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Moments In Time

Artists Point, Grand Marais/ Photo by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

The North  Shore is home to a rich history and diverse culture. In Moments in Time, we speak with community members about their memories from different periods of our region's past to help foster an appreciation and understanding of the community in which we find ourselves today.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 


What's On:
Willard Nelson and WTIP's Carah Thomas at Hillhaven senior housing in Grand Marais, MN.

Moments in Time: Willard Nelson of Lutsen

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In this edition of Moments in Time, we visit with Willard Nelson, grandson of the founders of Lutsen Resort, Swedish immigrants C.A.A. and Anna Nelson, a few days before his 99th birthday, November 11, 2013.  Produced by Carah Thomas.


 
Anne McKinsey (& Maggie)

Moments In Time: Cook County's first female judge

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Anne McKinsey is a part time Lutsen resident.
In this edition of Moments in Time, she recalls the weeks during the fall of 1993 when she presided in Cook County.

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Wild Rice harvest

Moments in Time: Ojibwe elder Billy Blackwell tells the story of wild rice

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Wild rice was an important food source for early Native Americans in this region.  

In this edition of "Moments in Time," Ojibwe elder Billy Blackwell, of the Grand Portage band of Lake Superior Chippewa, tells the story of wild rice and its place in Anishinaabe culture.  Produced by Carah Thomas.

(Photo by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Minnesota Agency, 1934)


 
Sudbury, Ontario, circa 1942 (F.C. Tyrell, National Film Board of Canada/Wikimedia Commons)

Moments in Time: Sudbury Meteorite

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On March 9, 2013, the Cook County Historical Society held a storytelling event at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Sue Kerfoot, longtime Gunflint Trail resident and owner of Gunflint Lodge, told a story from way, way back in our regional history. In this edition of Moments in Time, Kerfoot shares the story of the meteorite that landed in Sudbury, Ontario, 1500 million years ago.


 
Henry Mayhew

Moments in Time: Early Commissioners

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This “Moments in Time” features former Cook County commissioner Chet Lindskog.  He spoke at the Cook County Historical Society storytelling event "Stories You've Never Heard and Good Ones to Hear Again," held March 9th, 2013 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.

{photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society}


 
Minnesota Fur-Trading Posts

Moments in Time: American Fur Co. in Grand Marais

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This “Moments in Time” features author and ethno-historian Tim Cochrane.  He spoke at the Cook County Historical Society storytelling event "Stories You've Never Heard and Good Ones to Hear Again," March 9th, 2013 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.


 
Magnetic Rock (kwpapke/Flickr)

Moments in Time: Magnetic Rock

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This “Moments in Time” features longtime Gunflint Trail resident Sue Kerfoot.  She spoke at the Cook County Historical Society storytelling event "Stories You've Never Heard and Good Ones to Hear Again," held March 9th, 2013 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.


 
Grindbygg timber frame at North House Folk School

Moments in Time: Historic Grindbygg timber frame built at North House

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In this edition of Moments in Time, we hear about an ancient style of timber framing from southwest Norway called Grindbygg.  A frame was recently completed at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, in a class taught by instructor Peter Henrikson.  It will be erected at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte in May, where it will cover The Viking, an historic Lake Superior commercial fishing boat built by the Hill family of Larsmont and donated to the museum by fisherman Walter Sve.  Produced by Carah Thomas.

(Click on audio mp3 above to hear Moments in Time feature.  Click here for more information about Grindbygg construction.)


 
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Moments in Time: Adolph Ojard of Knife River

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Adolph Ojard grew up in Knife River, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  He's the grandson of two Norwegian fishing families, the Ojards and the Torgersons.  

In this edition of Moments in Time, Ojard, who is now the Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, remembers his boyhood in Knife River, fishing on Lake Superior with his father and grandfather.  Produced by Carah Thomas.


 
Mildred, Honey, Pat, Marge and Merle Potter at the Pigeon River in 1947.

Moments in Time: Mildred Potter Thoreson and Honey Potter Eliasen

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Sisters Mildred Potter Thoreson and Honey Potter Eliasen grew up with their three other siblings Marge, Pat and Merle in the Hovland and the Pigeon River area.  In this edition of Moments in Time, Mildred and Honey swap stories about growing up on the North Shore back in the 1940’s and 50’s.