Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Report: Great Lakes Only Region To Gain Wetlands"

"MONROE, Mich. -- Honking geese soar overhead in a V formation, buffeted by bitter gusts off nearby Lake Erie, while flocks of mallards bob along the shore. Even blanketed in snow, the sprawling wetland in southeastern Michigan is a magnet for water birds — one reason a public-private project is underway to improve it."

Source: AP, 01/06/2014

"Pouring Cheese on Icy Roads in (Where Else?) Wisconsin"

"MILWAUKEE — In a state whose license plates advertise it as America’s Dairyland, where lawmakers once honored the bacterium in Monterey Jack as the state’s official microbe and where otherwise sober citizens wear foam cheesehead hats, road crews are trying to thaw freezing Wisconsin streets with a material that smells a little like mozzarella."

Source: NY Times, 12/24/2013

"Many Amish Selling Land To Flee Encroaching Oil Boom In Ohio"

"ST CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- Farmers in the close-knit Amish community who eschew electricity and most technology, are among landowners capitalizing on a new financial trend in the United States energy boom - selling decades of future oil and natural gas royalties for an immediate pile of cash."

Source: Reuters, 12/23/2013

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