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Grand Marais Playhouse offers "Ole and Lena at the State Fair"

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:21pm

On Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., enjoy "Ole and Lena at the State

Fair" at the Arrowhead Center for the Art.

The calendar has finally turned over to Ole’s favorite event of the year - State Fair time.

The real-life husband and wife acting team of Michael and Julie Bateson bring the loveable and universally known Scandinavian couple, Ole and Lena, to life in a wonderfully interactive play that turns the State Fair upside down.

The Batesons have been performing Ole and Lena for over 10 years for a wide variety of groups and theatre audiences across the upper Midwest. Their homespun humor strikes a chord with all ages.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under.

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County board continues to work to trim levy spending

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:19pm

The county board continues to struggle with ways to keep its levy from increasing too drastically. At this point, if all the budget requests were granted, the county would see a 28 percent levy increase. By September 22, the board has to set its levy. After that it can reduce the levy, but cannot go higher.

Commissioners continued the grueling process of budget planning on Tuesday, August 25 tackling discretionary funding—the requests from the organizations that offer services that are not mandated, but are near and dear to the hearts of many citizens. Working their way down a list of 17 entities requesting a total of $298,656, commissioners sought consensus on how much—if anything—would be granted to a group.

After much discussion, the board whittled down the total to $203,500.

At the start of the funding discussion, Commissioner Gamble noted that the amounts awarded are in no way a reflection of the value of an organization. He said regarding discretionary funding overall, decisions need to be taken in the context of the current economic situation.


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Violence Prevention Center offers fall support group for survivors of sexual harm

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:34pm

The Violence Prevention Center in Grand Marais will be offering a fall support group for survivors of sexual harm. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke  with the Center's Marybeth Wilkes and Anna Sorensen on North Shore Morning.


Violence Prevention Center
21 West Second Street
(Norshor Building)
Grand Marais, MN  55604
(218) 387-1262

8:00 AM - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

24-Hour Crisis Line/After Hours:  (218) 387-1237
E-mail Address:

or look us up on Facebook



'Afternoon Tea' hosted by Cook County Higher Education on September 9

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:34pm

Door prizes, a quilt auction, fancy hats and a talk on royal family feuds – Cook County Higher Education’s Afternoon Tea has a lot to offer! WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Higher Ed's Paula Sundet Wolf on North Shore Morning. 

Afternoon Tea at Naniboujou Lodge
September 9 - 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Cook County Higher Education
For more information: Call 387-3411 or website
RSVP required - advanced paid registrations by September 2 


WTIP's Deb and Jeff discuss 'tropospheric ducting' and live broadcasting from the State Fair

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:34pm

WTIP engineer Jeff Nemitz and station manager Deb Benedict joined North Shore Morning host Mary Manning to talk about recent atmospheric conditions causing radio reception problems, in addition to Wednesday’s live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



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Live at the Minnesota State Fair -- it's WTIP!

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:32am

It’s ‘radio on a stick’! WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast live for the first time from the Minnesota State Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WTIP will offer special programming, information and entertainment throughout the day, including interviews on the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, Joel Karsten on tending a straw bale garden, how to travel in a mini RV camper, and lots more state fair-related guests and topics.

Hosts Bob Carter, Ann Possis, Sherrie Lindskog, Julie Carlson, Sue Maijala and Beth Olson, as well as program director Matthew Brown and station manager Deb Benedict, are scheduled to be on air.

Visit Cook County Director Linda Kratt and her team are providing support and will be on hand to meet and greet fairgoers with information about Cook County.

Business support for WTIP’s state fair broadcast has been provided by Big Bear Lodge, 

Sivertson Gallery, Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters, Hungry Jack Outfitters, Bluefin Bay, Grand Marais Art Colony, Voyageur Brewing, North House Folk School,

Art House B & B and Visit Cook County.

If you’re at the fair, stop by the Education Building, along Snelling Avenue and Cosgrove Street, or if you’re in Cook County, listen and join us ‘on the radio at the fair’!

WTIP is a member of Ampers (Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radio Stations), which is hosting a booth for the very first time. An Ampers radio station will broadcast each day from the Ampers booth.

For more information, contact WTIP Executive Director/Station Manager Deb Benedict at (218) 387-1070 or


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