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WTIP to air candidate forums in July

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:47am

WTIPs 2014 election year coverage begins this month. The county primary is August 12 and before the mail ballots go out we’ll host two live call-in candidate forums.

Join WTIPs Jay Andersen and News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence on Wednesday, July 16 when they interview the six candidates vying for the position of First District County Commissioner. Then tune in Thursday July 17 when they repeat the process with the four candidates running in District Five.

You’re invited to join in the conversation. Call in a question to 387-1070 or send an email: wtip@ anytime before or during the broadcast. Become a part of the political process and make your voice heard. Do it today or anytime between now and July 16 and 17 …but do it. Your questions and concerns matter.

Our email address is, our phone number is 387-1070. The First District Commissioner Candidate Forum is 7pm Wednesday, July 16; the Fifth District Forum is 7pm Thursday, July 17. Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

Restoration of Bally Blacksmith Shop continues

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:08pm

The Cook County Historical Society acquired the Bally Blacksmith Shop property in August of 2013, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Fund. There has been a lot of work done at the Bally Blacksmith Shop over the past few months. The short-term goal has been to remove the contents of the 1911 wooden blacksmith building in order to prepare to stabilize it. That work is nearly completed.

Stabilization and some restoration work on the structure will continue this summer. The Historical Society has hired Doug Seim as construction manager. Seim has a background working with historic structures. He will oversee the process of making the blacksmith shop safe for a future as a museum. The long-term goal is to preserve this significant place for generations to come.

Drew Johnson, who is cataloging the historic artifacts at the site, was especially pleased when the cleanup crew found an old business ledger from 1920.

The Historical Society will also soon be asking the community to share stories of their experience with the Bally family and work that they’ve done. The history of this site affected all of Cook County’s past, and the historical society wants to be sure to gather as much information as it can about the three generations of Bally blacksmiths.

To share your stories, or to learn more about the project, visit the Historical Society website at


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County to continue lakeshore septic compliance program on Lake Superior properties

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:43pm

At the request of Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s Clean Water Legacy Grant to allow continuance of the Lakeshore Septic Compliance Program onto a segment of Lake Superior.

At the June 10 board meeting, Nelson said the county has a “substantial” amount of grant funds left over after completing the originally scheduled work. The segment of Lake Superior that will be covered picks up from where the Tofte Schroeder Sanitary Sewer District left off with completion of its septic inventories, and moves toward the east to complete as many system inspections as can be accomplished with the leftover money until Aug. 31, 2015.

As many as 143 Lake Superior properties may be inspected through the grant extension.


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Volunteer Oppurtunities available at the Dragon Boat Festival this July

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:17pm

Ainslie Kincross and Matthew Brown of the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival talked to WTIP about the upcomig event, how to get involved, and the need for volunteers.  Their using a SignUp Genius link to schedule info tent helpers.


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Slow Start to Shipping Season

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:17pm

With the cool and foggy weather this spring, it’s been a slow start to the shipping season for the port of Duluth.  WTIP host Tracy Benson spoke with Adele Yorde of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority on North Shore Morning. 

(Photo from Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

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"Invasive Blitz" training to be held at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center June 27

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 9:00pm

An “Invasive Blitz” training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder.

All volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Woodland Advisor, Forest Pest First Detector and Master Gardener programs are urged to participate. This is an effort to stop invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip, which pose serious threats to Minnesota’s natural resources, ecosystems and economy.

The workshop qualifies as advanced training/continuing education hours in which participants will learn the impact of invasive species in Minnesota and be trained to identify and remove or treat selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. Workshop registration fee is $50 and includes extensive take-home materials and lunch.

Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Forest Pest First Detectors, Woodland Advisors, Tree Care Advisors, Shoreland Volunteers, School Forest volunteers, DNR Scientific & Natural Area Site stewards and others with knowledge of trees and plant identification who are willing to lead volunteer invasive species service projects should consider attending.

For more information or to register see


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