Saline district library evolves in digital age

In an overwhelmingly digital age, what role does a local library play in a community like Saline? Jess Hesselgrave said an important one. Hesselgrave, head of adult services at the Saline District Library, said she thinks good libraries in towns the size of Saline have evolved to be more like community centers in the year 2019. “We still have a very high circulation rate for physical materials like books as well as digital materials like DVDs or Blu-rays,” Hesselgrave said. ” Plus, our meeting rooms and study rooms are in constant use, and we usually have a ton of people here in general.”

Hesselgrave, who lives in Whitmore Lake and has worked at the Saline District Library for two years after having worked at libraries in Ann Arbor and Salem/South Lyon, says in Saline she has more creative freedom at her job.

Air quality casts pall over Michigan national parks, report says

A new study by the National Parks Conservation Association warns that air quality problems are adversely affecting virtually all national parks, even those remote from major cities.

Those include Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores, Isle Royale National Park, River Raisin National Battlefield Park and Keweenaw National Historic Park.

We hear from park officials and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Eric Freedman.

Paddling partners blaze trail through northern Michigan waterways

By CASSIDY HOUGH
Capital News Service

LANSING — Rolling hills, beautiful beaches, great sunsets and a lot of water are just a few things you’ll find in Leelanau County, according to Jon Constant. “People need to see this,” the Leelanau County resident said.  “It’s just so pretty.”

It was his love for the area that inspired Constant to write “Leelanau by Kayak,” a love story to the Michigan county. Leelanau County is the little finger of Michigan, about 30 miles north of Traverse City. The cover of “Leelanau by Kayak” describes the book as containing “day trips, pics, tips and stories of a beautiful Michigan peninsula.”

The first edition was published last spring by Mission Point Press, and can be purchased for $22.

Judge rejects hunter’s claim of unconstitutional search

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service

LANSING – A federal judge has tossed out a suit accusing Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers of illegally arresting and prosecuting a hunter who admitted “shining” – using artificial light – for deer at a private Alpena County hunting camp. U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington found no grounds for Trent Sherman’s claims against the DNR, the officers and department officials. Sherman’s lawyer, Racine Miller of Southfield, said her client will take the case to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Ludington’s decision, a DNR pilot saw a vehicle shining along a two-track road at the Fleco Camp in Green Township late one night in October 2015. Two DNR officers on “shining patrol” responded and found Sherman and a second man there.

Isle Royale gets historic designation

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service

LANSING – Minong – or Isle Royale as it’s best known – is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The newly designated Minong Traditional Cultural Property covers Isle Royale and its entire archipelago of 450-plus northern Lake Superior islands and surrounding waters. It reflects many legacies, especially the cultural history of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, or Ojibwe. The listing “recognizes and celebrates the lasting relationship” between Native Americans and Isle Royale and other nearby islands, said Seth DePasqual, the cultural resource manager at Isle Royale National Park. The Grand Portage Ojibwe have used the islands for many centuries. Isle Royale has been a national park since 1945.