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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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First Thursday looks at the beginnings of WTIP

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During our North Shore Sights and Sounds membership drive , we brought you lots of sounds you could not have heard before April of 1998. On July 5 we looked back fourteen years to talk about the beginning of WTIP.

Join Jay Andersen and guests for “Starting a Community Radio Station” -- the July special Sights and Sounds member drive edition of First Thursday Community Conversation.

Whose idea was it in the first place? How did WTIP start? What makes it work? We’ll ask some of the station’s founders these questions and more.

Our guests included Mary and Peter Igoe, Mike Raymond, Jeff Nemitz and Bill Burkhart.

“Starting a Community Radio Station” the July  special Sights and Sounds member drive edition of First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Entry to Visitor Center, Grand Portage State Park. Photo: Bryan Hansel

Two from Grand Portage State Park are Third Thursday guests

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In 1985 Lloyd K. Johnson sold 178 acres of the land adjoining High and Middle Falls on the Pigeon River to the state and donated an additional 129 acres. Finally, in the fall of 1994, Grand Portage State Park was open for business.

Join Jay Andersen for an interesting and informative interview with Grand Portage State Park Manager Rick Novitsky and Park Naturalist Anna Deschampe – on WTIP’s June Third Thursday Community Conversation.

Rick and Anna talk about the traditions, history and culture of Grand Portage, the state park and what the community means to them personally.

Rick Novitsky and Anna Deschampe, the June edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.


 
Mark Hansen

North House founder is May Third Thursday guest

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Years ago he moved to Cook County to build birch bark canoes. He stayed to build one of the most vibrant and important non-profit organizations in Minnesota – North House Folk School.

Join  Jay Andersen for a lively interview with Mark Hansen on this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation.

When he wasn’t building North House, Mark was camping on the Canadian ice counting caribou, ski jouring throughout the northland and continuing to build canoes -- as well as his reputation as a one-of-a-kind innovator.
Mark Hansen on Third Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.


 
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Revised ISD166 School Calendar is WTIP’s First Thursday topic

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The ISD166 school board has voted to try a different calendar for the 2012-13 school year. Cook County Schools – and consequently students at Great Expectations – will experience longer days, a number of four-day weeks and some combined additional vacation times. 

The administration says the move saves money and improves instruction. If you have kids in school, what do you think?
Join Jay Andersen with WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation for the May 3rd broadcast of “Hybridizing the School Year.”

Each month we choose a topic for discussion, invite guests into the studio and invite you to join in the conversation. This month our guests include Superintendent Beth Schwarz, Great Expectation’s Administrator Peter James and teacher Jane Gellner.

“Hybridizing the School Year” -- First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Scott Harrison

WTIP’s Third Thursday features Cook County businessman Scott Harrison

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Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Scott Harrison – the business of Cook County business” -- this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation.

Each month we sit down with interesting guests for an in-depth exchange of thoughts and ideas, opinions and points of view – professional and personal.

Scott Harrison is uniquely qualified to discuss business in Cook County. He’s on the EDA board, is one of the movers for a county-wide Chamber of Commerce, runs the iconic Lutsen Resort and much more.

“Scott Harrison – the business of Cook County business” -- this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, originally aired 6 to 7 p.m., April 19.

Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
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Courthouse security is topic for WTIP’s April First Thursday

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In response to the dramatic rise in local courthouse violence across the nation, Minnesota’s U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have introduced the Local Courthouse Safety Act. The legislation is a reaction to a shooting in December at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais during which a prosecutor and witness were wounded.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Courthouse Security: public safety in public spaces,” -- the Apriledition of First Thursday Community Conversation.

This month studio guests include Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk, County Attorney Tim Scannell, Commissioner Jim Johnson and Steven K. Swensen, Director of the Center for Judicial and Executive Security.

“Courthouse Security: public safety in public spaces,” First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Bob Carter

Bob Carter is interviewed on WTIP’s First Thursday

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He’s one of Cook County’s most active volunteers, a long-time WTIP radio host, community advocate, former high school and college athlete…and an on-camera TV car salesman to boot.

 Each third Thursday of the month we sit down with an interesting guest for an in-depth exchange of thoughts and ideas, opinions and points of view.

This month, join Jay Andersen for a special “Side by Side” membership drive interview: “All Things Bob Carter” – this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, aired March 15, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
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“Intimate Abuse” is topic for March First Thursday program

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According to a new national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Minnesota women experience some kind of sexual abuse.

Join Jay Andersen with WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation for the March 1st  broadcast of “Intimate Abuse: a closer look at sexual violence in Minnesota and Cook County.”

Each month we choose a topic for discussion, invite guests into the studio and invite you to join in the conversation.

This month the guests included Jodi Yuhasey from the Violence Prevention Center, Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk, First Congregational UCC pastor EvaLyn Carlson and Molly Hicken, Assistant Cook County Attorney.

“Intimate Abuse: a closer look at sexual violence in Minnesota and Cook County.” First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Community Healing

Community Healing is First Thursday topic for February

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Late last year Cook County was shaken by shootings at the courthouse, followed by a subsequent death. In 2007 the huge Ham Lake fire traumatized much of the North Shore, followed by a suicide. Disaster and violence can lead to anger, frustration, confusion, depression and even the tearing of our community fabric. How do we regain our resilience?

Join Jay Andersen for “Community Healing: understanding the process” – the February 2nd First Thursday Community Conversation.

Guests are Bill Maloney, Director of Psychological Health and Wellness for the Air National Guard 148th Wing in Duluth and a Certified Trauma Specialist,  Dale McIntire, pastor at Cornerstone Community Church and Linda Vanden Brook, Licensed Family Therapist.


 
Rick Anderson

WTIP’s Third Thursday features world traveler Rick Anderson

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He’s a world traveler who’s sailed on the biggest ships, sipped strong coffee in small Turkish street cafes, floated the Amazon, roamed the Holy Land, stood on the Great Wall of China…and that was all a part of his job.

Join Jay Andersen for “Keeping up with Rick Anderson” – the Jan. 19 Third Thursday Community Conversation.

Each month we sit down with interesting guests for an in-depth exchange of thoughts and ideas, opinions and points of view – professional and personal.

Rick is a Cook County original, a product of mixed cultures and calls Grand Portage home for himself and his business.
“Keeping up with Rick Anderson” -- this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio