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First and Third Thursday Conversations air at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (killerturnip/Flickr)

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday 7-8pm
On the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of community importance. Guests are invited into the studio and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments, and concerns. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the discussion of public affairs issues that shape our community. To participate in the conversation call 218-387-1070 or email us at wtip@boreal.org.

On the third Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP's Jay Andersen hosts a one-on-one discussion with a variety of community members.


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Budget

The budget crunch at ISD166 is April’s Third Thursday Conversation

Cook County Schools, ISD166 is considering a second attempt for an operating levy referendum scheduled for Election Day, November 8th. If they do, the District will need to win voter approval or be forced to cut as much as $500,000 from the school’s budget.

The cost of educating students continues to increase regardless of whether or not the enrollment numbers go up, down or stay even. A combination of factors leaves the District in the position of having to make budget reductions for the coming school year that will likely be felt for years to come.

 

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Septic system

Septic System Compliance is First Thursday Topic for April

The Cook County shoreland septic compliance program was suspended due to a backlog of cases and adjustments of the compliance standards. The county has been working through existing cases and will review the process once a compliance program begins again.
What’s new and what’s the same with the shoreland septic compliance program?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for First Thursday Community Conversation when we talk about all the implications and obligations with Tim Nelson, Cook County Planning and Zoning Officer, Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk, County Administrator Jeff Cadwell and Cook County Attorney Molly Hicken.

“Septic System Compliance – what’s new and what’s the same?” First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.

 

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Community Conversation: Curtis Gagnon discusses American Indian Treaty Rights, traditions and spiritual values

Back in 1984, Grand Portage Band Member Curtis Gagnon shot a moose at the right time and in the wrong place. The story of what happened after that covers a wide variety of topics including hunting laws, American Indian Treaty Rights, customs, traditions and spiritual values, and our relationship with each other as people.

WTIP volunteer Roger Linehan talked with Curtis about the moose whose death ultimately helped the Anishinaabe people and the impact it had on all of us.

(Photo courtesy of Alex Butterfield on Flickr)

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Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe on WTIP's Third Thursday Community Conversation

For February WTIP presents a “Cabin Fever” Member Drive edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation with Jay Andersen and Deb Benedict.

Jay visits with a well-known local musician, who has lived in small cabins, works in a cabin and is currently escaping Cabin Fever right now. Our February community conversation is with Michael Monroe.

A couple of weeks previous to the broadcast, Jay sat down with Michael to talk about his music, his process, his current project and what lies ahead for this very productive singer/songwriter.

 

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Non profit organizations

“Projection and Reflection – nonprofits” is WTIP’s February First Thursday

This is the time when organizations, governments and agencies review the year past and look to the year ahead. In January we talked with representatives from the city, county and EDA.

This time, WTIP’s Jay Andersen gathered representatives from some of the prominent Cook County non-profits for First Thursday Community Conversation, when we ask a host of non-profit representatives to look back on 2015 and predict what lies ahead in 2016.

What did we do right and what could we have done better? What challenges and opportunities wait for us in the coming year?

“Projection and Reflection” – nonprofits look forward and back” is February’s  First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.

 

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Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

“Projection and Reflection” is WTIP’s January First Thursday

This is the time when organizations, governments and agencies review the year past and look to the year ahead. What did we do right and what could we have done better? What challenges and opportunities wait for us in the coming year?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for First Thursday Community Conversation when we ask city and county representatives to look back on 2015 and predict what lies ahead in 2016.

“Projection and Reflection: Government looks forward and back” is this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Jeff Cadwell and Heidi Doo Kirk join us from the county, Howard Hedstrom from the Economic Development Authority and Mike Roth and Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux from the city.

“Projection and Reflection: Government looks forward and back” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.

 

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Cook County courthouse

Land use is topic for WTIP’s First Thursday December broadcast

Where do we want the county to be in 2035? What should we look like? How will we be the same or different?
Join host Jay Andersen for “A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years – the update.” This month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.
 
On Wednesday, December 16 at 5 p.m. There will be a public hearing for review and comment on the updated plan. It was almost two decades ago, when Cook County last updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The land use committee has finalized a new and revised version and we have a panel to discuss it on First Thursday.

How is the new vision different from the 1997 version? What’s changed in Cook County?

“A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years – the update.” First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Operating Levy vote

WTIP's First Thursday broadcast features ISD166 Operating Levy referendum

     Cook County Schools ISD166 will be coming to the voters on November 3rd with an Operating Levy referendum. Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a Community Conversation call-in broadcast.
     What is an Operating Levy? Why does the District need one? What will it do and how much will it cost? Members of the referendum committee were in the studio to explain the answers to these and many more questions.
     First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Vikings

WTIP tackles the conversion to Nine-Man football

This fall, Cook County High School sports fans will have a new experience. What does the switch to Nine-Man football mean for coaches, players and the fans in the stands?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen as he talks with coaches and broadcasters about the conversion to Nine-Man. Will it really be all that different? What should you look for on the field? In the huddle? On the radio?

“Cook County Nine-Man Football” – Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio

 

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Cook County courthouse

First Thursday looks at county discretionary funding

Each year dozens of non-profit organizations, agencies and services approach the Cook County Board of Commissioners for funding not mandated by any government, but none-the-less important to our overall quality of life.

Join Jay Andersen, host of WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation  for a wide-ranging discussion on who gets funded and how.

For many years these requests have been addressed on an individual basis. In an attempt to reduce the subjectivity of discretionary funding decisions, commissioners are in the process of considering new ways of leveling the playing field.

“Developing a Discretionary Funding Format” is this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTYIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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