Community & Culture

Gordon Thorne plays with the Carpenter Ants
So many great musicians came out to perform at WTIP's Radiowaves festival this year - we can't contain them all to one piece! Will Moore talks to the artists who came from all over the state (and country) to make it to Radiowaves this...
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Ann & Dick welcomed Grand Rapids-based  group the Clearwater Hot Club (Sam Miltich, lead guitar; Mike Miller, rhythm guitar; Matthew Miltich, upright bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 24 for wonderful music and interesting conversation about the origins and current state of the music known as...


Dick & Ann welcomed Chris Gillis and Max Bichel to Studio A Oct. 24 to talk about the "Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion." Frank was a big part of the local music scene for many years. Chris invited two members of Frank's band, plus many local musicians, to join him for two...


Turtle, Walking With Our Sisters Installation
Walking With Our Sisters is a traveling, commemorative art installation
created to honor the missing and murdered indigenous women of Cananda
and the United States. I recently attended the exhibit's closing
ceremony at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Ontario, and spoke to...
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A new study to appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Consumer Research finds that uncertainty can be rewarding...specifically, that people put more effort into winning an uncertain reward. The lead author of the study, Dr. Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of...


Beaver Pond (Don Davison)

Dr. Carol Johnston is a professor of ecology at South Dakota State University who just received a National Science Foundation grant to compile her years of research on how beavers have affected the ecosystem at Voyageurs National Park. She talked with Dave TerSteeg Oct. 17 about how and why...


Michael Monroe performing with a Seaton guitar. Photo: Nick Wosika

Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local singer-songwriter Michael Monroe to The Roadhouse Oct. 17 for music and chat. Michael just released a new CD, "Call of the Moose." You can learn more about his music and performance schedule...


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Dick Swanson & Bob Carter welcomed The Barley Jacks to The Roadhouse Oct. 10 for great music that combines elements  of bluegrass,  blues, Celtic, and more. The Barley Jacks are Brian Wicklund, Joe Cruz, Kevin Rowe, and Joel Arpin. You can learn more about them and their...


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Steele Lorenz, a 2010 graduate of the U of MN Carlson School of Management, co-founded MyRain, a business that helps small farmers in India become more profitable and use natural resources more efficiently. He talked with Dick Oct. 10 about the company's mobile irrigation system, how the...




Hello, this is Jon Benson, Recreation Specialist for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger...
Beavers (Castor canadensis)

Local naturalist and retired teacher Larry Weber joins us each Saturday morning to share his...



Suzanne Cable, Assistant District Ranger for Recreation & Wilderness for the Gunflint and...


Joseph Jr., Carrie, Ella and Edith Mayhew

Edith Mayhew was the daughter of Joseph Mayhew, Grand Marais' first lighthouse keeper. ...


Lighthouse Keeper's House in Grand Marais
Ella Mayhew was the daughter of Joseph Mayhew, Grand Marais' first lighthouse keeper.  In...
Joan Farnam
Joan Farnam has been writing about the arts scene on the North Shore for more than ten years. She is also a potter and the ceramics studio manager at the Grand Marais Art Colony and works as a...

At the time of this Gunflint news scooping, the upper Trail has just come off a swell week of...
Icy dip
As I speak, the parking lot here at Sawbill is empty for the first time since May 16.  Every...

Hear stories about ghosts and other eerie experiences in the wilderness from the folks at the Lake...

Sunny prepares for the transition to winter, and remembers a favorite chipmunk in this edition of...
Mt. Holmes
Gus has spent time working as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. Here he tells us...

Pre-winter has been playing tag with autumn since our last meeting. The upper Trail has experienced...
Throwing for the spare under the disco lights at the Silver Bowl in Silver Bay
The West End resorts are all reporting that the fall color season was gangbusters this year. ...
Snow Buntings
As I forecast last week, some swell sunny days have sprung forth from the leaden skies of our first...