DNR approves over $2M for recreation, forestry projects across Michigan

Michigan communities are in for outdoor improvements with 32 recreation and forestry projects approved for over $2 million in state funding.

This week, the Department of Natural Resources approved $1.9 million in funding for recreation projects and about $99,000 for urban forestry improvements. The DNR also recommended $5.4 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to support park projects across the state; those funds are awaiting federal approval.


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Catch Up on These 12 Great 2020 Series This Thanksgiving Weekend

Covid-19 has crippled television production in 2020. And yet, an astonishing number of new series — limited and otherwise — have premiered so far this year. Maybe you’ve already seen the most talked-about shows: “The Last Dance,” “Normal People,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Tiger King,” “The Vow.” That leaves only about 500 more. No person with decent sleep hygiene can or should keep up with them all.

But Thanksgiving, and the

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2021 Wisconsin State Park admission passes go on sale Dec. 1

WISCONSIN — It’s the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life! 2021 Wisconsin State Park admission passes go on sale Dec. 1.

The admission passes allow you to visit thousands of miles of trails, dozens of beaches, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities across the state.

They are valid through Dec. 31, 2021, and provide access to more than 60 state parks, forests, and recreation areas.

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How the Pandemic Is Transforming Theater

A series of immersive audioplays performed and mixed live, using tech developed by theatrical sound designers and engineers. A summer festival’s entire season of new plays and classics released on Audible. A wild satire of gay identity politics, beamed to your computer in a high-gloss, multicamera broadcast from a theater space in Brooklyn. A playwright’s recreation of “The Seagull” in “The Sims 4,” livestreamed on Twitch.

This is theater in

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This influencer recreates viral body confidence posts for a powerful reason

Photo credit: Danielle Catton
Photo credit: Danielle Catton

From Cosmopolitan

Social media is a powerful force. Instagram is a place that many of us visit every single day, for hours at a time, and the sort of content you consume can have a real impact on how you feel about yourself – and your body. For one plus-size influencer, Danielle Catton, who uses the handle @DanielleIsAnxious, the lack of representation of diverse body types

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Here’s why Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November

Thursday is a weird day for a holiday, right? Sure, some companies give their employees the Friday after Thanksgiving off, but many don’t, which means Americans across the country are lugging their turkey-filled bodies back to work after inhaling every piece of food in sight the day before.

A famed publisher even wrote to President Herbert Hoover in 1929, asking him to *please* move the holiday to Friday so we

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Boulder City will close city hall, other changes due to Nevada ‘pause’

BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — Starting Dec. 2 Boulder City offices will close to the public, in a similar manner as in March 2020.

RELATED: 3-week ‘pause’ restrictions in Nevada take effect Tuesday

The following changes will take place:

  • City Council, Committee, and Commission meetings will be live-streamed only (residents still have opportunities to provide input via email, online form, or call-in; see www.bcnv.org/Council for details)
  • The public will still be
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Fountain teens take on leadership roles in new youth council program | Colorado Springs News

A new program is helping Fountain youth take an active role in their community and local government.

Councilwoman Detra Duncan worked with City Manager Scott Trainor to develop the Fountain Youth Council, a program Duncan says will allow local teens to learn about and get involved in municipal government, gain leadership experience, represent and advocate for youth, build their resumés and make friends — all while improving their community. The

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Vermont schools will grill students on their Thanksgiving celebrations, governor announces

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said during a press conference on Tuesday that schools in the state will include new questions during daily health checks  about whether students and their parents attended gatherings outside of their households following the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Scott noted that any students who attend events with more than just their immediate household will be required to either take online classes for a two-week quarantine period or quarantine

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Oregon parks ponder what drug laws mean for mushroom foragers

Neither of Oregon’s new drug measures have taken effect yet

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — Fall is a popular time for mushroom foraging in Oregon’s forests, but now officials are trying to figure out what two recently-passed drug measures mean for state parks where visitors might find psychedelic mushrooms.

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Cars backed up for hours, crowds form at Grand Canyon

Visitors at Grand Canyon National Park are waiting for hours to enter the park.

Park officials posted a photo Tuesday of dozens of cars in four long lines backed up at the south entrance. They said visitors waited for several hours to enter the park.

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Opponents of proposed gravel pit near Noblesville demand transparency


Opponents of a proposed gravel pit in Noblesville are mobilizing with protests and research. They’ve already got a catchy new slogan.

Indianapolis Star

Opponents of a planned gravel pit in Noblesville say a member of the Plan Commission should have recused himself from a recent meeting because of a conflict of interest.

Though experts said there is no legal requirement that the member needed to abstain from voting, the

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