Solutions sought for high child care costs

ACCESSIBLE CHILD CARE – Some Michigan families pay more for child care than their monthly housing costs. Child care advocates are calling for more government help.
Recently the state directed federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act to child care providers across the state. The money is intended to stabilize these providers and keep them from closing. By Sarah Atwood FOR MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS

Gigiigoo’inaan uses Ojibwe names and art to share culturally relevant health information for users.

Fish consumption app for Anishinaabe works, study finds

EAT FISH HEALTH:An advisory program designed for the Anishinaabe is a useful tool for tracking fish consumption in Great Lakes tribes, and a new app provides personalized advice regarding chemical contaminant levels in fish. The app called “Gigiigoo’inaan,” which means “Our Fish” in Ojibwe, is the product of collaboration among the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority and the Medical College of Wisconsin as part of a project aiming to increase environmental health literacy in tribal communities. By Abigail Comer. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, ALPENA, MONROE, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.

The American Bureau of Sailing recently approved the design of Veer Groups’ sailing vessels.

Could sails once again move Great Lakes cargo?

WIND FOR SHIPS: Will the future see the return of wind-powered cargo ships on the Great Lakes? One company has received design approval for its planned wind-powered ships, which some experts say can help decarbonize the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. We talk to the company planning to build the ships, a U-M expert and the Lake Carriers’ Association. By Audrey Richardson. FOR MONROE, DETROIT, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, OCEANA, BENZIE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CORP!, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN AND BUSINESS OR NEWS PAGES OF ALL POINTS.

16-year-old Deasia Ray wearing her Everything is Cheesecake ball cap.

16-year-old student combines studies while managing store

Deasia Ray16-year-old Deasia Ray manages her mom’s cheesecake as she studies in high school. When it comes to decorating cheesecakes and managing her mother’s business, 16-year-old Deasia Ray makes sure she puts her best skills forward to satisfy customers who visit Everything is Cheesecake. Before becoming a store manager, Ray worked alongside her mom in their home when she was around 9-years-old. She would sprint from the house to cars, giving out the cheesecakes. When the opportunity came to move the business to a trailer, they sold cheesecakes from a single-compartment refrigerator.

Asparagus growers target online sales 

SPECIALTY CROPS – Promoting online sales of asparagus is among the $1.2 million in projects to support Michigan specialty crops recently awarded by federal officials. The COVID19 pandemic proved that asparagus didn’t benefit from the surge of online buying, farm officials said. Addressing that deficit is among the dozen projects recently awarded federal support. Others include hops and cherries. BY LIAM JACKSON. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP!, TRAVERSE CITY, OCEANA COUNTY, LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.

Which skies make the best dark sky parks?

Northern Michigan resort promotes dark skies

DARK SKY ASTROTOURISM: Michigan now has its third internationally recognized dark sky park, this one on the Keweenaw Peninsula. The parks are a big draw for astrotourists. The other two are in Mackinaw City and Jones, Cass County. Six state parks in eastern and Northeast Michigan are also designated as dark sky reserves. By Mackenzie DeRaad. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, MONTMORENCY, ALPENA, ALCONA, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD AND ALL POINTS.

Michigan State University sampling sites.

Don’t hide your poo — and here’s why

WASTEWATER PRIVACY: Ever since John Snow, the father of epidemiology, linked an 1854 cholera outbreak in London to contaminated water, wastewater surveillance has been a tool for scientists to track disease. But some are raising medical privacy concerns in the modern age as wastewater is used to track COVID-19. In the Great Lakes Basin, universities are teaming up to join a national network, including the University of Toledo, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin. By Mackenzie DeRaad. COMMENTARY FOR LANSING AND ALL POINTS.

Whitefish haul from the Great Lakes

Whitefish campaign seeks to lift fisheries while fish stocks drop 

WHITEFISH: Don’t stop at fillets. Whitefish parts also can be used to make cosmetics, supplements, wallets and other products, boosting the economic value of the fish. We talk to the Lansing-based Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the organization representing Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers and others about the “100% Whitefish” campaign. By Jake Christie. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MONROE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, MIDLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE COUNTY, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, ST. IGNACE , CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.