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Healthcare Foundation announces 2nd Quarter grant awards

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:47am

The North Shore Healthcare Foundation has announced the recipients in its latest round of grants to local healthcare providers. 
Foundation director Karl Hansen says grants totaling $18,136.00 dollars will go to 8 local organizations, including the hospital and clinic, three local fire departments, ISD 166, and WTIP Community Radio. 

Monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center June 12

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 1:16pm

The month of June is National Gardening Month, Men’s Month, Dairy Month—and the first day of summer!  Lots of outdoor activities are planned at the North Shore Care Center for June like planting flowers and vegetables, picnics, and outings to Harbor Park and the Senior Center.
The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on June 12 to honor Janet Morgan, Donny Schulte, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music by Doug Sanders.
For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or go to our website:

100 years later, shipwreck found in Lake Superior

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 8:04am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior during a November storm, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — largely intact.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Michigan. The group of hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin say they haven't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith.

Jerry Eliason of Cloquet says it's one of the most significant finds of his shipwreck-hunting career.

The Henry B. Smith had not been seen since it and its crew of 25 accidentally sailed into the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.


Jerry Eliasen will join the hosts of WTIP's "The Roadhouse" on Friday, June 14 at 5:50 p.m. to share more about the find.


Fire destroys five Bluefin Bay Resort condos

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 11:26pm

A call came in to Cook County Law Enforcement at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, reporting flames visible from the roof of Bluefin Bay Resort condo unit. Fire departments from Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Gunflint Trail, Colvill, Hovland, plus Finland and Silver Bay Fire Departments from Lake County, all responded for mutual aid assistance with the fire.
Five condominium units were involved in the fire but no damage estimates have yet been made. There are no reported injuries.
The fire is considered out at this time and most of the departments have been released from the scene. The scene is still under fire department control. The State Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Weekend News Roundup for June 8

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 9:17am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A Boundary Waters death, a rare bear attack, more completed bike trails, mining samples start and a lot of salt and discovery of a mysterious wreck…all in this week’s news.


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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center open for fourth season

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 12:07am

This year only, museum visitors can enjoy a special exhibit about the Boostrom family of Clearwater Lake, the first pioneer family of the Gunflint Trail. Charlie Boostrom first came to northern Minnesota in 1909 and started Clearwater Lodge in 1915 with his wife, Petra. The exhibit features stories from Charlie and Petra’s 10 children and a number of family artifacts. The exhibit runs through Oct. 20.

Chik-Wauk and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society will present a number of special events and a series of naturalist programs during the summer months.  A schedule for the full season calendar of events is available at or call (218) 388-9915.

Housed in the former Chik-Wauk Lodge, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opened in 2010. The museum presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through dioramas, video displays, and family friendly interactive exhibits. Seven nature trails, including two ADA accessible paths, crisscross the museum’s 50 acres. Grounds are dog-friendly and feature several picnicking spots.

Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  until Sunday, Oct. 20 during the 2013 season. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Highway 12). The Gunflint Trail Historical Society oversees operations at Chik-Wauk.