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Points North, Ep. 30: Behind bars in Baldwin

Taylor Wizner
The village of Baldwin has a population of about 1,200 people.

This week on Points North, a private prison in Baldwin will hold immigrants convicted of crimes. Some nearby residents argue it will bring jobs to the area, while others want nothing to do with it.

Plus hear about a legal scholar turned writer whose stories brought her back to northern Michigan.

Immigrant prison to open in Northern Michigan

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In October, GEO Group will open a prison to house immigrants convicted of crimes.

Starting Oct. 1, a private prison in northern Michigan will house immigrants convicted of crimes. Critics say these privately-run prisons are harmful to inmates and claim prison operator GEO Group is taking advantage of a desperate community.

But many residents support the correctional facility.

Hear about the facility opening in the small village of Baldwin.

As leaves fall, Michigan officials hope tourism numbers rise

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Summer is usually Michigan's biggest tourism season, but fall isn't far behind. Fall officially starts on Sunday, Sept. 22, and the state is hoping for a big turnout from tourists. 

Officials think this fall could be a big season for tourists.

Scholar-turned-writer returned to northern Michigan through prose

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The Wolfkeeper, stories by Carolyn Lewis

Carolyn Lewis wasn’t a fiction writer by trade, but was drawn back to her home on Old Mission Peninsula as she grew older.

Now, less than a year after her untimely death, Lewis' stories are being collected and published for the first time in a beautifully illustrated volume titled, The Wolfkeeper.


Carolyn Lewis was a legal scholar turned writer whose stories brought her back to northern Michigan.

We want to hear from you

Interlochen Public Radio is celebrating great books with the National Writers Series, Friends of Traverse Area District Library and Harbor Springs Festival of the Book.

We want your help.

Tell us about a book you can’t forget. We’ll record your stories on Saturday, Sept. 28 at one of two locations: the Friends fall book sale in Traverse City, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Harbor Springs Festival, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hear more about why we're collecting your stories.

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.