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Ham Run happening—snow, rain or shine

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:10pm

Winter on the Gunflint Trail has been reminiscent of the Energizer Bunny—it keeps going and going and going. With ice still on the lakes and snow on the ground it's hard to believe the Ham Run half-marathon is right around the corner but it is. Are you ready?

For those who aren't ready for the half-marathon, there is the chance to run or walk the 5k Fun Run. And for the kids, there is the Little Runts Run. One of the Ham Run Half Marathon organizers, Sue Prom invites the community. “We'd love to see you on the ‘Trail Less Traveled’ on May 5th, snow, rain or shine,” she said.

Prom reminds potential runners that supporting the Ham Run supports many of the non-profits in Cook County. “The awesome volunteers at the event earn a little something for their non-profit organization,” she said.

In past years, the Ham Run has donated to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Boundary Waters Amateur Radio Club, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and many other organizations.
“It's a great community event and we need your participation to keep it going,” said Prom.

For more information about the route along the beautiful Gunflint Trail and to register, visit the race website at www.hamrunhalfmarathon.com.

Hovland ATV trail moving along

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:08pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received 18 comments on the proposed 16-mile ATV trail in the Grand Portage State Forest during a public comment period from January 21 to February 25, 2013.  Fifteen were in support of the trail, two expressed concerns about the trail, and one was simply a question. 
A DNR grant of $3,000 to Cook County will help fund the completion of the trail.
While the trail was proposed by the Cook County ATV Club with support from the county, it will be available for many other uses, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. 
The trail will use existing DNR forest system roads, minimum maintenance roads, and forest access routes in the Tom Lake Area of Hovland, including the Boyd Road, Irish Creek Road, and Tom Lake Road. 
Members of the club will do most of the ongoing maintenance of the trail, with up to 90 percent of the costs eligible for reimbursement through the Minnesota Trail Assistance (grant-in-aid) program.  The DNR obtains the funds it uses for ATV trails from ATV users themselves. 
According to a summary of public comments, “Increasing participation in outdoor recreation activities is consistent with the DNR’s strategic objective to ‘connect people to the outdoors,’ which includes motorized recreation.”
One comment expressed a concern that if the trail were mapped for ATV use, more users from the Twin Cities would come to the area.  The DNR acknowledged that mapping it as an ATV trail may attract more ATVers. 

A little rain and cooler temps in the forecast

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:02am

The weather has warmed up and the snow is melting, but rain and cooler weather lies ahead this week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Gohde about moving into May.

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North Shore rivers putting on a show

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 8:20am

It was a long time coming, but North Shore rivers finally are breaking out of their icy restraints and once again are putting on a show.

The Duluth News Tribune credits the recent stretch of warm weather in an otherwise late-arriving spring.
The ice went out on the Gooseberry River over the weekend. Up the shore at Tettegouche State Park, the Baptism River above and below High Falls still sported significant amounts of ice on Sunday morning, but the river’s swift current was slowly eroding it away.

This year’s ice-out on the North Shore is more than a month later than last spring, when record high temperatures had rivers open and running high in March.

The National Weather Service reported Sunday that a snowpack of 18 to 24 inches remains in place in the higher elevations of the North Shore, which should continue to melt — and keep river levels high — this week.

Weekend News Roundup for April 27

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Ely business owners organize against non-ferrous mining. Trails and camping are affected by the on-going winter. There’s new technology for the taconite plant in Silver Bay. It appears some Iron Range cities will be spared a highway re-route and Rep. David Dill talks about the House Higher Education bill .…all in this week’s news.

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WTIP Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 7:57am

WTIP North Shore Community Radio invites community members to stop by the station for birthday cake between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29th to help celebrate the station’s 15-year anniversary. 

WTIP began in January of 1992 as a dream by local citizens who saw a need for a local radio station that could share and disseminate information that was pertinent to the region.  For six years dedicated volunteers established the building blocks required to create a radio station (including pursuing the funding, purchasing equipment, obtaining a FCC license, etc.). 

On April 28, 1998 WTIP went on the air. At first, it only broadcast a small portion of its own programming, from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays.  The rest of the schedule was filled by simulcasting KUMD radio in Duluth.  Within the first year, however, WTIP increased its service tremendously, adding the AM Community Calendar Program, the PM Community Calendar Program, evening music programs, and local sports broadcasts.  Each increase was made in direct response to the needs and feedback from the community, and was made possible by community members who stepped forward as volunteers. 

Throughout its 15 years of service, WTIP has embraced opportunities to build relationships and serve its ever-increasing community of listeners.  Efforts include news and weather services, explorations of issues affecting the area, and engagement and outreach efforts, both on and off the air. 

As a volunteer-driven community station, WTIP recognizes that their services would not be possible without community support.  They are thankful for the support they have received over the years, and look forward to continuing to serving the community in the years to come.