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Feature Story The 'Epic Swim' team practices a night swim on Lake Michigan. Pictured from left to right are Nick Hobson, Todd Suttor, Matt Smith, Jon Ornée and Jeremy Sall. (Missing from the photo is team member Dave Ornée.)

6 friends prepare for 60-mile ‘Epic Swim' across Lake Michigan

The idea of swimming across Lake Michigan has been floating around in one ultra-endurance challenge competitor’s mind for years. He and five other athletes are preparing to take the plunge this week. 

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New bankruptcy law could be lifeline for small businesses

Chapter 11 reorganization, which requires up-front cash and can take years to complete, hasn’t been a viable option for small businesses. In response, Congress passed the Subchapter V Act in 2019.

Longform Ebony Reddock.

Over 40 Michigan organizations join collaboratory to center equity in evaluation practices

Michigan nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations are confronting the ways their evaluations may contribute to further inequity for those they're supposed to serve.

Feature Story Chris Riker is Vice President of Advancement and Donor Services at the GHACF.

Community’s generosity takes COVID-19 response fund beyond goal

Thanks to generous community support, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation exceeded its $600,000 fundraising goal, allowing the organization to continue aiding community relief and recovery in response to COVID-19.  

Partner Content Farmers Market Food Navigator Josh Miller talks to a young visitor.

Saginaw Farmers Market Food Navigator leads families to healthier lifestyles

Farmers Market Food Navigators help market patrons build healthy eating habits, make the most of SNAP benefits, and build relationships with their farmers.

Feature Story Quinn and Violet Tunison walk through the sunflowers.

Sunflower field draws appreciative crowds to Olive Township farm

When Lindsey Dykstra planted hundreds of sunflowers at her hobby farm last year, she had no idea the field would become so popular. Visitors enjoy the colorful view, take photos, and even get married at the farm.

Longform Karl Rock.

Leading the nation, Michigan’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystems save lives through holistic model

A new initiative of the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice is working to change the cultural landscape around substance use disorder and decrease overdose deaths.

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Published Together: Interrupting a system of emergency with a system of justice

"This is how the emergency food system in the U.S. has operated – by nature, as a system it has been transactional, reactive, disempowering, racist, and paternalistic." In this special op ed, Erin Skidmore, Good Food Systems Director, Access of West Michigan, explores the history of the charity food system, the cracks in an unsustainable web of nonprofits, and the pathways to move forward.

Feature Story Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Miller outside the Grand Haven Armory.

Aldea Coffee is building community, one cup at a time

Aldea Coffee was started as a nonprofit to provide micro loans for farmers in Honduras. Now, with retail locations in Grand Haven and Muskegon, it’s creating a culture of partnership and fairness for growers, vendors, employees, and customers.

Longform Fish Ladder

Take me to the water: How public access to rivers, lakes, and streams is growing in Michigan

"People are defined by the water in Michigan, and access to it is really a deep value and a fundamental right."

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Published Together: Exploring the access, equity, and obstacles of telehealth

In this special op ed, President/CEO of Arbor Circle Kristin Gietzen explores the impact of the shift to telehealth due to COVID-19, and how this unique method of providing behavioral health services provides advantages for some and obstacles for others.

Feature Story Andrew Boatright is the Zeeland BPW general manager.

Zeeland BPW aims to boost local economy with extra round of Power Dollars

This year, in an effort to promote local spending during the pandemic, the Zeeland BPW is distributing Economic Advantage Power Dollars to all customers who sign up for paperless billing by the Sept. 20 deadline.

Feature Story Michelle Bombe in her garden at her Laketown Township home.

Backyard gardens gain popularity during pandemic

MSU Extension has seen a spike in interest from those seeking to create home gardens since the pandemic began. Those who are trying it say gardening provides a food source and fills the need to nurture.

Feature Story Spring Grove park is wheelchair accessible.

What to do in August? 8 ways to explore your Lakeshore backyard

August is a prime time to enjoy the Lakeshore’s enchanting summers. This is a great month to get outside and explore Ottawa county’s treasures. Tourism expert Sally Laukitis offers up a list that includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

Feature Story Violet and Quinn Tunison were excited to back at the Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland.

Libraries’ reopening brings people back to ‘community living room’

Nearly all of the libraries across Ottawa County have reopened with new safety precautions in place. Reporter Heidi Tunison tried out the libraries with her two young ones in tow. She explains how the library experience has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Video will spread the word: Fulton Street Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP dollars


Native American Education Program builds bridges with students, families, and community


City seeks micro-local contractors for river restoration


GRow1000 connects youth to jobs now and careers in the future


Flip Dog Yoga offers a new vision for yoga


How local health systems are addressing health inequities


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Video will spread the word: Fulton Street Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP dollars


City seeks micro-local contractors for river restoration


Flip Dog Yoga offers a new vision for yoga


1st Microgreenery puts more veggies on your plate


Received your absentee ballot application? City has mailed them to all registered voters


Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need


Innovation

Native American Education Program builds bridges with students, families, and community


GRow1000 connects youth to jobs now and careers in the future


How local health systems are addressing health inequities


Custer focusing on workplace re-engagement


Local coalition focused on substance use prevention keeps youth engaged with virtual experiences


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