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The North Shore News Hour includes up-to-the minute weather, North Shore happenings in local news, sports and entertainment, as well as a variety of features from WTIP staff and volunteers. If you miss the North Shore News Hour at noon, tune in for a replay Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Grand Portage Rendezvous Days PowWow Arena Director Brandon Deschampe Morrison talks with young dancer, Tristan Olson

All are welcome at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days PowWow

Grand Portage is the busiest place in Cook County this weekend, with events taking place at the Grand Portage National Monument and at the Grand Portage PowWow grounds. A great deal of pagentry and history to enjoy and all are welcome. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence speaks with one of the Grand Portage PowWow arena managers, Jared Swader, to learn more about the traditional powwow kicking off on Friday, August 10. 

For more information about the Grand Portage Rendezvous Day Powwow, click here. 

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Gagnon


Rachelle Christianson of Skyport Lodge tries flyboarding

Local resort owner "flies" over Devil Track Lake

HydroFlight Sports of MN visited Cook County in July 2018. They are returning to Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, on August 11 and 12, offering adventure on the water from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. 

During that last visit, a number of people took the opportunity to try flyboarding. Among them was Rachelle Christianson of Skyport Lodge.
WTIP’s Rhonda Silence visited with Rachelle about her flyboarding experience.
For more information about flyboarding at Devil Track, visit the Skyport Facebook page.

Or, listen to this interview with Jeremy Walker of HydroFlight Sports of MN before his July 2018 visit. 



Ann Possis is a AARP and Pollen 50 Over 50 honoree for her work with community nonprofits

WTIP's Ann Possis earns 50-Over-50 honors

The 50 Over 50 list created by AARP and Pollen celebrates and recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities.

People from across Minnesota were asked to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. 

A cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Ann Possis – a WTIP Community Radio board member, producer of the weekly Roadhouse program, and often-times on-air personality – has been named to the 50 Over 50 list, recognized for her work with nonprofit organizations like WTIP, the Grand Marais Art Colony, Planned Parenthood and others.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence sat down with Ann to learn more about her nonprofit work and about the award.

To see the inspiring list of 50 Over 50 honorees, click here.


Lion Pete Kavanaugh presents the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Frankie Jarchow

Frankie Jarchow named 2018 Cook County Citizen of the Year

Each year during Fisherman’s Picnic, the Grand Marais Lions Club announces the Cook County Citizen of the Year. Honorees are nominated by the community and this year’s award goes to Frances “Frankie” Jarchow of Grand Marais.

Frankie was nominated by a number of friends and neighbors, people who have worked with her on a number of volunteer boards and commissions.

Frankie has served on the Active Living Steering Committee, Safe Routes to School Committee, Public Health and Human Service Advisory Board, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Cook County Community Center Board of Trustees, the Grand Marais Garden Club, and the Cook County Tennis Association and likely several others.

Some of the comments the Grand Marais Lions received regarding her nomination were:
 “Frankie is also currently the chair for the Cook County Community Center Board of Trustees. She does a great job of advocating for the Community Center and I appreciate her leadership with the Board.”
Diane Booth, Cook County Extension and Community Center

"Frankie Jarchow's life-long commitment to the health and wellness of her community and herself is inspirational. She shows up, is a positive force, and contributes meaningfully. We are all better off because of Frankie Jarchow."
Sue Hakes

"Frankie Jarchow is a one woman powerhouse at not far from 90 years old! She can run circles around me and the number of committees I am on and participate in. I look forward to meetings with her because she gets things done and is a kind and thoughtful participant. If you look at her work you will see she covers the gamut of community service and work to support her community. She does not have a single mission or agenda- her mission is to move Cook County ahead.”
Heidi Doo-Kirk

"Frankie has served the community as a member of the Cook County PHHS Advisory Committee for the last six years..Frankie’s passion for supporting healthy communities is evidenced in participation and her ability to give voice to the essential perspective of a community member.
We are honored to nominate Frankie Jarchow for this award in appreciation for her service to the community and her work to help support the mission of Cook County PHHS, supporting the health, safety and well-being of the community"
Alison McIntyre
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Director
Joni Kristenson
Cook County Public Health Nurse
Carla LaPointe
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee Chair
Jerry Lilja
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee Vice Chair

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with this year’s Citizen of the Year. Here’s her conversation with Frankie.
All photos courtesy of Safe Routes to School Committee


Four the Water kayakers - Drew Etling, Ryan Busch, Jered Van Oordt, and Karol Rajski

Circling Lake Superior with "Four the Water"

A group of energetic kayakers pulled up in the Grand Marais harbor on August 2 -- four, to be exact. The men stopped in Grand Marais during their journey around Lake Superior. They launched from Marquette Michigan on May 21.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence was there to greet them to learn about the adventure they have undertaken. Here in their own words, are Ryan, Drew, Jared and Karol of Four the Water

Track their progress online here. 



The welcome sign at Windigo on Isle Royale National Park - Photo by Rhonda Silence

National Park Service proposes changes at Isle Royale

The National Park Service is considering changes to the quiet Windigo visitor center at Isle Royale National Park. The park service is working on a concept plan and environmental assessment for upgraded and new facilities at the 400-acre Windigo complex.

