sault ste marie http://michiganradio.org en 'Poor soil and a short growing season': How U.P. farmers are building a new ag. industry http://michiganradio.org/post/poor-soil-and-short-growing-season-how-farmers-are-building-new-ag-industry <p>With its rocky soil, thick forests and painfully short growing season, the Upper Peninsula is never going to look like Iowa or Kansas&nbsp;<i style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif;">–&nbsp;</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and that's okay. For more than a century, a hardy batch of growers and livestock farmers have managed to survive and prosper in these less-than-ideal conditions. Thanks to new technologies and some decidedly low-tech solutions, the U.P.'s latest generation of </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> workers are more productive than ever. Ultimately, the fruits of their labor may be felt&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif;">–&nbsp;</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and tasted&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif;">–&nbsp;</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">far beyond the region's borders.</span></p><p><strong>Age-Old Limitations</strong><br />If you're a U.P. native, you don't need an advanced degree to understand why agriculture is challenging here. But&nbsp;<a href="http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/alger" target="_blank">Alger County MSU Extension</a>&nbsp;Director Jim Isleib has one, so people tend to listen to his thoughts on this issue. "Poor soils and a short growing season&nbsp;<i style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif;">–&nbsp;</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that about sums it up," he says.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:32:25 +0000 Brian Martucci 17328 at http://michiganradio.org 'Poor soil and a short growing season': How U.P. farmers are building a new ag. industry Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-8-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Republican state representative says he was on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing 10 years ago. On today's show, Chris Ward, former representative from Genoa County talked about the gay marriage ban and the future of the Republican Party.</span></p><p>Then, we spoke with a very talented Flint rapper about his music and raising the profile of the Flint community.</p><p><br />We heard from writer Deidre Stevens about the Ca-Choo Club, a very unique way to attract allergy sufferers to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Also, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Michigan's Aug. 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up. W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ho are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</span></p><p>First on the show, y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday was the deadline to file objections to the disclosure statement spelling out Detroit's plan to climb out of its bankruptcy hole.</span></p><p>And yes, objections poured in – long lists of objections to the disclosure statement.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to tell us who's objecting, why, and what comes next.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17150 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 The fresh air of Sault Ste. Marie once made it a popular destination for allergy sufferers http://michiganradio.org/post/fresh-air-sault-ste-marie-once-made-it-popular-destination-allergy-sufferers <p>We've been hearing from the experts that, thanks to the great winter and our friend the polar vortex, this is going to be quite a year for allergy sufferers.</p><p>Perhaps it might be time to revive The Ca-Choo Club.</p><p>The Ca-Choo Club was a very unique way to attract visitors to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Beginning in 1928, it welcomed allergy sufferers who turned up to breathe that clean, cool, pollen-free air that swept in off Lake Superior.</p><p>Writer Deidre Stevens dug into the history of this quirky Ca-Choo Club for Michigan History magazine, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:49:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17149 at http://michiganradio.org The fresh air of Sault Ste. Marie once made it a popular destination for allergy sufferers Snowmen beware, it's the first day of spring http://michiganradio.org/post/snowmen-beware-its-first-day-spring <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Proving that Mother Nature loves a good joke, the burning of the snowman has been postponed until Friday because of snow and high winds. No, seriously.</p><p>Today is the first day of spring.</p><p>Since 1971, <a href="http://www.lssu.edu/snowman/">Lake Superior State University</a> has marked the first day of spring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nttGUeoCfnQ#t=74">by setting fire to a paper snowman.</a></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16886 at http://michiganradio.org Snowmen beware, it's the first day of spring Celebrating a bridge to Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/celebrating-bridge-canada <p>There’s a lot of arguing lately about building a new bridge to Canada.</p><p></p><p>But this week, one Michigan community is celebrating a milestone for its international bridge.</p><p></p><p>On Halloween, 1962, the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie opened.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, more than 93 million vehicles have crossed the nearly three mile long bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp; About seven thousand vehicles cross the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie on an average day.</p><p></p><p>The bridge is jointly managed by the state of Michigan and the government of Canada.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:13:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 9692 at http://michiganradio.org Celebrating a bridge to Canada