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.

 


 
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Millie Mainella at 102

Moments in Time: Millie Mainella

Millie Mainella moved to Cook County in 1910 at the age of two.  She grew up in Moose Valley, near Hovland, and remembers her childhood there.   Millie passed away in August,


Historic Edison Fishery on Isle Royale

Moments in Time: Stuart Sivertson on Isle Royale

Isle Royale, off the North Shore of Lake Superior, was designated as a National Park in the early 1940's.  At that time, there was a vibrant community of commercial fishing families on the is


 
Madam Mag Matthews established brothels all along the PAD&W railway, including one in Cook County

Moments In Time: The Madam of Cook County

The first liquor license issued in Cook County went to a Canadian woman who opened a brothel near the end of what is now the Gunflint Trail. Her name was Margret Matthews, but people knew her as Mag.


For many Scandinavian immigrants who arrived during the 1800s, small family fishing operations were the main source of income

Moments in Time: Family Fishing in the 1800s

The North Shore during the 1800s was an isolated place.


 
Lumberjacks balance on a log

Moments In Time: The Lumberjacks of the 1950s

There are still loggers in Cook County, but not as many as there once were. Buck Benson grew up in Grand Marais.


Barnum Island, showing Johns Hotel complex

Moments in Time: The Decline of Isle Royale Commercial Fishing

Howard Sivertson is a descendent of an Isle Royale fishing family. His family has a connection to the island that spans over 118 years.