Author Archives: Jennifer Weingart

Soo Locks economic study receives federal funding

After more than a year of effort, the federal government has approved funding for a study to examine the economic impact of adding a new lock in Sault Ste Marie.

Currently only the Poe Lock can handle the largest vessels, which carry a majority of the iron ore on the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Why do we remember the Edmund Fitzgerald?

Lake Superior off Whitefish Point.

Lake Superior off Whitefish Point.

Forty years ago tonight, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank off of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. All these years later this shipwreck sticks in our collective memory as a representative of all the ships that have gone down on the Great Lakes.

Jennifer Weingart talked with maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse about why, out of thousands of shipwrecks on the lakes, this is the one that is most remembered.
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Looking back on the Edmund Fitzgerald, 40 years later

A Lego model of the Edmund Fitzgerald on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

A Lego model of the Edmund Fitzgerald on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s still unknown what exactly caused the Fitzgerald to slip under the waves during that infamous November gale, but is known to keep the mystery on the public’s mind 40 years later.

Jennifer Weingart talked with Bruce Lynn, the Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, about what happened on the Fitzgerald’s ill-fated final voyage.
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House bill would allow misdemeanor charges for buying pseudoephedrine for meth

A bill in the Michigan house would give prosecutors the option to charge people buying pseudoephedrine for meth production with a misdemeanor.

Michigan law currently requires that people convicted of buying these products for meth production to be charged with a felony. Continue reading

Fall migration brings threat of avian flu

The fall migration of wild birds has state officials concerned about possible new outbreaks of avian influenza.

As wild birds fly south for the winter they may pose a threat to domestic poultry.

This year’s spring outbreak of avian flu was documented as the largest domestic animal health crisis in U.S. history.

Jennifer Holton is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “The threat of avian influenza coming back is very real so it’s important for us to make sure that we’re reminding poultry operators to continue to put it proper risk mitigation and biosecurity practices to minimize the threat of high path avian influenza,” she said.

Holton said no outbreaks have been reported yet this fall. “Unfortunately, you know, nobody has a crystal ball but at this point what we can really just say is that the potential is there, the threat is there and so implementing those biosecurity practices really should be a priority for all our poultry operators,” she said.

Holton said avian flu does not pose a risk to human health or to food safety.

She said biosecurity measure like restricting outdoor access and using well or municipal water instead of ponds for drinking water can keep flocks safe.