Max Cobb

Student Reporter

Max Cobb is a student reporter for WCMU's news department. He reports daily for 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered."

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Many people have either heard of or, in more rare cases, experienced first hand the pain that comes with running a marathon.

At the end of the month, Grayling, Michigan is hosting its 70th annual Ausable River Canoe Marathon. Our On the Map series brings us to a small northern Michigan community, for one of the largest most competitive canoe races in the nation.

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130 years of marketing Coca Cola has created some memorable tag lines and a lot of swag.

In the small town of Grayling, some of that swag is on display.  

Our On the Map series takes us to the heart of downtown Grayling, to Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner & Soda Fountain.  It’s a diner -slash- museum with over 18-thousand Coca-Cola artifacts.

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Grayling is among the most prominent wood markets in the state. It’s home to 13 companies involved in the manufacturing of wood products. These companies account for roughly 850 jobs now, and another 200 more when a new plant opens next year.

Today our On the Map series brings us to a small northern city where Michigan trees are transformed into boards, planks and other components most commonly used for furniture and housing.

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The state has been awarded federal grant funding to provide schoolchildren with more fresh, locally grown foods.

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Veterans are invited to come together, network and collaborate as part of a summit being held in Grand Blanc next Tuesday (July 11.)

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This week is Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness week, and events are being held throughout the week to remind Michiganders of simple ways they can do their part to stop the spread of invasive species.

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Fireworks are responsible for roughly 20-thousand fires every year, which is why the state is reminding residents of the dangers of fireworks.       

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A Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop is being offered to Michigan mariners to better prepare for emergencies on the Great Lakes.

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With summer travel underway, the publisher of a resource guide for dog-lovers-who-like-to-travel is offering tips on how to bring your four-legged friend along.


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A quarantine has been declared in four Michigan counties to protect the state's Hemlock trees from an invasive pest.