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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 2: The goose chase

This week: Opposition to the Camp Grayling expansion reaches the Michigan House of Representatives, a rare goose from overseas, and the unbridled joy of honking horns.

In our second-ever episode, we check in on the controversial plan to expand Camp Grayling.

The Michigan National Guard wants to increase the size of the huge military training facility, amid a chorus of opposition. The newest voice in that chorus is state Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord.

IPR's Michael Livingston fills us in on that, and the follow-up to a meeting between state regulators and the leaders of Michigan's 12 federally recognized tribal nations.

We'll also go along with IPR's Patrick Shea as he meets birders who drove hours and hours to see a rare pink-footed goose in a local farm field. Plus at the end of the episode, you get to hear what a pink-footed goose actually sounds like!

And Amanda Sewell, IPR's music director, has way too much fun with an interview about Gershwin. (We say "too much" only out of jealousy, not because we disapprove.)

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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.