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A day of remembrance

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:32am
Grand Marais Fire Department remembers 9/11

Across the country this morning, Americans paused and remembered the events of September 11, 2001. The fear and sadness of the terrorist attacks on the United States will never be forgotten, but neither will the heroism of so many. Take some time on this special day to remember those who were lost.
In the words of Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl:

"If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate."

Check out the on-line auction for Unplugged: Northern Harvest

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:07am

Since the first Unplugged: Northern Harvest event, in addition to talented performers, there have been amazing opportunities to bid on silent auction items donated by generous community members. The only problem was guests had to be in attendance at Unplugged: Northern Harvest. A decidedly different twist this year is the opportunity to bid on amazing auction items—on-line!
Visit and enjoy a panoramic virtual tour of Cook County and all its shopping, dining, entertainment opportunities. It’s easy and it’s fun. Check out before the bidding ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 16!
It’s all for a good cause. The proceeds of the Unplugged concert and the on-line and on-campus auctions go toward North House Folk School’s endowment fund and to fund campus improvements.

Birthdays to be celebrated at Care Center Wednesday

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 11:05am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 12 at 3 p.m. with piano music and sing-a-long by Laura Laky. There will be cake and ice cream, for residents and families to honor Irene Leng and Gerri Futterer. The community is invited to celebrate their special day.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or visit our website

Fire danger high for much of Minnesota

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:55am

 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.

Author-speaker Leonard Sax here in October.

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 7:02pm

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.

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The 5th annual Radio Waves Music Festival wraps up

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 10:31am

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!