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Grandparents Day celebrated at Grand Portage Community Center today

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:03am

Grand Portage Elders are celebrating Grandparent’s Day today, Sunday, September 7 with a B-B-Q, picnic, walk, bike ride, games and information at the Community Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All kids and grandparents are invited. This year Bob and Elaine Sample from the Grand Marais Pharmacy will be providing the food and grilling it too. This is always a fun day and a great way to celebrate grandparents. Hope to see everyone there!

If you need any more information on any of these activities, call Patty at the ENP at (218) 475-2655 or 2002.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Two islands on West Pope Lake are now named

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:00am

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, August 26 and unlike many public meetings there was not a voice of discord. The county board had heard only positive comments on a proposal brought forward by a number of Gunflint Trail residents to give names to two unnamed islands on West Pope Lake. The only person at the public hearing was the man who had spearheaded the efforts to name the two federally-owned islands, Tom Bettenhausen.

Bettenhausen explained why he and his family felt it was important that the islands have names. He said in the 20-plus years his family has been coming to their property on West Pope Lake, they have seen numerous pregnant moose cows swim to the islands. They have counted the days and then had the pleasure of watching the calves appear. They have enjoyed their growth and watching the mother nudging them into the water to teach them to swim.

He said his family discussed possible names and eventually thought of a name honoring all the moose that had been born there, in what he said was “sort of a moose maternity ward.” The family also decided that the names should be in the native language of the original inhabitants of the Gunflint Trail.

Bettenhausen expressed appreciation to Allen Aubid of Grand Portage who helped him find Ojibwe names that were fitting.

The name chosen for Island 1, the smaller of the two is “Moozoogitaanesing,” which translates into “Garden for young moose to be born.” 

The second island’s name is “Moozoogitagaaning,” which means “Big garden for young moose to be safe from danger.”

A unanimous motion passed to name the two islands, with Commissioner Garry Gamble stressing that the resolution should record that the island names are in the Ojibwe language.

Weekend News Roundup for September 6

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:33am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. 50 years of wilderness, invasive species in Basswood Lake, Mining company redesigns goals…all this and more in this week’s news.


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All invited to Radio Waves Music Festival Sept. 5-7

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:01am

Music lovers of all ages are invited to come together for three days of music at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais as part of the 7th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival Sept. 5-7. Over 30 bands at an incredible outdoor venue, with dancing and children’s activities, are sure to make this year’s festival the best ever.

Sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the Radio Waves Music Festival features a diverse line-up that reflects the incredible talent and diversity of North Shore musicians.  This year’s line-up offers a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country.

The Radio Waves Music Festival takes place annually the weekend after Labor Day under a big tent in an outdoor venue, with on-site food, children’s activities, and on-site camping. Admission is $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.

For more information and the full lineup of bands, see WTIP’s website: or call (218) 387-1070.

Camping reservations are available at the adjacent campground by calling (218) 387-1712.

Art Colony offers Plein Air event

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:30am

The Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air event offers many opportunities to watch artists at work. From September 5-28, artists will be seen painting at scenic or interesting spots anywhere in Cook County, from the Caribou River south of Schroeder to the U.S. Canadian border.

Of special interest is the exciting Quick Paint competition on Artist’s Point from 4 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11.

The plein air works will be on display and for sale at the Art Colony from September 13-28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See for more information. 


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald


Join WTIP for the 7th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, September 5-7

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:12pm

WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival - now in its seventh year - is an outdoor music festival featuring three days of music by local and regional musicians, fantastic on-site food, children’s activities, dancing, and on-site camping.  It takes place September 5-7 at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area, on the shores of Lake Superior.  It's the perfect setting for sharing the weekend with friends and family, while enjoying a music line-up that offers something for every music lover, including rock, classic country, classic rock, folk, jazz, Americana, alternative country and more. 

Radio Waves is sponsored by WTIP Community Radio, an independent, local radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior at 90.7 fm.  WTIP is dedicated to bringing a voice to area residents and to connecting listeners to local news, weather, information and the voices and culture of the North Shore.

The family-friendly event features over 30 acts scheduled for the three days, including: Fred Anderson, Oversize Load, Jim & Michele Miller, Pushing Chain, Rich Mattson & The North Stars, Larry Carpenter, John Silliman, Earth, Wind & Todd, Maria Nickolay, Trails End Band, skyBLUEtrio and the ORANGEgirl, The Curry Family Band, D’Merritt, Portage, Frozen Britches, Bughouse, Gina Lee, Cook County’s Most Wanted, Ric Gillman & Bruce Bowers, Al and Don and the Coast Connection Remnants, The Carpenter Ants, Gordon Thorne, The Spruce Roots, Whurl, Shoot from the Hipsters, Joe Paulik Band, Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, The Pete K. Group, Blues Galaxy, Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club, and The SplinterTones.