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Sept. 19, 2014 – Week 2

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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT AHEAD: Your correspondents will interview Director Jamie Clover Adams next Monday, Sept. 22. Possible topics include environmental stewardship, food safety, migrant labor and commodity exports.


STATEPOEM:  The work of a dead poet from the Northern Lower Peninsula would be immortalized under a bill that would make her “Hand of Michigan” the official state poem.  It lauds the state’s natural beauty. Millie “the Chiseler” Miller of Ogemaw County penned the piece before her death in 1998. Sponsors are from Lake City, Cadillac and Hillsdale. However, a Northern Michigan University English professor, suggests an alternative poem by a Grand Ledge-born writer who formerly taught at Western Michigan University. By Jordan Bradley. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, LAKE CITY, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, BLISSFIELD, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, LANSING CITY LIMITS, GREENVILLE  & ALL POINTS.

WAGEIMPACT: The minimum wage hike that took effect Sept. 1 could lead to higher consumer prices, some small business owners say, including ones in Traverse City and Marquette. However, the president of the Michigan AFL-CIO says higher earnings make it possible for workers to buy more. We also talk to the Small Business Association of Michigan. By Michael Kransz. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN CITIZEN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

BARLEY&BEER: The surge in craft beers and microbreweries is helping Michigan-grown barley slowly make a comeback, with most acreage in the U.P and Northern Lower Peninsula. There’s also significant acreage in Lenawee and St. Joseph counties in the Southern Lower Peninsula, and one of the state’s only malt houses is in Ottawa County. We hear from experts at the Michigan Brewers Guild and MSU’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center. By Danielle Woodward. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, TRVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, ALPENA, ALCONA, BLISSFIELD, BIG RAPIDS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.

            w/BARLEY&BEERGRAPHIC: 10 counties with the most barley acreage. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

            w/BARLEY&BEERPHOTO: Processing and cleaning barley seed. Credit: MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center.

SHIPWRECKS: The recent addition of four Lake Huron shipwrecks on the National Register of Historic Places is spurring a move to give similar federal recognition to more of the countless doomed ships in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven says Lake Huron holds 33 percent of the known wrecks,  Lake Michigan 21 percent, Lake Erie 19 percent, Lake Superior 14 percent, Lake Ontario 9 percent and Lake Clair 3 percent. We hear from officials at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena and the Michigan Historical Center. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, SAULT STE. MARIE & ALL POINTS.

            w/SHIPWRECKSFACTBOX: Four shipwrecks in Lake Huron added to the National Register of Historic Places.

            w/SHIPWRECKSPEWABIC: The ill-fated freighter Pewabic, which sank in 1865 southeast of Alpena. Credit: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

DEADBIRDS: When residents of St. Louis, Mich., described the death of birds in their small community, Matt Zwiernik recalled studies by another MSU scientist more than 50 years earlier. Ornithologist George Wallace’s research into how the insecticide DDT killed birds was cited by Rachel Carson in her landmark Silent Spring, which led to a U.S. ban of DDT and helped launch the modern environmental movement. Now studies by Zwiernik’s team helped secure funds to excavate 30,000 tons of DDT-contaminated dirt from the yards of 60 homes adjacent to now-defunct Velsicol Chemical Co. By Dave Poulson. FOR GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.

            w/DEADBIRDSIMAGE: Workers excavate DDT-contaminated soil from yards in St. Louis, Mich. Credit: David Poulson

LANDSWAP: A federal judge has rejected a challenge by environmental groups to swap 240 acres of federal land, including 6 acres of old-growth, in the U.P.’s Ottawa National Forest for 421 acres of privately owned logged land bordering Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The judge said the Forest Service had followed proper procedures in approving the land exchange. There’s no other litigation pending about land swaps in Michigan’s two other national forests, Hiawatha in the U.P. and Huron-Manistee in the Northern Lower Peninsula. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, ALPENA, HERALD STAR & ALL POINTS.

            w/LANDSWAPPHOTO: Wildcat Falls in Ottawa National Forest. Credit: Partners in Forestry Cooperative.


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