Courtesy of Cook County Historical Society

Traveling the Old North Shore

Minnesota’s North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border. Known for its dramatic and pristine natural landscape, the area also has a history as unique and diverse as its geography. In this WTIP series, producer Martha Marnocha invites listeners to join her on a retrospective exploration of the region’s people and places.

Special thanks to the Cook County Historical Society for access to their archives and photographs.

March 17, 2022
Traveling the Old North Shore – Illgen City

Traveling the Old North Shore is a WTIP multi-part series, focusing on the history of this diverse region. In this feature, producer Martha Marnocha explores the history of an iconic North Shore community called Illgen City.

Special thanks to Tettegouche State Park’s Kurt Mead for his contribution to this feature. Photographs courtesy of Tettegouche State Park: Illgen City family (left); business at London Crossing,1924 (right).



February 17, 2022
Traveling the Old North Shore – What’s in a Name

Producer Martha Marnocha and Doug Turner share the history of some very well-known North Shore place names.

January 11, 2022
Traveling the Old North Shore–The Mysterious Disappearance of Blackie

Learn about the mysterious case of Donald “Blackie” Kulas, who went missing just north of Two Harbors, never to be seen again. This is the first segment of Traveling the Old North Shore, a WTIP original feature produced by Martha Marnocha.