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Ray Berglund Wayside Rest dedicated

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:12pm

The family of Ray Berglund, a St. Paul businessman who cared passionately about conservation, has been keeping his memory alive at the state wayside named after him on Lake Superior’s North Shore. Over the years, donations from the R.R.W. and Florence Berglund Family Foundation have funded several improvements to the 54-acre site, but restroom facilities remained an unmet need, until this summer.

On July 31, 2014, representatives of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Berglund Family Foundation celebrated the opening of a new building that includes public restrooms and information for travelers.

“The site is well-used by cyclists, anglers and other visitors, but neither the DNR nor MnDOT [Department of Transportation] had funding for restrooms at this location,” said Mark Kovacovich, DNR Parks and Trails Division district supervisor. “The Berglund Family Foundation’s donation is helping us provide these much-needed facilities and will be a welcomed amenity for people who use this site.”

The Ray Berglund State Wayside is located at the mouth of the Onion River on Highway 61, just north of Tofte. Following Berglund’s death in 1948, friends contributed to a fund for the purchase of the land, which was deeded to the state in 1949 and established as a state wayside by the Minnesota Legislature in 1951.

In 2009, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reconstructed Highway 61 in the Onion River area, which included redesigning and rebuilding the wayside’s parking area and constructing a section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail–a paved bicycle trail –through the wayside.

Previous improvements at the wayside included a stairway to connect the parking lot to the wayside, overlooks of Lake Superior and trail upgrades that were funded by the foundation and the Lake Superior Coastal Resource Program.

"The On-Time Circus" traveling puppet show comes to Grand Marais August 16

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:11am

The On-Time Circus is a traveling puppet show that will be performing this Saturday in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with puppet artist Margo McCreary on North Shore Morning.


Saturday, August 16th, at 4pm at Rec Park Pavillion in Grand Marais -- Ms. Tock, Jack the Dog and Jessamine the Diva Chicken are featured in The On-Time Circus!

Ms. Tock has set out with her feisty dog, a flock of talented chickens, and tagalong mice in her quirky little trailer assembled from pieces of her past! Together they have a circus to perform. This is not just any circus; this circus is On-Time! Ms. Tock studied time with her beloved Grandfather Clock, and now even Grandfather Clock has a timely circus act! There is just one catch, and that has the fate of he On-Time Circus up in the air!

The On-Time Circus is up to the minute fun for family audiences.

(Photo by Bruce Silcox)


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Rosie Flores to rock the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on August 16

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:40pm

The North Shore Music Association will present musician Rosie Flores at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Flores blends rockabilly, honky tonk, jazz, and western swing along with traditional influences from her Tex-Mex heritage. She lives in Austin, Texas, where in 2006, Aug. 31 was declared "Rosie Flores Day" by the Austin City Council, and where she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Flores’ top-notch guitar playing is always revelatory—there are few out there who play with the mix of virtuosity and wild energy that she does. Since her career began in the late ’70s with her rockabilly punk band the Screamin' Sirens, Flores has been crafting a pioneering career in the roots underground. She was an integral part of the L.A. New Traditionalist scene that gave rise to Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos. She’s recorded with West Coast roots icon Ray Campi, swing masters Asleep at the Wheel, rockabilly riot icon Janis Martin, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson. 
Flores has toured as a member of Asleep at the Wheel, and with Wanda Jackson on a coast-to-coast North American tour. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She is the first female Latina artist ever to appear on the Billboard Top 20 country charts. At her Grand Marais event, she will perform with her full backing band.

For more information, call the Music Association at (218) 387-1272.

Celebrate '50 Years of Wilderness' on September 5&6

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:23pm
You can join in the celebration of “50 Years of Wilderness” at the Lake Superior Wilderness Conference in Duluth on September 5-6. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Mark Peterson of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on North Shore Morning. 
Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5 - 6, 2014 
  • Learn about wilderness areas that exist in the Lake Superior region, why they are important and how we all have a role to play in their protection.
  • Be a part of the movement to bring wilderness management issues back on the regional agenda and provide a foundation for future events concerning our Lake Superior wilderness areas.
  • Strengthen your relationship with people interested in wilderness through networking opportunities with those of similar interests, develop friendships, and develop partnerships in support of wilderness issues.

Registration includes access to all presentations, scheduled meals, and conference materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014. Canadian friends: online registration is not available. Please register by calling Jean at 1-715-682-1264 or download and mail the form below.

Conference Location
Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
(218) 726-1111

(Photo by Travis Novitsky)

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Primary results set commissioner district matchups

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:28am

Tuesday’s primary settled the races for county commissioner in the two contested districts.

In Commissioner District One, Kristin DeArruda Wharton polled 127 votes and Frank Moe had 86. Harry Drabik came in third with a respectable 73 votes.

Steve Fleace had 40 votes, John Bockovich, 20 and Jerry Hiniker, 6. Three precincts are counted in District One: Colvill, Grand Portage and Hovland.

In Commissioner District Five, incumbent Bruce Martinson led the field of four with 169 votes, Ginny Storlie came in second with 130. Stan Tull had 73 and Tim Goettl came in with 68 votes. Four precincts are counted in the district: Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte and Pike Lake.

In the November 4 General Election, Jan Sivertson is running unopposed in District Three and it will be Wharton and Moe facing off in One, Martinson and Storlie in Five.

Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings Benefit Concert: August 16

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:15pm

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is featuring a chamber music concert this Saturday. WTIP host Joe Detrick spoke with Barb Bottger of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, and musician Paul Jacobson on North Shore Morning.


WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
WHERE: The new Schapp Community Center, adjacent to Fire Hall #1 at Poplar Lake

A social hour will follow the concert.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center.

For more information:
Call: 218-388-9915

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