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The Environment Report
9:11 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Scientists are looking for "survivor trees" in Michigan, and they want your help

User: USDAgov flickr

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:30 pm

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service are looking for ash trees that survived the attack of the emerald ash borer.

The invasive insect has been spreading across the Midwest and beyond since 2002 - killing millions of ash trees in its wake.

Here's an animation showing the spread of the emerald ash borer from 2002 to 2014:

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Michigan Arts & Culture
9:07 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Michigan Writers on the Air - October 2014

On the next Michigan Writers on the Air, Benjamin Busch discusses his article in the October Harper's Magazine, "Today is Better ThanTomorrow: A Marine Returns to a Divided Iraq." Also, Newbery Medal award winning writer Lynne Ray Perkins reads from her new children's novel, Nuts to You and Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on the poetry of Raymond Carver.

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Acme Meijer store
4:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Environmental problems continue at site of Acme Meijer store

State regulators sent a violation notice this week to the company managing construction of a new Meijer store in Acme Township near Traverse City. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says silt runoff from the 160-acre site is spilling into a nearby creek and Grand Traverse Bay.

Brian Jonkowski runs the Water Resource Division in the DEQ’s Cadillac office. He says there are no plans at this time to seek a fine against the company.

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History Center
9:54 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Carnegie building's future in question as History Center plans to move out

At last night's meeting, attendees were given green stickers to vote for their favorite ideas for the Carnegie Library meeting.
Credit Aaron Selbig

A public meeting last night at Traverse City’s Carnegie Library building drew a crowd of passionate supporters of the town’s history. Many called on the city to do everything it can to preserve that history – and the 111-year-old building.

The meeting came barely a week after the Traverse City History Center announced it intends to move out of the building next month.

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1:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Volunteer labor last chance for county ice rink

Credit Tom Carr

We’ve all heard of pay-to-play sports. Well, for Cadillac recreation league hockey players it’s work-to-play. That’s because it is now up to them to keep their county-owned hockey rink open.

Volunteers are also helping several other counties and cities around Michigan and elsewhere in this era of tight budgets.

Eric Gustafson, for instance, could have been working around the house on a recent Saturday. Instead, he stepped into what feels like a refrigerator with classic rock blaring.

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