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Cook County High School Robotics - playing catch with Potato Salad

Potato Salad was the robot the CCHS Robotics team used in 2014 for their competition in Duluth. The objective was to throw large ball through a hoop.

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Lynden Blomberg

Lynden Blomberg

Hi, It’s Lynden Blomberg here. I recently joined WTIP’s Youth Radio Program and I am very happy to be part of it! I am in 8th grade and I go to Great Expectations School.

A view of Radio Waves Music Festival 2013 from the Sweetheart's Bluff Sliding Hill (Carah Thomas)

Radio Waves Music Festival

The 9th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival will be September 9-11, 2016!


The 2016 Radio Waves Music Festivalsponsored by WTIP, is looking for musicians. The event will take place on Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11 at Sweetheart's Bluff Sledding Hill in the Grand Marais Rec Park and Campground. If you are a local or regional act who would like to perform at Radio Waves, we would like to hear from you! Click here to access our online application. The application deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016.

We will review your application and get back to you by June 1.


About the 8th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival: 
September 11 to 13, 2015 

The eighth annual Radio Waves Music Festival was September 11 to 13, 2015 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais campground and featured over 30 local and regional acts (see the listing of musicians below).  Once again, it was a wonderful event.  Here's our official "thank you" to the community for making it happen!

The Radio Waves Music Festival is sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, an independent, local radio station broadcasting from the north shore of Lake Superior.  It is held annually, the weekend after Labor Day.

The 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival was made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and supported by funds from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and Visit Cook County.

 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival Performers:

FRIDAY, September 11
4:00 pm  North Shore Community Swing Band
4:50 pm  Sky Blue Trio
5:35 pm  Angel Hair Rasta
6:20 pm  Oversize Load
7:05 pm  Shoot from the Hipsters
7:50 pm Wild Berry Jam
8:30 pm  SplinterTones

SATURDAY, September 12
10:00 am  Heck Yeah Holler String Band
10:45 am  Frozen Britches
11:25 am  Plucked Up String Band
12:05 pm  Fred Anderson
12:35 pm  Portage
1:25 pm    Briand Morrison
1:55 pm    Larry Carpenter and Laura Moe
2:25 pm   The Curry Family Band
3:10 pm   Roxann Berglund
3:40 pm   The Brother Love Band
4:20 pm   Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club
5:00 pm  Earth, Wind & Todd
5:50 pm   Andy Keith
6:20 pm   Cook County’s Most Wanted
7:45 pm   Lake Effect
8:30 pm  Rich Mattson & the North Stars

SUNDAY, September 13
10:00 am  The Carpenter Ants with Gordon Thorne
11:30 am  Gillman & Bowers
12:15 pm  Amaroq
1:00 pm   Gina Lee
1:40 pm   Trails End Band
2:20 pm   Lehto & Wright
3:00 pm   John Silliman
3:30 pm   The Pete K. Group
4:15 pm   Maria Nickolay
4:45 pm   Louis Medina
5:30 pm   The Carpenter Ants

Cooperation Station Daycare (Friday and Saturday only)
Double D's BBQ
Elfvin's Bakery (Sunday only)
FIKA Coffee
Great Expectation's School


Qigong (CHEE-gong) for Everyone

Mona Abdell-Rahman (MOE-na AB-dell RAH-men)
Lower Level Classroom at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
Wed, 06/01/2016 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Mona Abdell-Rahman (MOE-na AB-dell RAH-men) presents Qigong (CHEE-gong) for Everyone, Wednesdays through August, 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Lower Level Classroom at the Sawtooth

Participants in the DNR Firearms Safety course practice under the watchful eye of instructor Paul Eiler. Photo by Rhonda Silence

Firearm safety course prepares local youth for hunting

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers courses to certify youth for safe and legal hunting in the state. The youth classroom course is designed for ages 11-15.

Woodland caribou

Dr. Seth Moore: Cook County's vanished woodland caribou

Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

Photo courtesy of Ellie Ballantine

Bluegrass band The Thirsty River makes Roadhouse debut

Twin Cities-based bluegrass band The Thirsty River (Jake Jungbauer, guitar; Mike Store, bass; Evan Jungbauer, banjo; Ben Jungbauer, mandolin; Dave Anderson, keyboards/percussion) made their first appearance on WTIP last week. Listen for great original tunes and stories of how the band came to be. You can learn more about The Thirsty River here. Their new CD comes out in June.

WTIP Shutdown/Low Power Notice - beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1

On Wednesday, June 1, at approximately 12:30 p.m. WTIP will be shutting down for several hours as we prepare for the installation of our new replacement transmitter.

courtesy Matt Nesheim

Four women canoeing from Seagull Lake to Hudson Bay--learn all about Journey 4 Renewal

Four women (Steph Branchaud, Chelsea Froemke, Tessa Larson & Whitney Vogel) set out May 29 from Seagull Lake with plans to canoe all the way to Hudson Bay, about 1,239 miles over some very tough terrain. Dick caught up with them a few days before they left to learn more about their hopes for this trip to benefit Wilderness Canoe Base--and about challenges as well. You can follow Journey 4 Renewal here.

Sheriff Pat Eliasen

Sheriff promotes a safe Graduation weekend

The summer season has started in Cook County, and that means a lot more people walking and driving around.

Bill Camplin

Bill Camplin performs on The Scenic Route

In a great instance of serendipity, Bill Camplin, songwriter and proprieter of the renowned Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, WI, finds himself on the North Shore and behind the mic in WTIP's Studio A.

John Praxmarer finishes the La Grand Du Nord bike race. Photo by Martha Marnocha

Cook County bike race considered a success

The Le Grand du Nord Bike Race took place in Cook County and Grand Marais on Saturday during the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day event in Grand Marais. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Memorial Day event at Cook County Courthouse draws large crowd

An event was held at the Cook County Courthouse on Monday morning, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this report. 

Baseball player sliding.jpg

Vikings baseball coach optimistic as playoffs arrive

The Cook County Vikings baseball team ended the regular season Wednesday, May 25 with a 14-4 victory over Silver Bay. The Vikings finished the regular season 11-4.

Dollar General

Future of Dollar General along North Shore remains in question

Where just six months ago it appeared likely there could be two Dollar General stores between Silver Bay and Grand Marais, there are now uncertainties if any will be built. WTIP’s Joe Fried

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