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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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Community Center Option One

Putting ‘Community’ in the Community Center,” the July First Thursday Community Conversation.

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The July 7 First Thursday Community Conversation broadcast featured information, questions and comments on the proposed community center project. Joining host Jay Andersen were Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, Tom Wacholz, president of the construction management team ORB Management, Community Center Steering Committee chair and county commissioner Sue Hakes and Paul Nelson with the county Local Energy Project.

“Putting ‘Community’ in the Community Center,” the July First Thursday Community Conversation.


 
Dennis Neitzke speaking to public during the Cavity Fire

Third Thursday Community Conversation with Gunflint Ranger Dennis Neitzke

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The Superior National Forest covers three million acres, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness alone is a million acres – much of the land and lakes are in Cook County. Gunflint District Ranger Dennis Neitzke oversees a good share of this federal land.

We talked about our woods, waters and wildlife as well as the future challenges and current controversies that surround our corner of the Superior National Forest.

A Conversation with Gunflint District Ranger Dennis Neitzke -- the June 16 Third Thursday Community Conversation.


 
Peter Monkres

Third Thursday features Peter Monkres

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After 42 years in the ministry and 13 years leading First Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Marais, Peter Monkres is retiring.

Peter joined Jay Andersen for WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, May 19 for a wide-ranging discussion that covered everything from theology and philosophy to pressing social and political issues locally, nationally and in the rest of the world.


 
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Howard Sivertson on Third Thursday

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He grew up in a fishing family on Isle Royale. He’s made a study of voyageur history and the Lake Superior fur trade. He’s also written a number of books on Isle Royal and the North Shore. But Howard Sivertson is best known for his paintings. Howard was the April 21 guest on Third Thursday Community Conversation.


 
Community health care

First Thursday spotlights Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

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Are we a healthy county? What needs to be done to ensure we stay healthy and keep a community clinic close to home? Drs. Jenny Delfs and Sandy Stover, clinic executive committee member Nancy Burns and outreach nurse Teresa Borak join Jay Andersen for “Sawtooth Mountain Clinic: the future for community health care” – the April 7 broadcast of  First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Clinic-hospital complex

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is focus for WTIP’s First Thursday broadcast

In a time of high insurance premiums, patients with no insurance at all as well as a host of other health care challenges, can a clinic like Sawtooth Mountain continue to serve everyone in Cook County? Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Sawtooth Mountain Clinic: the future for community health care” -- this week’s First Thursday Community Conversation 6 to 7 p.m. April 7.

Each month we choose a topic for discussion, invite guests into the studio and invite you to join in the conversation. You can call in (387-1070) or email us (wtip@boreal.org) with your questions and comments during the broadcast or before.

Are we a healthy county? What needs to be done to ensure we stay healthy and keep a community clinic close to home? Join in-studio guests Drs. Jenny Delfs, Sandy Stover, clinic executive committee member Nancy Burns and outreach nurse Patty Doherty for “Sawtooth Mountain Clinic: the future for community health care” – this week’s First Thursday Community Conversation 6 to 7 p.m. April 7. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Norman Deschampe

Grand Portage Band Chairman Norman Deschampe on Third Thursday Community Conversation

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The people of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are an integral part of the fabric of life in Cook County. For “Third Thursday Community Conversation,” WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently sat down with Grand Portage Band Chairman Norman Deschampe for a wide-ranging discussion on the economy, environment, education, sovereignty, gaming and politics in general.


 
One percent

First Thursday Community Conversation for March: a 1% sales tax update

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On November 3rd 2009, Cook County voters overwhelmingly approved a 1% local option sales tax. The revenue is to be used for a number of construction projects, among them community centers, public recreation areas and improvements to the Grand Marais Public Library. Collection of the tax began in April of 2010 and expenditures are already being committed. So where do we stand today?

In the studio March 3 were four people deeply involved in 1% sales tax issues. Braidy Powers is Cook County Auditor-Treasurer and as such keeps his eye on sales tax collection and spending. Grand Marais Librarian Linda Chappell, who, with her library board have been dealing with the library expansion for many months. West End Commissioner Bruce Martinson, familiar with the Birch Grove recreation project and soon-to-be Treasurer of the Joint Economic Development Authority, managers of Superior National Golf Course. And West Grand Marais area Commissioner Sue Hakes, who chairs the Community Center Steering Committee.

WTIP’s Jay Andersen was moderator with Carah Thomas engineering.


 
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Third Thursday Community Conversation with Sue Futterer

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Untold thousands of Minnesotans are vulnerable. They may need assistance with medical issues, food, child care and support, assistance with aging, with disabilities and much more. Cook County is no exception. It’s one of our largest local government responsibilities. The budget is big and the programs are many and complex. Sue Futterer is Director of Cook County Public Health and Human Services. She joined us on Feb. 17 to discuss the physical, financial and emotional challenges of providing social services programs to our local residents. We invite you to join in the conversation with questions and comments.


 
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Bullying: a high school point of view

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Bullying has been around as long as students have been in schools. Is it getting better? Worse? What’s the bullying situation here in Cook County? How do our young people view the situation? Is it a problem or just a part of growing up? "Bullying: a high school point of view" was broadcast Feb 3, 2011.