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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.


What's On:
Emergency kit

WTIP’s First Thursday explores emergency preparedness

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Emergencies can strike anytime, but summer is a good time to review your preparedness for severe weather, wildfires and other untimely events.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for the August edition of First Thursday Community Conversation: “Preparing for Emergencies in Cook County.”
We’ll be joined by Gunflint Trail fire chief Jim Morrison, county Emergency Manager Jim Wiinanen, Sheriff Leif Lunde, and Carol Christenson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service in Duluth.

First Thursday Community Conversation: “Preparing for Emergencies in Cook County.” Only on Wtip North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Rep. David Dill

WTIP presents a special mining conversation broadcast

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Cook County is a long way from the Iron Range, so why do we reap the benefits of the taconite tax? If non-ferrous mining becomes a reality, who benefits from those taxes? What exactly is the mission of the IRRRB and after all is said and done, what does it mean to be a miner?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a special Fifth Thursday Community Conversation – “Mining the Mining Connection in Cook County.”

To better understand mining and its relationship to Cook County, we’ll be talking with District 3A Representative David Dill and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Commissioner Tony Sertich.

“Mining the Mining Connection in Cook County.” Fifth Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Book discussion group

Book groups featured on WTIP’s June Third Thursday

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At last count there are over a dozen book groups meeting on a regular basis in Cook County. That’s a lot of readers reading and discussing what they’re reading.

Join Jay Andersen for the June edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation. He’s joined by book group members talking about what they’re reading, past and present, why they participate in groups as well as their insights into better reading -- and why in this increasingly digital age most of them continue to turn paper pages.

 “Reading, readers and book groups” -- Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Cook County High School

ISD166 board and administration members on WTIP First Thursday

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Will the ISD166 Cook County Schools campus be open or closed? How does the schools current policy on bullying match up with the new state legislation? How can a small school keep pace with technology?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for this month’s edition of First Thursday Community Conversation – “A Close-up Look at ISD166.”
School board members Deb White and Jeanne Anderson will be in the studio with Superintendent Beth Schwarz and Principal Adam Nelson.

“A Close-up Look at ISD166” – First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.
 


 
Linda Chappell

Librarian Linda Chappell is the guest on WTIP’s March edition of Third Thursday

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For over 20 years she’s been the Grand Marais Librarian. Now she’s decided to put that book back on the shelf and retire.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversation when he sits down with librarian Linda Chappell. They’ll talk about the changing role of public libraries, the challenges and opportunities … and a look back on the history of our own library and the part Linda has played in its growth and success.

“A Conversation with Grand Marais Librarian Linda Chappell,” Third Thursday. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Propane burner

WTIP airs “Coping with the Cost of Propane,” on First Thursday

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As propane supplies continue low and the price gets higher, some North Shore residents are being faced with tough heating decisions.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for First Thursday Community Conversation. We’ll bring in emergency and heating specialists to help you understand the crisis and your options for dealing with it. We’ll also talk about some dos and don’ts to keep you safe as well as warm.

“Coping with the Cost of Propane,” on First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.
 


 
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Biomass is Third Thursday topic for December

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This month WTIP presents a special Third Thursday Community Conversation call-in program on The Grand Marais District Heating project. Join host Jay Andersen for a discussion of what the new system is designed to do, what it means to the local economy, who would use it  -- as well as the pros and cons of a unique energy source.

Guests include Mark Spurr, President of FVB Energy, Paul Nelson, Co-Chair of the Grand Marais District Heat Task Force and city councilor, PUC member and task force participant Tim Kennedy.

Is biomass the sustainable energy future for Grand Marais? “The District Heat Project.” This month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Eleanor Waha -  photo : Cook Co. News Herald

Eleanor Waha is WTIPs’ Third Thursday feature

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She’s a life-long resident of Cook County, grew up in Maple Hill and still lives there today. In the meantime Eleanor Waha has become the unofficial chronicler of the people and activities of our county.
In her long association with the Cook County Historical Society, county Fair Board and countless other organizations, Eleanor is the embodiment of what it means to be an active and engaged member of this community. And…she has stories to tell.
Join host Jay Andersen for “Eleanor Waha: Recollections and Reflections.” This month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
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County Septic Ordinance is topic for WTIP’s October Third Thursday

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Cook County is in the process of revising its Subsurface Septic Treatment System Ordinance. One public hearing has already been held, another is scheduled for later this month.

Join  host Jay Andersen  for a special edition of WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. We feature questions and answers on the county septic ordinance with Planning and Zoning Director Tim Nelson and Environmental Health Officer Mitch Everson.

Most of the questions have been collected from letters, emails and the first public hearing, but the public was invited to join in the discussion during the broadcast.

“Discussing the 2013 County Septic Ordinance” --  a special edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
David Betts

WTIP’s Third Thursday features two engineers

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There are all kinds of engineers in the world. In Cook County we have one whose job it is to construct and repair certain large projects. We have another who specializes in studying the safety of deconstructing other kinds of large projects -- by explosives.

Join Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  The engineers featured are County Highway Engineer David Betts and explosives safety specialist Hyla Napadensky.

“Two Engineers” -- Third Thursday Community Conversations, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.