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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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Photo by Mitch Huang via Flickr.

The North Shore Music Association presents Erica Ternes with The Wolfgang

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On Saturday, May 24, the NSMA is sponsoring a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Kate Fitzgerald, the director of NSMA, talked to WTIP about the event.


The gathering will be held at Sven and Ole's Pizza.

The Grand Marais Lioness Club's Social Recruitment Gathering

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On May 20, The Grand Marais Lioness Club will have a gathering at Sven and Ole's for women who are interested in joining the group. WTIP talked to Jean Spry about the event.


child care (Doug Nelson/Flikr)

Survey: Child Care Needs in Cook County

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WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Kristin Blomberg from Public Health and Human Services and Emily Marshall from the YMCA on North Shore Morning.  

Cook County Public Health and Human Services and the Cook County YMCA are collaborating on identifying child care needs and solutions.
Everyone is welcome to give input through a survey; the survey deadline is June 15th.  

And registration is open for an infant & todler summer child care program.  More information from the Y at 387-3386.



Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

Local Music Project: Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

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This edition of the Local Music Project features long time Minnesota music makers Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling.  Rich and Germaine reside in Sparta, Minnesota where Rich runs his recording studio Sparta Sound.  The duo performs together throughout the region regularly including frequent visits to Cook County.  

Northern 2 by Mary Leikvold

Printmaking Intensive: Seeing Possiblitites

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MCAD instructor and printmaker Mary Leikvold will be teaching at the Grand Marais Art Colony May 29th through June 1st.  North Shore Morning host Mary Manning finds out more in this interview.     

Printmaking Intensive: Seeing Possibilities
This opportunity is for painters and printmakers who want to reflect and explore new possibilities and directions while having fun in a community setting. The format will include demonstrations, group and individual discussions, and dedicated work time. Students will focus on monotypes—a “painterly” printmaking process – and relief printmaking using linoleum blocks. 
This class is offered through a partnership between the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Grand Marais Art Colony (387-2737).


Photo by Linda via Flickr.

ATV Safety Instructor Chuck Silence talks about the upcoming DNR Youth ATV Safety Training Course

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During the month of May, the DNR holds a Youth ATV Safety Training Course for students from the ages of 12-15. One of the instructors of the course, Chuck Silence, talks about the importance of ATV safety in this interview.


Birch Grove Community School

Gala for the Grove: A Fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School

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On May 17, the fourth annual "Gala for the Grove" will take place at Surfside in Tofte. The auction held at the gala is a fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School. North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson talked with Diane Blanchette, the director of the school about the event, the food, and the wonderful cause that it supports.

More information and reservations from Birch Grove Community School at 663-0170.


MN GreenStep Cities

Green Step Cities Meeting, Monday April 28

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GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help Minnesota cities achieve  sustainability and quality-of-life goals.  Northshore Morning host Matthew Brown learns more in this interview with George Wilkes, Co-Chair of Minnesota Green Step in Grand Marais.

Everyone is invited to a Green Step Cities meeting Monday April 28th at 7pm at the Cook County Community Center.  

CCLEP and the Grand Marais City Council will present this program to the community and receive feedback about plans that should be pursued in regards to sustainable savings and hear about great things Grand Marais is already doing in planning for a more sustainable 21st century.  Participants can informally vote and discuss these issues.  

More information from George at 387-2137 or online at


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Total Lunar Eclipse, Early Tuesday April 15

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If you're up late working on your taxes, there's an oppotunity to view a total lunar eclipse.

No special equipment is required.  Night owls can watch the full moon fade away and then turn red.  The main event is between 1 and 4:30am Tuesday April 15th.  WTIP’s Audrey Summers spoke with Sally Brummel of the Bell Museum of Natural History to learn more.  

Timing for the best viewing of the April 14-15, 2014 total lunar eclipse (all are CDT):
Start of easiest eclipse viewing: 12:58 a.m.
Start of total eclipse: 2:07 a.m.
Mid-eclipse: 2:46 a.m.
End of total eclipse: 3:35 a.m.
End of easiest eclipse viewing: 4:34 a.m.
During a total lunar eclipse our moon passes directly into Earth’s shadow, and viewers can see the Earth’s curved shadow pass over the moon. Near mid-eclipse, the moon often turns shades of red from sunlight refracting through the Earth’s atmosphere and reflecting off our moon. 


Phil Heywood

4th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Saturday April 12

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If you’d like to learn more about fingerstyle guitar, or share your expertise, the annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend is  April 12.  North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick spoke with Gordon Thorne, host of the event.

Fingerstyle Masters Concert    
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12               
at Bluefin Bay in Tofte, MN 
featuring Eric Lugosch & Phil Heywood

Tickets are $15, available at the door                  
Guitar Workshops are also available Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
All welcome! More information: or 218-353-7308
All proceeds will benefit WTIP North Shore Community Radio