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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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Rita Plourde

WTIP’s Dec. Third Thursday broadcast features Clinic CEO Rita Plourde

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Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is a not-for-profit Community Health Center that has called Grand Marais home since 1979. For most of that time one woman has been at the helm.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Community Health Care – a long view with clinic CEO Rita Plourde – the December 15 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.

Rural community health care has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, especially for primary care facilities. Rita Plourde has seen changes in patient care, important medical advancements, public attitude swings toward diagnosis and treatment and much more.


 
Gray wolf howling

Delisting the wolf population is topic on WTIP’s First Thursday

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Wolves are about to be taken off the federal endangered species list and will be managed by state and tribal authorities.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a discussion with four wolf experts held December 1 on First Thursday Community Conversation.

On the program was Dr. Seth Moore, Director of the Departments of Biology and Environment for the Grand Portage Trust Lands, Jess Edberg from the International Wolf Center in Ely, Rolf Peterson, professor of Wildlife Ecology at Michigan Tech and Minnesota DNR Wolf Management Specialist in Grand Rapids,  Dan Stark.


 
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Dave and Amy Freeman on WTIP’s Third Thursday

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On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, two educator-adventurers from Cook County began an 11,000 mile expedition, traveling across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.

Each month on WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, Jay Andersen sits down with interesting guests for an in-depth exchange of thoughts and ideas, opinions and points of view – professional and personal.

On Nov. 17th the broadcast featured “Reliving the North American Odyssey with Dave and Amy Freeman.”

Along the way Dave and Amy took over 50,000 students with them as part of the Wilderness Classroom.  Now they’re back home, ending the first half of their journey.


 
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WTIP’s November First Thursday tackles taxes

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Rural communities across Minnesota are struggling to keep property taxes low and public services steady. Local Government Aid for cities and County Program Aids have been consistently cut for years.

WTIP’s November edition of First Thursday Community Conversation was “Trends in Taxation.” Several guests joined host Jay Andeersen to help you understand where our tax system is headed and why. From Cook County -- Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth and from the Twin Cities – Matt Entenza with MN2020 and education reporter Beth Hawkins.

“Trends in Taxation:” -- this November’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Buddy on the air

Buddy Skinner featured on WTIP’s Third Thursday broadcast

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He knows thousands of songs, he can tell you the plots of hundreds of television shows and it’s been said that an event in Grand Marais is just not an official event if he isn’t there.

WTIP’s Jay Andersen hosts the October edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation --
“Talking with Buddy Skinner” only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Moose calf

Declining moose population is topic on First Thursday Oct. 6

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The moose population in Northeastern Minnesota is in trouble. Researchers are not sure why.

WTIP’s Jay Andersen hosted a discussion with three moose experts Oct. 6 on First Thursday Community Conversation at 6 p.m.

On the program were Dr. Ron Moen, Research Associate with the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota, Duluth; Dr. Seth Moore, Director of the Departments of Biology and Environment for the Grand Portage Trust Lands and the Minnesota DNR Big Game Program Coordinator, Lou Cornicelli.


 
Jodi Yuhasey

Violence Prevention Center Director Jodi Yuhasey on WTIP’s Third Thursday

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse of children and seniors are uncomfortable facts of life throughout the country as well as here in Cook County.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversation with Violence Prevention Center Director Jodi Yuhasey broadcast on Sept. 15.


 
Back to School

Back to School is September First Thursday Community Conversation

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There are four school districts in the county and on Sept. 1 we talked with administrators about what’s new or the same at their schools. How are they similar or different from each other? How do issues like “No Child Left Behind” or the state’s aid money shifts affect our local schools?

“Back to School in Cook County” -- this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

Joining host Jay Andersen in the studio were:
•    Peter James, Director of Great Expectations Charter School in Grand Marais,
•    Fred Kasianov, Director of Education at Oshki Ogimaag Community School, Grand Portage,
•    Beth Schwarz, Superintendent of Cook County Schools ISD166.


 
Dick Swanson

Dick Swanson on Third Thursday Community Conversation

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He’s lived rustic at the top of the Arrowhead Trail, he served a time as the county attorney, he’s been active in community affairs for years, especially the Grand Marais Playhouse, and the Ski and Run. The versatile Dick Swanson has been involved with Cook County on many levels for many years. Jay Andersen sat down with him for an hour on WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, aired August 18.

The conversation ranged from leaving a university setting to becomming an attorney in a small community, his experiments with living in the woods, his passion for theatre and much more.

A Conversation with Dick Swanson – the August installment of Third Thursday Community Conversation -- only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.


 
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Third Thursday Community Conversation with local businesswoman Jan Sivertson

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She’s been an active businesswoman for decades -- both in Cook County and Duluth. She’s currently on the Grand Marais City Council.  Listen as  WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with local business leader Jan Sivertson, on the July 21 edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation.

Each month we sit down with an interesting guest for an in-depth exchange of thoughts and ideas, opinions and points of view – professional and personal. Jan Sivertson brings a unique perspective to our local economy -- past, present and in the future. The wide-ranging discussion covered a take on the local economy in a bumpy national recovery, the role of local government in business as well as local challenges and opportunities for small businesses.