Ann Nichols explains her fondness for Baps, which predated the pandemic. Read on to find out about some of her favorite dishes, including one of the spiciest her husband ever encountered.
Ann Nichols explains her fondness for Baps, which predated the pandemic. Read on to find out about some of her favorite dishes, including one of the spiciest her husband ever encountered.
Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott sits down with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail, discussing the pandemic and more. Listen on.
Those eligible may soon receive links to register for appointments in February, but vaccine supply is still low. ELi provides details on the process.
The ELHS sophomore placed 10th at the State Finals for diving. Andrew Graham reports on her uncertain path toward this achievement.
The new plan has several key differences from the one improved in December. Emily Joan Elliott reports on the changes, the safety measures being put in place, and various input provided by the public and the Board during the meeting.
Area restaurant owners and managers are appealing to Gov. Whitmer, who is from East Lansing, to consider how to better mitigate the spread of Covid-19 without putting restaurants in dire financial straits.
We bring answers to lots of questions about East Lansing’s income tax, including how working from home may change what you owe.
The City and school district held several important meetings this week. The ELi team brings you the updates.
The City announced that the cull has been completed, resulting in the removal of 65 deer over the course of two evenings.
ELi’s Alice Dreger brings you the latest in the redevelopment deal on the DDA’s debt-ridden Evergreen properties. What’s up with “The CITADEL” now?
Our Executive Director and Publisher brings you ELi’s 2020 Annual Report so you can see what we brought in, what we spent, and what we achieved for East Lansing.
MSU sophomores will be required to live on campus beginning with the class entering as freshmen in Fall 2021. Some students, including some in student government, have concerns about how fast this is being implemented. Jack Timothy Harrison reports for ELi.
We bring information on how you can register and what the vaccination process through Sparrow will look like.
The problem wasn’t actually on our end. Our publisher explains.
The Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing will be releasing a video on Inauguration Day. Adan Tomas Quan reports.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will host an event on television this evening. This morning, ELi reflects on covering news related to racial equity and justice.
Creative Wellness has offered massage therapy and other services since 1990. They still are now, with safety precautions during the pandemic. Sarah Spohn reports.
We explain what’s happening at two spots on Burcham Drive and two spots on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing in our latest “Ask ELi to Investigate” column.
Grab your mats! Yoga State is offering a class through Zoom tonight, but you can also support the local business through it’s GoFundMe.
City Council members discussed the issue at their Tuesday meeting. They didn’t take any action on the cull, but asked City Manager George Lahanas to push out information to address questions and concerns.
The City hopes the photo contest will both foster a sense of community and support local businesses. Sarah Spohn reports on that and the prizes for winners.
Ingham County Health Department is vaccinating 2,000 people a week and could increase this number if it were to receive more vaccines. Emily Joan Elliott reports on the initial rollout of vaccinating Phase 1B and what to expect next.
The library faces financial trouble, calls for ambulances are way down, the mayor asks that mug shots be withheld from press releases, and Council members say what’s on their minds. Read all about it.
The City of East Lansing is trying to raise $50,000, to be matched through a grant, to bring people Downtown. It also wants people with downtown gift cards to use them sooner rather than later. Andrew Graham explains.
The ELPS School Board addressed concerns about return to in-person learning and celebrated having the most diverse Board to date. Terah Chambers was elected President, the first Black woman to hold the position.
Wes Millhouse, singer and songwriter for the local band Cross Eyed Strangers, released a solo single. Sarah Spohn reports on the song’s production and meaning.
We get this question every now and then, so here’s the answer with the investigative backstory.
George Cook Landon, Ph.D., was Professor of American Thought and Language at MSU from 1964 – 1998. He died peacefully in East Lansing, where had had lived since 1964.
Despite trailing by two touchdowns with 10:25 to play, the Trojans roared back to tie the game and had a chance to win, only to fall short. Andrew Graham reports on the first loss of the season.
What’s been going on with police activity on Loree Drive? ELPD has provided some information and more is expected soon.
Here is how you can sign up to receive the vaccine through the Ingham County Health Department.
The two locally-owned bookstores will be collaborating to offer MSU students course materials this semester. Collegeville’s Tom Muth explains why.
Find out from ELi’s Andrew Graham what’s happening in Ranney Park, next to Marshall Music, and see drone photography from ELi’s Gary Caldwell.
What did East Lansing’s “Library on the Go” van cost, where did the funds come from, and what is it used for? A reader asked and we found out.
Javier was an MSU student from Connecticut and died in East Lansing last month at the age of 21, leaving his family in deep sorrow.
ELi is here to provide reporting and editing help as well as online space (at no charge) for East Lansing obituaries and death notices. Our publisher explains more.
From January 11 to March 1, people should lookout for barricades and notices at park entrances giving altered hours as contracted sharpshooters do their work. ELi’s Andrew Graham has the story from City Council.
Styrofoam, cardboard, and more can be dropped at the City of East Lansing’s recycling center (with masks and physical distancing required).
For our continuing Spend Locally series, ELi’s Ann Nichols tries out Sparty’s Kabob on Trowbridge Road and declares the Iraqi cuisine “astonishing.” And, she reports, the prices are good, too.
ELi gives you a two-minute rundown on what to expect in terms of East Lansing government decisions this week.
We bring you preliminary numbers on our 2021 Sustainability Campaign and tell you what some donors said as they helped last night!
Our staff compiles the top stories we expect to cover in 2021. But we can never know all that will happen — like, a pandemic — and that’s why we need your financial support.
Pinball Pete’s has felt the impact of the pandemic and is looking for support through a GoFundMe page. Sarah Spohn reports.
What were the biggest stories in East Lansing for 2020? ELi’s Publisher and Managing Editor bring you the top 10 list.
The City’s use of CDBG funds has been controversial, which might explain holding a public hearing disassociated with any regular body’s meeting and sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s.
From ELHS closing due to Covid-19, to volunteers sewing masks to donate, to the Harbor Bay dealings, our reporters highlight stories they enjoyed bringing you in 2020. At this page, you can click on “play” buttons to hear individual recordings of the articles read by their own reporters!
The unexpected joy obtained through ELi is providing a place for us to witness and amplify the good of this exceptional community.
Bollman, the Chair of East Lansing’s Planning Commission, goes deep with Alice Dreger on the ‘Shaping the Avenue’ plan and what form-based code could mean. Listen on.
ELi is nearly halfway to meeting its fundraising goal for its 2021 Sustainability Campaign. Alice Dreger updates you on that and the feedback we are receiving from our readers.
Sarah Spohn brings an update about a virtual concert available for streaming, beginning today.
