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WTIP is rolling out some program schedule changes starting Monday, Feb. 11. Changes include the addition of a locally-produced music show from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and the move of Swing Session from noon to 6:00 a.m. weekdays and 4:00 p.m. Sundays.
The changes have grown out of responses from the listener survey WTIP held in the fall. “It has been a process,” says WTIP’s Executive Director Deb Benedict. “We took listener feedback and used it to determine how to best serve our listeners as well as accommodate new needs and interests.” All proposed changes were carefully considered and approved by WTIP’s Programming Committee.
As a community radio station, WTIP works hard to be responsive to community needs and interests. Sometimes, being responsive means considering the program schedule and making changes to best serve listener needs. “We have to be responsive,” says Benedict. “We found there was a need for a locally-produced music show and early-morning programming, so we carefully considered options and created a new schedule that we’re confident will serve our listeners’ needs. We’re really excited about it.”
WTIP’s program schedule is a mixture of locally-produced and carefully selected programming that meets the needs and interests of WTIP’s unique and diverse listenership. WTIP has over 75 active volunteers that produce most of the local programming.
Click here to see the new program schedule.
Do you have a child or grandchild aged 0-5? On February 9, the second annual "Winter Wonderland" for young children and their loved ones will be held at Birch Grove from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be activities specially geared toward that age, and resources for their caregivers. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own sandwich or join us for Cross River Cafe's Famous Chili at noon. We invite people of all ages to spend the afternoon enjoying the skating rink, ski trails, snowshoeing and tot-sized sledding hills. At 4:00 p.m., the second round of the Third Annual Boot Hockey Tournament will be held.
The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee will be getting some input from the Grand Marais Park Board at their next meeting. Park Board Member and City Councilor Bill Lenz updated the park board on budget-induced reductions to the Cook County Family YMCA design at their meeting on February 5.
The amount designated for outdoor amenities, including a new softball field, has been limited to $500,000 in order to leave as much money as possible for the YMCA building. “We feel that we have to get the building done,” said Lenz. “At this point, the ball field is kind of up in the air.”
“The ball field is really important to our plans,” said Park Manager Dave Tersteeg. The park’s Master Plan calls for replacing the ball field with full-service RV sites when the county builds a new ball field on its current Community Center property. Lenz said that he has told the steering committee that if a new field is not built, Grand Marais will eventually have one fewer field than it needs.
There is a significant winter storm headed our way beginning Sunday afternoon. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about a lot of snow and blowing winds.
Leah Utities cut loose for 22 points as the Cook County Vikings beat Duluth Marshall Thursday night, 65-46, in a game played at the high school gym in Grand Marais.
The Vikings hit 28 field goals while holding Marshall to only 18 to take thewin. Marshall held a nine to five edge in the free-throws-made column.
Joining Utities in double-figure scoring were Theresa Morrin with 16 and Breana Peterson with 13. Suzy Burton scored eight and Kaitlynn Linnell added six for the Vikes. Utities and Morrin each had two three-pointers apiece.
Mary Baumgartner led Marshall with 12 points.
In girls hockey, the Silver Bay Area girls team ended its season Thursday night with a 4-0 loss at Proctor-Hermantown in the quarterfinals of the Section 7A hockey playoffs.
And, the season ended for the Cook County High School Nordic Ski Teams as no Vikings qualified for State in the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge.
In regular season boys hockey, the North Shore Storm overwhelmed Moose Lake Area 8-2 on the Storm's home ice. Both the SBA and Storm teams include skaters from Cook and Lake counties.
The Silver Bay Area girls came into last night's Section 7A game at the eighth seed. Proctor-Hermantown is seeded number one. In taking the win, Proctor-Hermantown scored once each in the first and second period, adding two goals in the third for the win.
Cassie Swanson was in the net for the Mariners and made 29 saves.
The top-ranked Duluth East girls won their third straight Section 7 Nordic ski title on Thursday. East is also the two-time defending state champion. East took the 10.5K girls' meet with 384 points followed by Ely at 377. The Viking girls finished 10th with 132.
The Ely Timberwolves won the boys' 10.5K meet with 384 points followed by Duluth East wtih 371. The Vikings finished ninth with 221 points.
The Elders at the Grand Portage Elderly Nutrition Program are staying busy. There continues to be strong participation in weekly water aerobics, chair exercise and Wisdom Steps programs. These programs are especially important as the weather makes it hard to get outdoors. ENP Director Patty Winchell-Dahl said, “When we keep moving, we have less pain from arthritis, stay strong and are less likely to fall. Keeping active makes us healthier and can contribute to a positive, happier outlook on life.”
Anyone interested in participating with Wisdom Steps, please call Carol Hackett at (218) 475-2655. All types of exercise count towards your goal for Wisdom Steps not just walking. The program is open to adults 50 years of age and older.
The ENP has many opportunities to volunteer. Currently ENP is in need of Elders to listen to the grade school children read twice a week. Anyone with some time, please call Patty at the ENP at 457-2655 or 475-2002.