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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:

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'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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School Board work session to discuss administrative restructuring after Principal Carman's resignation

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:31am

The Jane Mianowski Conference Center was close to full capacity for the August 20, 2015 meeting of the Cook County School Board as Principal Gwen Carman in a near tearful voice read a prepared statement concerning her resignation from the district effective before the start of school in September. “I want you to know that it was extremely difficult. However I made the decision because I truly believe it’s in the best interest of the district and for me personally.

“I worked in the district 24 years and I’m extremely appreciative of everything this district has done for me and my family and I’m extremely proud of the impact I’ve had on hundreds of students and families.” Carman went on to express her pride in the staff and her work with community members.

“I have loved being the principal of Sawtooth Elementary the past nine years in many ways. However, over the course of this summer, I had to reluctantly accept that I no longer love coming to work and it is time to start a new chapter in my life.

“Thank you to everyone who has come tonight and thank you to the many staff and parents who aren’t here tonight but have expressed their support to me as news of my possible resignation spread through our small community.”

She ended by adding that she wished the students and staff continued success and will do all that she can to ensure a smooth transition going forward.

The board unanimously accepted her resignation. Board Member Terry Collins noted that “the attendance at the meeting, I hope is a strong surrogate for the affection and honor in which your work has been held.”

Board Member Deb White who attended the meeting via conference call added, “I think that Gwen has done some really incredible stuff for the whole school district and her attachment to our kids is not in question.”

Memorial quilt to benefit Nancy and Mike Carlson Scholarship Fund

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 7:22pm

Cook County Higher Education is working to build funds for a deserving student through the Nancy and Mike Carlson Scholarship Fund.

“Just Another Nine Patch,” a 96-inch by 102-inch quilt, has been completed and will be displayed at various locations around the county. The quilt was made using Nancy Carlson's fabric stash by volunteers Evy Briggs, Carol Harris, Carol Evenson, Nancy Backlund, Jean Bushman, Dorothy Danielson, Jan Parish, Beth Blank, Shirley McAlister, Nancy Hansen, Mary Brislance, Polly Erickson, Anita Jacobson and Judy Steinbrecher.

For every $10 donation made to the Nancy and Mike Carlson Scholarship Fund, your name will be entered in a drawing, which will be held Sept. 9 at an afternoon tea at Naniboujou Lodge with speaker Karen Halbersleben.

 The scholarship provides an annual award for a student seeking a degree or certificate in literacy or education including early childhood education, K-12 licensure, higher education, and special education.

“Help us grow this scholarship fund as a wonderful testimony to Nancy and

Mike in honor of their amazing work in this community, their dedication to education, and in loving memory of Nancy Carlson who passed away September 25 after a valiant six year battle with carcinoid cancer,” said Higher Ed director Paula Sundet Wolf.

Donations may be made online at; at Higher Ed headquarters at 300 W. 3rd St. in Grand Marais; or by check to CCHE, PO Box 57, Grand Marais, MN 55604.


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