Purchase an autographed copy of Peter Sagal’s The Incomplete Book of Running. The purchase supports ELi’s Sustainability Campaign, and we can even get it delivered to East Lansing addresses by Christmas Eve!
Peanut Barrel is serving up its traditional fare and some new dishes and drinks. Christopher A. Wardell reports.
Dottie Hoopingarner has sewn nearly 2,000 masks during the pandemic. Ann Kammerer brings you this story after a reader first brought it to ELi’s attention.
Sad to see the Biggby on Grand River Ave. close and later be demolished? Sarah Spohn tells us about the building’s afterlife.
Adan Tomas Quan provides the details on additional refuse collection days this holiday season.
The program for little kids is tentatively scheduled to begin in January. If public health orders make it a no-go, registrants will be fully reimbursed. Andrew Graham brings you the details.
In this Ann About Town, Ann shares her love of Black Cat Bistro, reflecting on happy memories and delicious meals. Plus, she provides details on some wonderful deals!
Get an inside look at ELi’s expenses to see where donated dollars go and to understand why, this year, our Sustainability Campaign goal is higher than last.
Need a bucket of your favorite pub fare? Crunchy’s is still open and serving the community.
Quick hits on the various stories Alice Dreger has been keeping tabs on, from the Center City District bonds to a mysterious public hearing. Read on.
The cafe offers patrons a chance to interact with furry friends, enjoy some coffee and even pick up the perfect gift (or cat) for someone in their life. Sarah Spohn reports.
East Lansing is averaging three deaths a week from Covid-19 as the number of individuals needing ventilators seems to be rising. Emily Joan Elliott reports on this and the arrival of vaccines in the area.
Andrew Graham and Emily Joan Elliott are joined by ELi reporter Heather Brothers to discuss the work of the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission.
Committee members were concerned about the ultimate powers the Oversight Commission might hold and if the community would view it as independent. Heather Brothers reports.
Want to try a sushi burrito or volcano ramen? Sarah Spohn recommends you drop by Mi Sushi & Noodles then!
The abatement will cost a little more than $200,000 over the course of 10 years — the maximum allowed period. Andrew Graham reports.
ELPD sent the media release on Monday, after the suspect was arraigned on several charges. Andrew Graham reports.
The School Board voted 5-2 to approve a plan that will permit elementary school kids to return in February and middle and high school students in March. But space may be limited. Emily Joan Elliott explains.
The Downtown Management Board just made spending locally a bit easier with their eGift Card Program. Sarah Spohn provides the details, including which stores are participating.
Planning Commission is currently reviewing the latest draft of a plan that would create a new zoning district, with a form-based code, called the Avenue Form District. Andrew Graham explains.
How can you use your gift-giving dollars to focus on saving local businesses and jobs. We ask some of our community members for advice.
Your carbon monoxide detector goes off. What do you do? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott walks you through how you can prepare in advance after her own recent experience.
The thought of having our city, East Lansing, be in the dark or be misled when it comes to facts is just too awful a thought. But we are far short of our fundraising need.
Along with School Board and City Council, there are meetings of Planning Commission, Arts Commission, Downtown Development Authority and Police Study Committee. Andrew Graham unpacks it.
The Commission also denied two separate applications seeking replace exterior wood with vinyl. Andrew Graham reports.
Maysa Sitar, Secretary of ELi’s Board of Directors, won a Mitchell Scholarship to study at Queen’s University Belfast. We explain why Maysa is so deserving of this honor.
Yum Yum Bento is run by husband and wife duo, Shan Shan Xu and Eddy Liang. Sarah Spohn reports on the Japanese, Korean, and Thai food the couple serves.
Area band From Big Sur released its fifth album, recorded here in East Lansing, titled “Infinite Morning.” Sarah Spohn reports on the new album and how distance during the pandemic brought the band together.
Ingham County now has more than 10,000 recorded cases of Covid-19. How is the pandemic playing out in East Lansing? What might we expect in the upcoming weeks?
Foods for Living offers Michigan-made products and great Christmas gift ideas. Sarah Spohn reports.
The team at ELi brings you the regular weekly pod and a special edition from Alice Dreger and Emily Joan Elliott on the refinancing of the Center City District bonds. Listen on.
Spoiler alert: the developers benefited. And now, with yet another of the deal’s financial protections for the City seeming to fall away, former mayor Mark Meadows is saying that “injunctive relief should be sought.”
Pizza House has always offered more than just pizza. The same is true during the pandemic. Ann Kammerer provides the details.
Always in motion? Pining for the outdoors? Christopher A. Wardell tells you how you can put that experience on wheels.
Presentations from Deputy Police Chief Steve Gonzalez and Human Rights Commissioner Liz Miller helped the Study Committee get a better grasp on the challenges ahead. Heather Brothers reports.
Grand Traverse Pie Company believes in the power of pie. Pie means a celebration of traditions, family, and comfort food. Sarah Spohn tells how the celebration continues through the pandemic.
Want to support local families and local businesses at the same time? ELPS is putting out a call for donations of food and gift cards to local businesses to help some district families over winter break.
Need a cold brew or some cool merch? Check out Ellison Brewing + Spirits in East Lansing. Sarah Spohn reports on what they have to offer.
The clear consensus is that remote learning is difficult, and 60 percent of families would like to return in January if it is safe to do so. Several parents share their hopes for both virtual and in-person learning come January.
Los Tres Amigos is offering tasty dishes to-go for all, including vegetarian and vegan options and its signature margaritas.
Red Cedar Spirits has your holly, your jolly, and all the spirits on the menu. Puns intended. Sarah Spohn explains.
We ran through how to deal with a mass shooting, a series of gas explosions, and a tornado. Our Executive Director and Publisher explains why.
Art supplies, delights for writers, stocking-stuffers, and Spartan-branded everything. That’s why SBS makes a surprisingly great option for gift shopping.
Free delivery on all local grocery orders makes Campbell’s a great choice for staying safe and spending locally.
Gloves, hats, flannel shirts, long underwear, wool socks, backpacks, and way cool gear for social distancing . . . or camping. Find it all at Moosejaw in East Lansing.
Following questions from readers about when the deer cull begins, if it hasn’t already, Andrew Graham got back in touch with the City to find out the precise dates.
An ELi reader shared a legal notice indicating that a cell tower is proposed to be built on the south end of the Bailey Neighborhood. So what would be going where, exactly? Andrew Graham finds out.
MSU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Mark Largent tells ELi that the move will help students “persist” in college and not drop out. Andrew Graham brings an update.
Andrew Graham, Alice Dreger and Emily Joan Elliott talk shop and decompress while discussing a whirlwind few days in East Lansing.
Have a sweet tooth? Sarah Spohn tells us about the grooviest place in town to fix that problem.
