Michigan

Michigan’s Extreme Weather

by Kasie Pleiness August 6, 2015

Left without power by a large storm that rolled through Michigan late Sunday night, I found myself in a dark and increasingly humid house. Having spent Sunday afternoon kayaking the Huron, it struck me how suddenly the weather had turned. When Monday morning rolled around, I was still power-less, yet neither the sky nor the temperature showed any indication of the previous night’s storm. If you grew up in the state of Michigan, you’re no stranger to the joke “Don’t like the weather in Michigan? Wait ten minutes.” You’ve heard horror stories about lake effect snow in West Michigan and […]

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Endangered bird – and subject of recently published book – is beating the odds, according to new survey

by Brianne Johnson November 1, 2012

Since the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a population all-time high for the Kirtland’s warbler — the rarest warbler species in North America — one thing has been made clear, according to a DNR endangered species coordinator quoted in the DNR’s press release: “We are witnessing a conservation success story.” And that inspiring and amazing story is documented in The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It by William Rapai, which was recently published by the Press. According to the DNR’s annual survey, the number of singing male Kirtland’s warblers spiked […]

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Blaine Pardoe discusses ‘Secret Witness’ on ‘It’s a Crime’

by Brianne Johnson October 24, 2012

As described by Margaret McLean, host of “It’s a Crime,” Blaine Pardoe is “dredging up the past, stirring the pot, and revisiting — reopening — wounds by discussing a controversial case that rocked the small town of Marshall, Michigan” in Secret Witness: The Untold Story of the 1967 Bombing in Marshall, Michigan. In the interview (which starts at the 48-minute mark of the podcast), Pardoe discusses the “remarkable” forensic investigation that was conducted in an effort to find out who killed a well-liked woman with a mail bomb “in the days pre-CSI [and] pre-DNA-testing; done with hands-on police work.” Secret Witness, which Publishers Weekly compared to […]

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Happy 90th Birthday to William G. Milliken

by Shaun Manning March 26, 2012

William G. Milliken, Michigan’s 44th and longest-serving governor, celebrates his 90th birthday on March 26. A moderate Republican rising through the ranks from State Senator to Lieutenant Governor under George Romney, Milliken took over the state’s top office in 1969 when Romney accepted a position in then-President Richard Nixon’s cabinet. Milliken was then elected to three successive four-year terms as Governor, for a total of 14 years in office. His life and time in office are chronicled in the 2006 University of Michigan Press biography William G. Milliken: Michigan’s Passionate Moderate by Dave Dempsey. The biography was chosen as a […]

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Snow in April? Author Paul Gross tells us why Michigan weather is wacky

by Heather Newman April 18, 2011

A week ago, it was 80 degrees in Michigan. Today, it’s snowing, with actual accumulation in some places. What gives? We turned to WDIV-TV meteorologist Paul Gross, author of Extreme Michigan Weather: The Wild World of the Great Lakes State, for help. “As much as people don’t like the snow, we do get snow in April,” he said. “Almost every day during the last half of the month has had at least some snow in the past, including many with record snowfall over an inch. We’ve also had a few May days with snow that had to be shoveled. “The […]

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