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Points North, Ep. 25: Citizen science

People stand in the water, holding both ends of a large net.
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Volunteers drag a fish net along the shore off a beach just south of Charlevoix.

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

A hand is holding a tiny fish.
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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.
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A TCAPS Board Meeting in 2016.

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.
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Freddy Hunt's daughter snacks on cheesy grits.

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.

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Nancy Meeker Hunt’s Grits Cheese Casserole Recipe

A grits casserole ready to go into the oven.
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A grits casserole ready to go into the oven.

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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Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.
Ever since he was young, Dan has been fascinated with radio. From hearing the dulcet tones of John Gordon broadcast Minnesota Twins games, to staying up late listening to radio theater, he was captivated by the imaginative medium.