble because some families may not be able to access it.

 

School is still in session

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

 

One employee who works for Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a senior living facility in Traverse City, tested positive for COVID-19. 

The coronavirus diagnostic was announced Tuesday, April 7 by the Grand Traverse County Health Department.

 


Today on Stateside, Michigan’s healthcare system is facing major staffing challenges, as exhausted, under-equipped nurses consider their options. Plus, we take a deeper look at the longstanding health inequities fueling the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on African Americans. 

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

 

Inmates inside the North Lake Correctional Facility — an immigrant prison in Baldwin — allege conditions are so unsafe that some have been put in prolonged solitary confinement. 

They further allege prison guards are segregating the facility by race, and the amount of food that they’ve been getting recently hasn’t been enough, specifically citing a lack of protein.  

Today on Stateside, the Michigan Legislature convened in Lansing today, but some lawmakers question the safety of meeting in person. We hear from one of them, and talk about what lawmaking looks like in the middle of a pandemic. Plus, how plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19 could protect health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

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