Helpers needed to remove invasive plants at Michigan parks

Associated Press • May 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM

LANSING — State officials are seeking volunteers to help remove invasive plants from a number of Michigan state parks.

The Department of Natural Resources says the stewardship workdays will be held this month at parks in southeastern and southwestern Michigan.

They'll be targeting garlic mustard, an invasive plant that threatens native habitats.
Dates, locations, registration forms and other information are available on the DNR's website . Volunteers are asked to register by using the form or by emailing freih@michigan.gov.

Among the locations where work will be taking place are Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon County, Highland Recreation Area in Oakland County, Warren Dunes in Berrien County, Belle Isle in Wayne County and Saugatuck Dunes in Allegan County.

Michigan man dies after motorized parachute crashes in field

HART — Authorities say a 63-year-old man died from injuries he suffered when his powered parachute crashed into a field in western Michigan.
Oceana County Sheriff's deputies say Terrence Dykstra of Roxbury died Saturday at a local hospital.
The aircraft he was flying in features a parachute that's attached to an engine assembly that includes landing wheels.
MLive.com reports that police say witnesses reported that the aircraft plunged into a field after Dykstra's parachute apparently collapsed as he was flying low.
Several people called 911 to report the crash.
Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

Detroit gets 1st winery in 60 years, in old Stroh's building

DETROIT — A winery that opened last week in an old Stroh's building in Detroit has become the city's first winery in 60 years.

Detroit Vineyards opened its doors Friday in the former Stroh's Ice Cream facility, which still boasts the company's large, green sign.

Winery co-founder by Blake Kownacki tells the Detroit Free Press that it was essential to keep the sign because "it's emblematic for the city" and can now being used to the advantage of the new business.

The winery is open seven days a week and features wines made from Detroit-grown grapes, including white and red wine, rosé, mead and cider.

Part of the old Stroh's building is used as the winery's barrel room.

Michigan State Police unit relocates from old prison

IONIA — A state police squad based in a mid-Michigan city has moved out of a deteriorating former prison that had served as its home for more than a decade.

The Ionia detachment of the Michigan State Police relocated last month to a new building in the city, the Daily News of Greenville reported . A dozen state police officers will now work under the same roof as the Ionia County Central Dispatch, the agency responsible for answering all emergency and non-emergency calls in the area.

The Ionia detachment had been operating out of the old Riverside Correctional Facility building since 2006. The building had previously served as a mental hospital.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said the building was converted to a prison and then for use by state police, who occupied just a small part of the space for offices.

The state police's squad room was one of the last active offices in the old prison building.

Trooper Colin Gensterblum worked Tuesday to help close up that space by putting old documents into a shredder.

Gautz said it's more cost effective for the squad to move than to pay for the old prison's upkeep.

"The building is in poor shape," Gautz said.

"It was inefficient to use and maintain a building in such bad shape just for office space when other office space is available in the broader community that will be less expensive to operate in the long run," he added.

The Ionia squad is renting out half of the county's dispatch facility over the next five years for $33,180. The agreement allows the Michigan State Police unit to extend the agreement, with gradual increases in rent.

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