WestSouthwest Brief

Andrew Robins / WMUK

What was life like in a colonial fort in southwest Michigan 300 years ago? Archaeologists from Western Michigan University are trying to find out. They and local volunteers have been digging at the site of Fort Saint Joseph in Niles since 2002.

Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park - file photo by Shawno Cleary, AP
Shawno Cleary / The Associated Press

Jamie Racklyeft says the three and four foot waves on Lake Michigan “looked like fun.” The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium says he had not heard of rip currents until the day he had to be rescued. Now Rackleyft says he wants others to know the dangers on the Great Lakes.

Michigan Senate Chamber - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

Non-profit groups can provide things like backpacks and scholarships. But an analysis from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows that money donated to those groups can also be a way to get the attention of a state lawmaker.

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An initiative designed to increase prosperity in Kalamazoo returns for the second year. The Kalamazoo Black Business Expo will be held Aug. 24. It will showcase 60 African-American entrepreneurs, up from 40 last year.  The city of Kalamazoo once again is a lead sponsor and four others have signed on, including the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and two banks.

A man with a mustache in a cap and overcoat stands on a balcony or rooftop and looks upward. Buildings are visible in the distance below.
Dowagiac Area History Museum

Webb Miller was just trying to get a story when he found himself tied up in a salt baron’s car.