New education initiatives to combat the spread of invasive species implemented in Michigan

On a cold, snowy, Thursday morning in December, twenty people gathered at the For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Saginaw County, Michigan—some private citizens, some on behalf of stakeholder organizations—to learn about identification, reporting, and removal of exotic invasive species. The second of three planned Working with Invasive Species workshops sponsored by the Saginaw Bay […]

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Refugees struggle rejoining medical field after resettlement

  Kaes Almasraf with his Refugee Health Empowerment Program recertification certificate in ACCESS’ Sterling Heights, MI office Kaes Almasraf remembers exactly how he felt the day he arrived in Michigan three years ago as a refugee. “Just close your eyes and then open your eyes… you’re in a new country with new people, new culture, […]

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Adderall Abuse, what’s being done, and is it working?

Poster from Wolverine Wellness’s campaign against use of Adderall with Alcohol The college experience is built around late nights, late nights studying, late nights partying, late nights making memories that are supposed to last a lifetime. At colleges and universities across the country, a “work hard, play hard” culture is emphasized, causing students to feel […]

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The Ambiguity of the Gluten-Free Diet

Crunching the burgundy leaves under their boots as they scurry inside, Claire Jilek, 20, and her roommate Elizabeth Hinckley, 21, escape the assertive fall winds to enter the warm, cozy abyss that is the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. Pumpkin pie, apple cider and cinnamon donuts aromatize the air as the overwhelming crowd stocks up on […]

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The largest solar energy project in Michigan

DTE energy, the leading solar energy developer in Michigan, is building its largest solar farm in Lapeer, Michigan. According to the news releases of DTE energy, it started the project on May 24, 2016. This project will be completed by 2017 spring and after its completion, it will generate 48 megawatts power which will make […]

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Climate Change and the First Nations of the Great Lakes Region

Empty nets, the loss of native species, and a lost way of life. As climate change continues to impact populations across the world it has begun to threaten the Native American population that has called the Great Lakes home for thousands of years. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency the average temperature in […]

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Trading Pitchforks for Smartphone Apps- The Modern Farmer’s Newest Farming Essential

  Farm staff boots up FarmLogs application on their personal device   When you think of a farmer what comes to mind? Is it an old-school family-owned operation involving a pitchfork and a pair of overalls? Maybe you think of Old McDonald tipping his straw hat while looking over his happy chickens and pigs in […]

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Michigan legislature funds pro-life centers, blocks funding for abortion clinics

A missed period, a small pink plus sign, and a terrified woman whose heart just sank. Not all pregnancies are wanted. For some women, an abortion may seem to be the only option. Access to abortion in the United States, however, is heavily dependent on a woman’s zip code and ability to travel. Since Roe […]

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Uncovering Food Insecurity Among College Students, a Tricky Population

It’s a cold December day in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Soft snowflakes fall quietly from the sky marking the end of an unseasonably warm fall. On the campus of Eastern Michigan University, students fight their way through the cold, barely glancing up to see if any obstacles block their path. Some of these swift passersby’s may be […]

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Hotels Increasingly Come in Shades of Green

At El Moore, a lodging facility in Detroit, Michigan which opened in 2016, the recycled-wooden walls frame the rooftop cabin room, where the lights turn on from the insertion of the room key in a designated electricity activator.  The bed-frame is composed of doorknobs, which were found in the basement of the previously abandoned, pigeon-excrement-filled […]

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The Future of Fracking in Michigan

On November the eighth when millions throughout Michigan went to cast their vote, there was one thing that didn’t quite make it to the ballot — a proposed ban on fracking. Despite being a large talking point for many years, fracking has recently faced a loss of public interest, which is likely a consequence of […]

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Double Up Food Bucks Modeling Healthy Food Incentives for the Nation

One night in early October, VJ Almond, a 60-year-old caretaker for her elderly mother, is about to sit down with her mom at their small, round dining room table to a meal chock-full of vegetables, which she purchased at a farmers’ market near her apartment on the west side of Detroit. She bought her produce […]

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As RTA Proposal is Defeated, Detroit Left with Uncertain Future

Loud, noisy, and distracting: residents can not help but look up at the elevated track to watch Detroit’s People Mover rumble by. Yet, the automated train only moves riders in a 2.94 mile loop around downtown Detroit, reaching less than one tenth the area of the city. “The city was built with the idea that […]

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