AP-Michigan stories for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.

For use Sunday, Sept. 9, and thereafter.


PELKIE, Mich. — About 30 people gathered on a recent Saturday at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) Arts and Agricultural Center in Pelkie to learn about the culture, ecology and processing of manoomin, or wild rice. Roger LaBine has traveled to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) from Lac Vieux Desert for several years to teach at Wild Rice Camp. He learned about wild rice from his family, and has been working to share the knowledge since the 1980s. Wild rice holds immense cultural importance to the tribes of the Three Fires Council: Chippewa (Ojibwe), Ottawa (Odawa), and Potawatomi (Bodawotomi). By Joshua Vissers, The Daily Mining Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 668 words.


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — An Aldabra giant tortoise named Al came to Binder Park Zoo in 1984, making him both the oldest and longest-tenured animal at the park. The estimated 80-year-old tortoise was recently diagnosed with a bone infection in his front left foot that has slowed him down, but zookeepers are rallying to get him back to full health. By Nick Buckley, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 725 words.

For use Monday, Sept. 10, and thereafter.


PORT HURON, Mich. — The St. Clair County Courthouse's newest employee has an important job — to comfort those going through unimaginable times. Bruin, a 5-year-old golden retriever, has a quiet demeanor and silky ears. He came to the prosecutor's victims rights office from the nonprofit Canine Advocacy Program, which "was developed to provide advocacy services to child victims utilizing a highly trained dog to help alleviate the anxiety associated with being involved in the criminal justice system," according to its website. Bruin is undergoing training to sit quietly in the courtroom at the feet of child witnesses to help reduce the trauma they may be going through. By Liz Shepard, The Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 683 words.


HARBOR BEACH, Mich. — Gary Buchholz, owner of Buchholz Hoof Care of Harbor Beach, has been in the business of caring for the hooves of area cows for 26 years. Buchholz said he started out working for his next door neighbor, who was a hoof trimmer, for five years. After that, he went into business himself, equipped with the knowledge necessary to be successful. During an average day, he will service between 60 to 90 cows. By Seth Stapleton, the Huron Daily Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 447 words.