Author: Christine Kanerva

Grocery Stores Prepare for Bottle Returns Monday

Grocery stores are preparing for bottle returns to resume on Monday. Northland Foods in Kingsley will be allowing two people in their bottle return area at a time. Steve Bart, director of the store, says they will have dedicated staff assigned to the bottle return area to ensure everything runs smoothly. He says he expects a big turnout, but will…

Raw Sewage Released into Boardman River for the Second Time in Two Weeks

For the second time in two weeks, the Boardman River has flooded, dumping raw sewage into the river. Now, the Grand Traverse County Health Department and the City of Traverse City are working together to determine how this can be avoided in the future. “It’s been a battle against mother nature for sure,” says Art Krueger, Traverse City Municipal Utilities…

Kalkaska Salon Happy to Be Back Open, Cutting Hair

The Upper Peninsula and parts of Northern Michigan moved into phase five on Wednesday with the reopening of salons, gyms and movie theaters. “We waited our time and we’re so excited to be back,” says Timberlie Yanz, owner of Timberlie’s Salon Studio in Kalkaska. When Gov. Whitmer closed salons in March due to COVID-19, new salon owner Yanz says she…

Kirtland Community College Welcomes Students Back On Campus in Soft Reopening

Kirtland Community College welcomed students back to campus this week. “Some of those students are needed in the workforce and so that’s important,” says President of Kirtland Community College Tom Quinn. Students and staff and staff are checked in at the door by taking a brief survey and temperature check. Classes are on campus are staggered and limited to programs…

Ludington Chief of Fire Celebrates 50 Years

The City of Ludington is celebrating its chief of fire’s 50th anniversary. Chief Jerry Funk has been volunteering with the Ludington Fire Department since June of 1970. In 1994, he was promoted to chief of fire. Funk says the last 50 years have been good, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. “I was thinking about retiring but then my…

TC Bookstore Sees Increase in Anti-Racism Book Sales

A book store in Traverse City is seeing an increase in anti-racism book sales. Amy Reynolds, owner of Horizon Books in Downtown Traverse City, says more people are turning to literature to learn more about anti-racism and diversity. “Practicing diversity in a book and in literature I think is also really powerful,” Reynolds says. For example, “White Fragility” by Robin…

Benzie Central Students Document History in Real Time

Four Benzie Central student interns are looking into the different perspectives people have on the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past year, student interns Melia Lorenz, AuSable Kreiner, Finn McLaren and Reeve Katt from Benzie Central High School have worked to better record Benzie County’s history for the Benzionia Public Library. When COVID-19 hit, they started documenting history in real time….