Around Cook County
Forecasters say the danger for wildfires is high in much of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of Minnesota indicating critical fire conditions. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m. today, but does not include the Arrowhead.
The weather service says the combination of warm temperatures, strong winds and low relative humidity will create "explosive" fire growth potential.
Drought conditions are growing across the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor has classified the Twin Cities area as abnormally dry, and some locations in southern Minnesota were experiencing extreme drought.
Dr. Leonard Sax is a psychologist and family physician. He will be in Cook County Oct 2, to talk with parents, teachers and interested community members about building youth assets inn the home and community.
He is the author of three books for parents: Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift and Girls on the Edge.
WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Dr. Sax in preparation for a First Thursday Community Conversation broadcast on “Asset Building for Kids.”
Dr. Sax first addressed rural vs suburban student expectations for high school, college and future jobs. He then talked about the effects of social media on young people and how it differs between boys and girls.
WTIP just wrapped up the 5th annual Radio Waves Music Festival and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came together to make it possible. To everyone who volunteered their time, to the restaurants and food vendors who set up to provide food on-site, and to the amazing musicians who provided great entertainment – thank you! All these efforts made the festival a huge success.
We’d also like to thank the Grand Marais Recreation Area and its crew, and the City of Grand Marais, who were strong supportive partners that offered up the perfect location for the festival. The North Shore Music Association helped plan the event, offered their sound equipment, and was represented by several volunteers to help make it possible.
Mostly, we’d like to thank our fabulous community for their support. Over a thousand people came out to enjoy the festival, making it a positive, fun event. Mark your calendars for the 6th annual Radio Waves Music Festival, which will take place the weekend after Labor Day, 2013. Hope to see you there!
Are you looking to improve your writing and communication
skills? Would you like to learn to write more clearly and effectively
for work or school? If so, this is the writing series for you!
Cook County Higher Education will offer The Write Way: Tools to
Improve your Writing Skills with instructor Melanie Steele. The
course consists of four two-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
at the North Shore Campus beginning Sept. 18.
The four different writing sessions will focus on organizing
information for coherence and unity, expressing ideas clearly and
effectively, proofreading and revising for content, and how to conduct
research and analyze source material. This writing series has been
developed to help participants in their workplace or place of
business, students, grant writers, and those looking to renew their
writing and communication skills.
Steele has been a writing tutor for over 10 years, and ran the Writing
Workshop at UMD in 2005-2006. She taught First Year Experience and
freshman composition classes at UMD from 2003 – 2005, and a variety of
writing and technical classes at Confederation College utilizing
traditional, video, and online platforms. She continues to work with
students as a mentor/tutor at Cook County Higher Education.
The fee for the writing series is $40 and is supported with a generous
grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. For more information and
to preregister e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 387-3411.
Would-be wolf hunters are lining up for a shot at an elusive prey this fall, when Minnesota plans to open its first season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list.
The state received 23,477 applications for the 6,000 permits that it will issue through a lottery system. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen said all but a few hundred applicants are from Minnesota, but people from 33 states filed paperwork.
Minnesota has set two seasons, with an early season beginning Nov. 3 to coincide with the deer firearms season. A later season is designed to allow trappers to take wolves with their thicker winter pelts.
The state has set a limit of 400 wolves, and hunting will be cut off if the number is reached. Niskanen said licenses will be awarded by Oct. 14. Residents pay $30 for a license; non-residents pay $250.
About 35 opponents of Minnesota's planned wolf trapping and hunting season rallied Friday in Duluth, holding signs and sometimes howling, calling for Gov. Mark Dayton to stop the hunt. American Indians were among the demonstrators.
For 11 years now, Nashville songwriter Jon Vezner has been
spearheading a phenomenal weekend of music at the North House Folk
School campus in Grand Marais. What started as a simple thank you
gesture from Vezner for the wonderful North Shore welcome he received
just when he needed it most has grown to a tradition for hundreds of
people—from the North Shore and far beyond. This year’s event is
September 13 – 16.
Unplugged: The Northern Harvest has grown to three nights of music,
still offering Unplugged on Saturday with Vezner and friends inviting
the audience to a Nashville style musicians showcase. For the second
year, the event includes two nights of music with NPR’s Mountain Stage
with Larry Groce.
The Thursday night Mountain Stage show, featuring Trampled by Turtles,
LOW, Rhett Miller, Barbara Jean, Minnesota feat Peter Himmelman, sold
out as soon as the line-up was announced.
Fortunately, there are tickets available for the Friday September 14
Mountain Stage 7 p.m. performance which features Chris Hillman, Herb
Pedersen, Jonathan Edwards, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, Gretchen
Peters and Chip Taylor.
The Saturday September 15 show at 7:30 p.m. is the Unplugged
Songwriter’s Performance with Mollie O’Brian & Rich Moore, Jonathan
Edwards and of course, Jon Vezner and special guests.
Get your tickets for either the Friday night Mountain Stage or the
Saturday night Unplugged performance by visiting the waterfront North
House campus or by visiting the website www.northhouse.org and click
on “UP XI Tix on Sale Now.”