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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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Gitchi-Gami Trail Association 14th Annual North Shore Bike Ride

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Every year, the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts a bike ride on the Gitchi-Gami Trail along Lake Superior. Race director Bill Blank spoke to WTIP about the event, which will take place Saturday, August 16.

More information is available at the GGTA's website.


Rosie Flores performing

Rosie Flores comes to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts

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The North Shore Music Association will be sponsoring a concert with rockabilly singer and guitarist Rosie Flores on Saturday, August 16, starting at 7:30 p.m, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. NSMA director Kate Fitzgerald spoke to WTIP about the concert and Flores' background.


Fullish Moon at Perigee (Greg Wilson / Flikr)

Northern Sky: August 9

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

A perigee moon, or super moon, on Aug 10th; Venus & Jupiter on th 17th and 18th; and the continuing story of the summer triangle, star #3 - Altair.


Superior National Forest Update: August 8

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Hi.  I’m Nancy Larson, Gunflint District Ranger, with this week’s edition of the Superior National Forest Update  -  information on conditions affecting travel and recreation on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts of the Forest. 
For the week of August 8th, here’s what’s going on around the Forest.
Roads are clear and dry and great for travel right now.  In fact, the caution this week is to watch your speed.  Nice flat gravel roads invite you to slowly edge upwards in speed, but then can surprise you with a corner that has loose gravel, or a grader, logging truck, or deer hiding behind a hill.  Most Forest roads were designed for a maximum speed of 35 under perfect conditions, but many of our roads were not designed at all.  They were developed from trails or old railroad corridors.  This creates twisty roads that call for slower speeds, or flat straight roads that tempt people to travel faster than is safe.  Remember that even if your vehicle has four wheel drive, it does not have eight wheel brakes, and sudden braking on gravel is lot harder than speeding up. 
You won’t be making much speed on Highway 61 coming to the Forest from Duluth.  There will be a major detour through Finland starting on August 11th, and additional roadwork with flaggers just north of that.  Expect half hour delays.
There are several timber operations on the Gunflint that will have logging trucks on the roads.  Bally Creek, Devil Track, Ball Club, Shoe Lake, Greenwood, Pine Mountain, The Grade, the Caribou Trail, and the Gunflint Trail itself all will have timber being hauled on them.  On the Tofte end, some timber operations are winding down, but there is still truck traffic on Four Mile Grade. 
Fire crews are still doing fuel reduction work in the Baker Lake Campground.  As August has started drier than July and June, we now have moderate fire danger in the woods.  A lightning strike kindled a small fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Partridge Lake, and a crew is dealing with it using minimum impact suppression techniques.  Of course, you can’t think about wild fire without thinking about Smokey Bear, and it is Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday this year.  There will be celebrations to honor Smokey at both Gunflint and Tofte.  On Saturday August 9th, celebrate with the bear at Gunflint from 10 to 2, and on Sunday August 10th, you can catch him at Tofte from 11 to 1.  There will be cake, ice cream, and of course, bear hugs.
This is a busy time of year in the Boundary Waters.  The water is warm and inviting, the bug population is down, and the Perseid meteor shower lights up the night.  When canoeing, make sure to start looking for a campsite early and make back up plans in case someone else has already claimed your perfect site.  Be ready to paddle off your course to find those seldom visited campsites.  Your reward might be a lake to yourself.
Wildlife biologists on the Forest have been helping with bat monitoring to keep track of Minnesota’s bats.  Special audio sensors which detect the bat’s sonar are used, recording audio ‘sightings’ on a computer.  If you’re interested in finding out more about bats, our regular Tuesday program at Chik-Wauk Nature Center at the end of the Gunflint Trail will be about bats this week.  That happens at 3 o’clock on Tuesday.
For up to minute information on topics such as fire restrictions, be sure to check our website or at a Ranger Station. 
Hope you enjoy another week in the Forest and on the water.  Until next week, this has been Nancy Larson with the National Forest Update.

Workers from all over the world come to Cook County

Foreign Worker Study in Cook County

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There is a new study taking place in Cook County about foreign workers in the area. Brittany Edwards and Rick Anderson, both involved in the study, spoke to WTIP about why the study is important and how community members can get involved.


Lighthouse (Andrew Smith/flikr)

'By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior' opens July 29

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Cook County Historical Society has a new exhibit at the museum:  “By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” opens today at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais. Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. The exhibit shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region.

The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 to 4.  More information at 387-2883. 

In the exhibit you'll learn about: Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County. Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.  



Documenting Renovation: the Bally Blacksmith Shop

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Not only are renovations under way on the Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais, but the renovations and history are being documented.  WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Leah Thomas and Michael McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society.

The Cook County Historical Society hosts the Bally Blacksmith Tent most Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to learn about the renovation of the old blacksmith shop, identify mystery artifacts, share stories and enjoy coffee and cider.  The tent is behind the Bally Blacksmith Shop on the corner of Broadway and 1st St.  More information from the Historical Society at 387-2883.



Geotourism in the Heart of the Continent

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‘Geotourism’ is the idea of sustainable tourism — that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations — while allowing for ways to protect a place’s character.
Area organizations and attractions are being considered for inclusion in a National Geographic ‘mapguide’ celebrating the Heart of the Continent.  WTIP’s Audrey Summers spoke with Jim Dion of National Geographic Maps.  For more about the project or to nominate your local favorites, here's the website.


Library Friends hosts an annual book sale every Fisherman's Picnic

Fisherman's Picnic Annual Library Friends Book Sale

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Every year during Fisherman's Picnic, the Library Friends have a large book sale at the Cook County Community Center. WTIP spoke with Library Friends board member, Duane Hasegawa about the event, which starts with a special member-only preview sale on Thursday, July 31, and continues through Saturday.


It's almost time to go school shopping!

Back to School on a Budget

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Sara Hadley of Cook County Public Health and Human Services talked to WTIP about how to do back-to-school shopping on a budget. More information and tips are available at 218-387-3603.