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News and information, interviews, weather, upcoming events, music, school news, and many special features. North Shore Morning includes our popular trivia question - Pop Quiz! The North Shore Morning program is the place to connect with the people, culture and events of our region!


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April McCormick

Anishinaabe Way: The Inherent Right of Sovereignty, Part 1

In Part I of the six part series, "The Inherent Right of Sovereignty, in the Words and Experiences of Anishinaabe People," we are introduced to Professor Jill Doerfler, the Head of the American Indian Studies Department at UMD. She explains the inherent right of sovereignty from both current and historical perspectives and shares the goals of The Tribal Sovereignty Institute, a new community-based research and education initiative at UMD.

We also meet April (Clearwater-Day) McCormick, the Roads and Realty Manager of the Grand Portage Reservation. She talks about her experience as a graduate of UMD's Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program and shares her insights about the uniqueness of tribal sovereignty as it applies to her current work, as well as her former position as Secretary-Treasurer of the Grand Portage Reservation, which she held from 2011-2014.



Update from the Cook County Historical Society

Director Carrie McHugh gives an update on what's happening at the Cook County Historical Society.


Birch Grove Community School

School News from Birch Grove: October 13

Sophia reports the latest School News.



'Crockpot Cooking' class offered in October

Crockpot cooking is a food skill that can help families who don’t have a lot of time to cook but would like to enjoy more home-cooked meals. WTIP volunteer Barb Heideman talked with instructor Harley Newell-Acero on North Shore Morning. 

This one-hour class will be offered both Friday, October 16, at 6pm and on Sunday, October 25, at 12:30pm. Registration and more information is available from Hartley at 370-2450.

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Doroquez on Flickr)




AEOA offers energy assistance to local residents

The Cook County Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) can help local residents with winter fuel bills. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with AEOA case manager Anita Jeziah on North Shore Morning. 

For more information call 387-4547.



School News from Oshki Ogimaag: October 12

Carissa reports the latest School News.


The Lake Superior Project/Logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: Revisiting the North Shore's "Lost Resorts"

There were many resorts that once flourished between the Cascade and Caribou Rivers along the North Shore. Most of those resorts are gone now…but some of their history remains. WTIP's Martha Marnocha talked with Schroeder Area Historical Society's Barb Livdahl about the history of several of these "Lost Resorts."
The Cross River Heritage Center’s exhibit on some of the North Shore’s “Lost Resorts” will be open through Saturday, October 17.



‘U.S. Policy Toward Africa’ will be Great Decisions discussion group topic on October 15

Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and has become a draw for foreign investors. WTIP’s Jana Berka spoke with Great Decisions discussion leaders Virginia and Eric Reiner on North Shore Morning.

The next Great Decisions meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15, from noon to 1:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais. Virginia and Eric Reiner will lead the discussion of the topic ‘U.S. Policy Toward Africa.’ 

For more information contact Randy Czeswik at (218) 475-0091 or




Cook County Higher Ed presentation on Grand Portage museum artifacts, October 15

The Grand Portage National Monument houses a museum featuring over 88,000 objects, some dating back to prehistoric times.
WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with museum technician Steve Veit on North Shore Morning. 


‘Treasures from the Dungeon or a Park Service Basement’
Cook County Higher Education Guest Lecture
Thursday, October 15, at 7 pm 
More information at 387-3411

(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)




Wildersmith on the Gunflint: October 9

The celebration of autumn during week one of October has been splendid. Our borderland weather conditions just couldn’t be much better. Sunny daytime skies and a blitz of starry crystal nights have seen several segments of morning frost followed by warm pleasant afternoons in the 50 degree range.

Our world is in an ongoing never-ending tragedy of violent, self-serving man against man, but beauty and peace in the wilderness surrounding this little house enables a Utopian escape. This is especially true this time of year.

Unfortunately the pleasant atmosphere has left the area on the dry side. It’s going on two weeks since this neighborhood has had any rain. The lack of moisture seems to be taking a toll on the color show with many leaflets wilting in drought-like stress and falling off without maxing out their fall pageant. Should the rain gods not loosen up and substantially wet the forest down before ground freeze-up, conditions will not bade well for zillions of trees come next spring. Like a few years back, if the forest goes to bed bone dry, we might expect some serious evergreen winter burn if hard freezing comes after initial thaw commences.

Recent cold evenings have prompted the first fire in the wood-burning stove at Wildersmith. With the coziness of a warm fire, I caught up on some reading in a couple periodicals. Two informative articles in the fall edition of INTERNATIONAL WOLF provided additional insights into Canid Lupis management and another, on the moose decline in northeast Minnesota. If listeners are not subscribers to the wolf magazine, I suggest locating a copy at your local library -- interesting information. Then our own MINNESOTA CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER (September/October issue) had two scribings which are suggested reading, too. One features discussion of maladies and predation affecting our moose herd, while a second story entitled SPLENDID FLIERS addresses particulars of avian migration. Hope you can get hold of this great bimonthly DNR publication.

Word is out now from the County Highway Department in regard to some serious road issues in the curvy section of the Trail alongside Swamper Lake. We are told deteriorated (collapsing) culverts under the road surface merit immediate attention (before winter). We are therefore notified construction will begin before the end of this month, and to expect traveling delays as the fixes are made. Projections are for completion about two weeks after work commences.

Another Trail issue has come to travelers’ attention with the recent installation of directional signage for ATV (4-wheeler) usage. In compliance with recent County Commissioner action to allow usage of such vehicles on certain portions of the Trail (to connect with off-trail paths), there are signs, signs, everywhere, we’ve got signs.

Although these signals of information are well intended, numbers of such Byway regulatory intrusions are mind boggling. It would seem there’s a great deal of overkill, perhaps to the point of being confusing for a visiting ATV user, while local 4-wheel riders certainly are in the know as to where they can go to access their trail-riding system under the new policy. I believe it prudent to review the issue of continual proliferation of this state and national Byway treasure with unnatural emblems to supposedly protect humans from themselves. This being said, when segments of our society can’t read, don’t read or pay little attention to regulations anyway (thinking the rules are only for the other guy), couldn’t this signage issue be rethought? Amen, I step down from my soap box!

On a final note, long time Trail residents and fishing/hunting clients from Gunflint Lodge will remember Kevin Walsh. Kevin moved from the area several years ago to south-central Minnesota. As you may recall, he was a gardener extraordinaire, even here in the North Country’s short growing season. His skills at raising veggies have expanded now that he is located where they have real dirt. This past growing season he decided to work on one of those giant pumpkins. Remembering his skill at growing extreme zucchinis, one would expect he would have big success with a pumpkin. That he did! He recently entered his huge squash family member in a contest down in Ames, Iowa. The entry from Kevin’s garden weighed in at 1,293 pounds. Wow, that sounds enormous! Regrettably, his “fat Amy” as he called her, was out-done by six others with the winner coming in at over 2000 pounds. I wouldn’t look for Kevin to take this sitting down. I could see him being challenged to even bigger and better pie-making fruit next year.

This is Fred Smith, on the Trail, at Wildersmith. The technicolor Gunflint show is tumbling earthward, better get up here soon!