CNS marks 40 years of capital news coverage

CNS 40th ANNIVERSARY: This fall marks the 40th anniversary of CNS, launched by the late publisher Dick Milliman to cover state government, policy and politics for news outlets across Michigan. Participants, including ones from such far-flung locations as Russia, Kazakhstan, Denmark, China, India and South Korea, practice real-world journalism for real-world audiences. CNS has influenced the careers of hundreds of students and provides readers with coverage of their government’s activities in Lansing. It began with 10 newspapers, three of them still CNS members: Cadillac News, Holland Sentinel and Traverse City Record-Eagle. Authored by a CNS correspondent and CNS director for opinion sections. By Danielle James & Eric Freedman.. FOR HOLLAND, CADILLAC, TRAVERSE CITY, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

Senior and student matches help ease isolation

PERFECT PAIR: A new project is connecting Michigan senior citizens living in assisted care facilities with university students who have shared interests. Emily Lerner and Rachel Alessio, while at the University of Michigan, started the Perfect Pair as a virtual project when the pandemic peaked in May 2020. It aims to reduce seniors’ loneliness and renew interest in life. We talk to an MSU doctor, former UM students who started the match project and an Ann Arbor senior/student pair. Northville, Farmington Hills and MSU references. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. For DETROIT, WKAR, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

“Eco Opportunity.”

Great Lakes artists repurposing trash into art

GREAT LAKES ARTISTS: Great Lakes artists are turning trash from beaches and empty lots into treasure — artistic treasure, that is. Their work also raises environmental awareness. Artists from Ludington, Marquette and Detroit discuss their work and their motivation. For news and features sections. By Emilie Appleyard. FOR MARQUETTE, LUDINGTON, BAY MILLS, MANISTEE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ALCONA, DETROIT, ST. IGNACE, HOLLAND, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, OCEANA COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LANSING CITY PULSE and ALL POINTS.

Snowmobile helmet exemption proposed just in time for winter

SNOWMOBILE HELMET LAW: Off-road vehicle and snowmobile riders who get panic attacks would not have to wear a helmet under a bill already passed by the Senate. A doctor’s note would give a “get-out-of-jail” free card – similar to excuses some people receive to not wear seatbelts – to Michigan outdoor enthusiasts who have certain physical or mental conditions. We talk to snowmobilers from Acme and Harbor Springs and bill sponsor Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Wauceda, By Barbara Bellenger. FOR HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

EMU, Oakland universities eyed for baseball league — if booze is OKed

LIQUOR LICENSE: Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University could get new summer baseball leagues, but only if new legislation passes that allows the schools to get liquor licenses. Mothers Against Drunk Driving expressed concern about adding alcohol to the university campuses but supporters say it could make good use of underutilized facilities, generate revenue and add entertainment. We talk to Oakland University director of athletics, a state association of universities and MADD. By Danielle James. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY and ALL POINTS.

Seney’s Museum & Historic Railroad Depot.

Rediscovering the Fox River & its famous author

FOX RIVER HEMINGWAY: Ernest Hemingway made the Fox River — with its name disguised in the novel Two-Hearted River — a popular fishing destination, and although Hemingway is closely associated with the U.P., in truth he made only one visit there. Visitors can explore the U.P.’s Hemingway Country by hiking the Steeb Pathway in Lake Superior State Forest and dropping by the historic museum in Seney. By Jim DeFresne. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.

Outdoor recreation drives Michigan tourism recovery

TRAVEL DATA: Local tourism officials say outdoor recreation is bringing Michigan tourism back, after two summers plagued by pandemic fears. And they hope that changes in how people travel will mean even better days are ahead. We talk to local officials in beach communities and statewide tourism officials. For HOLLAND, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY and ALL POINTS.

Folkfest returns to Manistique

Manistique resident Jena Osterhout performs pop classics at Manistique Folkfest. Jena Osterhout has always dreamed of being a singer despite her stage fright. However, growing up in the southern part of Michigan’s upper peninsula, there are not many opportunities to perform publicly. 

“Folkfest is a festival is a festival that goes on every summer in Manistique, and it just means a lot to me because I’ve been coming here every year because I grew up in Manistique and I have a passion for music and I’ve always wanted to sing,” said Osterhout. 

The annual two-day festival hosts “Yoopers Got Talent”, a local talent display that presents Osterhout with the opportunity to perform. Yooper is slang for someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula. “So, when I got old enough and worked out of my stage fright, and I finally, when I was 12 years old, got to sing at Folkfest, and I’ve been doing it every year since,” said Osterhout.

Detroit bookstore struggles to survive COVID-19

Pages, a small locally-owned bookshop in Detroit. Susan Murphy is the owner of Pages, a small bookstore in Detroit. Pages, its publishers, and its property management came to a halt with the hold placed on in person operations. “March 16, I will never forget that day, that’s when I closed the store,” said Murphy. Inside of Pages, you can find tons of books and a cat named Pip.

Monarch butterflies use Peninsula Point in the Hiawatha National Forest as a staging area before crossing Lake Michigan on route to Mexico.

Butterflies, beaches & a lighthouse

PENINSULA POINT: From mid-August through September, Peninsula Point in the U.P. is known for “monarch madness” when huge numbers of the distinctive orange butterfly migrate from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.P. south to Mexico. Waves of monarchs use Peninsula Point in Hiawatha National Forest as a staging area before attempting the long open water crossing of Lake Michigan. By Jim DuFresne. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.