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Streamwalkers wanted for North Shore Trout Stream Refuge Project

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:23am

Cold groundwater is essential for North Shore trout streams, keeping stream temperatures below the thermal limit for trout and steelhead survival and providing base flow during summer. Yet groundwater is not abundant in this region and is particularly important for sustaining these prized coldwater fisheries.

The DNR and organizations such as Minnesota Trout Unlimited are focusing habitat restoration and protection efforts on a subset of North Shore watersheds most likely to sustain coldwater fisheries and quality angling into the next century. They need detailed information on the locations of groundwater discharge areas in priority watersheds to most effectively target habitat restoration and watershed protection efforts.

Volunteers are now needed to assist with collecting temperature data and mapping information for the North Shore Trout Stream Refuge Project. Volunteers will be in the stream with quick-reacting thermometers (thermocouples) to find and GPS areas of cool water that could serve as thermal refuges for cool water fish. Volunteer efforts will be coordinated by Trout Unlimited, with training and equipment provided. Volunteers are needed during July, August, and early September 2016.

Stream walking will only be effective when average stream temperatures are warmer than potential groundwater inputs and under summer low flow conditions (thus, large rainstorms will delay or shift volunteer efforts).  

Examples of locations include Elbow Creek, Cascade River, E. Colvill Creek, Devil Track River, Little Devil Track River and Junco Creek.

 If interested in this opportunity or for more information contact You may also call 612-670-1629 for more information.


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Chamber director talks 'hypothetical' Tim Hortons in Grand Marais

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:34am

In early June it was announced Tim Hortons, a popular sandwich, coffee and donut shop based in Canada, was expanding its Minnesota market.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Cook County Chamber of Commerce Director Jim Boyd about a possible fit for Tim Hortons along the North Shore.  


Happy 240th birthday, America!

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 10:18am

The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy July 4th celebration! 


Watch "the Tortoise and the Hare" at the Grand Marais Public Library

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 10:01am

Stop by the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. July 5 to enjoy Climb Theater’s presentation of The Tortoise and the Hare, a free program designed for folks and families of all ages.

Visitors will see Speedy the Hare as he keeps teasing Sal the Tortoise because Sal is slower than Speedy. So Sal decides there’s only one solution: to beat Speedy in a race. But how?

Sal discovers that instead of worrying about what he isn’t, he can build on what he is. Sal is steady. Sal is focused and determined. Sal can train hard. And in the end, Sal discovers that being a winner is about much more than who crosses the finish line first.

Climb Theater’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people – especially young people. This mini-play is about 30 minutes with a 10-15 minute activity session that is sure to engage children and families.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, contact the library at (218) 387-1140.


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DNR conducts lake and stream surveys

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:09pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

Survey results are reviewed and incorporated into individual lake and stream management plans. The plans identify goals for key species in the lake and outline specific management activities. They are typically revised every six to 10 years. All current lake and stream management plans for the Grand Marais area are available at the area office, and copies can be provided upon request. Public comments and suggestions for management of these waters are welcomed at any time.

July 4 - Survey Rice, Wampus and Hungry Jack lakes.

July 11 - Survey Tom, Homer and Flour lakes.

July 18 - Survey Romance Lake and continue Brule River survey.

July 25 - Continue Brule River, survey Poplar and East Bearskin lakes.

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions and general information about area lakes and streams can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted by calling 218-387-6021 (note new number) or emailing


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 2

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:39am

 Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. New judicial responsibilities in the District. Iron Rangers want Twin Metals hearing held locally. Commissioner changes seat for a different perspective…all this and more in the week’s news.


Commissioner exits public meeting in protest of 'social justice issue'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:56am

Cook County Commissioner Frank Moe abruptly left a public meeting on Tuesday, June 28. The reason Moe walked out is that he claims the east end of Cook County is overlooked when it comes to local housing projects and other issues related to his district.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.

To watch Moe exit the joint meeting of the Cook County Commissioners and the local EDA, click here. 


Arrowhead Pharmacy hosts record-breaking blood drive

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 9:44am

Arrowhead Pharmacy and the Cook County Senior Center partnered on a blood drive last year – the pharmacy did the scheduling and recruiting of donors and the Senior Center provided space for the Memorial Blood Center bloodmobile.

Groups that get 100 units of blood in a year are named to the Memorial Blood Center’s “100 Club.” Arrowhead Pharmacy became a member of this club at its blood drive, meeting—and exceeding—the 100 unit level in just one day!

They are hoping to break the record again at a blood drive on Wednesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome. Last year the pharmacy had 85 people scheduled before Memorial Blood Center arrived and topped 100 with last minute donors.

However, Goettl encourages potential donors to call (218) 387-1133 or stop by Arrowhead Pharmacy to schedule an appointment. It only takes a few minutes, said Goettl and the staff is “standing by.”

Another blood drive will be held July 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church in Tofte. To schedule a donation at that sight, call Polly Erickson at (218) 663-7398.

And there are also blood drives scheduled for:

* Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Grand Portage Health Services, July 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Those who donate with Memorial Blood Centers in July are entered for a chance to win a fishing adventure for two. The trip includes a three-night Hyatt stay, airfare, and a freshwater fishing excursion. Plus, there will be weekly drawings through July for eight $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards.

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County narrows search for health and human services director

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:13pm

Dave Lee, who was hired as director of the Public Health and Human Services Department for St. Louis County in April, has quit the post and is going back to the same position in Carlton County.

Lee was hired for the St. Louis County job after an extensive nationwide search.

Cook County is also in the process of hiring a director of its Health and Human Services Department. Interviews for the local position are taking place this month.  WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about the opening of the local director for health and humans services and other openings with the county. 


Nice holiday weekend weather is forecast

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:03pm

Should be a nice summer weekend for the Fourth of July holiday…with a little rain mixed in. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.



City community visioning planning continues

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:53am

The City of Grand Marais is moving along with its community visioning process and potential Legacy funding for two park plans. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.



Alumni football game in Grand Marais a first of its kind

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:20pm

On Saturday night, July 2, there will be an alumni football game played in Grand Marais. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with one of the game’s organizers about the event. 


Water contact advisory lifted for Kadunce Creek beach area

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:12am

The “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health for a Cook County beach has been removed. Water samples collected at the beach on June 27 at Kadunce Creek beach, on the northwest side of the creek near the picnic area, indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach was tested again on June 28 and found that bacteria levels and averages had returned to acceptable levels.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit


North Shore hostel navigates plumbing issue, business soaring

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:12pm

The owners of the Hungry Hippie Hostel, which is located eight miles from Grand Marais, continue to make progress with a state inspection of their plumbing. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.


Volunteers needed and welcomed for upcoming WTIP membership drive

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:01pm
Come join the fun at WTIP!

WTIP’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” membership drive is coming up, July 6 to 11.

We’re looking forward to a fun-filled five and a half days, celebrating and supporting local, community radio, but we need a little “help from our friends” to make it success! Specifically, we need volunteers to help take pledges by phone and/or provide food, treats and snacks for volunteers and visitors to the station.

 If you’d like to help, there are several ways to sign up!

1.  Give us a call. Contact Jana or Deb at 387-1070.

2.  Stop by the station, between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  We’re located at 1712 West Highway 61.

3.   Sign up online. If you’ve got internet access, you can sign up via SIGN UP GENIUS, just use the links provided below.

Take pledges by phone:  Sign up for one or more hours – whatever works best for you!  Shifts are available in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Provide food or snacks:  Membership drive time means lots of visitors to the station, and we appreciate any food, desserts or snacks you can provide to keep your fellow friends in the community well fed!

Thank you, friends, for your help!