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Points North, Ep. 27: Saving sturgeon

Kevin Donner
Kitige Donner, 2, holds a bucket filled with baby sturgeon.

This week on Points North, tribes try to bring sturgeon back to Michigan’s waters. Plus one man realizes his dream of running a curling league. 

Baby sturgeon released to boost population

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An adult sturgeon

Sturgeon are a prehistoric fish that can live up to 100 years old, but overfishing and habitat destruction has decimated their population across the state.

Baby sturgeon were released last weekend as part of a joint effort between the state, tribes and conservation groups to restore populations of this ancient fish. 

Hear the young sturgeon hit the water.

Curling excitement sweeping through Leelanau County

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David Gersenson prepares to slide a curling stone down the ice at the Leelanau Curling Club in Maple City.

Maple City might not seem like the most obvious place to build a curling rink, but for David Gersenson an old schoolhouse there seemed like a perfect place to start his dream.

Here more about the Leelanau Curling Club.

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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.