Social distancing has been a key component of keeping safe during the pandemic, but ELPD and ELFD personnel often work in groups and interact with the public. What precautions have they been taking?
Council member Dana Watson successfully removed sexist language from part of the proposed ordinance. Andrew Graham reports on that and the rest from Council.
Foster Coffee Company prides itself on using local products. Sarah Spohn explains what the shop offers patrons and the community.
Looking for that perfect outfit or accessory? ELi’s Ann Kammerer tells you what you can find at Pitaya.
Several factors contribute to the difference in costs, but one main factor is the differing ages of infrastructure. Andrew Graham explains further.
The move, motivated by academic and financial concerns, is likely to have a major impact on the economy of East Lansing.
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Who is the investor for the refinancing bonds? Mark Bell’s father. Again. And any chance of saving that $6 million in taxes appears to be evaporating.
Need a caffeine fix? ELi’s Sarah Spohn tells you what Blue Owl has to offer.
Need to frame that favorite picture? Want unique art work from around the world? Find that and more at Saper Galleries and Custom Framing.
Have a music lover in your life? Christopher A. Wardell tells us what you can for them find at Flat, Black & Circular.
In October, Residential and Hospitality Services at MSU furloughed student employees, who then looked across Grand River Ave. for employment. Jack Timothy Harrison reports for ELi.
Searching for a gift for the bookworm in your life? Sarah Spohn brings you details on two local used book shops.
Expect public discussions and decisions on pensions, policing, a radically new zoning code, and Georgio’s Pizza’s lease — but probably not on those controversial bonds.
Looking for something fun to do? Come play trivia, hosted by the ELi staff. First-place winner gets a Crunchy’s gift card courtesy of our Publisher Alice Dreger!
Why should you support ELi during our 2021 Sustainability Campaign? ELi’s City Desk Editor Andrew Graham explains why ELi is important to him and the community.
“I’m from the working class, and when you grow up with working class people, they never think of retiring,” said Richard Liscombe, owner of Footgear. But then came the pandemic.
Know someone who is tired of staring at a computer screen? Pick up some supplies from Wild Birds Unlimited to so they can observe some feathered fauna as they take a screen break.
The Arts Commission heard presentations from some of those applying for Cultural Arts Grants and brainstormed ways to help local businesses. Heather Brothers reports.
The usual trio of Andrew Graham, Emily Joan Elliott and Alice Dreger break down the latest news from East Lansing and bring an interview from an ELi donor.
ELPS families provided more than 500 bags of food to some students’ families for Thanksgiving. They hope to do so again for Christmas with the community’s help.
Black Friday is this week and local small business owners are reconsidering what the day might look like in 2020.
After hearing about the resolution from Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administrator Elaine Hardy, Council voted to approve the resolution. Emily Joan Elliott reports.
The Study Committee was given a presentation by Deputy Police Chief Steve Gonzalez on use of force with ELPD, and dealt with several other matters. Andrew Graham reports.
The ELPS School Board met on Monday night for a relatively short meeting where it took action on return to in-person learning and construction at Whitehills and Pinecrest.
The robbery took place at the 1000 block of Trowbridge Avenue just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Andrew Graham reports.
It’s time to give up on the idea of the perfect gift and buy the gift that will save your local economy. Alice Dreger and Emily Joan Elliott explain why ELi is launching its new series “SPEND LOCALLY”!
One week away from a $2.4 million shortfall for the payment due to the bondholder, many questions remain unanswered. Not least, the $6 million question. ELi’s Alice Dreger reports.
In this Ann About Town, Ann explores what Seams and Woven Art – two local small businesses – have to offer. The answer: safe ways to buy a lot more than sewing and knitting supplies!
The City told ELi that its efforts to “go green” involved the use of GPS for route optimization. Documents received through the Freedom of Information Act suggest the GPS units were also used to monitor worker performance. Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Despite Thanksgiving being on Thursday, there’s a slew of meetings over the first half of the week. Andrew Graham breaks down what’s to come.
Speaking to ELi on Wednesday, the head coach hoped that the new Covid restrictions work and his team can get back on the field in December. Andrew Graham reports.
Watson joins the podcast for an interview with Andrew Graham, where they discuss a number of pressing topics in East Lansing. Listen for more.
Retired MSUPD Police Chief Jim Dunlap spoke with ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott about his participation in the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine trial.
Covid-19 cases are surging locally. What does this mean for hospital capacity, testing, and contact tracing? Who is most vulnerable? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
ELi has frequently encountered issues with Freedom of Information requests, finding that requests are often incomplete and are answered at the last possible moment. Andrew Graham explains.
A long-planned project will improve sewer infrastructure and change the amount of parking in the area, leaving some displeased. Alice Dreger reports.
During a discussion-only meeting, Council members seemed open to the idea of a tax exemption for TechSmith and briefly workshopped parking solutions, among other things. Andrew Graham reports.
New restrictions go into effect on Wednesday to curb the spread of Covid-19. Andrew Graham and Emily Joan Elliott explain what this means for East Lansing.
Want to weigh in on cultural arts grants, a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, money problems in Parks & Rec and in the parking system, and traffic on Highland Ave.? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott tells you which East Lansing City meetings will cover what this week.
The cost of living in and running a business in East Lansing has indeed been going up. Alice Dreger reviews some of the changes.
The Dublin Square property owners are warning MSUFCU to stay off their property during construction that involves building all the way to the property line. What could this mean for the future of the proposed office building?
TechSmith is considering building its new headquarters at Spartan Village and is calling on Council for a personal property tax exemption. Alice Dreger explains what this means.
Local religious groups worked together on Oct. 31 to provide produce and dairy products for the community. Adan Tomas Quan tells us how it got started.
The lone dissenter, Council member Lisa Babcock, objected to the developers’ “hostage-taking” tactics and “the pigeon driving the bus.” But she was outvoted as the rest of Council found it problematic to insist the under-55 tenants be evicted.
The trio of Alice Dreger, Emily Joan Elliott and Andrew Graham break down the latest happenings in East Lansing. Read on to listen.
Tuesday night’s Council meeting confirmed a lot of what ELi has been reporting about the Center City District bonds. What did we learn?
The discussion about transparency comes days after the Human Rights Commission had a similar discussion about police transparency. Heather Brothers reports.
ELPS continues to consider reopening in January and looks to what metrics to consider. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Members of the use of force subcommittee expressed their frustration with ELPD’s handling of a request for body camera footage and case reports. Andrew Graham unpacks the discussion.
Why should you support ELi? Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott explains why she loves working here.
A stacked City Council agenda, another meeting of the Police Oversight Study Committee, School Board, and more. Alice Dreger reports.
