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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.


What's On:
Volunteers

WTIP’s Third Thursday continues series with four volunteers

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This month WTIP continues its series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from WTIP commentator Vicki Biggs Anderson, CarePartners volunteer Phyllis Parker, Violence Prevention Center volunteers Jeff Ken and Kathy Sullivan, and, multi-organization volunteer Mike Carlson.
 
“Volunteers on Volunteering, part three.” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Wildfire

June First Thursday features fire season panel discussion

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Cook County has had its share of wildfires and some have been devastating to the forest and private property. Even though we’ve started with a late and damp spring, the summer weather can quickly change. Warm, dry, windy. Lightning strikes or being careless with campfires. Summer always has the potential of turning into “fire season.”

Join Jay Andersen for “Preventing, Preparing and Planning for Fire Season” -- this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

In the studio are Gunflint Fire Chief Mike Prom, County Emergency Management director Jim Wiinanen, Paul Nelson from FireWise and Forest Service Fire Management Officer Patty Johnson.

“Preventing, preparing and planning for fire season” -- this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Volunteer

WTIP’s Third Thursday continues series on volunteers

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This month WTIP continues its series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from multi-organization volunteers Barb and John Bottger, Art Colony and school volunteer David Hahn and long-time WTIP naturalist commentator Chel Anderson.

“Volunteers on Volunteering, part two.” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Firefighters

WTIP’s First Thursday looks at community emergencies

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The last week end in April saw many dozens of responders in Grand Marais for the 24th annual county Emergency Services Conference. The conference brought together firefighters, EMTs law enforcement, first responders and the general public…all for training and greater awareness of community preparedness.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Responding to a Cook County Emergency – community preparedness for the North Shore,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

This past April has seen its share of disasters, accidents, explosions, terrorism -- and it has not been confined just to large cities. Whether it’s shootings in public places, a highway bus accident, wildfire or floods, community professionals and trained volunteers take the lead in responding to the emergency and dealing with the aftermath

Six participants in this year’s Emergency Services Conference will discuss their roles in training, advising, planning and preparing for any emergency in Cook County.

“Responding to a Cook County Emergency – community preparedness for the North Shore,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.


 
Chik-Wauk

WTIP’s Third Thursday starts series on volunteers

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This month WTIP begins a series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from North Shore Music Association volunteer Wayne Russ, Grand Marais Playhouse volunteer Emma Bradley and WTIP and Chik-Wauk Museum volunteer Fred Smith.

“Volunteers on Volunteering,” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Go Cook County

New hope for county economic development is WTIP’s First Thursday for April

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For the first eleven years of this century Cook County’s economy grew at less than the rate of inflation. Still the economy is turning the corner nationally and there is a renewed vitality here optimistic about the future.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and his guests for “Economic Development – the search for sustainable growth” on First Thursday Community Conversation.

Our county is at a crossroads and a team of over 20 local businesspeople, organization managers and elected officials are working to create a shared economic development vision. More than that, they’re forming strategies and actions to make it happen.

Four GO Cook County team members – Jim Boyd, Jan Sivertson, Mark Sandbo and Mike Prom -- discuss their first impressions of data and survey responses as they get ready to form a plan for Cook County’s future.

“Economic Development – the search for sustainable growth” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Managing

Third Thursday for February is all about "managing"

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Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversation. This time the program is all about managing.

Nancy Larson is the new Gunflint District Ranger. Her job is to manage a large chunk of the Superior National Forest and BWCAW -- the most heavily used wilderness in the nation. George Maruska is a local accountant who does a lot of tax returns this time of year. He talks about how to manage your financial records at tax time.

 February’s Third Thursday Community Conversations -- only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Creating a health care directive

First Thursday: “Creating Your Personal Health Care Directive”

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There are two things hospitals ask when you’re being admitted – the first is about your insurance, the second is whether you have a health care directive.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for a unique and important edition of First Thursday Community Conversation.

Dr. Sandy Stover and attorney Leigh Mathison will discuss the importance of a health care directive and how to complete the form.

The Health Care Directive form which is provided by the North Shore Health Care Foundation is posted here where you can download and print.

The entire broadcast is archived so you can refer to it as you create a health care directive that suits you and reflects your needs and wishes. You’ll also be helping your loved ones at a time when you’re not able to make those critical health decisions on your own.


 
"Creating Your Personal Health Care Directive" on WTIP's First Thursday Community Conversation (Ralf/Flickr)

Next First Thursday Community Conversation: "Creating Your Personal Health Care Directive"

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There are two things hospitals ask when you’re being admitted – the first is about your insurance, the second is whether you have a health care directive.
 
Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen on February 7th for a unique and important edition of First Thursday Community Conversation: “Creating Your Personal Health Care Directive” from 6 to 7 p.m.
 
Dr. Sandy Stover and attorney Leigh Mathison will discuss the importance of a health care directive and how to complete the form.
 
You can download the Health Care Directive form above, which is provided by the North Shore Health Care Foundation, print it and follow our step-by-step instructions.
 
If you’ve got questions during the program, you can call us at 387-1070, 800-473-9847 or send an email to wtip@boreal.org.
 
The entire broadcast will be archived so you can refer to it later as you create a health care directive that suits you and reflects your needs and wishes. You’ll also be helping your loved ones at a time when you’re not able to make those critical health decisions on your own.


 
Kimber Wraalstad

Ski trails, skilled long term care and songs on WTIP’s December edition of Third Thursday Community Conversations

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Ever wonder how all those ski trails happen? As our population ages have you thought about the need for long-term care? What’s it like to write and perform music for 40 years?

WTIP’s Jay Andersen hosts this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations. You’ll hear from ski trail administrator Michael O’Phelan on what goes into making and keeping all our trails in shape. Hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad looks at skilled long-term care needs far into the future and musician/performer Michael Monroe reflects back on four decades of making music.

“Skis, seniors and solar-powered songs” on Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.