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Big Fish Contest results midway through the contest

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:00pm

As of this morning, the leader board in Buck’s Hardware/Northern Wilds Big Fish Contest showed the following:


1. Larry Deschampe   3 pounds 6 ounces

2. Zack Danielson 3 pound 2 ounces

3. No entry


1. Joe Deschampe       11 pounds 2 ounces

2. Larry Deschampe   5 pounds 6 ounces

3. Terry Klos  5 pounds 6 ounces

Small Mouth Bass

1. Dan Hauge  4 pounds 3 ounces

2. Terry Klos  3 pounds 9 ounces

3. Madek Kayser        3 pounds 6 ounces

Lake Trout

Nate Timm      26 pounds 10 ounces

Nathan Kofstad          26 pounds

Mike Quaife 25 pounds


Josh Klemmer 15 pounds 10 ounces

Ray Churack   15 pounds 2 ounces

Josh Klemmer 12 pounds 1 ounce

Brook Trout

Don Bringman             2 pounds 10 ounces

Jeremy Peterson 2 pounds 7 ounces

Jeremy Peterson 1 pound 5 ounces

The contest lasts until 12 noon on Saturday, August 6. There are cash prizes as well as bragging rights on the line!  See the latest results on the board at Buck’s Hardware or visit www.


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DNR reports numerous bears encountering people as peak of summer arrives

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:55am

With the berry and tourist seasons in full swing, there have been a number of encounters with bears and people recently along the North Shore and throughout the area. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with a conservation officer from the DNR about human and bear encounters. 


Hovland invites all to “First Saturdays at the Market”

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:21am

Anyone who visited the Hovland Arts Festival during the July 4th weekend knows the community has many gifted artists. There will be a couple more opportunities to meet some of these talented folks this summer at “First Saturdays at the Market” event.

The gathering of artists will be on August 6 and September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chicago Bay Marketplace on Highway 61 in Hovland. Available for sale will be hand crafted glass items, nature photography and much more.

For more information about the “First Saturdays,” contact Hella Buchheim at


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Son's Rays hosts concert on Sunday, August 7

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:17am

The Son’s Rays choir will be celebrating its 45th anniversary with a concert interwoven with the worship at Bethlehem Lutheran during Fisherman’s Picnic Sunday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. The title of their selection is “Shine!” and will feature many of their songs over the 45 years.

A special tribute will feature two of the choir’s parents who will represent the many talented and generous parents who helped through the years. Alice Powell will share some of her amazing works of arts. Gene Glader will share his story of how faith comes into play as events crash into life and cause drastic change.

A free will offering will be taken at the concert to benefit two projects. The first is the Cook County Domestic Violence project, and second is Equip Nepal, which was started by one of the former Son’s Rays, Jan Eliasen Viren and her husband, Bud. The project has been going on for 15 years and is especially needed this year as the repair and work in Nepal continues.

Organizer Dode Stoskopf said, “Cook County has been so generous in love and support over the years. We invite the community to come and celebrate with us.”


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Weekend weather shaping up for a nice Picnic

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:45am

After more rain Thursday afternoon, the front comes through bringing with it some pretty nice summer weather, dry and warm. Perfect for a big Picnic. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Leatham.


Commissioners draft resolution against placing moose on endangered species list

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:56am

Two Cook County Commissioners are drafting a resolution to not support placing moose on the federal Endangered Species List.
Commissioners Frank Moe and Garry Gamble are drafting the resolution, citing tribal rights, logging and other industry as the primary reasons they do not support placing moose under federal protection from the Endangered Species Act.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report. 


School District 166 has full staff for coming school year

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:58am

The School District 166 school board meeting on Thursday, July 21 started off on a friendly note, with welcomes to new Superintendent William Crandall and Assistant Principal Bill Dewitt.

Principal Adam Nelson said Maintenance Supervisor Tom Nelson and his crews have been “working relentlessly” to get rooms cleaned and ready for the start of school. Nelson said he is still working to finalize scheduling for some elementary classes, but with the assistance of Assistant Principal Dewitt, Nelson said, “Things have been going smoothly.”

Nelson said interviews were conducted and all teacher positions have been filled for the 2016-17 school year.

The school board passed motions to approve several new hires:

* Jim Lundorff from Roseville, MN as a fifth-grade teacher

* Brianna Volbrecht, a recent graduate of Bethel College as K-12 music/band teacher

* Dave Hanson, who just retired from Lakeville North, as industrial arts instructor

* Work agreements were also approved for a number of current employees, including Principal Nelson; John Jacobsen, the technology coordinator and technology assistant Daniel Henry.

* An agreement was also approved for Jill Boen, the media center supervisor for the 2016-2017 school year.

The two positions that were not recommended for renewal by former Superintendent Beth Schwarz at the last school board meeting were presented—and approved. A unanimous motion passed to renew the agreement of School Nurse, RN Kay Borud and Food Service Specialist Linda Bockovich.

Leave campaign signs alone

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:56am

Nearly every political season there is some controversy related to campaign signs. Because there are no local races on the August 9 primary ballot the usual abundance of lawn signs has not yet appeared. However, as the presidential race moves to national convention phase, there have been complaints of damaged or stolen signs for presidential candidates. The Cook County News-Herald reminds citizens that it is illegal to tamper with political signs in other peoples’ yards.

Early in the morning on July 18, a Voyageurs Point resident reported that signs had been damaged and taken from their yard. The signs were promoting presidential candidate Donald Trump.

