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The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo

Vecchione/Erdahl Duo to perform September 25 at Arrowhead Center for the Arts

The North Shore Music Association is sponsoring a concert this Friday featuring an oboe and bass duo. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan talked with the Association's Kate Fitzgerald on North Shore Morning.

The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo
September 25 at 7:30 pm at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts

More information available at:
http://www.northshoremusicassociation.com/index.php
info@northshoremusicassociation.com

 

 
 

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Sculpture by Lee Ross

'Crossing Borders' Studio Tour begins September 25

The 19th annual Crossing Borders Studio Tour begins this Friday. It’s a self-guided tour spanning 120 miles along the North Shore’s Highway 61. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with artists Betsy Bowen, Marcie McIntyre, John Books and Tom Christiansen on North Shore Morning.

Tour Dates: September 25 - October 4
For more information about the tour contact:
Phone: (800) 388-8698
E-mail: tom@lastchancefab.com
 
 
 

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Photo by USDA Forest Service

All about fall color change in the Superior National Forest

Whether hiking, driving or looking at area photographs, there is a lot of beauty to be enjoyed this time of year. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Steve Robertsen, an interpretation and education specialist with the USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest, on North Shore Morning. 
 
For information on fall colors in the Superior National Forest go to: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/superior/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo?cid=stelprdb5199167

 

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Autumn Reflections by Travis Novitsky

Mild winter ahead?

The lovely fall weather continues and long-range forecasts suggest a mild winter ahead. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Spiny waterflea

'Monitoring Madness' for aquatic invasives at Devil Track Lake, September 24

You can take a boat tour around Devil Track Lake to learn more about aquatic invasive species monitoring this Thursday. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Laurel Wilson and Amanda Weberg on North Shore Morning. 
 
‘Monitoring Madness’ 
Thursday, September 24 - 10 am to noon
Meet at the Devil Track Lake Public Water Access which is 0.5 miles east of the Devil Track Campground

Space is limited, please contact Laurel at 387-3772 to register.
 

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The Marvelous Imagination of Katie Addams: Chapter 25

Chapter 25: The Last Letter

(Photo courtesy of Loren Kerns on Flickr)

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Full Moon Eclipse {Greg Gjerdingen /Flickr}

Northern Sky: September 19

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.

Fall equinox arrives at 3:21am on September 23; morning sky activity with Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Regulus; a Harvest Moon on the 27, complete with a total eclipse.

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Lighthouse Beacon in Grand Marais (Steve Dumire /Flikr)

Cook County Community Fund annual awards reception, September 22

Non-profits in our region are crucial to the strength of our community; and our community also keeps them strong. 
WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Woody Gilk of the Cook County Community Fund on North Shore Morning.

This year's reception is at the Johnson Heritage Post, Tuesday September 22 from 5-7pm, with the current Plein Aire exhibit as a back drop and music from the CCHS Girl's Choir with Director Erica Ternes.   All are welcome to the celebration.

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Ruffed grouse

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: September 18

The days out this way have been magnificent examples of pre-fall. Our nights have been pleasantly cool while the daylight hours have been just above requiring a jacket. It may be premature, but I’ve put fans into storage believing we might have just run out of summer.

Anticipating autumns arrival in the middle of next week, our neighborhood was reminded of the “vernal” transformation with a one day sampling of what 32 degrees feels like, just in case we forgot. And, on the ground, wild flower activity has diminished to almost nothing except clumps of purplish asters and some hangers-on goldenrod.

Meanwhile, although folks are enjoying the great daytime character, it’s gone dry once again. As I began keying this week's scoop, this neck of the woods has had but a half dozen drops of rain since we last met. The supplier of rain has completely forsaken us. Wonder if we might be seeing the early effect of that “El Nino” thing.

Speaking of water, or the lack thereof, Gunflint Lake temperatures have tumbled southward into the mid-sixties at the Wildersmith dock. The mercury decline, as on other area lakes, seems somewhat slower than in other years although I don’t have recorded data for an accurate comparison (maybe I’m all wet on this issue).

I’m not totally in tune with all causative factors affecting the leaf tinting process, but our thirsty conditions look to have slowed the development and quality of the forest color show. Just when I predicted great leaf peeping by this time, we’re in a holding pattern.
If moisture relief doesn’t come soon, Wildfire Sprinkler Systems may need to be fired up as a precautionary measure. It seems advisable the units shouldn’t be winterized just yet.

With bear hunting season in full swing, the next round of game pursuit is grouse (also known as north woods chicken birds). From what I can observe, there are plenty of the dippy unpredictable birds around. Three of the dull minded critters were hanging out in our yard over the past couple weeks. They were energized by a fine crop of highbush cranberries, mountain ash berries and something on my apple tree leaves. We often see them pecking around on the ground, but this trio spent most of their time up in the branches consuming every available berry. They then took to stripping two apple trees almost completely of leaves (guess those leaves must have had some insects to their liking). They are gone now, so curious hunters need not invade the privacy of the Mile O Pine.

Most all animals in the “wild neighborhood” are now in some stage of readying for winter, from stashing vittles to putting on their winter garb. Night time travels during the past week found the Smiths crossing paths with a number of snowshoe hares.
As these northern bunnies skittered in a confused manner in front of my headlights, it was evident they are readying, too. All observed have put on their snowy boots and one looked as though it had pulled on clean white long johns.

While bear activity has been absent around here since the roof episode, other upper Trail folks have not been so lucky. I heard of one such black Ursus having to be dispatched after getting into a cabin down at Gunflint Lodge. I’m betting those cabin guests had more of an up-north experience than was ever expected.

In another situation, a fellow down the road ran one off only to have it stop and hide behind a tree. The rather large “Bruno” then proceeded to play peek-a-boo with him before, thankfully, leaving without incident.

This is Fred Smith, on the Trail, at Wildersmith! Come on out to the Gunflint, where autumn is “falling” about us!

(Photo by Snowshoe Photography on Flickr)
 
 

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Great Expectations Charter School

School News from Great Expectations: September 18

Silas and Trevor report the latest School News.

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