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9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

Hear a longer interview with Sarah Allexan

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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Culture
7:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months

John Donaldson using a forklift to carry wood to the sawmill.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The month of January frees most farmers from field work, and if the snow is deep enough, even my husband, John and I stop pruning our blueberry bushes. Some farmers plow snow for extra cash, but traditionally, others head to their woods for a winter paycheck.

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Pre-Kindergarten education
12:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Kalamazoo economist weighs in after NPR segement on benefit of pre-kindergarten education

File photo
Credit The Associated Press

The issue of high-quality pre-school education has been getting much attention at the state and national level in the last few weeks. It was also the subject of an NPR segment on Monday.

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Kenyan Elections
8:40 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Paw Paw couple prepares for vote in Kenya next month

Voter education session
Credit Peacemaking in Africa Blog

A couple from Paw Paw is preparing for elections in Kenya next month. 

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SW Michigan
2:53 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

K College president tapped for national post

Kalamazoo College President Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaren
Credit NAICU-Kalamazoo College

The president of Kalamazoo College is getting some national attention. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaren has been named chairwoman of the board at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

She took the position at the group’s annual meeting in Washington last week. The association represents the interests of private non-profit colleges and universities.

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