On July 19, a homeowner on 2nd Avenue West in Grand Marais caught four teenagers in the act of stealing his yard sign. The reporting party said he chased them off. The sign was in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The caller said his first sign was stolen and the current sign is a replacement.

Parties who enter yards to tamper with election signs could be charged with theft, damage to property and trespassing. Under Minnesota State law, if you intentionally cause damage to another person’s property without their consent you could be charged with 3rd degree criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.



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WTIP to broadcast live from MN State Fair August 31

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:33pm

It’s ‘radio on a stick’! For the second year in a row, WTIP North Shore Community Radio will broadcast live from the Minnesota State Fair, Wednesday, August 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The opportunity to be a part of this popular summer event is possible thanks to WTIP’s membership with the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers). WTIP and 10 other independent community radio stations from across the state will be broadcasting on various days from the Ampers booth in the Education Building.
Listeners can tune in for a variety of special fair-related programming, information and entertainment. And thanks to a partnership with Visit Cook County, 500 tote bags will be given away from the booth at various times during the day. WTIP program director Matthew Brown and station manager Deb Benedict will be there, as well as a number of volunteer hosts. Visit Cook County director Linda Kratt and her team will also 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:
Betsy Bowen Studio & Gallery
Grand Marais Art Colony
North House Folk School
North Shore Winery & Sawtooth Mountain Cider House
Sivertson Gallery
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply
Sven & Ole’s
Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
Visit Cook County
Voyageur Brewing Company
If you’re at the fair, please stop by the Education Building and see us! Or tune in – at 90.7 fm in Cook County, or stream online at from anywhere – and join us ‘on the radio at the fair’!

New DNR policy affects how deer carcasses can enter Minnesota

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:03pm

Starting this fall, hunters can no longer bring whole deer carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America. This restriction includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou).

Previously, the restriction only applied to animals harvested in areas of North America where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been known to occur.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with staff from the DNR about the changes to how deer carcasses can enter Minnesota in 2016.


Birch Grove Community School director resigns

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:08am

Birch Grove Community School Director Caroline Wood submitted a letter of resignation at the Community School board meeting held July 26. Wood’s last day will be August 15.

Wood said, “I have enjoyed working with such a committed team and appreciate the support provided.”

She gave a number of recommendations for the Birch Grove Community School board to consider. One of the recommendations was for the school to find “an experienced and skilled school administrator.”

Wood noted that the school year ended in the black, albeit just barely, for the first time in long time. She said, “I am very pleased with everything that has occurred over the last nine months.  I believe you have a very sustainable and bright future.”

Wood said she was exploring job options in Washington state.



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DNR to continue lake and stream surveys in August

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 5:08pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

Survey results are reviewed and incorporated into individual lake and stream management plans. The plans identify goals for key species in the lake and outline specific management activities. They are typically revised every six to 10 years. All current lake and stream management plans for the Grand Marais area are available at the area office, and copies can be provided upon request. Public comments and suggestions for management of these waters are welcomed at any time.

August 1 - Continue Poplar, survey Crystal and Devilfish lakes, survey Mistletoe Creek and Onion River. 

August 8 - Survey White Pine, Iron, Little Iron lakes, survey Portage Brooke, and Elbow Creek.

August 15 - Survey Ray Lake.  Assess fish populations on the Flute Reed River, Cascade River, Kadunce Creek, Devil Track River and Irish Creek.

August 22 - Survey Devilfish and Two Island lakes. Assess fish populations on Kimball and Junco creeks.  

August 29 - Survey West Bearskin and Swamp lakes (near Poplar Lake).  Assess fish populations in Temperance River and Gauthier Creek.   

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions and general information about area lakes and streams can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted by calling 218-387-6021 (note new number) or emailing


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North Shore media company expands platform to include live broadcasts of local meetings

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:10pm

Local entrepreneur, cinematographer and technical engineer Patrick Knight continues to build his new company, Good Measure Media. Among the expansions of the business platform are recording and offering live streaming of Grand Marais City Council and Cook County Board of Commissioner meetings. 

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs sat down recently with Patrick to talk about the new directions and progress of his local business. 

To learn more about Good Measure Media and to visit their Website, click here.



Alumni baseball game planned for Fisherman's Picnic

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:00am

The recent success of the alumni football game has spurred on another alumni game, this one pitting former Cook County High School baseball players against each other for some good-natured fun and to establish bragging rights.

Highly dedicated and much-loved Cook County High School Baseball Coach Arleigh Jorgenson, who seems to head up all things connected to baseball in the county, is in charge of this event.

 “Responding to enthusiastic requests from former players on the field following the exciting and successful alumni football game, we agreed to host an Alumni Baseball Game on Friday evening of Fisherman's Picnic, August 5,” Jorgenson said.  

The game will begin at 5 p.m. in order to take advantage of the remaining daylight, he added.

“As of now, we have 26 players on the ‘I will be there’ list, and it is growing.  We will mark this as a celebration of our upgraded field, which happened as a Community Fund Grant from the Minnesota Twins, an Infield Upgrade Fund that was gathered and saved from 2007, numerous significant financial contributions from families, our Athletic Booster Club, a generous and creative contractor, Rick Crawford, and hours and hours of volunteer labor!  

“Our alumni are going to be very proud of what they started when they take the field on August 5!  Spectators should bring lawn chairs as our seating area still leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jorgenson, adding, “ It is going to be a great reunion!”  


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A little rain later in the week, otherwise, a pleasant Fisherman's Picnic forecast

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:25am

Nice summer weather ahead for Fisherman’s Picnic – but keep your umbrella handy on Thursday. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart.