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Scams rob Michigan elders of millions, but health providers and nonprofits offer help

Michigan organizations that provide health care and other services for older adults are working to reduce the impact of scams through education and legislative help.

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Myconaut: Voyagers in the uncharted world of Fungi

A pair of wild mushroom foragers have transformed their passion into a startup in Marquette. Myconaut not only provides tasty mushrooms to local eateries but also is working to develop technologies that use fungi for toxin remediation. 

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Mixed delivery of Michigan’s PreK for All could include home-based early childhood educators

A common concern about PreK for All that came up during listening sessions was the role of home-based childcare and early education providers.

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Autism Alliance of Michigan trip to the U.P. shared training and health care opportunities

The Autism Alliance of Michigan team traveled to Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula to provide free trainings and health care services for people living with autism, their families, and the communities where they live. 

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Ishpeming campground pays homage to local historyBrasswire expected to attract mountain bikers

Ishpeming is home to a new rustic campground. Named after a once-famous ski jump, Brasswire Campground also taps into the local mountain biking phenomenon. Campground trails connect to others in the region and are expected to attract bikers on overnight trips. 

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Pre-K para Todos mejorará a largo plazo la salud, la educación y los resultados sociales de los niño

Cuando se trata de educación, el Kids Count Data Book (Libro de datos sobre el recuento de niños) de 2023 sitúa a Michigan en el puesto 42 de los 50 estados. Una de las muchas maneras en que el estado está trabajando para mejorar la calidad y la equidad en la educación es mediante el avance de Pre-K gratuito para todos.

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Buono! Strega Nonna's Italian fare enchants diners in Negaunee

With a love for snow and affection for her hometown, 34-year-old Rachael Grossman returned to her roots to open an Italian bar -- Strega Nonna. She's winning over foodies and visitors with her authentic cuisine and also creating a destination in Negaunee's downtown.

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New space program lifts off at LSSU

The growing aerospace industry in the U.P. prompted Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie to add the Space Missions and Operations Certification program this fall. The one-year program will prepare students to obtain high-paying jobs and careers in U.P. space businesses.

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Iron Mountain couple creates their own path

An entrepreneurial Iron Mountain couple has successfully created a pair of distinct businesses in the city's downtown. Their efforts have added vibrancy to the community and enabled them to pursue their own dreams. 

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Easing the EMS staffing shortage in the U.P. and Michigan

The Michigan Center for Rural Health offers scholarships to train prospective emergency medical service paramedics across the state. The shortage of EMS staffing is especially acute in areas of rural Michigan. 

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Facing blood shortage, MyMichigan Health & UP Regional Blood Center urge public to donate

While the state faces an ongoing blood shortage, the situation in the Upper Peninsula is breaching critical. With a smaller donor pool and aging population, blood donations in the UP are lagging behind regional demand.  

Longform A number of financial incentives for post-secondary education help those interested in an early education career.

Michigan looks to create a better career path for early childhood educators

Improved career pathways, state incentives, and improved wages are essential to recruiting and retaining the early education workforce needed for the PreK for All roll-out.

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The snowy U.P.: Ideal for testing solar panels

Conventional wisdom says extremely snowy climates aren't ideal for alternative energy sources such as solar panels. No one really knows how much snow impacts solar power systems or what to do about it. Those are questions Ana Dyreson, an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University, is looking to answer.

Longform Participants at Ypsilanti PreK for All listening session.

PreK for All listening sessions gather feedback from parents, childcare providers, and educators

PreK for All listening sessions in Michigan's 10 prosperity regions gather feedback from parents, childcare providers, and educators.

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Big vision for a small village

This tiny village at the base of the Keweenaw Penisula wants to be a more welcoming destination. Ahmeek is at the beginning stages of a five-year recreation plan to improve the quality of life in the village for residents and visitors alike.

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Community mental health agencies want more options for helping Michigan's children

Michigan's community mental health agencies address children’s mental health care but need legislative change to do it better.

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Health and wellness are the building blocks for a successful school yearAAoM helps little Michiganders with autism be prepared.

Prioritizing children’s health and wellness is the first step toward ensuring they are prepared for a successful school year and able to fully participate in learning.

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InvestUP tackles housing issue with $15 million fund

The lack of housing is an issue across many communities in the U.P. Looking to ease pathways to new housing, InvestUP has launched the Build U.P. fund, with financial components intended to each the crunch.

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Pay as you're able at this performing arts center

Looking to make it financially easier for everyone in the community to access live professional entertainment, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts has launched an innovative ticket plan -- allowing patrons to pay what they're able to afford. 

Longform Michigan's goal is to have the voluntary universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds in place by 2027.

PreK for All: Other states and cities share models for Michigan’s universal preschool program

A wealth of knowledge is available from other states and cities in building a universal preschool program for Michigan.  

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