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COVID CHILD CARE: Advocates hope a pilot program to split child care costs among businesses, government and families in West Michigan will lead to a similar program statewide. Child care challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the creation of a unique coalition of business and child care advocates to test the plan they hope will lead to statewide implementation. By Zholdas Orisbayev FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS
SOO HISTORY: Sault Ste. Marie’s commercial district is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Settled in 1668 by European immigrants but occupied by Native Americans thousands of years earlier, the designation recognizes it for its commercial history, ethnic culture and architecture. Experts from the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office discuss. By Lea Mitchell. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.
w/SOO HISTORY PHOTO 1: The Federal Building in Sault Ste. Marie is part of the Soo Commercial District recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was constructed in 1910 as a post office and site of federal government operations. It is now the Soo’s City Hall. Credit: Wikipedia.
w/SOO HISTORY PHOTO 2: The house purchased in 1864 for Bishop Frederic Baraga is open to the public. Baraga was known as the “snowshoe priest” for using snowshoes to travel between Native American missions. Credit: Bishop Baraga Association.
w/SOO HISTORY PHOTO 3: Tower of History rises 210 feet above historic Sault Ste. Marie with an observation deck for visitors. It was built in 1968 as the Shrine of the Missionaries. Credit: Wikipedia.
ALGAL SCRUBBERS: A Western Michigan University professor says new algal turf scrubber technology could combat the algae blooms that threaten to suffocate the ecosystem of the Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie. The devices filter water over areas designated for algae to grow and eventually harvested for use as biofuel. Changes in farming practices to reduce runoff, removing nitrogen and phosphorus from surface water upstream, would still be necessary. By Lillian Young. FOR BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
w/ALGAL SCRUBBERS PHOTO: A dead fish washes up on the shores of Lake Erie, which suffers from harmful algal blooms. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
eDNA: Environmental DNA is playing an increasingly important — but sometimes controversial — role in monitoring invasive species in the Great Lakes. Experts from the DNR and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explain. By Yue Jiang. FOR ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MAQUETTE, BAY MILLS, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
INSECT INVADERS: The bees are coming! So are the hairy maggot blow flies! Both had already come uninvited to Michigan. And now there’s evidence they’ve spread elsewhere – Chicago and northwestern Indiana. We talk to researchers who found them. A DNR entomologist says there are good grounds to worry about the expected invasion of the spotted lantern fly from Asia via Pennsylvania, and notes the destructive impact already of the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid in Michigan. By Eric Freedman. FOR MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS AND ALL POINTS.
w/INSECT INVADERS PHOTO 1: Non-native female leafcutter bee found in Chicago. The invasive species has been spreading inward from the East and West Coasts. Credit: Northwestern University.
w/INSECT INVADERS PHOTO 2: Hairy maggot blow fly collected in Valparaiso, Indiana. The invasive species has been found in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and now, Indiana. Credit: Valparaiso University.