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Become more involved with community radio at WTIP's Volunteer Open House: October 22

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:27pm

If you've ever thought about becoming more involved with community radio, you can stop in during WTIP's Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, October 22. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Debbie Benedict and Matthew Brown about this event on North Shore Morning.

Visit WTIP at 1712 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais any time between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd, to learn about current volunteer openings at WTIP, including public affairs program hosts and various music program hosts. Staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunities, learn more about volunteer interests, and explain the process of becoming a trained host or co-host.

Can’t make it to the open house but interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer? Please call Matthew at 218-387-1070 or e-mail




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Lutsen reschedules regular monthly meeting

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:55pm

The township of Lutsen meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month. However, in October all three of the Lutsen supervisors have other commitments. The regular Lutsen Town Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting at the town hall at 116 Caribou Trail.

For questions, contact Lutsen Town Clerk Amity Goettl at


"The Thank-You Bar" performance installation at Arrowhead Center for the Arts: October 24 & 25th

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:43pm

The Minneapolis-based performance company of Emily Johnson and Catalyst will perform the  "The Thank-You Bar" at Grand Marais’ Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Oct 24 and 25, 2014, with four limited-capacity shows. WTIP's Will Moore spoke with Emily Johnson and James Everest of Catalyst Dance on North Shore Morning.



at Grand Marais Arrowhead Center for the Arts:

Friday Oct 24 7pm

Friday Oct 24 9:30pm

Saturday Oct 25 2pm (matinee)

Saturday Oct 25 7pm

**BLACKFISH Concert Sat Oct 25 9pm (45 mins)

Emily Johnson/Catalyst bring their Bessie Award – winning performance installation, The Thank-you Bar to Grand Marais’ Arrowhead Center For The Arts Oct 24-25, 2014 as part of the fall season for the Grand Marais Playhouse. The Thank-you Bar first premiered in 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska, and has toured across the USA to wide acclaim, propelling choreographer Emily Johnson into the national and international spotlight as a visionary contemporary dance maker.  In 2014, Emily Johnson / Catalyst received a MN State Arts Board “Arts Touring” Grant to bring a series of performances and workshops to Grand Marais in 2014 -15.

THE THANK-YOU BAR is an intimate performance experience intended to engage many levels of perception and expression. Through a sophisticated concept of theatrical space, unique and powerfully minimalist dancing, and a multi-layered original soundscore, Johnson’s illusory – yet partly true – stories ride the confluence of truth and myth. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.  Seating limited to 20 per performance.

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Banadad Trail Association trail cleanup scheduled for October 25

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:31pm

The Bandadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter by helping with clearing and trimming low-hanging tree branches starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead on Saturday, Oct. 25.

According to several Trail Association members who hiked the first mile of the Banadad from the eastern trailhead, they came across nine large downed trees blocking the trail including a 10- to 12-inch aspen in a clump with several other trees it brought down; on either side of this clump of trees were two more large downed aspen. This section of the Banadad is within the BWCA where all maintenance must be done using hand tools.

“If what we experienced on the eastern end of the trail holds for the rest of the Banadad,” stated Ted Young, maintenance administrator, “we have got a real job ahead of us. Please join us; we really need your help!”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots. 

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Heston’s Lodge, 579 S. Gunflint Road for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth annual meeting followed by a pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities at Heston’s begin at 6 p.m.; RSVP at 218-388-2243.

For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s annual meeting and dinner, call 218-388-4487.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~


Voyageur Brewing Company opening in early 2015

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:47am

Grand Marais will soon have a source for local craft beer and a taproom where both seasonal and "flagship" beers can be enjoyed. One of the owners of the new brewery, Mike Prom, recently spoke with WTIP's Martha Marnocha about the new brewery.

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Take a survey on the beautiful Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:42pm


The Gunflint Trail has always been a beloved route, leading to favorite lakes, cabins and camping spots. Since June 1999, the Gunflint Trail has been a Minnesota Scenic Byway and on October 16, 2009 the road was designated a National Scenic Byway. An active committee oversees the byway, working to preserve and enhance the beauty of the drive. That group is now updating the Gunflint Trail Corridor Management Plan and would like feedback from the public.

The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee invites you to take a survey to help identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement along the Trail. Spokesperson Suzanne Weber said, “Your comments are valued and will be considered as future goals are set.”

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by Thursday, October 23, 2014. The survey can be found online at:"