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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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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.

 


 
Birch Tree Center

New mental illness facility featured on WTIP’s First Thursday

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The mental illness revolving door is a state-wide concern and the emergency room isn’t a good place for people in mental health crises – now, there is a new, much needed alternative.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Birch Tree Center— helping to meet our mental health needs” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Program guests are a Who’s Who of mental health care professionals in the Arrowhead.

Birch Tree Center is the product of more than two years of collaboration among hospitals, police, tribes and mental health centers across the region as well as government officials.

Many of those key players will be on the air for “Birch Tree Center— helping to meet our mental health needs” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Maria Nickolay

WTIP’s Fifth Thursday Conversations features poetry and song

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Two young Cook County women go beneath the surface to talk about their art and their spirituality on a special edition of WTIP’s Fifth Thursday Conversations.

Join Jay Andersen with guests poet Amy Woschek Schmidt and singer-songwriter Maria Nickolay for an hour of reading, music and conversation about creativity.

“Poems, Songs and Spirit” – This month’s Fifth Thursday Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

 


 
Great Expectations School

School administrators discuss local education challenges on WTIP

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Are our local schools becoming more centralized due to state and federal mandates? Do standardized tests help or hinder teachers and their students? What does creating the world’s best workforce really mean?

Join WTIP’s  Jay Andersen when we explore the big picture of education as well as how two of our schools apply all those rules and policies. ISD166 Superintendent Beth Schwarz and Great Expectations Charter School Administrator Peter James talk about responding to the challenges of local education.

First Thursday Community Conversation – “Flexibility, Accountability and Creativity in Local Education.” Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.