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Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

 

This week on Points North, we have inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions with stories about fresh starts and big life changes.

 


 

Golam Rabbani was a human rights lawyer until he was forced to flee Bangladesh for opposing the government. He and his family made their way to Traverse City by way of New York and Port Huron. 

A long, thing metal pipe sits on a concrete floor.
Enbridge Energy

Enbridge Energy has retrieved a 45-foot steel rod it left in the Straits of Mackinac in September. Strong currents moved the rod 150 feet during its time underwater.

The company dropped the rod while sampling bedrock in preparation for building a tunnel under the straits.

The tunnel would replace Enbridge’s 66-year-old oil and gas pipelines that currently sit on the lake bottom.

Rick Pluta / MPRN

The Michigan Supreme Court says a recall campaign against state Representative Larry Inman can continue, despite a typographical error on the circulated petitions.

The Recall Inman Committee collected more than 14,000 signatures, but the Bureau of State Canvassers threw them out after it discovered a typo in the petition language.

The circulated petition left out a word when describing one of the federal charges against Inman.  

He's accused of asking for campaign contributions in return for votes on bills.

10 most viewed stories in 2019 from IPR News

Dec 31, 2019
Interlochen Public Radio

IPR’s news team reported on hundreds of stories across the region in 2019, and the top 10 stories viewed are listed below:

 

Just as all our days gather into one final celebration here at the end of the year, so have all the major planets gathered up into one place with the Sun ~ well, nearly all of them.

Courtesy of Orbion

An aerospace company in the Upper Peninsula gained statewide recognition for its satellites last month.

M-22 Grill and others to offer free Christmas meals

Dec 23, 2019
Courtesy M-22 Grill

Not everyone has somewhere to go for a warm meal on Christmas Day, and that’s why the owners of M-22 Grill in Onekama are opening their doors to those in need. 

“The free Christmas dinner is about saying thanks to the community that has been so good to us over these past six years,” M-22 Grill owners John and Michelle Blackman said in a statement. 

The meal is also available to those who have a difficult time cooking and want to be with friends and family in the community on the holiday.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The spending package signed Friday by President Donald Trump includes $75.3 million to begin construction of a new Soo Lock.

Though Solstice marks the standing still and ultimate return of the Sun toward the northern celestial hemisphere, there are three further ‘turns’ that occur before what is truly new begins to unfold. These turns are the three “eves” that occur in this season: Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and the eve of Epiphany, also known as 12th Night.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Syringe service programs involve giving medical supplies and clean needles to injection drug users.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people in those programs are three times more likely to stop using drugs than those who aren't in them.

Elberta baby born above a bar becomes a local legend

Dec 19, 2019
Gretchen Carr / Red Pine Radio

Frederik Stig-Nielsen and his wife Betsy Mas had their first child in their apartment above the Cabbage Shed, a popular restaurant and tavern in Elberta. 


Jerry Fetty / Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

A road collapses into the water in Oceana County. A riverwalk disappears into the Manistee river channel. Lakeshore sidewalks buckle in Ludington.

Michigan DNR

Five elk have been poached this year, which makes it the worst elk poaching year on record, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

All the poaching cases for northern Michigan happened roughly within a month. 

Ron Wilson's summer cottage is dangerously close to falling into Lake Michigan. Wilson wants to lower water levels on Lake Michigan by letting more water out of the Chicago River, and reversing the flow of Long Lac and the Ogoki River in Ontario, Canada.
Dan Wanschura

On a cold and windy afternoon in Manistee, Ron Wilson trudged through snow to check on his shuttered cottage.

 

Not much changed since he was last there — which is good — because just a few feet of land separate the beach house from Lake Michigan.

“We once had a deck out here,” says Wilson, pointing behind the house. “But the storms in mid-October just took out all the beach in front of us.” 


ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

On Wednesday, almost 21 years to the day since the House last debated impeaching a president, it does so again.

Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball team will play in a newly named ballpark next season.

Pit Spitters Park is now called Turtle Creek Stadium after a naming rights deal was reached with Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians — owner of Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel.

The Pit Spitters declined to comment on the terms of the deal, saying it’s not public.

However, the infusion of cash from the deal will help the team renovate the stadium.

The early 20th century Austrian philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner once likened the cycle of the Earth’s year to a breathing process, with an inhalation and exhalation happening in the same rhythmic regularity for the Earth as it does for the human being. The full-in breath he likened to the moment of Winter Solstice, when it appears as though the Sun stands still furthest south on the horizon, and then slowly, by degrees, it begins to move north again, restoring light to the northern hemisphere.

Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

This week on Points North, we examine propane needs in the Upper Peninsula. Do yoopers need Line 5 for propane, or would they survive without the pipelines?

 

Tribal nations, Michigan’s governor and environmental groups are all calling for a shutdown of Line 5: the pipeline that carries oil underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

People on kayaks work together to hold up a sign that says "SHUT DOWN LINE 5".
Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio has obtained emails between a private security contractor working for Enbridge Energy and several law enforcement agencies near the Straits of Mackinac.

The emails show the contractor kept tabs on anti-Line 5 activists (known as water protectors) in the Straits of Mackinac this summer. He shared information about their camp, protests and social media posts with local law enforcement.

A man points at a stove.
Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Tribal nations, Michigan’s governor and environmental groups are all calling for a shutdown of Line 5: the pipeline that carries oil underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

They say the pipeline, which is 60-plus years old, poses too great a risk of rupturing.

The pipeline doesn’t just carry oil — its liquid mix includes propane that is delivered to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So, what would happen to U.P. households using propane if Line 5 shut down?


ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

Democrats are undertaking the next major step toward impeaching President Trump.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

A jury found State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) not guilty Tuesday on a criminal charge of lying to the F.B.I.

The jury couldn’t reach a verdict on two other counts of soliciting a bribe and attempted extortion so the judge declared a mistrial.

MPRN

State lawmakers plan to finish up their work in Lansing this week.

The state House is expected to vote on bills to restore funding for some of the items vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in late September.

Brian Frawley / Michigan DNR

 

Early indications show the Upper Peninsula’s deer harvest is down 21 percent this year.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources uses the annual Mackinac Bridge deer count to estimate the number of deer killed.

 

Toll workers at the Mackinac Bridge add up deer using a tally clicker each time a driver brings one across the bridge. Those totals help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimate the harvest from the Upper Peninsula.

 

April Baer joins Michigan Radio as new host of Stateside

Dec 9, 2019
Michigan Radio

  Veteran public radio journalist April Baer is joining Michigan Radio to host the station’s popular Stateside talk show. She will take the helm of the show beginning Monday, January 6, 2020. 

April Baer is replacing Cynthia Canty, who has been the host of the award winning show for the past seven years and is retiring later this month.  

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