Isle Royale gets historic designation

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.

State to offer a new option for low-income housing

Capital News Service

LANSING — A new modular housing option is in the works for some Michigan cities struggling to find low-cost homes for workers. Low-income housing often goes to people with the least income, but “there aren’t a lot of options left in a lot of these cities for those in middle lower range that need housing,” said Katie Bach, the media communications director with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA.)  

The agency is offering MSHDA Mod, a new housing program for cities with a growing workforce but with housing shortages. MSHDA intends to show developers that more housing can be offered for families in need of immediate housing by using modular homes that reduce production time and cost. This is a statewide issue largely affecting rural communities with growing workforces like Grayling and St. Ignace, said Gary Heidel, the agency’s chief housing investment officer.

Gas prices may resist holiday bounce

Capital News Service

LANSING — Gas prices statewide have dropped an average of more than 30 cents in the past month, and experts expect them to hold steady or possibly drop even further leading up to Thanksgiving. “Usually during a traveling period there is a high demand, so it’s kind of unusual to see prices around Thanksgiving down,” said Nancy Cain, the public relations director for AAA Michigan. “We do anticipate at least short term that this trend will continue. Even on Thanksgiving Day you might see prices a bit less than what they are now.”

The average price of regular gas in Michigan was $2.482 per gallon on Monday, according to AAA’s website. On the same date last year it was $2.634, a nearly 6 percent drop.

Schools of choice: Change & challenge

It’s been about two decades since Michigan adopted Schools of Choice. The program is one of several responses to funding and quality issues. See how Schools of Choice decisions are made in Ingham County, and how choices over 20 years have affected the county’s 12 public school districts.

Lansing community seeks initiatives to promote school safety

The Lansing Community is implementing new ways to promote safety within their school districts. With recent headlines involving mass school shootings and gun violence, students, parents and faculty members would like to see changes within their communities. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said Lansing is taking a stand on gun violence to promote a safer community for children. “So one of the things we instituted after the Parkland shooting in Florida is the ‘Sheriff Safer School Initiative’,” said Wriggelsworth. “What that really revolves around is having our deputies carve out an hour or two out of their workweek to spend in a school that they’re assigned.