Quality of life

Michigan is a great place to live. Bridge will report that fact often — and on potential threats to the assets that make it so.

Where to catch the biggest fish in Michigan

The state’s Master Angler program rewards those who catch the biggest everything, from bass to pike, crappie to walleye. But its database also rewards novice anglers.

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Database:

Monster fish finder

Use Bridge’s database of data from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to find where Michigan’s biggest fish are hooked. Plus, see a slideshow of monster fish submitted by readers.

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A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely

Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.

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In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

A shortage of primary care doctors is associated with worse health outcomes and higher death rates. What steps Michigan can take to close the doctor gap.

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MSU’s mission to train rural doctors

Since 1974, Michigan State University’s medical school has offered intensive training for rural primary care physicians

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Five years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

Michigan’s state park system adapts to budget squeezes and changing values about the outdoors. But major costs kicked down the road.

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State park neglect

In just about every corner of Michigan’s state park system, there is evidence of the heavy price of years of deferred maintenance. Roads and parking lots cry out for patching and resurfacing, buildings need repair or replacement, as do decks, boardwalks and […]

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Dreaming big: A walking trail spanning Michigan’s vast coastline

Could Michigan’s coast tracing the Mitten and Upper Peninsula be the centerpiece of a Great Lakes walking trail? At more than 10,000 miles, a proposed Great Lakes trail would be the world’s longest.

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A graying population poses challenges for Up North counties

High up on Michigan’s Mitten, arthritis is creeping into the fingertips. Michigan leads the nation with the most counties with a median age over 50.

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Protected: Up north poverty charts

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Cringe over troubled water – Flint’s smelly dilemma

Flint calls on the state to clear up the city’s low-quality drinking water. Who is responsible for the city’s water problems?

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DNR yields to public and will not allow drilling under prized land at Hartwick Pines

A Bridge article revealing possible oil leasing under the virgin pines produced a backlash from environmental groups, and from the family that donated the land. The DNR says it may still allow drilling in other parts of the park.

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Oil lease proposed under 400-year-old virgin pines

The state may allow an oil lease under the largest stand of virgin white pine in the Lower Peninsula. Experts say drilling wouldn’t harm trees. But critics fear a booming oil rig at Hartwick Pines State Park.

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How to comment on possible oil drilling under Hartwick Pines State Park

Revenue and jobs? Or undisturbed quiet? Make your voice heard on drilling proposals. Also, see if you live near a proposed drilling site.

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The fish that got away

Have plankton-devouring Asian carp finally reached the Great Lakes? After years of trying to block the invasion, the answer is: Nobody knows. Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs another $18 billion to cut the carp’s march up the Mississippi.

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Asian carp, from mouth to tail

Where they come from, what they do, and how they threaten the ecosystem of the Great Lakes.

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Hunting for Asian carp by what they left behind

A new form of DNA allows scientists pick up the trail of the invasive species from the slime or waste detected in water samples.

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For-profits gobbling up community hospitals in Michigan

Nonprofit community hospitals, once a backbone of civic life, are increasingly selling out as health care changes make survival difficult. For-profits bring infusions of cash to hospitals and communities, but also concerns about costs.

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