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News and information, interviews, weather, upcoming events, music, school news, and many special features. North Shore Morning includes our popular trivia question - Pop Quiz! The North Shore Morning program is the place to connect with the people, culture and events of our region!

 


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North House Folk School celebrates fall with 'Unplugged XIV' on September 17-19

The North House Folk School's big fall event starts this week. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with the Folk School’s Matt Nesheim on North Shore Morning.
 

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'Northern Lights' by Mary Boman

Fall events and exhibits offered at the Cross River Heritage Center

Featuring exhibits and events that capture the beauty and history of the Schroeder area, the Cross River Heritage Center is a busy place this fall.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with the Heritage Center’s Suzan From on North Shore Morning. 

More information about upcoming events is available online at www.crossriverheritage.org.  The Heritage Center is open daily except for Mondays through October 17.

(Photo courtesy of Cross River Heritage Center's exhibit featuring Mary Boman's 'Northern Lights')

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'Russia and the Near Abroad' will be topic of September 17 Great Discussions Group

The Great Decisions discussion group covers topics related to world affairs. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with September's discussion leader, Bill Davnie, on North Shore Morning. 

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This month's Great Decisions Meeting is from 12:00 to 1:30 on Thursday, September 17. Meetings are held at the Cook County Community Center at 317 5th Avenue West.  Copies of the Great Decisions Briefing Books are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.  For more information contact Randy Czeswik or Diane Booth at 218-387-3015.

(Photo by Hugo on Flickr)

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Kadunce River

Searching for 'river bugs' in the Kadunce River

Get a new perspective of the Kadunce River in this WTIP Community Producers feature. We’ll hear from Karen, Nick and Kent as they search for river bugs.

(Photo by Tim Schleicher on Flickr)
 

 

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Walking School Bus Routes

"Walking School Bus" event scheduled for September 16

Students are returning for another school year and many will be getting there on foot or bike. WTIP volunteer LeAnn Zunker spoke with Maren Webb and Mayor Jay Arrowsmith Decoux on North Shore Morning. 

The first Walking School Bus of the new school year is Wednesday, September 16.  More information from Maren at 387-2330 extension 110.
 

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Cabin Planning Seminar offered September 21

If you have a family cabin or cottage, you might want to consider planning for the future of that property. WTIP volunteer LeAnn Zunker spoke with Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos of Mathison Law Office on North Shore Morning. 
 

Cabin Planning Seminar - Keeping the Cabin in the Family
September 21, 2015
6:30 - 8 pm
JMCC Conference Room in the ACA.
 
Please register with Cook County Community Education
101 W 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218.387.2000, Ext. 616

(Photo by Jorge Quinteros on Flickr)
 

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The Marvelous Imagination of Katie Addams: Chapter 24

Chapter 24: The Funeral

(Photo courtesy of Loren Kerns on Flickr)

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Superior National Forest Update: September 11

Hi. I’m Susan McGowan-Stinski, administrative support assistant on the Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District, with this week’s edition of the National Forest Update - information on conditions affecting travel and recreation on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts of the Forest. For the week of September 11, here’s what’s going on in the Forest.

As fall progresses, the natural world continues to get ready for winter. Leaves are turning as trees shut down for the cold season, birds are migrating in huge numbers along the shore, and bats and bears prepare for sleeping away the winter months. You can help with some of this preparation. Keep feeders full this time of year, including hummingbird feeders. It is a myth that you can keep migrating birds from flying south with feeders, all you can do is help fuel their flight. Cats should be kept inside during migration. The birds are exhausted enough without having to deal with a house-cat that doesn’t even need to hunt for its food. Even driving the speed limit helps - I’ll bet that almost everyone that drives Highway 61 has hit a bird at some point.

As far as bats are concerned, the Forest has put up five new bat houses. This doesn’t really help with hibernation or migration, but
fall is a good time of year to put up bat houses. This way, the house will be ready when the bats are waking up next year looking for places to roost.

Bears are really looking for food to get fat on right now, and it is very important that you keep your food and garbage locked up securely when you are camping. So, remember to put the locking bars back into dumpsters, and keep your food in your trunk.
Logging is still going strong in the Tofte District. You can expect to see a log truck or two as you drive through the Forest. The Honeymoon Trail (FR 164), near White Pine Lake, should still have hauling taking place this week. The east side of the Timber/Frear Loop (FR 348) is being used for hauling, as is the Four Mile Grade (FR 170). The heaviest log truck traffic should be on the western side of the district, though. The Sawbill Landing Road (FR 369), near Sawbill Landing, and the Wanless Road (FR 172), near Homestead Lake, will see multiple logging trucks every day.

