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Points North, Ep. 12: A beeline to service

Dan Wanschura
Interlochen Public Radio
Adam Ingrao tends bees at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center on Old Mission Peninsula.

This week on Points North, a U.S. soldier was injured in a training exercise and discharged from the army. Then he found an unusual way to cope with his depression and serve his country: beekeeping.



Army vet finds purpose staying busy with bees

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Interlochen Public Radio
Kevin Brown, a Michigan National Guard vet, keeps honey bees on his property in Marion, Michigan.

Adam Ingrao was completely lost after he was discharged from the army. When he went back to school a few years later, he found a new purpose when he learned about beekeeping and dangerously declining bee populations. Ingrao says his work with bees is a new way to serve his country and find peace of mind.

"You have to slow down, because if you don't slow down, the bees are going to let you know you're moving too fast, and they're going to sting you," says Ingrao.

Hear how Ingrao journey led him to start the "Heroes to Hives" program for veterans.

U.P. tribe hopes to regulate their own water

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Interlochen Public Radio
The Little Carp River flows through the L'Anse Indian Reservation, home of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. If the tribe's application to the Environmental Protection Agency is approved, they'll be able to set their own surface water quality standards on the reservation.

Surface water quality on Native American reservations in Michigan is currently regulated by state and federal agencies. But one tribe in the Upper Peninsula could be the first to regulate their own water.

Learn more about the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s push for their own standards.


A good butter chicken curry is all about the cooking process

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Interlochen Public Radio
Milkweed Street Food Chef Jennifer Blakeslee uses a mix of spices for her butter chicken curry.

Jennifer Blakeslee, chef at The Cook’s House and Milkweed Street Food, is deliberate but fluid when she cooks butter chicken curry.

“I don’t really use any measurements for anything. I just kind of eyeball it,” says Blakeslee.

Blakeslee says a good curry is about the cooking process more than anything else. She recommends the cookbook “660 Curries” for people who want to make their own.


Listen as Jennifer Blakeslee makes pounds of butter chicken curry for Milkweed Street Food.


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Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.