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Stateside: Midland dam owners delayed repairs for years; COVID-19 creates new challenges for farms

flooded street in Midland
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Flood clean-up continues today in and around Midland County. Contractors are starting to get to homes and businesses, but it's estimated that full repairs could take as much as a year.

Today on Stateside, we touched base with agriculture workers, and what some farmers are doing to keep their seasonal employees safe. Plus, writer Donavan Hohn talks about the inner coast explored in his new essay collection.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

How heirs to the Boy Scout founder’s fortune came to own Midland’s dams

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Stateside’s conversation with Kelly House

  • Kelly House is a reporter for Bridge Magazine.

New book of essays from Donovan Hohn looks at balancing nature and humanity, tool collecting, and more

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Stateside’s conversation with Donavan Hohn

  • Donavan Hohn teaches creative writing at Wayne State University and has written and edited for the New York Times, Harpers, and GQ.

Farmers and farmworkers grapple with keeping food supply open while keeping workers safe

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Stateside’s conversation with Fred Leitz and Teresa Hendricks

  • Fred Leitz and his brothers run Leitz farms, a fourth-generation operation growing blueberries, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, tomatoes, and apples in Sodus Township.
  • Teresa Hendricks is the director and a senior iltigator with Migrant Legal Aid.
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