East Lansing Info (ELi) Announces Convening of Task Force

On Saturday, June 25, East Lansing Info (ELi) formally convened a special Task Force to research and make recommendations to help the Board of Directors chart a path forward for ELi’s future. After almost eight years of successful news production, due to loss of key staff and other challenges, the board has put a pause on ELi’s news reporting to form the task force to help chart a path for ELi’s future sustainability. We would like to acknowledge all that Dr. Alice Dreger has done over the years to create and operate a local news organization that is transparent and operates with the utmost integrity. She has been on sabbatical from ELi, working on research, writing, and speaking projects that had been put on hold for years because of ELi’s needs and dealing with family concerns. This sabbatical is being interrupted so she can lead this task force.

ELi and Dreger Move to Get Costs Paid Back In Now-Dismissed Defamation Suit; Chappelle Files For Appeal (Updated)

While ELi and its Publisher and Executive Director Alice Dreger move to ask the court to recoup costs incurred by the now-dismissed defamation lawsuit against them, real estate developer Scott Chappelle — who filed the suit — has filed a claim of appeal. Dreger and attorney Brian Wassom, who represents Dreger and ELi, explain what this means for ELi.

The Wild Turkeys of East Lansing

You may know turkey as that bird on your Thanksgiving table, but ELi’s Aron Sousa tells you more about our famous feathered neighbor, including where to take your visiting relatives to see rafters around East Lansing.

Ask ELi: What’s Behind the Land Acknowledgment of the Indigenous History of East Lansing?

East Lansing, including Michigan State University, occupies the Lands of the Anishinaabeg, and Indigenous faculty at MSU are drawing attention to that with a Land Acknowledgement statement. The City has sometimes adapted and used the statement, too. What is the history of this Land Acknowledgment? What might it mean moving forward?

Why I Report for ELi

Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott reflects on how ELi has grown as a community institution, including a four-fold growth of “Ask ELi to Investigate” in just one year.

Ask ELi: The Mysterious Case of the Quality Dairy French Onion Dip

In 2019, Quality Dairy announced that it would outsource production of its French Onion Dip to another family-owned producer, but promised the recipe would be exactly the same. Since then, some in the community claim the dip tastes different. Can the recipe be exactly the same and still taste different? Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott set out on a mission to find out the answers.

ELPS Archery Shoots for the Stars

“Kids who need a niche will find me,” Marble P.E. teacher and archery coach Casey Bain told ELi about the district’s archery program. How has the program developed and how has it weathered the challenges of the pandemic and a very different season?