School rankings don’t determine goals for development and improvement at ELPS, but they highlight and provide opportunity to celebrate the district’s strengths.
Andrew Graham, Emily Joan Elliott and Alice Dreger break down the latest news and happenings in East Lansing. Listen for more.
Hit the road without leaving East Lansing? ELi’s Sarah Spohn previews the MSU Broad’s new exhibit, “InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile.”
Debbie Walton, Elizabeth Guerrero Lyons, and Monica Fink will replace Erin Graham, Hillary Henderson, and Nichole Martin on East Lansing’s Board of Education.
An ELi reader wanted to know what the City is doing about potential lead contamination in service lines. Andrew Graham brings answers.
The Human Rights Commission will consider the disorderly conduct ordinance again this Wednesday, coming on the heels of couch burnings and mass gatherings during the pandemic. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott recaps the HRC’s concerns and this weekend’s events.
After a presentation on Oct. 26, several members of the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission expressed concern about the rate at which ELPD officers interacted with African Americans. Heather Brothers reports.
A winter farmers’ market in a parking garage? That and many other East Lansing ideas are coming to government boards this week. We give you a rundown.
Over 9,000 East Lansing residents have already voted. Do you have a plan for voting in the November general election? ELi provides you with some useful information.
Curious where ELPD is issuing citations for alleged violations of public health orders? ELi’s Nathan Andrus helps you visualize it.
ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott, Alice Dreger and Andrew Graham break down what happened over the weekend and bring an in-depth feature on the Center City District bonds disputes.
The group is going to see a proposed resolution in November after getting a presentation on coal tar sealants from EGLE’s Christie Alwin.
Confused about what’s legal where in the various parts of East Lansing when it comes to Covid-19? We have you covered!
Ingham County further restricted the size of outdoor gatherings to 10 in student-heavy parts of East Lansing ahead of Halloween and the MSU-UM showdown. Emily Joan Elliott reports.
The park reopened on Friday, Oct. 23, following roughly three years of improvements. Anaiis Rios-Kasoga reports for ELi.
The meeting also featured a data presentation by Deputy Police Chief Steve Gonzalez and discussion of the police union’s role in the eventual oversight commission. Heather Brothers reports.
Earlier in October, ELi asked what laws in East Lansing you, the readers, would like to see changed. Andrew Graham brings you the responses.
Alice has made a short video directed at people who are doing pretty okay financially and who understand the value of ELi. Now is the time.
The East Lansing School Board approved the proposed plan that allows for students to return to in-person learning as early as January, but the return is not a guarantee. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott explains.
A new and scorching message from Mark Meadows and a response from Miller Canfield to his claims: the latest in the Center City District bond scene.
What did game day look like in East Lansing look like on Saturday? And what will happen to students who violated public health orders? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott and Heather Brothers report.
The City will host a closed-to-the-public meeting this week to teach members of the City’s boards and commissions about the public’s right to open government.
Want to celebrate Halloween while keeping safe during the pandemic? ELi’s Adan Tomas Quan provides you with some ideas (including a Glencairn parade) and safety precautions.
ELi is following the happenings on game day and getting you prepped for the next week of meetings in ELPS and City of East Lansing government. Andrew Graham brings you up to speed.
Local musician Jonathan Townley released his first album yesterday. Sarah Spohn tells us what inspired him and where to find his music.
A new review by ELi of prior meetings on the subject finds yet more evidence that this matter won’t be simple to sort out. See the key video clips now.
What’s going on with the Evergreen Ave. properties? ELi’s Alice Dreger brings you an update.
Is the HUB adding more retail? Who gets the nicer side of a fence? When can I use the track at ELHS? Find the answers to all that and more in this week’s Ask ELi Grab Bag!
The podcast will bring you news and analysis of the latest happenings in East Lansing by our staff each week.
What images best represent East Lansing? The Arts Commission weighed in as they finalize plans for a “Greetings from East Lansing” mural and other public art projects. ELi’s Heather Brothers reports.
Live music brings people together, so what do you do when physical distancing is a necessity? ELi’s Sarah Spohn reports.
Alice Dreger takes you through the news and notes from a (very) brief City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
Big Ten football comes backs to East Lansing this Saturday, Oct. 24. The return is bringing on a mix of excitement and apprehension. ELi’s Andrew Graham reports on what is expected and what it all means.
With Election Day just two weeks away, the City Clerk’s satellite office at the Hannah Community Center is open. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott outlines what services they offer.
The letter asks for the conference to work with local health officials to monitor community positivity prior to games and to play games earlier in the day. Andrew Graham has the details.
ELPS Superintendent Dori Leyko and Director of Curriculum Glen Mitcham presented a plan for students to return to in-person learning in January. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott provides the details ahead of the Board’s vote next week.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank will be holding a drive-through mobile food distribution at the University Lutheran Church. Amalia Medina brings us the details.
Chickens aren’t the typical family pet, but they may have more to give your family than you think. ELi’s Heather Brothers gets the coop scoop from Dr. Marguerite Halversen.
Several bodies, including City Council, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Commission on the Environment, meet next week. Andrew Graham takes you through the agendas.
Check out our interactive map of downtown commercial properties in downtown East Lansing, and read our analysis of the information provided by City staff.
The building has been described as “bold architecture” and previously housed an Arby’s. In a few weeks, it will be gone.
Experts are describing the Center City District bonds as “hairy” and having “sharp edges.” What’s so weird about them? Alice Dreger unpacks it for you.
One woman received mail saying her Aug. 4 ballot hadn’t been counted, but the City Clerk was able to confirm that it had. So why did she receive the notice? The possible answers are surprisingly simple.
After one meeting, it’s clear the task the group is charged with is a major one — and they have a six month period to get it done.
Council passed an ordinance that makes it a civil infraction to violate state and county public health orders. The City’s attitude toward enforcement is much different than its approach to the mask ordinance. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Game days are returning, even if later than usual. What does it mean for local bars and restaurants during the pandemic? Elke Schrenk reports.
How come the School Board meeting was cancelled, but the City Manger held an East Lansing government meeting last night? ELi’s Alice Dreger explains what’s been happening.
Once a cash cow, parking fines and citations have fallen dramatically in 2020. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott takes a look at how those numbers have changed, now costing the City more money than it makes in fines.
A Freedom of Information Act request from ELi yielded a cache of informative documents regarding the Center City District and Newman Lofts. Andrew Graham unpacks them.
The folks at St. John Food Cupboard, located in downtown East Lasing, want people to know they have supplies available for those facing hunger. Adan Tomas Quan brings us the details.
Which companies in East Lansing got big bucks from the federal Paycheck Protection Program? ELi’s Andrew Graham takes a look.
