Michiganders took pandemic refuge outdoors. Will that continue?

Social distancing is easier outside.

That simple maxim drove Americans outdoors in a huge way last year. Local, state and national parks usage shot up substantially in 2020 as people searched out leisure and fitness activities that weren’t precluded by COVID-19 rules limiting indoor entertainment and exercise options where the coronavirus is more easily spread.

The influx certainly created hurdles for some parks, which struggled to accommodate increased demand while

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Updates continue along non-motorized Border-to-Border trail in Washtenaw County

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Progress continues along a non-motorized public pathway expected to total 70 miles.

The latest segment of the Border-to-Border trail to open was in November 2020 at the Huron River in Delhi Metropark. Another stretch of the trail segment, from Zeeb to East Delhi roads, will begin in the winter, with a planned opening in summer 2021. The project also involves moving Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery

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Lincoln Park improvements continue | Share playground ideas at drive-thru meeting Wednesday | Local News

WENATCHEE — Slides, spinners, seesaws, a zip line, a pirate ship, maybe? Community members of all ages who have ideas on what they would like to see included in Lincoln Park’s new playground are invited to speak their piece at a family-friendly, social-distance-enabled drive-thru meeting Wednesday.

The Wenatchee Parks Department is hosting the event, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the park, 1410 S. Mission St. A drive-up lane will

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources came out with its pandemic procedures, so Illinois waterfowlers will continue the long tradition of hunting from public site blinds; and it will make for a season to remember in more than a few ways.

The pandemic procedures are out for hunting from blinds at Illinois’ public sites.

And it is a something. The 2020-2021 waterfowl seasons at Illinois’s public sites should be a season to remember forever.

I had to laugh because one of the truest paragraphs to ever come in an Illinois Department of Natural Resources announcement came in this one:

That my friends is God’s truth.

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Job losses continue, suburbs appealing to homebuyers

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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RETAIL:

— Target’s $15 per hour starting wage for its hourly workers kicks in July 5. That’s up from $13 set in June 2019. Target is also giving out one-time bonuses of $200

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