Ted Roelofs worked for the Grand Rapids Press for 30 years, where he covered everything from politics to social services to military affairs. He has earned numerous awards, including for work in Albania during the 1999 Kosovo refugee crisis.

Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

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A tale of two schools in Michigan’s resort paradise

A rural school district in Cheboygan County and a more affluent one in Harbor Springs underscore the role money can play in student performance.

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Hidden poverty stalks a Pure Michigan setting

For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay

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11 lessons learned from Michigan’s top high schools

The leaders of the state’s Top 11 high schools in this year’s Academic State Champ rankings offer advice on their success strategies and how to help low-income students achieve.

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Destroying Michigan’s career tech system to save it

Michigan’s K-12 vocational education system will never become the powerful job engine that Gov. Snyder demands without a fix to inequitable funding across the state.

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Kicking butt and taking jobs

How one student from Paw Paw found success in the IT marketplace

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What state House and Senate leaders say they will do first in 2015

Four legislative leaders tell Bridge Magazine what’s on their mind when the new legislative session begins in January.

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How Michigan can improve the lives of 80,000 homeless children

The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.

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Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world

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Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children

A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.

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Higher death rates, medical bills for Michigan motorcyclists without helmets

Government and medical studies reveal motorcyclists are more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are not wearing helmets in a crash, raising questions about the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s helmet law. A Republican Legislature sees no reason to take up the issue.

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Michigan’s economic comeback promising, but incomplete

Amid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.

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Grand Rapids growth invites civic pride

The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.

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Lansing and Ann Arbor staging a battle of economic might

The Lansing and Ann Arbor regions are closely matched in GDP. Ann Arbor is just ahead in 2013. But will it last?

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Recovering Detroit region still drives the state

The Detroit region, digging out from a tough decade, still wields manufacturing might. But its future may well hinge on health care.

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Election cash: How Super-PACs and ‘dark money’ are dominating state races

Record outside spending in the U.S. Senate race, and armored truck-loads of cash from unknown donors. Welcome to Michigan elections.

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Michigan tax facts, part 9: What will happen to your taxes in the future?

Ten years from now, will you be paying more, less, or the same amount of Michigan taxes that you pay today? Four experienced bean counters offer very different predictions.

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Michigan tax facts, part 10: Sifting through fuzzy tax math on the campaign trail

Political candidates love to offer chickens in every pot. The specific recipes for how they’ll pay for their campaign promises are far more elusive. This year is no different on the Michigan campaign trail.

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