ELi’s Alice Dreger gives you a fast rundown of what’s coming in public meetings in East Lansing this week. Check it out.
Ever felt frustrated by some error, injustice, or silliness in East Lansing’s Code of Ordinances? Now’s a good time to act! And ELi offers you an easy way to do it.
The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library is continuing its mission of supporting the East Lansing Public Library. Sarah Spohn explains how you can join in this Sunday.
“The Supreme court didn’t eradicate Covid,” new City Attorney Mike Homier said last night. He explained some of the regulatory confusion, as Council voted to extend a special mask-mandatory zone.
Mike Homier, the new City Attorney, explained the Supreme Court coronavirus decision, while Council took actions on tasers, Walgreens, clean energy, Patriarche Park, the fire code, and more.
East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program is planning a volunteer workday on Saturday. We provide the details and revisit an article about a previous volunteer work day.
Interested in voting in the Nov. 3 election ahead of time? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott brings you some helpful tips from poll inspectors.
Has the Michigan Supreme Court decision really changed COVID-19 requirements here? Are hospitalizations on the rise? Is testing down? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott turned to Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail for answers to our readers’ questions.
Last weekend, four bars were observed by ELPD and officials from the Ingham County Health Department possibly breaking Covid-19 public health orders. No citations were issues. Read on to find out why.
What are they building just south of the Aquatic Center? When will Coolidge Road lose a car lane and gain two bike lanes? And what about Harbor Bay and the federal law? All in this week’s Ask ELi grab bag!
The cull is expected to occur soon and will be conducted by government-employed sharpshooters working in East Lansing parks.
Now debates over the Center City Bond are heating up, as staff say the BRA is in danger of default, and Mark Meadows says it’s the developers who owe the shortfall, not the public.
MSU College of Human Medicine to offer free flu vaccines and explains the importance of the flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has recycling in East Lansing changed recently? No, but it may soon change for the better. Heather Brothers brings us the answers to your questions.
ELi held its Sumer Youth Journalism Program in a virtual format this summer. What did the participants gain from the experience?
The main feature of the new contract is a $500,000 annual cost cap. But the City could end up paying more than that to Foster Swift in any given year — Andrew Graham reports on how that works.
The new contract comes after two weeks of closed-door performance reviews between City Manager George Lahanas and Council. Andrew Graham has the details.
ELPD will have a new police chief, Kim Johnson, starting October 5. Find out more about Johnson and last night’s discussion at Council on policing in East Lansing.
Enthusiasm for the project is high, even as Council members expressed concerns about some elements of the design and about what more construction could mean for downtown businesses.
Looking to hear some live music? The Coffeehouse at All Saints provides you with some options: in-person while socially distanced and online.
What happened to the motorcycle parking on Albert Ave.? Is Breugger’s Bagels reopening? And what’s action that on Trowbridge Road? You ask. We answer.
Four candidates for the job were interviewed by a panel last Tuesday and then by City Manager George Lahanas on Thursday. ELi’s Andrew Graham reports.
Dr. Jane Turner and ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott interviewed the 8 school board candidates. Watch the interviews here.
Winter is just around the corner, but the Arts Commission is looking to engage residents outdoors in the colder months. Find out what’s in store.
Contract through 2024 for the City Manager? Pave over more of Sharp Park for bike parking? Reduce car lanes further on Abbot? ELi’s Alice Dreger tells you what’s up this week and how you can weigh in.
The project has generated excitement, but a long-time Planning Commissioner tells ELi, “I’m tremendously disappointed that my Credit Union is taking shortcuts on this project, rather than going for a truly first-class presence downtown.” What are his concerns?
Mark Bell and Steve Willobee confirmed to Council on Tuesday night that they have rented four units to people under the 55+ age restriction. This violates local law, the development agreement made with Council, and the building’s permit.
Following up on a tip from a City employee who thinks East Lansing’s vehicle policies waste tax dollars, ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott provides a look at the spending.
Reform of East Lansing’s disorderly conduct laws involve a tangled web of concerns regarding policing, civil rights, and crowd control in a university town where students have a penchant for burning couches after big games. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Luke Hackney of RetroDuck has launched a new retro T-shirt line to promote pride in East Lansing while supporting local businesses and nonprofits. ELi’s Sarah Spohn provides the details.
City Manager George Lahanas chose 24 employees to rate his job performance, and they rated him highly. Now he’s a finalist for the City Manager position in Mankato, Minnesota. Emily Joan Elliott reports for ELi.
East Lansing has got young people desiring freedom, police who have been told generally to back-off enforcement, public health experts who are wary of using sticks instead of carrots, a relatively new university administration, and a very new City Council. And numbers that are rising. ELi’s Alice Dreger reports.
“They need to abide by the terms of this agreement,” twenty-two tenants tell City Council about the Center City developers. Popular opinion appears aligned with the tenants.
While many Michigan cities and schools are slashing budgets in response to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, East Lansing’s City Manager tells Council he has “actually some pretty good news.”
East Lansing businesses with low-income employees can now apply to receive up to $10,000 in grant assistance.
It’s true: if you park in the old Biggby’s lot without permission, you may not find your car there when you come back.
Four Council members voted to offer a one-year contract with a $500K cap. Jessy Gregg voted against. Now contract negotiations will begin.
In 2017, the developers were confident they had a viable project. Now they say they need Council’s help. Andrew Graham reports for ELi.
A new take on the old coffee house favorite: the open mic. Sarah Spohn brings us the story.
“We will continue to operate under the conviction that extraordinary actors in our city require extraordinary scrutiny. Especially when they are seeking the taxpayers’ money.”
“I’ve heard the complaints from Harbor Bay,” Council member Lisa Babcock tells ELi. “It looks like they’re having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
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The Abbot has received clearance to open, and move-in will start tomorrow.
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City Council’s meeting for tonight is being rescheduled for next Monday due to technical difficulties.
MSU announced late Tuesday afternoon that it is suspending in-person learning for undergraduate courses for the fall semester. The impact on East Lansing will be significant.
Outdoor parties will be limited to 25 people under a new County Health rule applied to part of East Lansing. How will this work in practice?
East Lansing’s Council took up many issues of equity and racism at last week’s five-hour meeting, including passing an anti-bias law and authorizing the use of $153K for anti-racism training.
Following unanimous votes by the new Council, adults 21 and up will be able to buy marijuana for non-medical use at three East Lansing locations. What happened with “social equity”?
What other jobs do your East Lansing City Council members hold? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
School Board Member Chris Martin is looking at other districts’ plans and thinks that ELPS is too far behind. ELi asked the rest of the School Board and the Superintendent to respond.
