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photo courtesy North House Folk School

Vladimir Yarish, an award-winning basket maker from Russia, has worked with birch bark for more than 24 years. He teaches all over the U.S., including at North House Folk School here in Grand Marais. He joined Dick in studio July 24 to talk about his craft and tell a few stories about Russia,...


Mrs. Josephine Zimmerman and Alice LaPlante, at Chippewa City
Josephine Zimmerman was the first person confirmed in the Chippewa Church, more formally known as St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In a letter she sent to the Cook County Historical Society in 1971, Mrs. Zimmerman relates her memories of the church and tells the story of the 1907 forest fire,...
courtesy Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Sustainable Agriculture Project at UMD offers an experiential learning, research and demonstration farm that works with institutions and local farmers, and provides internships for students. Randel Hanson, assistant professor of geography at UMD, has been instrumental in the creation and...


Ben Weaver in Studio A

Musician Ben Weaver is riding his bicycle around Lake Superior to engage people along the route in conversation about the state of our fresh water. He's performing his music at many stops along the way. He spoke with Dick, and played a few tunes, during a July 24 stopover in Grand...



Chapter 18: Ocean Crossing

(Photo courtesy of Loren Kerns on Flickr)

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courtesy Wilderness Classroom

At the fall equinox, Dave & Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the KawishiwiRiver and paddle into the Boundary Waters, where they will stay for an entire year. Dick spoke with them July 17 about why they're doing this, the logistics involved, and more. You can learn about their...


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NASA's New Horizons--the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt--ended its 9 1/2-year journey last week as the spacecraft reached Pluto and started transmitting new information back to Earth. Parke Kunkle, U of MN Bell Museum of History advisory board member, joined Dick July 17 to...


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Marlais Olmstead Brand, a Lakeville writer and wilderness educator, has written a new book, "The Hungry Coast: Fables from the North Shore of Minnesota." It's illustrated with woodcuts from Grand Marais native Noah Prinsen. Marlais spoke with Dave TerSteeg July 17 about...



Chapter 17: The Storm

(Photo courtesy of Loren Kerns on Flickr)

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They’re small, but they’re the bird world’s acrobats. WTIP’s Jay...


Blue Moon {tonnyetone /Flickr}
Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota...

Hi.  I’m Ali Bickford, Information Specialist at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in...
Artist's Point
Artist's Point is a landmark in Grand Marais, a distinctive spit of land that extends into Lake...

The North Shore's Highway 61 hasn't always followed its current route.  In...
Joan Farnam
Joan Farnam has been writing about the arts scene on the North Shore for more than 10 years. She is also a potter and the ceramics studio facilitator at the Grand Marais Art Colony and works as a...

How to navigate busy lives without...
Wild blueberries

Gunflint area atmospheric conditions remain on the sticky side as I...



It was a week of disaster and near disaster in Tofte. 
 
Firmly in the...

Confidence is there already, what most of us need to learn is how to stop undermining...

Having reached the halfway point in July, Gunflint weather has turned frightful for the moose...


Bode, the formerly lost dog
It is not much of a surprise, but upsetting nonetheless, to hear Minnesota Power announce the...

What helps us see ourselves more clearly?  How do we grow beyond our...
Gunflint Trail Historical Society 10 Year Celebration, picture by Sally Valentini

Summer has turned the corner so to speak as daylight minutes begin to trickle away. Conditions...