Ely in the running for America's Coolest Small Town

LInda Fryer,  Ely Chamber of Commerce director, spoke May 7 with Bob about wacky tourism promotions and the coolest small town contest.

Suicide and depression

First Thursday broadcast deals with suicide

On May 6, WTIPs First Thursday Community Conversation dealt with suicide.

Nordic walking.

“President’s Challenge” urges Americans to get active in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius has announced that President Obama is challenging every American to make physical

Gypsy moth

More gypsy moth treatment scheduled for early summer

As the battle against gypsy moth infestations heats up in northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is inviting people to learn about the effort at informational meeti

4-Day school week

Four-Day meetings are scheduled for this month

Information on the 4-Day School Week Study will be presented, and community input gathered, at five locations throughout the county this month.


On track to be first to reach North & South Poles, Everest in one year

Grand Marais resident Eric Larsen spoke with Buck May 7 about his Save the Poles Expedition to the world's last great frozen places.

Cathy's ferns

Weekend Art News

Gunflint Greenup is this weekend, and here's a photo to prove spring is here despite the cold temps and reports of snow. The photo was taken by Cathy Quinn.

Weekend Wrap

Weekend News Wrap May 8

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week. Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast.

Bull moose

Minnesota moose numbers on the decline

Moose hold a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans. To many, they represent wilderness and the north woods like no other animal.  Native Americans in the region have long had a sacred connection to moose, and the name itself means “eater of twigs” in Ojibwe. But moose aren’t doing well in Minnesota. In the northwestern part of the state, the population has collapsed, dropping from over 4,000 animals in the mid-1980s to less than 100 today. The focus now is on the herd in northeastern Minnesota, which is also on the decline.  The 2010 aerial moose survey estimates the population at about 5,500 animals, down from last year's estimate of 7,500.  Teams of researchers, concerned individuals, institutions, and agencies are trying to understand what's happening to the moose, and why.

Quiet water

Gunflint Notebook: Quiet

On this edition of the Gunflint Notebook, Steve ponders the meaning of quiet in our modern world.

Airdate: May 6, 2010

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