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WTIP to broadcast House District 3A Forum, Oct. 21

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:00pm

WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast a special Minnesota House District 3A candidate forum Tuesday afternoon, October 21st at 2 p.m.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and Cook County News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence when they talk with DFL Incumbent Rep. David Dill and Republican challenger Eric Johnson live in the studio. You can be part of the conversation by submitting questions before and during the program.

Email questions to or by phone at 218-387-1070 or 800-473-9847. If you can’t listen in live, the program will be posted on our website – – and re-broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30th.

The Minnesota House District 3A Candidate Forum, 2pm, Tuesday, October 21st.  Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.


Care Center celebrates German-American Heritage Month with polka music with Jim and Mary Schiep on Friday

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:44pm

The North Shore Care Center will be celebrating German-American Heritage Month with a history session, pretzel snacks, and the classic movie Heidi. On Friday, October 17, there will be a special Uber Braten dinner served, followed by a polka dance with Jim and Mary Schliep at 6 p.m.

For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center.    


Tofte getting closer to getting cell phone tower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:42pm

At the October 9 Tofte town board meeting, Tofte Town Clerk Barb Gervais said work is progressing on the Verizon cell tower on the upper side of the highway in Tofte, and should be completed soon. Gervais said, “The cell phone tower is supposed to be done in two weeks.”

The 190-foot Verizon communications and cell phone tower is expected to be a boon to emergency fire and rescue workers and First Responders in the area, as well as to home owners, local businesses and travelers coming through on Highway 61 who want to use their cell phones.

A cell phone tower for Tofte has been in the planning stages for five years.

YMCA offers new programs and instructors

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 2:15pm

The Cook County YMCA has new child care and dance offerings along with several new instructors. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Jaye White and Christine Curtis of the YMCA on North Shore Morning about these new programs.

More information about YMCA programs and classes is available at 387-3386 or at

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AEOA offers Energy Assistance during winter heating season

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:05pm

Energy Assistance through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) helps low-income residents heat their homes throughout the winter by providing help and information needed to manage their fuel costs. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Anita Jeziah, the AEOA case manager/instructor in Grand Marais, about this program on North Shore Morning.

Anita can be reached at 218-387-4547 and to learn more about programs and services offered through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, visit their website at

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Banadad Trail Work Day and Annual Meeting, Saturday, Oct. 25

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:49am

The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter, starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead.

There are several large downed trees blocking the trail including a ten to twelve inch Aspen in a clump with several other trees it brought down. This section of the Banadad is all within the BWCAW where all maintenance must be done using hand tools.

Ted Young, maintenance administrator said, “If what we experienced on the eastern end of the trail holds for the rest of the Banadad, we have got a real job ahead of us.”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers.

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Hestons Lodge for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting followed by a pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities begin a 6 p.m. RSVP 388-2243.

For more information on both activities contact 218-388-4487.