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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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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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Booster Club sponsors 'Fall Sports Kick-Off Tailgate Party' on September 11

There will be a Fall Sports Kick-Off Tailgate Party sponsored by the Cook County Booster Club on Friday, September 11, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the high school football field in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan learned more about this event from the Booster Club’s Jennifer Shulz and Krista Mixdorf on North Shore Morning.

For more information on the tailgate party or to volunteer with Booster Club activities, contact Jennifer at 370-2663.

 

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YMCA offers fall swim team opportunities

The Cook County YMCA has both youth and adult swim team opportunities this fall. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with the YMCA’s Emily Marshall on North Shore Morning. 
 

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September events at North House Folk School

September is an exciting month at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with North House Folk School’s Greg Wright on North Shore Morning.

More information on North House Folk School's fall schedule can be found at www.northhouse.org.
 

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North Woods Naturalist: Slugs

It’s not everyone’s favorite mollusk, but important just the same. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about slugs.

(Photo by Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota)

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"Living Well With Chronic Conditions" course offered in October

Strategies for self-management are important in coping with a chronic condition. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Bob Carter on North Shore Morning.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions
6-week course
October 1 - November 5
Located in Conference Room at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

For more information, call Chris Angelo at 387-2330 or Bob Carter at 370-9054

(Photo by mbgrigby on Flickr)

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Volunteer opportunities available at local fire departments

Local volunteers are needed:  Those willing to walk into burning buildings and those not willing also.  There are many roles to fill in our local fire departments.  WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Fire Chief’s Association representative Paul McFarlane on North Shore Morning. 

For more information contact Paul at 387-9404.  The Colvill Fire Hall is open to interested visitors on Sundays from noon to 3 pm. 
 
 

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Zodiacal Light, illustration by Rambosson {Rankin /Flickr}

Northern Sky: September 5

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Mars and Venus climbing in the morning sky; comparing the brightest planet to the brightest star; zodiacal light in the east; and soon the Harvest Moon (Sep 27).

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Superior National Forest Update: September 4

Hi.  I’m Steve Robertsen, interpretation and education specialist on the Superior National Forest, 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 4th, here’s what’s going on in the Forest.
September and fall have arrived!  It may not seem so from our recent steamy days, but this marks the beginning of the fall color season.  Starting this week, we’ll be publishing fall color photos and essays on the web every week to capture the season and help people plan their leaf peeping expeditions.  One of the most interesting sections of the website is a photographic record of fall color in one spot off the Honeymoon Trail where we’ve taken a photo every week in the fall since 2007.   You can use this to try to predict for yourself when the elusive peak of fall color will be this year, and get yourself prepped for, eek, the first snowfall as well. 
Progress is being made on the replacement of the Pink Bridge on the 600 Road, just off the Sawbill Trail.  This was an old iron truss bridge with a long history, but had sadly deteriorated to the point where it was no longer safe.  The hope is that the new bridge will be open soon for fall color touring.
While people may be migrating north to see fall colors, many of our birds and other animals are migrating south.  Thousands of night hawks have been seen going south down the Hwy 61 corridor.  They aren’t really attracted by the road, it is the lake that causes the build-up of migrants on the shore.  The dense fog and other weather factors caused a bird ‘fall out’ this past week where all the migrants seemed to have decided it was time for a break.  Our yard was full of warblers of many species, as well as other birds, then the next day, they had vanished.
Birds don’t have to contend with log trucks while they are traveling, but we do.  In your migrations through the forest, be aware that there is logging traffic on the Wanless Road, Sawbill Landing Road, the Honeymoon Trail and the Caribou Trail.  Also watch for increased slow traffic over the next month or so caused by leaf watchers.  If you are one of the leaf watchers, be aware of people behind you, and pull over to let them pass if you need to.  If you stop, be sure it is in a safe place and that your vehicle doesn’t block the roadway.
A good place to stop for a view is at Pincushion Mountain.  Aspen growth on the hillside has been slowly blocking the view over the past several years, but last week a crew worked to open up the scenery again.  It’s worth the short drive up the hill to check it out if you haven’t been there for a while.
We’d like to mention again this week that bear activity has been high.  There are a lot of theories as to why this is so, but it does seem that the bears are all over the place.  We have been upgrading some of the garbage cans and dumpsters on the Forest to bear resistant versions of various styles.  One thing they all have in common though is that they are not bear resistant unless the person using them closes the lid, and in the case of the dumpsters, bars it as well.  Please help us keep our bears out of trouble by securing the garbage cans after use, and storing your food and garbage securely during camping trips.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Forest.  Until next week, this has been Steve Robertsen with the Superior National Forest Update. 
 

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Stage Door: Techs

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists involved in our local theater…in addition to the people involved in production at the Playhouse.
 
Stage door is produced by Tina Krauz for the Grand Marais Playhouse and WTIP. 

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