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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 1: We're here!

This week: Efforts to support skilled workers in Petoskey, tribes weigh in on Camp Grayling, a city manager leaves, and the sound of spring in northern Michigan.

Welcome to the first episode of the Up North Lowdown, IPR's brand new weekly podcast rounding up our best reporting.

This week, we visit some manufacturers in Petoskey who are excited about new opportunities to train workers, but also searching for answers to other problems, like housing and childcare.

We'll also hear tribal communities' concerns about the proposed expansion of Camp Grayling. They met with state officials this week — the first time they've officially been consulted on the plans.

And Jordan Travis from the Record-Eagle tells us more about Traverse City firing its city manager.

Finally, we don't want to tempt fate, because we can go from 70 degrees to snow pretty quickly this time of year, but the spring peepers are, well, peeping. Listen to the end of the episode for one of northern Michigan's best sounds of spring.

Glad you're here. Subscribe via Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Up North Lowdown is a production of Interlochen Public Radio. Host: Ed Ronco; Producer: Max Copeland

Ed Ronco is IPR's news director.
Max Copeland is the local weekday host of All Things Considered on Interlochen Public Radio and the producer of The Up North Lowdown, IPR’s weekly news podcast.