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Feature Story One of four charging stations on the electric-trail network in Ontonagon County.

It's electrifying: The U.P. is home to first of its kind electric off-road vehicle charging network

The first electric off-road vehicle charging network is open in the western U.P. Polaris, Inc., a global leader in power sports, has installed four electric chargers along a network of trails. The initiative is part of Michigan's efforts to lead the country in outdoor recreation innovation, vehicle technology and sustainability. 

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Michigan's stretch of the Marquette Greenway moves forward

The Marquette Greenway will connect New Buffalo in southwestern Michigan to Chicago. The 60-mile pathway will follow the Lake Michigan shoreline and connect to lakefront amenities. 

Feature Story The Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Michigan.

New organization seeks to educate and empower the Hispanic community in Southeastern Michigan

After a significant gap left by the disintegration of Hispanic organizations in the Blue Water Area, the Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Michigan is set to fill the void by offering vital resources and educational services as they cultivate tradition and spread awareness across the region. 

Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

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Agritourism: How small farms in rural Michigan are finding solutions

“I don’t believe that we would still be farming without diversifying,” says Dory Hill, co-owner of Crooked Creek Farm Dairy in Romeo. Agritourism income in Michigan jumped from $USD 20 million in 2017 to $56 million in 2022 as small farms are finding new ways to survive.

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MiCareerQuest connects 8,000 students with hands-on exploration into future career opportunities

Over 8,000 middle and high school students across West Michigan had the opportunity to experience more than 300 high-demand careers first-hand at this year's MiCareerQuest.

Feature Story Previously known as Eddy Elementary, The Eddy Center in St. Clair now serves as the hub for numerous small businesses and organizations, including a local nonprofit and a daycare facility.

Former St. Clair County school Eddy Elementary reimagined

Following its closure in 2019, the former Eddy Elementary has transformed into The Eddy Center, becoming an integral part of the St. Clair community and operating as a central hub for various small businesses and organizations.

Longform Kimberly Singh (right), Michigan Oral Health Coalition board member and chief community and governmental affairs officer for My Community Dental Centers, chats with Dental Assistant Kortney Jones.

Oral health care is inaccessible to many Michiganders. This coalition is working to change that.

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition brings together a multitude of Michigan oral and general health partners to collaborate on improving oral health for all Michiganders, especially those who have barriers to access. 

Longform Robin Beasley is the director of Garden of Dreams Preschool inside First Congregational Church.

Tri-Share makes quality child care more affordable for working parents

MI Tri-Share is a first-of-its-kind cost-sharing funding model. The state, the employee, and their employer each chip in for one-third of the price of child care.

Feature Story The lack of consistent winter conditions prompted Cadillac tourism official to promote other activities, including river fishing and river rafting.

How Cadillac, a popular winter sports destination, pivoted during the lost season

With an unstable winter of little snow, Cadillac tourism officials found other ways to promote outdoor recreation and help businesses that thrive on a winter economy.  

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Schools work together to address teacher housing shortage

Organizations, nonprofits, developers, and school personnel are working to address the teacher housing shortage head-on. A group of local Northern Michigan schools have banded together to form an educational consortium to address the issue and create a model of future educator housing developments near Traverse City.

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How 2 farms preserved agricultural legacy amidst push for development

Owning a family farm in one of Michigan’s fastest-growing counties means that there’s pressure to turn agricultural land into residential. An Ottawa County program helped protect these farms from development.   

Feature Story The Allegan County Courthouse is expanding its services and its footprint with plans for a new room for another 48th Circuit Court judge.

Allegan County expands footprint with $10M building project

The Allegan County Courthouse is expanding its services and its footprint with plans for a new room for another 48th Circuit Court judge. In the meantime, the 57th District Court has added an attorney magistrate.  

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March Madness: NCAA tournament courts built in the U.P.

The real star of March Madness is not the winning college basketball team -- or an individual player -- but the custom-built center court. The floors are made out of maple by Connor Sports in Iron County and shipped to arenas, where the company's agile team pieces the court together. 

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

PreK For All Roadmap takes a holistic approach to rolling out PreK For All

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) has released the PreK for All Roadmap plan with recommendations on how the state can achieve universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in Michigan.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

La Hoja de Ruta de PreK Para Todos adopta un enfoque holístico para el despliegue de PreK Para Todos

En enero de 2023, la gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer anunció su plan PreK para Todos, que proporcionaría acceso a la educación preescolar gratuita a todos los niños de cuatro años de Michigan para 2027. En febrero de 2024, el Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) publicó el plan de la Hoja de Ruta con recomendaciones

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Sanilac County Community Mental Health helps families and children

Currently, SCCMH is serving 275 children who live with serious emotional disorders or developmental disabilities along with their families.

Feature Story Amber Desgranges and Rachel Ruddock of the Michigan Primary Care Association.

New initiative offers Michigan nursing students opportunity to build careers in underserved areas

The Michigan Primary Care Association is collaborating with nine of Michigan’s state universities to provide nursing students with opportunities to train in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.

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Mapping a better future for broadband in Michigan

State and nonprofit officials are encouraging local governments and residents to review a map of internet coverage in Michigan. The goal is to prioritize underserved areas and use federal dollars to expand and improve internet infrastructure. 

Feature Story Part of the streetscape of downtown Wayland.

What's all the hype about Wayland?

Allegan County community receives $25,000 state grant to help "hype" its downtown, attracting more visitors and boosting its image on social media.