Traverse City

Dan Plasman

Since the killing of George Floyd, a group of activists has drawn thousands of people to protests in Traverse City. They’ve also gotten elected officials to consider putting body cameras on local police officers.

But they say they’re just getting started.

The Traverse City Pit Spitters announced the creation of two brand new teams on Monday. All three teams will play at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City, which allows the teams to play ball while not traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whitney Waara

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, baseball is coming back to northern Michigan this summer. On Monday the Traverse City Pit Spitters announced the creation of two brand new teams – the Great Lakes Resorters and the Northern Michigan Dune Bears.

To eliminate travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, all three will play against each other at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City this summer.

 

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At a press conference Tuesday, Traverse City officials including Mayor Jim Carruthers and Police Chief Jeff O'Brien condemned the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis Police Officers.

NMC aviation program

For many Americans, their first insight into Afghan history and culture came from Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 book, “The Kite Runner.”

The book describes the brutality of the Taliban’s reign starting in 1994 that only came to an end as a result of U.S. military action in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks.

A woman in her 80s who traveled through Cherry Capital Airport earlier this month tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.

She traveled just prior to symptom onset, and is recovering at her home in Leelanau County, states the health department press release.

The woman traveled to Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport from Chicago O’Hare on United Airline flight UA4132 on April 14, arriving at 9:30 p.m.

If you were on this flight contact the health department. 

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Even before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, farmers on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City were already dealing with the one thing they least like to see — uncertainty.

Reduction in export markets, tariffs, an aging farming population, labor shortages, ICE raids… it’s not easy being a farmer these days. If it ever was.


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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.

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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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

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The Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City is partially re-opening due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In late March the seasonal facility announced they were closing early to prevent guests from catching or spreading the diease. 

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Across the state millions of Michiganders are staying at home after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a "stay at home" order for at least the next three weeks. But what if you don’t have a home? The order makes no mention of people experiencing homelessness.

Courtesy Antonina Chehovska

Award-winning, Ukrainian-born soprano Antonina Chehovska wasn’t even thinking about opera until music professors at the Grand Rapids Community College noticed something special in her voice. 


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Munson Medical Center in Traverse City has changed some of its policies for nurses working through the COVID-19 pandemic


Late last week, the hospital addressed a number of concerns raised by the Traverse City Munson Nurses Association (TCMNA).

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In 2013, Ahnaf Rabbani was a young boy attending school in Bangladesh. Within a year, that all changed.

Ahnaf’s father, Golam, was a human rights lawyer and activist for minority rights in Bangladesh. On the eve of national elections, Golam was severely beaten by supporters of the main political party in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

 

Ahnaf and his family were also threatened.

 

 

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Durkhanai Jan (DJ) was born in Pakistan, and her family always encouraged her to follow her dreams.

 

She moved to Michigan from Pakistan in 2001 and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. 

Steve Luxenberg is the author of 'Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation'. He'll be in Traverse City on February 6, as part of the National Writers Series.
Josh Luxenberg

America has a long, complicated history with race relations. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a “separate but equal” policy that encouraged segregation in the country for the next 60 years.

Steve Luxenberg says we have to come to grips with that controversial history.

 


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Michigan’s tart cherry industry is dying out to the tune of $5 million dollars of lost impact to the state since 2010, according to a Michigan State University study.

After another trade loss in January, cherry farmers are considering desperate measures.

Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Rivers all over the world have the same problem — fish can’t swim up them because of dams.

 

Fisheries biologists want to see if they can leave dams in place but allow certain fish to pass, but it’s complicated and the idea has created controversy in Traverse City. 

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

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Northwest Michigan needs to build roughly 10,000 new affordable rental units and 4,600 new ownership houses, according to a new study commissioned by Networks Northwest and Housing North. 

Munson settles with nurse union in labor dispute

Dec 2, 2019
Munson Medical Center

Nurses announced today that they reached a labor settlement with Munson Medical Center.

 

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Language to recall three members of the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board was approved Tuesday.

The recall efforts aim to remove Sue Kelly, Matt Anderson and Pam Forton from the board. They have 10 days to appeal.

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This week on Points North, we dive into the restoration of the Boardman River since three dams were removed.

 

The story ties into the thousands of aging dams in Michigan. Many are more than 50 years old, and some aren’t safe. Removing them is good for floodplains and native fish, but it costs money — sometimes more than is available.

A group of people stand in a brightly-lit concrete tunnel where colorful artwork covers the walls.
Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday for new artwork installed in the Clinch Park tunnel in downtown Traverse City. The art honors the Anishinaabek, people indigenous to the region — specifically, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

“Mazinaadin,” the name of the new exhibition, translates to “make an image” in Anishinaabemowin. The project is a collaboration between the Traverse City Arts Council and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Tribal chairman Sam McClellan said walking through Clinch Park tunnel was “awesome.”

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

If there’s one essential experience of fall in northern Michigan, it’s getting lost in a corn maze. In Traverse City, Jacob’s Farm has hosted a 10 acre corn maze for a decade.

 

 

Wet corn stocks smack in the wind at the maze entrance.

But Brett Hood, the farm manager and maze master, says the windy and rainy conditions don't keeping people away.

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