There will be another kind of migration going on this Friday and Saturday that will affect people using the Superior Hiking Trail south of Lutsen Mountain, as well as people planning to park in the Oberg Mountain Trail parking lot on the Onion River Road or driving up the Sawbill Trail.  This migration is the Superior 100, an annual ultramarathon that routes runners from Gooseberry Falls State Park to Lutsen Mountain.  Runners, spectators, and support crews will be using the trail and parking in lots and along roads where the trails cross.  The most affected areas will be where there are aid stations set up on the Sawbill Trail at the Britten Peak trailhead parking lot and at the Oberg Mountain trailhead parking lot, and at the race finish at Lutsen Mountain.  Expect congestion in these areas.  Where the trail crosses other roads, people are advised to park on only one side of the road to maintain a clear throughway.  There are several different race lengths, so there will be multiples starts and finishes, both on Friday and Saturday.  This is always a pretty exciting event, attracting runners from across the country.  We’d like to say good luck to all the runners! 

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Forest. Until next week, this has been Susan McGowan-Stinski with the Superior National Forest Update.
 
 
 

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Wildersmith on the Gunflint: September 11

With this week’s Radio Waves commentary, I begin year 14 of scribing the Gunflint scoop. It hardly seems possible I have been doing this since 2002. For those of you not familiar, the first six were for the Cook County News Herald, while the anniversary of my time with this great radio station will head off into year eight come December. What a great run it has been thanks to all the news makers and everyone who listens!

Labor Day weekend seems to be all about endings and beginnings. So many observe the holiday as the end of summer; it’s hoped this area follows suit with an end to the miserable heat and humidity which has hung over us for week one of month nine. I can’t think of one person I’ve encountered over the past seven who hasn’t had a not too pleasant comment about the continuing jungle-like conditions. Although autumn officially remains several days away by the calendar, it’s just time for a real beginning to the cooler season with all the happenings tied to the start of another academic year for the young people in our midst.

Moisture additions were minimal in these parts over the past week until this Saturday night into Sunday when a swell rain doused the territory. Most rain gauges topped out at about an inch. Fortunately, the heavens opened up with not too much an uproar around Wildersmith, just a good soaker.

Speaking more of endings, I continue to be captured by the intensity and mystique of daytime closings. If the days-end phenomena isn’t played-out on land or in the sky, it’s in-between on one of the beautiful border country lakes. Such was the case recently when the Smith’s day closed down in a boat on the lake. Conditions were such with warm steamy temps hovering over cool water of Gunflint Lake. The results found blankets of gauzy fog forming incongruous lake level layers as we skimmed the quiet ripples. The early evening magic was breaking through these ghostly clumps where one could see little, then opening into bright sun-setting brilliance. My mind suddenly reminisced to an old CD, entitled “Breaking through the Mist.” The serenity of this time on the lake aptly matched the tranquility of the melodious CD qualities as I remember them. In the cool of the evening, how sweet it was!

Another end of the day episode was brought to mind at sunset from our dock just days later. The display of “Sol” unfolded with another of those red-hot iron beams screaming down the lake from the northwestern horizon. While at the opposite end of the sky, lingering thin cumulonimbus puffs scooped up these blazing neon reflections as pink cotton candy. Meanwhile, dimming light in the east had the lake surface darkening. In concert with the molten iron look from the western heavens and pink vapor above the eastern skyline, the quaking waters did their thing by lathering on soothing, lavender tones. Although the light show interlude was short lived, it was truly one to behold. You just had to be here to totally appreciate.

At our hummer feeding station, we have but one of the elegant critters still hanging out. The rest of the flock has vanished. Guess they have taken off for points south. Another winged group we have been watching is the loons. They are noticeably gathering as they do prior to taking off. We had four circling in the waters off our dock one night last week, showing off their ritualistic diving skills. This exercise was led by one with others following suit, then dispersal and quiet conversation. Another fellow down the lake reports a gathering of six one night in front of his place, doing much the same. So it’s for sure, departure and flight plans are being made.

Regardless of recent temps not reflecting a change of seasons, more color is evolving in our deciduous parts of the forest. We have a striking red maple tree along the Mile O Pine declaring enough of summer. And several young birch trees, which turned golden early, have chimed in their support for a new season by casting away leaves. In a matter of days, this area might be at its peak. Come on out for a “look-see!”

Area residents, visitors and members of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society are reminded of the September Society meeting this coming Monday, the 14th. The site will once again be the Schaap (Mid Trail) Community Center. Beginning at 1:30 pm, the usual business meeting will be followed by a Trail Historical program. This month’s topic will be remembrances and stories of Irv and Tempest Benson. Scrumptious treats from our Trail baking masters will also be on hand. Y’all come!

This is Fred Smith, on the Trail, at Wildersmith! Peace and quiet along the Trail, is golden as the hillsides.

(Photo by Travis Novitsky)
 

 

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Rowing on Lake Superior near mouth of the Devil's Track River

Fall activities at the Cook County Historical Society

The Cook County Historical Society’s 91st Annual Meeting and Dinner is scheduled for the end of September, in addition to other fall activities. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson talked with Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society on North Shore Morning.

To learn more about Cook County history and upcoming events, go online to www.cookcountyhistory.org, call 387-2883, or visit the museum at 8 South Broadway in downtown Grand Marais.

(Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society)

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