“We’ve always including reducing isolation and loneliness among the older population in our annual goals,” Prime Time Seniors Director Kelly Arndt told ELi’s Ann Kammerer. “The pandemic really pushed it to the forefront.”
East Lansing’s recycling center on State Road is back open, and residents can now buy yard waste stickers online. Amalia Medina reports for ELi.
“We are hearing over and over about how tight the site is,” Planning Commissioner Chris Wolf said before voting against the proposal. “What I’m getting from that is that the building is too large for the site.” The rest of the commission supported it.
Wear a mask in the Downtown Development Authority district or face a polite ambassador. Persist in not wearing a mask and face a $25 fine from the police.
City Council is putting off possibly asking voters whether to add 2 seats to the Council, bringing the total seats from 5 to 7.
Readers have written in asking why ELi did not provide in-depth reporting about the August 4th election. Publisher Natalie Rose explains why we don’t cover every local election the same way.
Wearing matching t-shirts saying “good trouble,” the new City Council met for the first time last night. We give you a rundown of what happened during those five hours.
Planning Commission will likely vote on a recommendation for the MSUFCU proposal tonight. ELi brings you the details with images and maps.
“I don’t see plan for bringing students back, just a plan to make a plan later,” said School Board member Chris Martin. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports from the meeting.
Confusion over complex and rapidly-changing Executive Orders from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office contributed to the Covid-19 outbreak at Harper’s. What else has been learned?
Starting Monday, Aug. 10, masks will be required in all public spaces in the DDA district under a new order by Mayor Aaron Stephens.
Now we know: Younger people infected older people. The outbreak reached 18 counties in Michigan. And many were infected before the cluster was identified.
With Harper’s still closed after the COVID-19 outbreak, the owners are now defending themselves against recent accusations of unsafe conditions and failure to fully compensate workers.
ELi readers are excited to hear our work mentioned on Fresh Air this week. Want to know the backstory?
Council will likely soon name new members of the Planning Commission, DDA, BRA, and Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission.
“We live in a system and a culture that encourages us to only think about ourselves,” Bacon said in her speech. “Fight that powerful urge.”
Bacon tells ELi he had been thinking of running for Council in 2021. Now appointed to a seat, he hopes to represent new voices, prioritize a smart Covid response, and continue work on racial equity.
Mark Meadows had been encouraging Watson to run for Council. His resignation gave her a chance to step in, and now she tells ELI about what she’d like to tackle in the next year.
After months of delay, Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza will reopen a location on Grand River Ave. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. ELi’s Sarah Spohn brings the story.
Mayor Aaron Stephens noted that this is apparently the first time East Lansing’s Council will be majority persons of color.
Yesterday saw a moment of joy and celebration at East Lansing’s high school football stadium, with Andrel Anthony Jr.’s family there to share the big moment.
City Manager George Lahanas’s contract is worth over $200,000 per year. Mayor Aaron Stephens wants to extend it now, without a performance review.
A total of 22 citizens have applied to fill 2 vacant Council seats. Who are they, and what will be the process? ELi’s Andrew Graham reports.
During public comment and the board’s discussion, the stress of the situation was often palpable. Emily Joan Elliott reports for ELi.
Expect to see signage around town encouraging students to be personally responsible in order to “stay safe to stay open.” ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Superintendent Dori Leyko will offically tell the East Lansing Public Schools Board tonight that classes need to start remotely for the next school year. ELi brings the details.
River Caddis Development has put together a draft agreement that would shift yet more of The CITADEL project costs onto the public ledger. For now, East Lansing’s DDA has agreed to more talks.
The City Council is seeking a new city attorney, and the DDA and BRA are looking for an attorney and a financial advisor. What’s up?
Harper’s owner Pat Riley warned today that COVID-19 is “a silent invisible thief” who steals your business’s reputation. He made his case to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for reopening Harper’s.
Did you know the Center City mural is finished and the Jolly Pumpkin sign is up? Want quick East Lansing Info news updates in your mailbox? ELi has launched a “chatty” newsletter. Read our latest and sign up!
Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio has reopened. Sarah Spohn gives the details on the massive studio overhaul, new appointment protocol, investment in PPE, and why they’re happy to be back.
The plan will create a new branch within ELPD to respond to things like mental health crises, neighbor conflict resolution, and quality of life complaints.
Here’s what to expect as the three remaining City Council members move to appoint people to the two vacant seats.
East Lansing’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority learned a lot more this week about the $25M existing bond and voted to get a financial advisor before committing to a refinancing proposal.
Aaron Stephens will become the Mayor of East Lansing, and the remaining members will decide who will fill the two vacant seats. The City Attorney’s contract will end October 1.
A special meeting of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has been called to deal with major questions about what the City really owes the developer in taxes on the Center City District deal.
Instead of the Jackson County prosecutor – a Republican – functioning as the Special Prosecutor – now the case will be reviewed by the Washtenaw County prosecutor – a Democrat. Stephenson’s lawyer is concerned “that a fix is in.”
At Planning Commission, the eBay auction winners asked for more time on their approvals, and owners of three already-built locations asked for permission to sell recreational marijuana. What happened?
Is East Lansing’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) about to accidentally issue over $2 million in essentially worthless bonds?
Could municipal regulation of food delivery services help local restaurants survive?
East Lansing’s downtown barbers are working to keep it all safe. “I lost some family due to COVID-19,” one local barbershop employee tells ELi’s Aaron Applebey. “It’s definitely been an eye-opener.”
The East Lansing Public Library has a new fine-free policy, eliminating fines for late returns. ELi’s Amalia Medina explains the new policy’s philosophy and practice.
It appears possible that there is now a City Council majority willing to revise or even end the City Attorney’s contract. But Tuesday’s agenda doesn’t tell us much.
The developer came well armed with representatives, but the City went in with no financial advisor to this deal. Its usual advisor is actually being paid with public money to represent the developers.
Coolidge Court is the only strip mall in the City that is prohibited from having businesses open on Sundays, a restriction the developer agreed to in 1986. Now Council will take up the matter.
Jackson County prosecutor Jerard Jarzynka will act as the special prosecutor to review a Black man’s complaint of alleged excessive use of force by ELPD Officer Andrew Stephenson, who is white.
The HRC is also working on advocating for people with Down Syndrome who may be denied organ transplants on the basis of having a developmental disability.
The Bell family of developers is back. What new Center City District public financing deal will be made with them this time? ELi’s Alice Dreger reports what we know.
ELi will hold our Summer Youth Journalism Program online this July and August. Read on for details and the program application.
Many restaurants and bars downtown will now refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. What else is happening to prepare for fall?
Council member Lisa Babcock strongly objected to handing over to the Mayor wide and unspecified powers during declared States of Emergency.
