Chelsea Mongeau

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Starting a Great Lakes island trek – sneak preview


Great Lakes Echo recently interviewed Loreen Niewenhuis in the middle of her third 1,000 mile hike. She’s the author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. Both chronicle her hiking adventures around the Great Lakes. This time she is hiking, biking and kayaking on islands in each of the five Great Lakes. Read about it here LINK. Her third book, tentatively titled A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island Adventure, is scheduled to be released in June 2015. Continue Reading →

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Animated satellite data shows record-setting Great Lakes ice


The longest period of ice cover in the Great Lakes officially ended on June 6 – much to the relief of everyone who suffered post-traumatic stress from last year’s harsh winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] recently released a year’s worth of Great Lakes surface temperatures. The animation at right shows ice cover and temperature for one day each month of the year. The one below shows the same information for every day of the year. In the 40 years of collecting data there hasn’t been ice cover that has lasted this long, said Anne Clites, physical scientist for the NOAA. Continue Reading →

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Kittens, Great Lakes ice and paying for journalism

Upending the Basin static

The local historical society recently hosted a panel discussion of the history of the Lansing (Michigan) State Journal. That’s my local newspaper and I was particularly interested in the event as I had once worked there as an editor. What really caught my interest in a video of the discussion was a longtime State Journal staffer’s explanation of the publication’s increasing use of metrics to measure how news is consumed. She described how a video screen in the newsroom reports and ranks in real time the top 10 stories that people are reading online. Every week reporters get a report of how many people read their stories each day. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota waterfowl season good for 2012, but longterm it’s a concern


It turns out that 2012 was a great year for the birds.  Until hunting season came around. Then it became a good time to be a hunter. Hunters dubbed the 2012 Minnesota waterfowl season a success on the opening day of the season according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The season benefited from fewer waterfowl hunting regulations and an earlier opening season date. It even seemed that the hunting season had some assistance from Mother Nature herself. Continue Reading →

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