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WMUK's news team is getting ready for Election Day. As we plan our coverage, we're wondering: What would you like to know about Michigan's 2018 elections? Share your questions below!

 

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“If we get all the way to Decatur I’ll know we’ve passed it, but I think this might be it right here. Yep, that’s it right here!” 


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Maria Scott was on Wheaton Avenue near Merrill Street in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood when she noticed a strange object in a curb lawn. It’s about two and a half feet high, four-sided and rounded on top. One person described it as a mini-Washington Monument without the point.


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This month, “Why’s That?” brings you a fish story. Not a tall tale, but a question from listener and WMUK volunteer Maria Maki. She’s heard that Kalamazoo was once a globally renowned destination for fishing, especially for trout.


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This "Why's That?" story originally aired in December 2017.

Some terms inevitably evoke the past. Think "orphanage" or "asylum," or perhaps "poor house." If that sounds like something you would find in nineteenth-century England, you don’t have to go either that far back or that far away. Many Michigan counties once had some kind of government-run residence for people in need. Kalamazoo had not just a poor house, but a “poor farm” on land that is now a county park.


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