Points North, Ep. 25: Citizen science

Aug 15, 2019

This week on Points North, hear how citizens are becoming scientists on the Great Lakes.

Plus, a cheesy grits casserole recipe with a special ingredient: family history.

Non-profit trains citizens to collect fish data on Great Lakes

Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

A new nonprofit is training the general public to collect data on fish in the Great Lakes. They think it could be a game-changer for research in the region, and even help prevent the establishment of invasive species.

Hear how everyday people are identifying preserving the Great Lakes.

After TCAPS pays back state, finance and curriculum questions remain

A TCAPS Board Meeting in 2016.
Credit Morgan Springer / Interlochen Public Radio

Traverse City Area Public Schools will have to pay back over $700,000 to the state. The Michigan Department of Education says TCAPS misreported enrollment at the Northern Michigan Partnership.

Read about how the state may have to pay back even more money in the future.

Cheesy grits bring back fond memories of mom

Freddy Hunt's daughter snacks on cheesy grits.
Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Family recipes are special to many, but Freddy Hunt loves one of his mother’s recipes so much he has attached it to himself forever.

“In her honor I also got a tattoo of grits casserole inside my arm. This is like her handwriting on the recipe card,” Hunt says.

Nancy Meeker Hunt’s Grits Cheese Casserole Recipe

A grits casserole ready to go into the oven.
Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Preheat oven to 400° F. 

In a Pyrex Mix/Measure Bowl, add the following:

  • 2 cups Quick Grits
  • 8 cups Milk

Cook in microwave in the follow increments:

  • 5 minutes - stir
  • 5 minutes - stir
  • 3 minutes - stir, don't overboil

Once grits are thick, stir in the following: 

  • Add 1 stick of butter 
  • Add 2 cups cubed swiss cheese 

Pour into a casserole dish

  • Top with parmesan cheese and cracked pepper
  • Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

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