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WTIP News Survey: Please share your feedback!

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:15pm

The WTIP News Department continues to expand its efforts to create and share local news and information. In coordination with our efforts, we are interested in hearing from our listening audience about what types of news content is important to you.
Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey about WTIP’s News Department. It will help direct our efforts with regard to creating and sharing local news and information. 

Survey link:

Or feel free to stop by the station and complete a paper copy of the survey.

Survey responses will be accepted through March 31.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feedback, to help us do our best!

WTIP North Shore Community Radio
1712 West Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604

First light, first laker as shipping season begins on Lake Superior

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:40am

The first U.S.-flag lakers departed from the Port of Duluth-Superior on Wednesday, March 22, signaling the start of the 2017 commercial shipping season at the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Public Relations Director Adele Yorde from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority to find out the details. 


A look at the Law Enforcement log

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:08pm
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WTIP North Shore Radio shares the record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from March 13 – March 19. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers. Click here for details. 

If you need help from Cook County Law Enforcement, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, contact the Cook County Sheriffs Office at 218-387-3030.

DeArruda Wharton receives Bush Foundation Fellowship

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:22pm

The Bush Foundation announced its 2017 Bush Fellows today, listing 24 leaders who were chosen for their records of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and in 23 Native nations in the region. Among them is Kristin DeArruda Wharton is among the 2017 Fellows.

Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Ready said, "The 2017 Bush Fellows are extraordinary leaders who make significant contributions to thier communities. The Bush Fellowship is both a recognition of their accomplishments, and a bet on thier potentional to make an even bigger impact on our region." 

Rhonda Silence talks to DeArruda Wharton about the multi-stage process of becoming a Bush Fellow and about what's next. 


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"Grassroots Radio" membership drive: Results and drawing winners

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:24pm

What a wonderful way to welcome spring!
WTIP's “Grassroots Radio” membership drive – our first drive of the year - wrapped up at noon on Monday, March 20, and we are extremely humbled to say that thanks to the efforts of MANY people, we not only reached, but SURPASSED our drive goal of $20,000, in only four and a half days!
Here are the final results:
51  New members
213  Renewing members
$22,871 Raised
The past several days have been filled with much warm-hearted activity, and we have many people to thank for helping us reach our goal, including:           

  • Everyone who pledged their support, whether new or renewing, or giving again!
  • On-air volunteers who hosted programming – we appreciate your dedication!
  • Volunteers who took pledges by phone and in person
  • Businesses and community members who have provided food and treats for staff, volunteers and visitors to the station
  • Many musicians who played live on the air
  • Jeff Nemitz and John Koscielak for helping with sound engineering
  • Businesses that stopped by with thank you gifts to offer listener-members, including: Caribou Cream Maple Syrup, Wild Country Maple Syrup, and Jackie of All Trades
  • Everyone who provided or made gifts for our end-of-drive drawing, including:Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, Doug Turner, Sherrie Lindskog, Ada Igoe, Joe Friedrichs, and Meadowlands Chocolate.

And congratulations to the winners of our “end of drive” drawing (please stop by the station to pick up your gift, or give us a call at 218-387-1070 to make other arrangements):

  • Barbara Collins won the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino gift certificates
  • Nick Vavrichek and Kent Jones won the cutting boards, handmade by Doug Turner
  • RaeAnne Silence won the hand-knitted WTIP hat, made by Ada Igoe
  • Judy Curtis won the blanket, hand-crocheted by Sherrie Lindskog
  • Nora McGreevy won the guided fishing trip with Joe Friedrichs
  • Marco Good won a bundle of chocolate bars from Meadowlands Chocolate
  • Greg Gastecki won a bundle of chocolate bars from Meadowlands Chocolate
  • Julie Arthur won a bundle of chocolate bars from Meadowlands Chocolate

On behalf of all of the staff and volunteers at WTIP, we'd like to thank everyone for reminding us of what a wonderful community of listeners and supporters we have! You keep our programming strong and vibrant, and will help us continue to provide essential, entertaining and thoughtful programming.


Customs & Border Protection officer found dead at port of entry

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:24pm

At approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the Grand Portage Port of Entry where a male US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officer was found fatally wounded from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The name of the CBP Officer is being withheld while an investigation continues and autopsy is completed.

“This is an extremely tough loss,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “He was well known and respected in the community and protective service agencies, and our hearts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and community during this difficult time.”

No further details will be released at this time.

Mike's Holiday gets rebate for lighting project

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:44am

Visitors to Mike's Holiday station in Grand Marais have likely noticed all the new LED lighting that illuminates the recently remodeled gas station.  To promote energy efficiency strategies, the Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a rebate to Mike’s Holiday, Inc. for their extensive use of LED technology. 

The station owners installed energy-saving LED lights throughout the store, around the building, and under the canopies.  The rebate from the City of Grand Marais totaled $10,912 and will eliminate the need to generate approximately 83,000 kWhs of electricity each year.
“The payback was remarkable,” stated Courtney Quaife of Holiday.  “Especially with the rebate covering about 23 percent of the cost.  This is a great service that the utility provides to help local businesses reduce costs and remain competitive.”
Karl Hansen, chair of the PUC, encourages others to take advantage of these funds.  “Go to the website,” he proclaimed at the February 15th PUC meeting where the commission presented them with a check.  “And learn more about energy efficiency and our programs.”
That information, along with the utility’s rebate forms can be found at


Caption: (L-R) PUC Secretary Jan Smith, Courtney Quaife, Payton Quaife (front), Tim Quaife, PUC Chair Karl Hansen, PUC member/City Councilor Tim Kennedy. 

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Sawtooth Elementary students find adventure at Wolf Ridge

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:09am

Every year students from Sawtooth Mountain Elementary head to Finland for an adventure at Wolf Ridge Environmental Center. At the facility, kids get to test their limits on a ropes course and climbing wall, try snowshoeing and ice fishing, meet some wildlife and much more. 

Rhonda Silence tagged along for an afternoon and shares this report. 


Weekend News Roundup for March 18

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:23am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Copper mines pro and con, Great Lakes funding dangers and West End elections.…all this and more in the week’s news.


"Get your green on" during WTIP's "Grassroots Radio" membership drive!

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:20am

It's day two of WTIP's "Grassroots Radio" membership drive - our first drive of the year - and we're off to a great start, with 52 pledges received so far, raising $4,168. Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged their support!

The drive continues through noon on Monday, with an overall goal of raising $20,000 toward our annual membership budget. As always, we've got lots of LIVE MUSIC and special programming in store today and throughout the weekend.  See below for details. And just a reminder, everyone who pledges, calls in and stops by is eligible to win a special prize in our "end of drive" drawing - which will take place Monday at noon.

We hope to hear from you...your active support is so important in keeping local, independent radio on the North Shore alive and well!

You can pledge your support...
By phone: at 387-1070 or 800-473-9847
Online at:
Or in person: 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais


Want to learn more about Cook County property taxes? Then attend the upcoming meeting

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:32pm

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic welcomes Dr. David Rust

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:59pm

Spry comes home a national champion

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:43pm


Bob Spry and three curlers from Duluth teamed up to take home the Super Senior Division (ages 63 on up) National Senior Men’s Curling Championship.

The tournament was held in Columbia County, Wisconsin Feb. 16-19.

Teams came from all over the USA, as far away as Arizona and California.

To date, Spry has participated in seven national championships and has played on four winning teams in two different divisions.

The Pines coming to Papa Charlies

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:39pm

Hedstrom Lumber is offering free trees!

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:34pm