Community & Culture

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Ann & Dick chatted with Bill Hansen, owner of Sawbill Outfitters in Tofte with his wife Cindy, about their unique work credit system in which employees bid on jobs each week. Bill explained the idea behind it, how it works, and how & why it benefits both employees and the business.

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This is a great time of year to reflect on gratitude. Ann spoke Nov. 14 with Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of MN, about why gratitude and its cousin, mindfulness, is good for our well-being. You can learn more about the Center...


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Gary Fiedler of Hermantown just returned from a seven-month odyssey in the Boundary Waters and Quetico, making 13 trips over every portage and taking over 40,000 pictures. He and his wife Dawn LaPointe spoke with Dick Nov. 14 about why he went and how they worked together to make it happen. You...


Ray "Skip" Sandman
Fond du Lac tribal elder Ray "Skip" Sandman ran as the 2014 Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress in Minnesota's 8th District. I spoke with him during the campaign about why he decided to run for office, what issues are important to him, and the value of standing up for what you...
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Bob Carter, Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed local bluesman Gordon Thorne for an hour of delightful music and chat during WTIP's "Many Thanks" membership drive. Learn about Gordon's  Fingerstyle Guitar Masters weekend coming in April, and lots more.

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Split Rock Lighthouse

Lee Radzak is historic site manager of Split Rock Lighthouse, a position he's held for over 30 years. He spoke with Dick recently about the lighthouse, his work, and the event Nov. 10 to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can learn more about the lighthouse...


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Ann Possis & Will Moore were delighted to welcome the Emory Lester Set (Emory Lester, mandolin; Al Smith, guitar; and Kene Hyatt, bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 31. They were in town for the 24th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Lester is considered one of the most...


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Ann Possis & Will Moore welcomed new local band Angel Hair Rasta to Studio A. They played a Halloween reggae concert at the American Legion in Grand Marais on Halloween night to raise money for the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a nonprofit organization created to support music in Grand...


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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist talked with Ann Possis Oct. 31 about the causes and symptoms of SAD, and what people can do to address and overcome it. 

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Hi.  I’m Jon Benson, Recreation Specialist for the Tofte and Gunflint...

Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior...
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The George M. Cox on reef near Isle Royale

In 1933, the George M. Cox, a passenger ship bound for Canada, hit a reef and...


Joseph Jr., Carrie, Ella and Edith Mayhew

Edith Mayhew was the daughter of Joseph Mayhew, Grand Marais' first lighthouse keeper. ...


Joan Farnam
Joan Farnam has been writing about the arts scene on the North Shore for more than ten years. She is also a potter and the ceramics studio manager at the Grand Marais Art Colony and works as a...

Beginning this week’s Gunflint scoop finds the weather outside frightful. Howling northwest...
 Lutsen resident Amy Freeman viewing Statue of Liberty from a canoe
The West End’s prodigal son, Noah Horak, will be back in Tofte for the holidays.
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Wildersmith adds his “many thanks” to all who stood up and pledged during the...
Alta McQuatters
Shirley Bierbaum, longtime Schroeder resident, is turning 90 years old this month. Her many friends...
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Do we live a divided life (a phrase coined by Parker Palmer)?  Do I have the courage to show...
What Works for Women
What do women encounter at work?  The research shows most often women swim in different water...
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How do we become a little more aware of our story?  What practices help me loosen the hold of...
"Whiskey Jack"
Act two of the Gunflint prelude to winter hit the marquee late last week. It’s not to be...