The Park Service says the changes are necessary due to a recent increase in visitors, which is stressing the capacity of the existing facilities. According to the Park Service, visitors to Isle Royale have increased by approximately 87 percent over the last three years. Isle Royale hosts between 15,000 – 20,000 visitors per year.

Approximately 90 percent of Isle Royale is wilderness, so there is a sense of remoteness upon arrival at Windigo. Because of this, the park service proposal notes that visitors don’t have the sense that they have arrived at a national park.

The proposal calls for necessary structural and utility repairs, such as replacement of the aging concession store building and aging septic system, fire suppression improvements, enhanced trails and relocation of the small access road to the dock.

The plan also calls for aesthetic improvements, such as expanded space for displays at the visitor center, better interpretive signage on trails, changing the appearance of the facilities, which are a mix of architectural styles and clearing vegetation obscuring the view of facilities.

In addition, the plan calls for construction of up to four new camper cabins and the relocation of a cabin from Johns Island as a new interpretive site.

The Park Service is accepting comments now until August 20. Click here for more information. 

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Liz Valencia, chief of interpretation and cultural resources at Isle Royale National Park, about the concept plan. 




Great Expectations School expansion under way

It is always a challenge to get a school ready for a new school year. Great Expectations School in Grand Marais had an additional obstacle this year with the delay of delivery of one of the modular units being used in this summer's expansion of the school building. 

All is going well now, says GES Director Peter James, and Rhonda Silence finds out more in this interview. 


The fire at Ogishkemuncie Lake is out. Image courtesy of US Forest Service

Update: Wildfire in the BWCAW is controlled

According to Patrick Johnson, the assistant fire management officer for the Gunflint and Tofte Districts on the Superior National Forest, the fire near Ogishkemuncie Lake is now considered controlled. 

FMO Johnson said the crews that were camping on site stayed through this morning, Friday, August 3 to monitor and mop up any smoldering vegetation. Crews are paddling back across Seagull Lake today. 

August 1, 2018
WTIP was contacted Aug. 1 by the U.S. Forest Service with an update on the wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness about six miles southwest of Seagull Lake.
According to Patrick Johnson, the assistant fire management officer for the Gunflint and Tofte Districts on the Superior National Forest, Tuesday night's rain showers, which continued into Wednesday morning,  played a major role in helping out with containment efforts. The rain didn’t do enough to completely extinguish the fire, but it dramatically reduced any threat the fire posed, Johnson said.
“We’re making really good progress on containing the fire,” Johnson said. “The rain did nothing but help.”
A crew of 10 firefighters is currently camped on Ogishkemuncie Lake while containment efforts continue. They will likely remain on the site until this weekend, Johnson said.
On July 30, a lightning-caused wildfire was detected on the south/southwest side of  Ogishkemuncie Lake. Until last night’s rain showers, the fire had been creeping and smoldering in a mix of conifer and hardwood trees. 
Johnson said this area is a travel route in the BWCA, so please be mindful of fire crews if you’re traveling through the area. You may also encounter aircraft in the area. Firefighter and public safety are the most important priorities in all wildfire response, Johnson said, and due to the remote setting of this fire, the suppression efforts will be undertaken deliberately with life safety in mind.
There are no closures in or near the Boundary Waters at this time as a result of the fire.

Mayor Arrowsmith DeCoux

Mayor shares thoughts on North House, golf course and library

The Grand Marais City Council covered a number of topics at the July 25 council meeting. There was discussion on the North House Folk School lease agreement with the city, a Gunflint Hills Golf Course update, a look at the Grand Marais Public Library budget and more. 

Rhonda Silence talks with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux about the council's discussion and decisions. 


North House Folk School

City and North House Folk School continue lease discussion

A year ago there was significant discussion of the North House Folk School’s lease with the city of Grand Marais. That discussion continued at the most recent meeting of the Grand Marais City Council.

Back in August 2017, Greg Wright of North House Folk School appeared before the city council to answer questions about a folk school request to extend its lease for use the waterfront property.

The city of Grand Marais owns the property on which the North House Folk School is located. The city leases the harbor side property to the school for approximately $7,000 annually.

North House’s current is lease for 25 years, of which 11 years now remain.

The lease agreement also outlines performance criteria for North House, in areas such as enrollment, campus management and financial strength. Under the agreement, if North House meets or exceeds these performance criteria by 2029 when the lease period ends, North House has the option to renew the lease for another 25 years.

However, in the meantime, North House has made a request to change the lease time frame by either:

  1. Extending the term of the existing lease to 50 years
  2. Extending the term of the existing lease to 50 years with an automatic renewal option, provided the folk school meet agreed upon performance criteria OR
  3. Extending the term of the existing lease to 99 years.

North House listed ways that the school and its mission match the city’s strategic planning efforts and value statements, such as providing jobs, ways to get people moving and opportunities to be outdoors.

No decision was made back in August 2017 and City Administrator Mike Roth told WTIP it is a good time to review the list and restart the discussion, as the city has a new attorney and there are two new councilors on board.

Rhonda Silence shares more on the city discussion of the North House Folk School lease with the city.