ELi’s Alice Dreger and Chris Root tell you what stands out in the submitted plans and what comes next in the review process.
Managers of East Lansing restaurants and bars tell ELi they’re doing what they can to keep their employees and customers safe.
The new order will reduce capacity in 19 East Lansing establishments. We tell you which and bring reactions from City Council members and one restaurant owner.
What’s closed, what’s opening, what’s happening along East Lansing’s main strip? The latest from ELi.
Ever wondered why the shops in Coolidge Court aren’t open on Sundays? That restriction dates back to 1986, and now the developer-owner wants it removed. Many neighbors aren’t happy.
East Lansing made national headlines thanks to the outbreak at Harper’s. Now businesses downtown are trying to manage the problem.
As the Harper’s cluster count hits 85 (with no hospitalizations), graduate Teaching Assistants are questioning the wisdom of on-campus teaching this fall. Emily Joan Elliott reports for ELi.
Cases of the coronavirus tied to people who visited Harper’s are now up to 76. None of those people have been hospitalized.
Following up on proposals pitched by Council member Lisa Babcock, City Council is looking at a law criminalizing “weaponizing police” and at making complaints against police officers more public. Andrew Graham reports.
Officer Andrew Stephenson’s defense attorney has strongly criticized Mayor Ruth Beier’s remarks about his client. Citizens came forward this week to join him in his criticisms.
In the midst of plunging public revenues, East Lansing Parks & Rec is moving forward with various projects by pulling together funds from various sources. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
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Aaron Applebey brings ELi readers the news of muralist, street artist, illustrator, and self-identified doodle dame Laura Asta coming to East Lansing.
The East Lansing City Clerk’s Office needs election workers for the upcoming August Michigan primary and the November presidential election. ELi’s Ken Sperber tells you what the job entails.
Elaine Hardy tells ELi she’s ready to speak truth to power in City Hall when it comes to issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. “Otherwise, the position is unnecessary.”
“The March Against Fear” started at East Lansing’s City Hall and Police Department and ended at the MSU President’s house. Andrew Graham reports, with photos from Gary Caldwell.
What happened at School Board this week? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott brings you the story.
Free parking ends June 30. Georgio’s has asked the City for rent forgiveness, but the parking system can’t afford it. The finances look bad.
Now’s your chance to take a break from everything and cast your vote in an art contest sponsored by a local business.
According to Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail, the 22 cases include one employee. What can government officials do to compel masks and other interventions?
Consumers Energy is on the scene working to fix the problem. Roads and the picnic area are expected to be closed the rest of the day.
As Harper’s closes for cleaning, ELi hears from the owners about what they say the City has done wrong. What’s going to happen here come fall?
“There was one arrest made,” ELPD Captain Chad Connelly tells ELi.
Readers are asking what we can expect when MSU starts in-person classes back up in the fall. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports what we know so far.
News on The Abbot, The Graduate, affordable housing, Coleman Road, the new elementary schools, MSUFCU’s downtown project, and marijuana sales locations. We also tell you where in East Lansing the state’s wetland protection agency plans a new office building that would disturb a wetland.
Here come requests to sell recreational marijuana, the superintendent’s (closed door) review, teacher and police retirements, and so much more. ELi keeps you informed before the decisions are made.
Some local residents used the recent time at home to bring new pets into their families. ELi’s Ann Kammerer brings the story of three pet adoptions.
This week, a majority of Council okayed new vests in spite of concerns they might appear too militaristic. What was the reasoning, and why are ELPD officers firing guns when they do?
Attorney Mike Nichols says Mayor Ruth Beier is out of line with her comments about his client, ELPD Officer Andrew Stephenson. He explains for ELi what he sees on the tapes.
The DDA voted unanimously to seek expert independent legal counsel. The most immediate need is representation in any deal made over the Evergreen properties. Andrew Graham reports for ELi.
Tomorrow, in recognition of Juneteenth and ongoing calls for racial justice, East Lansing’s Pinecrest Neighborhood Association is hosting a march. Sarah Spohn reports for ELi.
Lisa Babcock has proposed East Lansing’s Council quickly pass five measures to deal with possible excessive use of force by police and possible bias in the City Attorney’s prosecution. ELi’s Andrew Graham spoke with her and Human Relations Commissioner Chuck Grigsby.
The weather is beautiful for strolling downtown, and lots of businesses are back open. ELi’s Amalia Medina reports.
Is big new office space viable? What tax incentives will the developers want? And what does the new “stakeholders” team think of it all?
This Thursday night, “Where I’m From,” a virtual poetry event open to all, is raising funds to aid refugees in the local community. ELi’s Sarah Spohn provides the details.
Slotkin said she favors police reform, not defunding police, and that she hopes to see MSU and East Lansing’s leaders work together on the COVID-19 public health emergency.
During June and July, 97 full- and part-time City of East Lansing employees are working reduced hours, but with little impact on their income.
The commission discussed redevelopment along Coolidge and West Roads, whether DTN should be allowed to use part of the first floor of “300 Grand” for a private fitness room, and more.
What delights can you expect to find at the market on this beautiful day in East Lansing?
Tables will be available 11 am to 10 pm for people who want to sit and enjoy food and drink purchased from restaurants within a 3-block radius.
The DDA supported the idea of live entertainment downtown geared towards families with kids. They also discussed the issue of noise coming from some bars.
Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon has informed ELi that she is taking a major step in the ongoing investigation into the actions of ELPD Officer Andrew Stephenson, accused by two African American men of brutality.
Why did everything about the investigation into the two excessive force complaints against Stephenson stop in early May and suddenly restart in early June?
Beier declared herself “fully woke,” Stephens wants social workers in the police department, Meadows defended his claim “good cops don’t protect bad cops,” Babcock was largely silent, and Gregg wants to look at defunding the police.
A day after ELi’s Patty Bonito reported it’d be a long time before playgrounds and the dog park would reopen, the Parks & Rec Director changed his mind.
The district’s seventeen employed administrators, almost all of them white, are committing to changes. How did School Board members react?
East Lansing playgrounds will remain off-limits until at least July 13, and the dog park until August 3 according to Tim McCaffrey, Parks & Rec Director.
Joe Natoli and Greg Bonito share a garden in the Oakwood neighborhood of East Lansing. There, the friendship grows.
Rane, the leader of yesterday’s event, told those assembled the conflict “is not Black versus White. Let us be clear about that. It is racism against America. It is inequality against America.”
The stunning reversal is said to be the result of the City and County Prosecutor realizing there had been a communication mishap, due partly to the State Police.
ELi’s Alice Dreger reports on what video from Sunday seems to show and how East Lansing Interim Police Chief Steve Gonzalez is seeing the protests.
