Swimming http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids man swims across Lake St. Clair pulling a ton of bricks http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-man-swims-across-lake-st-clair-pulling-ton-bricks <p>Forget those sharks we’re hearing about off of Cape Cod.</p><p>We’ve had a shark of our own swimming in the Great Lakes. And he just crossed Lake St. Clair, swimming 22 miles, all alone, while pulling two inflatable boats carrying a ton of bricks.</p><p>Jim Dreyer of Grand Rapids calls himself “The Shark.” And, when you look back over his extreme endurance feats, you’ll agree: he’s earned the right to call himself just about anything he pleases. Jim has set records swimming across all five of the Great Lakes, distance records, speed records. All of this from a guy who says he had to overcome a deep-seated fear of water.</p><p>Jim Dreyer joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:29:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13966 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids man swims across Lake St. Clair pulling a ton of bricks Stateside for Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-13th-2013 <p>Today we took a closer look at recommendations for statewide standards for evaluating Michigan teachers. How should the job performance of teachers be evaluated?</p><p>And, we met a West Michigan man who swims across the Great Lakes and Lake St Clair, raising money for charity.</p><p>Also, we spoke with the lead vocalist of The Ragbirds, a band from Ann Arbor that is about to kick off their fall tour with a newborn baby.</p><p>First on the show, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr is looking to hire a group to oversee Detroit's federal grant money.</p><p>This comes at the same time that federal officials are searching for ways to offer more aid to Detroit.</p><p>Orr visited went to Washington D.C. earlier this month to meet with Michigan Senator Carl Levin and some economists to get ideas about which grants programs would be best for the city.</p><p>Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief David Shepardson reported on this in today's Detroit News, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:23:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 13967 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 Man lands in Detroit after swimming 22 miles with a ton of bricks http://michiganradio.org/post/man-lands-detroit-after-swimming-22-miles-ton-bricks <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">He very well may be the first shark in Lake St. Clair -- and certainly the first one hauling a ton of bricks.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Long-distance swimmer, motivational speaker, and Michigan native Jim Dreyer -- who calls himself “The Shark” -- finished up a 22-mile swim today from Algonac to Belle Isle. But just in case the swim across Lake St. Clair wasn’t enough, Dreyer raised the stakes on his charity swim for Habitat for Humanity: The Shark is pulling along two dinghies holding 2,000 pounds of bricks.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Dreyer&nbsp;was expected to finish his swim yesterday, but his journey took a day longer than expected.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A post on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JimTheSharkDreyer">his Facebook page</a> said he was in good shape as he finished up his swim:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And I am sure most of you figured out he has been swimming over 48 hours, non stop!! Making all long distance open water swimmers proud!! Making Pure Michigan proud too.</span></p></blockquote><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:02:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13873 at http://michiganradio.org Man lands in Detroit after swimming 22 miles with a ton of bricks Drownings in Lake Michigan prompt calls for new beach warning signs http://michiganradio.org/post/drownings-lake-michigan-prompt-calls-new-beach-warning-signs <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">After <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/07/muskegon_police_missing_ypsila.html">two drownings in Lake Michigan in recent weeks</a>, some are calling for a better warning system when beach conditions are dangerous.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/08/could_this_prevent_drownings_b.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+MuskegonNews+(Muskegon+Chronicle+News+-+MLive.com)">Muskegon Chronicle's Lisha&nbsp;Arino</a> reports on an idea being proposed from Hugh and Kathleen Kallen.</span></p><p><font face="arial, sans-serif" size="2"><span style="line-height: normal;">The couple was moved to develop a new approach after 15-year-old Raybeon&nbsp;Jenkins drowned in the waters off Pere Marquette Park.</span></font></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Not long after the incident, it moved them to do something to help prevent another drowning.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Their plan: create yard signs that would notify beachgoers of dangerous swimming conditions.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">"We wanted to do something for the next rip current day because there aren't any warnings posted on the severe days," said Kathleen.</p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The couple wants residents to put up yard signs, similar to political yard signs, on days when hazardous conditions are predicted.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">There are permanent signs warning visitors of possible dangerous waters, but nothing to indicate current conditions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Ocean communities work with beach flag warning systems.<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CDcQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ilsf.org%2Fsites%2Filsf.org%2Ffiles%2Ffilefield%2Fbeach-safety-and-information-flags-updated-100727.doc&amp;ei=jsP_UdQ5wp2pAcuKgYAK&amp;usg=AFQjCNGmQET8n7x_gkDjmPmcJ1yGy8ZKWg&amp;sig2=3yose2oz_DniVGV319leiA&amp;bvm=bv.50165853,d.aWM"> The International Life Saving Federation</a> has a document showing the standards for this flag warning system.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:31:52 +0000 Mark Brush 13828 at http://michiganradio.org Drownings in Lake Michigan prompt calls for new beach warning signs Grand Rapids duo begins postpartum depression awareness swim across Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-duo-begins-postpartum-depression-awareness-swim-across-lake-michigan <p><strong>11:04 a.m</strong><strong>.</strong></p><p>Jeff and Sara Tow had to cut their swim across Lake Michigan short. The couple was publicizing the swim to raise awareness about postpartum depression. Strong currents in the lake and exhaustion were to blame.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120816/NEWS06/120816014/Michigan-couple-s-attempt-swim-across-Lake-Michigan-ends">Associated Press</a>:</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:56:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8671 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids duo begins postpartum depression awareness swim across Lake Michigan Young children should be supervised around water http://michiganradio.org/post/young-children-should-be-supervised-around-water <p>Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death among children less than 4 years of age.