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First and Third Thursday Conversations air at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (killerturnip/Flickr)

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday 7-8pm
On the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of community importance. Guests are invited into the studio and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments, and concerns. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the discussion of public affairs issues that shape our community. To participate in the conversation call 218-387-1070 or email us at wtip@boreal.org.

On the third Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP's Jay Andersen hosts a one-on-one discussion with a variety of community members.


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Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

“Projection and Reflection” is WTIP’s January First Thursday

This is the time when organizations, governments and agencies review the year past and look to the year ahead. What did we do right and what could we have done better? What challenges and opportunities wait for us in the coming year?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for First Thursday Community Conversation when we ask city and county representatives to look back on 2015 and predict what lies ahead in 2016.

“Projection and Reflection: Government looks forward and back” is this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Jeff Cadwell and Heidi Doo Kirk join us from the county, Howard Hedstrom from the Economic Development Authority and Mike Roth and Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux from the city.

“Projection and Reflection: Government looks forward and back” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community radio.

 

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Cook County courthouse

Land use is topic for WTIP’s First Thursday December broadcast

Where do we want the county to be in 2035? What should we look like? How will we be the same or different?
Join host Jay Andersen for “A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years – the update.” This month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.
 
On Wednesday, December 16 at 5 p.m. There will be a public hearing for review and comment on the updated plan. It was almost two decades ago, when Cook County last updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The land use committee has finalized a new and revised version and we have a panel to discuss it on First Thursday.

How is the new vision different from the 1997 version? What’s changed in Cook County?

“A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years – the update.” First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Operating Levy vote

WTIP's First Thursday broadcast features ISD166 Operating Levy referendum

     Cook County Schools ISD166 will be coming to the voters on November 3rd with an Operating Levy referendum. Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a Community Conversation call-in broadcast.
     What is an Operating Levy? Why does the District need one? What will it do and how much will it cost? Members of the referendum committee were in the studio to explain the answers to these and many more questions.
     First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Vikings

WTIP tackles the conversion to Nine-Man football

This fall, Cook County High School sports fans will have a new experience. What does the switch to Nine-Man football mean for coaches, players and the fans in the stands?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen as he talks with coaches and broadcasters about the conversion to Nine-Man. Will it really be all that different? What should you look for on the field? In the huddle? On the radio?

“Cook County Nine-Man Football” – Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio

 

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Cook County courthouse

First Thursday looks at county discretionary funding

Each year dozens of non-profit organizations, agencies and services approach the Cook County Board of Commissioners for funding not mandated by any government, but none-the-less important to our overall quality of life.

Join Jay Andersen, host of WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation  for a wide-ranging discussion on who gets funded and how.

For many years these requests have been addressed on an individual basis. In an attempt to reduce the subjectivity of discretionary funding decisions, commissioners are in the process of considering new ways of leveling the playing field.

“Developing a Discretionary Funding Format” is this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTYIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Fish dinner

WTIP’s First Thursday looks at the FISH Project

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet.  Catching and eating fish are also part of the history and culture of the Great Lakes region. But not all fish are always good for you all the time.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Fish are Important for Superior Health,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

Recently research has found that a large percentage of infants born along the North Shore have elevated levels of mercury in their systems.

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Grand Portage Health Service in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health are presently conducting a project named FISH: that’s an acronym for Fish are Important for Superior Health.

We’ve assembled a guest panel from the clinic, Grand Portage and the state department of health.

“Fish are Important for Superior Health,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Published by University of Minnesota Press

North Shore natural history book is WTIP’s Community Conversation

The story of the Lake Superior watershed is now told in a stunning new comprehensive environmental history.

Join Jay Andersen, host of WTIP’s Thursday Community Conversations  when the authors of “North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast” take us through an in-depth discussion of this complex and fascinating place we call home.

WTIP’s North Woods Naturalist Chel Anderson and her co-author Heidi Fischer guide us through the geology, biology and history of the headwaters, highlands, near shore…and the great lake itself.

“North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast.” Thursday Community Conversation,  only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 

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Forest road

Land use is topic for this month’s First Thursday broadcast

Where do we want the county to be in 2035? What should we look like? How will we be the same or different?
Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years”…This month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.  

Almost two decades ago, Cook County last updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Currently a committee is in the process of finalizing a new and revised plan to take before the public and the county board. How is the new vision different from the 1997 version? What’s changed in Cook County?

“A Cook County Land Use Plan for the next 20 years” with Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk, Planning Director Tim Nelson, committee Chair Sheri Baker and member Kristin DeArruda Wharton. First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

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Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

WTIP’s Third Thursday looks at local progress in business and government

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A reinvigorated environment for business and local government is characterized by an almost completely new city government and a focused county-wide chamber of commerce.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for two informative interviews centered on business development and the business of government.

Jim Boyd is the Executive Director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and he’ll update us on the Chamber’s legislative priorities and the time he’s spent at the Capitol this session. Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux is the newly elected Mayor of Grand Marais. He and fellow city counselors spent a day beginning an on-going planning process for the city’s future.

Local business and government is the focus of this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Hospital and care center

WTIP’s First Thursday is a special on Care Center 50th

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This weekend the Cook County Care Center will celebrate 50 years in the community. There are plans for an open house Sunday, and several other celebrations and activities up to and including Fisherman’s Picnic.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a special First Thursday Community Conversation. We’ll talk with three people intimately associated with long term care in Cook County. Kimber Wraalstad is the administrator for Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center, Evelyn McDonald is president of the Care Center auxiliary and Mark Abrahamson is the RN Resident Care Manager.

“Care in Cook County, past present and future,” First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.