Expect fresh eggs, bread, herbs, spring onions, rhubarb, honey, syrup, greens, cheeses and meat, mushrooms, jams, fermentations, and more.
Outdoor lockers will help with 24/7 contactless delivery. What else will be changing at the library?
For years, citizen watchdogs warned the City of East Lansing not to continue partnering with Chappelle. If convicted on the bank fraud charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
ELi has been made aware of at least three cases of this, and East Lansing Police detectives are now seeking more information from community members.
The filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by HopCat’s parent company speaks to the level of distress in the bar and restaurant industry. The City of East Lansing is trying to help out.
ELi’s staff has been spending a lot of energy trying to find out when and where the East Lansing School Board and its committees are meeting.
A reader wondered why one ELPD car was left in the middle of the parking lot as protestors approached on Sunday.
Protestors called for the firing of an ELPD officer and dropping of charges against a black man who that officer injured and then held down with his knee.
As protestors prepare to gather again at ELPD at noon, East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier tells ELi that she wants big changes in policing here.
A reader asked: What’s the jurisdiction of ELPD versus MSUPD?
Three members of East Lansing’s School Board pushed for movement on a fall plan at a meeting with the Superintendent last week. What’s happening now?
About a thousand people came to protest at East Lansing Police headquarters today as part of nationwide protests against racist police brutality. In a tense stand-off, a police vehicle’s windows were smashed.
“We tried to create an environment that worked for everyone,” Kelsey Mongoven explains. A junior at MSU, Mongoven has taken on the responsibility of head coach for the Trojans’ varsity gymnastics team.
As we have another round of “free” yard-waste pick-up coming, we answer a reader’s question about what this is costing.
ELi brings you the latest news on this project, including about the design, timing, and environmental contamination at the site.
Vincent Watson has been a true hero through his 47 years of service in East Lansing Public Schools, positively influencing the lives of thousands of children and young adults.
“We didn’t realize how much puzzles were in demand until we needed more.”
What’s it like getting tested? Where can you get tested? And why does everyone we hear from in our area seem to come back negative?
Just about the only people not eligible to serve on the study committee are those who are active-duty police officers.
“It’s going to be scarier for the city than I think it is for campus,” Beier said about MSU’s decision to reopen in the fall.
The reopening of MSU has major implications for East Lansing in terms of the economy, public health, business survival, housing, neighborhood cultures, policing, and more.
The vote happened in the shadow of the police killing of George Floyd and amidst more calls for firing ELPD Officer Andrew Stephenson.
ELi’s Sarah Spohn talks with Foster Coffee co-owner Nicholas Pidek about how that company is managing reopening.
Various local organizations are stepping up to help people who need no-cost food to live without hunger.
The public health emergency has caused ELi’s reporting rate to surge 60 percent over the same period last year. Fortunately, we’ve secured extra funding to meet the increased costs.
They’re popping up all over the place. What might you find if you crouch down and look closely?
This week, ELi’s Mark Meyer brings a remembrance of baseball coach Ed Outslay, who passed away a year ago doing what he loved.
East Lansing’s City Government is getting busy. What’s up?
Chris Martin wants open conversations about what to do with regard to the start of the next school year. The entire School Board will talk about the superintendent’s evaluation on Tuesday.
Housing Administrator Annette Irwin told a city commission last night that all bets are off in terms of when we might see that long-awaited housing study.
In our continuing series on small joys during the stay-at-home orders, we bring you the story of one teenager’s basement quest to build a pipe organ from scratch.
Want to reduce your household carbon footprint? Here’s an easy way.
Representatives of the police unions say “the City Council shows an obvious disdain for our law enforcement officers” as talks continue on policing in East Lansing.
The Red Cedar River is up over its banks. ELi’s Gary Caldwell brings us photos.
Parking revenues have taken a steep dive. Fees and fines are way down. The shortfall in the Parks & Rec budget looks to be $300,000. And with MSU shuttered, the income tax can’t save us now.
The impact of the pandemic on MSU is shaping the individual and collective lives of the greater East Lansing community.
City staff are looking into ways to enable people to enjoy food and drink (including beer and wine) from local restaurants outside, in public spaces set up with picnic tables.
The Policy Committee of the East Lansing School Board met on Friday to consider recommendations to the full Board about the districts’ policies.
Following release of police body cam video, citizens and at least one Human Relations Commissioner are demanding more action by ELPD, the East Lansing City Manager, and City Council.
Only 57 applicants were deemed eligible for the 100 grants. Now, those who have been late on tax payments will be able to try again.
Plenty of big-time college football coaches are eager to add Trojan of the Week Andrel Anthony Jr. to their lineups.
Marcy Gillespie Kinzer of the Playmakers team updates us on the store’s “fit at home” and virtual injury clinic help. And this Sunday, you can move to share the 517 love.
Who will work with the developers to try to hammer out a deal this time? And why did the vote split 5-4?
While it won’t be the same without the 3-D strolling experience, the show will go on for the East Lansing Art Festival.
New developments in the shake-up at ELPD: videos from December are released, and changes are in the works.
A lot of worrisome news from Monday’s East Lansing School Board meeting.
The ELPS School Board unanimously passed a resolution not on the agenda, encouraging the banning of weapons at the Michigan State Capitol.
Did a City worker really roll a recycling truck? Is the hybrid truck too expensive to fix? We asked.
What’s fair to charge bars and restaurants in East Lansing? And should liquor licenses be more heavily regulated here?
East Lansing’s Environmental Services Administrator Cathy DeShambo has some suggestions about what to do while your house is overflowing with recyclables.
We bring news on how the Peppermint Creek fundraiser did for the local volunteer sewing army and also provide a general update on the homemade production of masks.
Former Trojan Zoe Morse has elevated her soccer-playing career to the professional level. Mark Meyer speaks with her as she prepares to join the Chicago Red Stars.
We tell you what we know so far about what will be discussed at City Council, School Board, and the DDA.
ELi Publisher Natalie Rose explains why we have been using Omella to fundraise for East Lansing Info during our Stimulate ELi’s Reporting campaign.
Stressed out in the midst of all this? Lonely? Feeling down? Here is what you need to know about people who can help in our area.
Erin Graham thinks ELPS students may be left at a serious disadvantage under the district’s policy. The administration believes equity is at stake.
Here’s how you can help keep your favorite East Lansing-area coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries alive!
City Council will pursue a Citizen Oversight Panel for complaints, and ELPD will look anew at “head stabilization” in light of injuries to two black men.
What’s happening with Newman Lofts, police oversight, big downtown construction, and more? ELi brings you up to speed.
Andrew Lane trains as hard as he competes (if that’s possible). He also leaves a large footprint as one of the top distance runners in ELHS history.