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Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced Tuesday that they are revoking tariffs on Turkish dried tart cherry producers.

Huron Manistee National Forests

 

A firefighter from northern Michigan is helping battle wildfires in Australia.

 

Huron-Manistee National Forests employee Brian Stearns was hand-picked by the U.S. Forest Service for his leadership and firefighting experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

The state of Michigan is asking Enbridge Energy for more information about its oil and natural gas liquids pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Two members of the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education are safe from a recall election — for now. Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer ruled Monday that a recall petition against them is invalid.

According to state law, officeholders can't be recalled during the first year of their term. The petition against Anderson and Forton was filed last November, nearly two months before they hit their one-year mark in office.

Both were relieved after court let out.

In ancient astrological wisdom, the influence of Venus and Mars on lovers was considered strongest when they were square to or opposite one another in the sky, and this month they’re setting up for just such a configuration.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Updated 01/10/2020 at 5:22 p.m.

The recall effort against State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) is officially over. 

The Michigan Secretary of State's office found that the group behind the recall fell 208 signatures short of the 12,201 they needed to trigger a recall election.

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

This week on Points North, we talk to the publisher of the Glen Arbor Sun about a proposed housing development near Crystal Lake. Also, a man lost nearly 80 pounds on a plant-based diet. 

 

Plus, kids now have access to STEM learning at regional libraries. 

 

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

International refugees can continue resettlement in Grand Traverse County through the federal government, according to a unanimous vote of the county board of commissioners Wednesday morning.

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Cell phones throughout the region let out a siren noise mid-morning Tuesday.

That’s because the National Weather Service added a new weather category to its alert system for snow squalls.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The group behind the recall effort to remove Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) from office got some breathing room Tuesday.

Michigan Secretary of State

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is considering adding a third option so people don't have to identify as either male or female on their driver's licenses.

Community colleges across the state are starting the new year with a new program to help relieve economic instability among students. 

Officials said access to basic needs like food, housing and transportation are issues that can affect student success and even student retention. 

The Michigan Building Economic Stability Today (MI-Best) initiative has $442,000 in grant funding to help eliminate barriers for students.

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Students at Gaylord Community Schools may be seeing new vehicles at the bus stop in 2020. The district is home to Michigan’s first electric school buses. 

Officials said a state grant allowed the school district to buy two brand-new electric school buses that normally cost $342,000 for only $83,000.

There are several traditions that line up on January 6th, making it a unique day in the cycle of the year, including the Ancient Egyptian observance of the birth of Osiris, the Baptism of the Christ, the visitation of the Three Kings, and it’s the birthday of the French patriot and martyr Joan of Arc, in the 15th century.

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. 

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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. 


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