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Ojibwe Heritage Murals project to honor the home place, traditions and talents of the Grand Portage people

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:06pm

The Grand Portage National Monument in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announces the Ojibwe Heritage Murals project. The project commemorates the people of Grand Portage, Ojibwe handicrafts at Grand Portage, and Gichi Onigamiing, the great carrying place.

One artist will be chosen to create two murals, 6 by 18 feet, for permanent exhibition in the Heritage Center’s Cultural Demonstration Gallery at Grand Portage National Monument.

School District 166 seeking school board member

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:04pm

North Shore Federal Credit Union open for business in Grand Portage

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:03pm

Ever since the North Shore Federal Credit Union (NSFCU) announced in June that it was opening its fourth branch office in Grand Portage inside the Grand Portage Trading Post, community members have been anxiously awaiting the opening. The new branch office was opened at the end of October and last week, on Thursday, November 21, the NSFCU board of directors made it official with a ribbon cutting.

NSFCU President Mark Summers said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve the community of Grand Portage. Opening this office fits perfectly with the mission of North Shore Federal, which is to provide the best financial services and education to everyone who lives along the North Shore, from Two Harbors to Grand Portage.”

Blandin Foundation to offer leadership training to Cook County residents

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 2:42pm

As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation is once again making its Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) available to Cook County residents. 

Staffing changes at Cook County Public Health & Human Services

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 2:41pm

Cook County Commissioners authorized the Public Health & Human Services Department to hire two employees – a social worker to replace Linda Waterhouse upon her retirement and an eligibility specialist.

The social worker is Julie Kinney and she will work 40 hours per week, a few hours more than Waterhouse worked.  She will start at a Step 7 rate of $23.16/hour because of extensive professional experience.

The other position is for a permanent eligibility specialist.  The department has had massive staff turnover in the past year or so.  With Affordable Care Act changes around the corner, the county board had authorized adding a temporary eligibility specialist about six months ago.  Department Director Sue Futterer said she expected to have an increase in their caseload with the new federal health care system and needs throughout the department continue to grow.

Winter sports trail conditions for WTIP

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:10am

It's that time of year again! The arrival of snow means trail grooming for our winter activities. Everyone who is responsible for trail conditions--be it snowmobile, cross country or downhill skiing--please remember to keep WTIP updated via email at We like to keep the public informed of our local trail conditions, when grooming takes place, etc. via our on-air broadcasts and on our website.

We have many listener/members from the Twin Cities and beyond who web stream our daily news programs and view our web site daily.  Help us keep them informed on accessibility of our winter wonderland activities.

Thanks and happy winter!!!