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Human Trafficking Awareness event: October 24

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:15pm

Awareness is one of the first steps in addressing the problem of human trafficking. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Inger Andress of the Evangelical Free Church on North Shore Morning. 

The Church is hosting a Human Trafficking Community Awareness event Friday October 24th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  The Church is located at 120 E 5th St in Grand Marais.  More information at 387-1565.

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Frank Gillis Blues, Jazz & Boogie Show October 24-25

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:44am

Many years ago the old church building that now houses the Betsy Bowen Studio was the scene of some fabulous concerts with Frank Gillis and the Doc Evans Dixieland Band. Frank’s son Chris is reviving the tradition with two nights of performances that are a reunion of sorts for the talented musicians taking part.

Chris Gillis invites everyone to the Frank Gillis Blues, Jazz & Boogie Show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 at What’s Upstairs at Betsy Bowen Studio

Reached by phone at home in St. Paul, Gillis said the concert has been dubbed the Fall 2014 Festival Reunion, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the concerts his father conducted during Fisherman’s Picnic from 1957 until 1999. Chris said his dad and Grand Marais Art Colony founder Bernie Quick worked together to bring all sorts of music to Grand Marais, from jazz to classical. Early performances were in the high school gym.

The concert will reunite brothers Bob and Tom Andrews who played base and drum respectively with Frank, and later Chris. It is a reunion for the brothers as well, as they are both very busy with their musical careers. Bob Andrews plays with The Medicine Show and Tom Andrews drums with the Barbary Coast Jazz Band, spending most of the winter in Florida. They have joined forces very little since they performed in the 1960s-‘70s with Frank Gillis in the Bill Price & the New Yorkers.

The concert at What’s Upstairs will feature some of Frank Gillis’s favorite tunes such as Waltz for Debbie.

WTIP to broadcast special House District 3A candidate forum Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:34am

WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast a special Minnesota House District 3A candidate forum Tuesday, October 21st at 2 p.m.
Incumbent Rep. David Dill (D) and challenger Eric Johnson (R) will be in the studio to answer questions from WTIP News Director Jay Andersen and Cook County News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence. Listeners are welcome to participate by submitting questions before and during the forum.
WTIP, the local community radio station serving Minnesota’s North Shore and beyond, is hosting the only scheduled meeting of the two candidates. Constituents can tune in to 90.7 FM along the North Shore of Lake Superior, 89.1 FM on the Gunflint Trail, and 90.1 in Grand Portage. District 3A covers a large area and constituents can also listen to the forum through WTIP’s online streaming service at

Questions can be emailed to or submitted by phone at 218-387-1070 or 800-473-9847. If you can’t listen in live, the program will be re-broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30th.

More information about WTIP is available online at or by calling (218) 387-1070. 

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

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:27pm

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 - 3:55pm

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 - 2:43pm

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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