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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

CO Tales

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:29pm

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent time checking trout and pan fish anglers. Fishing was slow with only a few fish seen on the ice. Very few sleds are out on the trails. Questions were answered about bear hunting and angling in streams along the North Shore. 


Artist Tim Young hosting a "pop up" gallery

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:47am

Grand Marais artist Tim Young is opening an art exhibit in an unexpected place. Fans of Tim's work will not be surprised at all by this nontraditional venue. Nor will they be surprised that the whole community is invited to a family-oriented reception on Saturday, April 1. 

Rhonda Silence learns more about Tim and his art in this interview. 


Community gathers to support school -- and to eat!

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:12am

The Grand Marais campus of Cook County Schools/ISD 166 was a busy place on Thursday, March 9. It was the site of the Cook County Education Foundation EATS (Enriching Academics Through Sustenance) annual event .

Dining establishments taking part this year were:

Blue Water Cafe
Gunflint Mercantile

Java Moose
Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
Lutsen Resort Restaurant
My Sister's Place
Skyport Lodge and Raven Rock Grill
The Crooked Spoon
Sven and Ole's
Cascade Lodge and Restaurant
And of course taking part were the Cook County High School Culinary Arts Class, taught by Jason Gesch

In addition to food, there was live music—this year members of the Cook County High School band performed as well as the Plucked Up String Band. And Silent Auction items lined the school hallways for friendly fundraising competition. 

Rhonda Silence was there and she shares this report. 


Rain-snow mix with warmer temps

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:37am

It looks like snow mixed with rain on and off during the early weekend, but the temps will be warmer.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


"Get your green on" during WTIP's "Grassroots Radio" membership drive, March 16-20!

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:02am

Our "Grassroots Radio" membership drive - our first drive of the year - is in full swing and continues through noon on Monday, March 20. In addition to all the regular programming you rely on and enjoy, we'll have lots of special programming to look forward to! See below for LIVE MUSIC and special programming happening today, and stay tuned for daily updates on what's in store.

And remember, it's your active support that helps keep WTIP...local, independent community radio on the North Shore strong!

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

Results from March 14th Cook County West End elections

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:39pm

Voters in Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder went to the polls on Tuesday, March 14 for local township elections. 

Here are the results:

In Tuesday’s elections, the winners for Lutsen include:
--John Groth re-elected as treasurer.
--Andrew Beavers re-elected as supervisor.
--Christine Ordemann elected to serve her first term as supervisor.
And for Tofte:
--3 year supervisor- Incumbent Craig Horak got 66 votes.  
--One year term supervisor - Sam Crowley received 55 write in votes Jeanne Larson got 13 votes
--Treasurer - write in Nancy Iverson received 5 votes.
And for Schroeder:
--Rick Anderson will be the new township supervisor. Anderson received 30 votes, defeating incumbent Roger “Bill” McKeever, who had 28 votes. 
--The new treasurer in Schroder is Carla Menssen. Carla was a write-in candidate who collected 37 out of 41 votes. 

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County to implement branding, communication policies

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:59am

As a means of transparency in local government and in an effort to communicate better both internally and outside the courthouse walls, Cook County staff and commissioners are working on branding themes and an updated communication policy. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on this story. 


Schroeder supervisor candidate speaks to WTIP

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:26am

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. 

In Schroeder, two candidates have filed for the one supervisor seat on the ballot. Although Schroeder citizens stepped up for the supervisor seat, no one filed for the position of treasurer. If there is no write-in candidate, the Schroeder town board will have to appoint a treasurer. 

For supervisor, Rick Anderson is challenging incumbent Roger “Bill” McKeever. He is the owner of Temperance Traders Liquors and Gift Shop. He a frequent attendee of Schroeder Town Meetings. He declined an interview with WTIP. 

McKeever owns McKeever Well Drilling and has served as supervisor for many years. Rhonda Silence speaks with McKeever in this interview. 
All Minnesota townships hold their annual meetings and elections on the 2nd Tuesday in March, so voters will head to the polls this year on March 14, 2017. Polls are open at the Schroeder Town Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. 


County considers study on economic impact of local trails

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:33am

The Cook County Parks and Trails Commission is considering taking on a study to find the economic impact of local trails, including ATV, skiing and other forms of recreation in the county. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs find out the details in this interview with Lisa Kerr, the land commissioner & parks and trails director for Cook County. 

For more information about the study, contact Lisa Kerr. Click here for contact information. 


Cook County rises to the top in local swim meet

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:33am

There was an adult swim meet at the Cook County YMCA on Saturday, March 11.  The event was held to raise funds for the local adult learn to swim program, and nearly $400 was raised during Saturday’s competition. 

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs was on site for the competition, and has this report. 

 To view the complete results from the swim meet March 11, click here.