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control.<br /><br />Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp; She says young children should be supervised around all sources of water both inside and outside of the house:</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 15:32:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7642 at http://michiganradio.org Young children should be supervised around water Swimming Upstream: Toxins in Great Lakes fish (part 7) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-toxins-great-lakes-fish-part-7 <p>Today, we wrap up our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. Dustin Dwyer traveled all around the Lower Peninsula to gather stories for this series. And today we have a story we wish we didn&#39;t have to do. It&#39;s the story of toxins in our fish.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s Dustin&#39;s story:</p><p>A few weeks ago, Joe Bohr got a surprise. He&#39;s a researcher for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He was looking at some numbers for PCB contamination in carp caught in canals in St. Clair Shores.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:56:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3116 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: Toxins in Great Lakes fish (part 7) Swimming Upstream: Fishing for Science (Part 6) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-fishing-science-part-6 <p>This week, we&#39;ve been hearing stories about fish, for our series &quot;Swimming Upstream.&quot; For today&#39;s story, Dustin Dwyer paid a visit to some researchers with the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR tracks fish populations at sites around the state. Dustin went aboard with the team on Lake St. Clair, and sent us this report. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:17:28 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3099 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: Fishing for Science (Part 6) Swimming Upstream: The mind of a fish (part 5) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-mind-fish-part-5 <p>All this week, Dustin Dwyer has been bringing us fish stories from around the state for our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. And for today&#39;s story, Dustin wanted to get into the mind of a fish. So, he met up with a charter boat captain on Saginaw Bay.&nbsp; Here&#39;s his story:</p><p>There&#39;s no evidence that fish understand irony. But if they did, they might find irony in the fact that the people who best understand them are the people who get paid to kill them - or at least injure their lips slightly.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:02:20 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3069 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: The mind of a fish (part 5) Swimming Upstream: Fending off sturgeon poachers (part 4) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-fending-sturgeon-poachers-part-4 <p>This week, we&#39;re focusing on fish for our series <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. And today, Dustin Dwyer has a story about one of the most fascinating fish in the Great Lakes. Sturgeon have been around for more than 100 million years.&nbsp; Each fish can live more than a hundred years, weigh more than a hundred pounds and stretch eight or nine feet long. But sturgeon have also been the target of overfishing and poaching. Dustin caught up with one group in northern Michigan that&#39;s trying to save them.&nbsp; Here&#39;s his story:</p><p>So about a month or two ago, I was sitting along the bank of the Black River, way up near Onaway. And I was next to Jesse Hide, who has lived in this area all his life, and watched sturgeon all his life. We were keeping an eye out for sturgeon heading up the river to spawn.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There&#39;s one coming up right there ... he&#39;s coming back down now.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The long, spear-like fish occasionally poke their heads out of the water, like a submarine coming to the surface.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:18:32 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3045 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: Fending off sturgeon poachers (part 4) Swimming Upstream: A dam problem (part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-dam-problem-part-3 <p>All this week, we&#39;re focusing on stories about fish for our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. Dustin Dwyer traveled all around the Lower Peninsula for the series, and for today&#39;s story, he went to the site of a former trout farm along the headwaters of the Manistee River, near Grayling. Dustin went to learn about the complex world of dam removal.&nbsp; Here&#39;s his story:</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:23:26 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3030 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: A dam problem (part 3) Swimming Upstream: The Fish Monger's Wife (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-fish-mongers-wife-part-2 <p>Today we continue our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. Dustin Dwyer took a road trip around the Lower Peninsula to bring us stories about fish. Yesterday we heard about the Petersens. They&rsquo;re one of the few remaining non-tribal commercial fishing families in the state.</p><p>Today Dustin tells the story of the Fish Mongers Wife:
</p><p>It&#39;s a grey day at the <a href="http://www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com/the-fish-mongers-wife/">Muskegon Farmer&#39;s Market</a>, but Amber Mae Petersen is selling the heck out of some fresh Michigan whitefish.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&#39;re based here in Muskegon, my husband&#39;s family has been commercial fishing here for 75 years. So we sell what we catch.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The vacuum-sealed bags of whitefish filets, and packages of smoked whitefish are disappearing quickly. Petersen&#39;s husband Eric stands next to her, packing the fish in ice and wrapping it in old copies of <em>The Muskegon Chronicle.</em></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s the only way to do it.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:47:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3014 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: The Fish Monger's Wife (part 2) Swimming Upstream: The shrinking commercial fishing industry (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-shrinking-commercial-fishing-industry-part-1 <p>Today we begin a series called <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. It&#39;s about one of Michigan&#39;s most valuable natural resources: fish. These slimy, scaly water dwellers contribute to the ecology of the Great Lakes, our economy, and, of course, our dinner plate.</p><p>Reporter Dustin Dwyer has traveled all over the lower peninsula to gather these fish stories for us, and he starts with a simple question: why can it sometimes be so difficult to buy fresh fish caught in Michigan?&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s Dustin&#39;s story:</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:11:29 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2997 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: The shrinking commercial fishing industry (part 1)