Current State #129 | July 18, 2013

Jul 18, 2013

Today on Current State: "Okemos 7's" Dennis Forsberg discusses impending prison sentence; a message in a bottle; a Wisconsin town deals with water quality issues and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

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In 2010, Dennis Forsberg, an Okemos business owner, launched an undisguised effort to start a legal marijuana-growing business.  He and six others intended to operate within the parameters of Michigan’s medical marijuana law, even consulting with Meridian Township police.

Almost 100 years ago, two young girls enjoying their summer on Harsens Island scrawled a note, stuck it in a glass bottle and threw it in the St. Clair River. Early last month, Bernard Licata , President of the Harsens Island/St. Clair Flats Historical Society, was contacted about the bottle after a diver stumbled across it. Licata share this remarkable piece of history with Current State.


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Waukesha, Wisconsin is on a quest for water; its groundwater supply is dwindling and contaminated.  Although the town is less than 20 miles away from Lake Michigan, it falls west of the Great Lakes basin line, which means no water without permission from the Great Lakes Compact.

Gary Wilson, journalist for Great Lakes Echo and former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall, discuss what Waukesha’s quest for water means for the Great Lakes.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival comes to Jackson

Jul 18, 2013
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The 19th season of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival begins in Jackson today. The schedule for the festival includes “Twelfth Night,” along with the lesser-known “King John," and rounds out with Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops To Conquer.”

Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Jackson to talk with artistic director Janice Blixt about the season.