rural http://michiganradio.org en Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties http://michiganradio.org/post/slow-enrollment-obamacare-rural-counties <p>People in rural areas trying to enroll for health insurance as part of the new Affordable Care Act can face special challenges. Registration must happen online, and many people in Michigan’s rural counties do not have a home computer or access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15874 at http://michiganradio.org Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties In Lake County, there is such a thing as a free lunch http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-county-there-such-thing-free-lunch <p>More than 90% of school children in Lake County <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/1672-students-eligible-for-free-or-reduced-priced-lunch?loc=24&amp;loct=5#detailed/5/3744-3826/false/867,133,38,35,18/any/3551,13159">qualify for free or reduced price lunch</a>. To make sure they continue to eat healthy meals once school is out, the county’s school district offers free breakfast and lunch over the summer to any child in the county.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13600 at http://michiganradio.org In Lake County, there is such a thing as a free lunch Lake County has a wealth of natural beauty but few job opportunities http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-county-has-wealth-natural-beauty-few-job-opportunities <p>Lake County, in central northern Michigan, is the poorest part of the state, with nearly half of its children living in poverty. That’s according to the latest <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KC2012-Narrative-and-Data-Notes.pdf">Kids Count data</a>. So Jennifer Guerra with our State of Opportunity project went north to visit the rural county to see what life is like there for families.</p><p>The county is an area rich in natural beauty, with hundreds of lakes and streams and acres of forest land, but it's very short on job opportunities.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13529 at http://michiganradio.org Lake County has a wealth of natural beauty but few job opportunities State Department of Agriculture gets a name change http://michiganradio.org/post/state-department-agriculture-gets-name-change <p>The Michigan Department of Agriculture is, now, officially the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mda">Department of Agriculture and Rural Development</a>. Governor Rick Snyder announced in November that he would make the change.&nbsp; He <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277-57577-249266--,00.html">signed an order</a>, yesterday, making it official.</p><p>The Associated Press reports, "the governor says the new name is 'a clear signal' his administration plans to help the agriculture industry grow so rural areas gain new and better jobs."</p><p>Governor Snyder appointed Keith Creagh to head the Department. Creagh used to be the Department's deputy director.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277-57577-249266--,00.html">statement released yesterday</a>, Creagh said:</p><blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Agriculture today is a high tech industry that relies on trained professionals with knowledge of the newest methods from biology and chemistry to packing and shipping. Expanding educational opportunities will give Michigan's agricultural producers a competitive edge and ensure jobs are available for recent graduates who want to stay in their home communities.</font> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:53:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 843 at http://michiganradio.org State Department of Agriculture gets a name change