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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

March 26, 2019

AP-Michigan stories for Mar. 31, April 1. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at (313) 259-0650.

For Sunday, Mar. 31, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HOWLING TIMBERS

MUSKEGON, Mich. _ A continuous chorus of howling echoes through the trees as dozens of wolf dogs sing to each other and passersby, hoping for attention and a piece of meat. The animals live at Howling Timbers, an animal rescue and sanctuary, located 10 miles east of Muskegon. Among the more than 100 animals at the sanctuary are 52 wolf dogs of varying amounts of wolf content. By Kayla Renie, MLive.com. SENT IN ADVANCE: 834 words.

EXCHANGE-SQUIRREL REHABBER

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. _ Rehabbing wildlife is not for everyone, and working with squirrels is probably among the least desirable projects, according to local rehabilitator Brad Boyink. The Spring Lake resident and Grand Haven businessman paused recently to offer almonds to the full-grown squirrels running around inside a large cage in his office. Nutmeg and Kai should have been released outside last fall, but Nutmeg, the male, was still recovering from a broken leg and the early cold snap made conditions too harsh to release the young animals, Boyink said. Instead, he will wait for a streak of days with temperatures above 50 before he starts the release process for the fox squirrels. By Becky Vargo, Grand Haven Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1228 words.

For Monday, April 1, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-FIG’S FIGHT

LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. _ Most know Bryon Figueroa for his signature breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers and fresh-squeezed orange juice, all served out of the namesake Fig’s Breakfast & Lunch kitchen. But more often than not these days, the locals-favorite eggs-and-bacon joint’s sign reads “closed.” The chef and father of four’s days start early with restaurant prep and serving up plates for breakfast and lunch rushes. Then he hits the gym with oldest daughter Payge or rounds up the rest of the crew — Anna, 11, Lucee, 6, and 3-month-old Reed — for family time. Figueroa takes pride in having the energy to do it all. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1009 words.

EXCHANGE-CAROUSEL TOUCHUP

DETROIT _ Julie Fournier is pacing herself. The historic Greenfield Village carousel opens back up for business April 13, and before then the Detroit artist’s got a lot of distressed animals that need some love. The carousel menagerie Fournier’s tending includes, among other beasts, armored horses, hop-toads, roosters, sea monsters, zebras, cats, and reindeer _ all meticulously painted and gleaming, once Fournier has her way with them. Bundled up and wearing fingerless knit gloves, she’s carefully applying enamel paint to a scraped saddle. By Michael Hodges, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 839 words.