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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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Superior National Forest Update: September 25

Hi.  I’m Suzanne Cable, assistant district ranger for recreation and Wilderness on the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts, 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 25th, here’s what’s going on in the Forest.
Rain, rain is what has been going on in the Forest the last two days.  This is great as far as plants preparing for winter and for keeping fire danger low, but this much rain can be hard on roads. Keep an eye out for water across roads that may soften road surfaces or cause you to hydroplane.  There could even be washouts in some areas, though we’ve had no reports of any at this point.  The rain is also hard on the fall colors, knocking leaves down before colors really get a chance to start.  Some drier weather and some cooler nights are what is needed to kick start color change, and this weekend might be perfect.
There are a number of logging operations that will have trucks hauling timber this week.  On the Tofte District, you may encounter trucks on the Wanless Road near Elixer Lake, the Sawbill Landing Road near Sawbill Landing, both the Four Mile Grade and the Grade, and on the Honeymoon Trail near White Pine Lake.
On the Gunflint District, watch out for trucks on the Murmur Creek Road, Caribou Trail, Bally Creek Road, Greenwood and Old Greenwood Roads, Firebox Road, Shoebox Lake Road,  the South Brule River Road, the Lima Grade, and the Gunflint Trail.  That’s a lot of work being done!  In addition to work and trucks, you can expect to see more personal vehicles in the woods as well.  There are both fall color enthusiasts and hunters out driving, so watch for slow moving and parked vehicles.  If you are slow moving yourself, keep an eye behind you and pull over in safe places to let others pass if they want to drive faster.
Speaking of hunting, there are many hunters who will be using ATVs and OHVs.  The maps showing roads on which you can drive your ATV are reprinted each year with some revisions.  If you are using a 2014 map, you should stop at a Forest Service office and pick up a free copy of the current map.
The North Shore Drive on Highway 61 got some national attention recently as the National Forest Foundation listed it third in nation for fall colors.   So, it may be time to turn off the computer, phone, and television, and get outdoors for a drive, or a hike, or to go hunting, fishing, or camping.  Get out and enjoy the fall.  Until next week, this has been Suzanne Cable with the Superior National Forest Update. 


Great Expectations Charter School

School News from Great Expectations: September 24

Charlet and Livi report the latest School News.



What's happening at the Grand Marais Public Library this fall?

From musical performances to children’s activities - there’s always a lot happening at the Grand Marais Public Library. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan talked with library director Steve Harsin on North Shore Morning. 


White-throated sparrow

Field Notes: White-throated sparrow

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 8:00 and 10:00.  Support for Field Notes comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

(Photo by Virginia Sanderson on Flickr)


Aspen leaf miner trails

North Woods Naturalist: Peepers and little moths

Little moths all over the place, but not to worry…they don’t eat your clothes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about leaf miners and the last chorus of peepers.

(Photo by Jason Hollinger on Flickr)


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:




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


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:



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.


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.