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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.


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Sheriffs of Michigan's 101st House district are questioning details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders, according to a press release.

Michigan's 101st House district includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. 

 


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. 

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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.

Courtesy / Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

More and more people have been visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the weather warms up. 

Now, the park located in Empire is closed to all visitors. 

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.

 


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 'Silver Fox' of fencing

Apr 13, 2020
Leslie Hamp

It’s a Sunday in early March, and Julia Kline slips into her fencing gear at Three Swords Fencing in Traverse City. The 56-year-old with spiked graying hair warms up, bouncing like a boxer and jabbing a target box with her sword. 

Before the coronavirus outbreak, she spent every Sunday at the fencing club.


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.


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.

Add Elk Rapids to the list of northern Michigan communities worried about the influx of travelers coming north amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Village President Jim Janisse wrote a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week, asking her to give people a “one-time choice” between staying at their first and second homes and banning future travel between the two. Janisse says there are currently some people coming to the area just for the weekends. 


Mark Brush/Michigan Radio

On Wednesday, Enbridge submitted an application for a permit to build the Line 5 tunnel.

The planned bedrock tunnel would encase the replacement for 67-year-old oil pipelines that currently sit on the lakebed beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Last week, tribal leaders raised the alarm about the state reviewing permits, holding public comment or engaging in tribal consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal governments in the Straits area are unilaterally opposed to the tunnel.

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.

 


Groundworks Center for Resilient Communities

A new food relief fund in Northwest Michigan links farmers and food pantries, helping both persist through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local farmers are struggling to sell their produce right now, especially if they used to sell to schools, restaurants or farmers’ markets.

At the same time, demand at food pantries has grown.

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.  

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Two more positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County, and the health department is reporting a possible exposure site at the Holiday Station Store on South Airport Road in Traverse City.
 

A man in his 30s caught the virus through community transmission, health officials say. A woman in her 20s had contact with someone who tested positive case. 

 

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is also telling those who

Otsego County EMS/Rescue/Hazmat Facebook

 

On one particularly bad day, Otsego County EMS responded to six COVID-19 emergency calls. Later, paramedics started getting sick. 

Right now, about 20 percent of Otsego County’s 36 EMS staff are out because of the virus. That includes those in quarantine, those sick, and an employee on voluntary leave for health concerns.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on Michigan's repsonse to the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6, 2020.
Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

The Legislature will meet Tuesday to vote on a resolution to extend the emergency powers Governor Gretchen Whitmer invoked to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

The House and the Senate have adopted special rules for in-person voting while adhering to health protections.


Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

People are flooding into Leelanau County since COVID-19 hit Michigan last month, according to several local business owners.

Health departments in northern Michigan have asked those visiting to self-quarantine, and essential workers in the county are concerned about the increased foot traffic.


Artists across northern Michigan are scrambling to find ways to make up for lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

With many events and large gatherings canceled through spring and into the summer, artists have lost out on gigs and other opportunities they were depending on to make ends meet. 


   

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