West End News Dec.11, 2009

The shots for the H1N1 flu virus are still available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. So far the number of folks showing up for the H1N1 shots has been underwhelming.

City Hall

City adopts 2010 budget with 3 percent levy increase

Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes said she hoped to go into 2010 without a raise in taxes. However, Hakes says unallotments made by the governor totaling $31,000 along with the possibility of further cuts next year, made a 3 percent levy increase necessary.


Lexicographer Christine Lindberg on the 2009 Word of the Year

Bob and Ann chatted Dec. 4 with Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer at Oxford University Press, about the 2009 Word of the Year: unfriend. Find out more about Word of the Year and the runners-up. Listen to the interview.


Dave Watson first to ski down K2, world's second-highest mountain

Buck and Bob talked with Dave Watson of the Twin Cities, who recently became the first person to ski down K2, the world's second-highest mountain. Learn more about his adventure. Listen to the interview.


Magnetic North Dec.10, 2009: Beware The White Stuff. And Other Christmas Horror Stories

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where that icky white stuff is starting to pile up. No, not snow. We wish!

Asian Carp

Klobuchar sponsors bill to help keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has co-sponsored legislation authored by Democrat Senator Carl Levin and Republican George Voinovich to prevent the spread of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes.

Misty Sunrise on Magnetic Rock Trail by Melissa Anderson

Wildersmith On The Gunflint Dec. 9, 2009

The wilderness rendition of holiday decorating has taken on a more serious note since last we met on the radio. A white blanket of snow has been spread through the upper Trail. Several light doses have layered up to five or six inches in most places, flocking a zillion pines to look like a seasonal Gunflint greeting card.


H1N1 now available to all in Cook County

H1N1 vaccination will be available to everyone on a first come first served basis Thursday and Friday. Vaccinations will be in the Sawtooth Mountain clinic patient education room, which is located in the clinic waiting area.

On Thursday Dec.10, a clinic will be held from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday Dec. 11 vaccinations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Industrial spill near Lake Superior at Marathon, Ontario

A “minor” spill of industrial chemicals at Marathon, Ontario’s bankrupt pulp mill has confirmed the worst fears of municipal leaders in Canada. News of the spill was reported in the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Tuesday.


Coast Guard puts BWCAW patrol on hold

The U.S. Coast Guard announced plans to add boundary waters lakes to its patrol area earlier this year, which made local resort owners and outfitters on border country lakes a bit nervous. Such a move would require additional licensing and add costs to doing business.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund

All about snow

Pete Harris of Wolf Ridge Learning Center explains the role Lake Superior plays in snow creation around the region on WTIP’s AM Community Calendar. He also discusses how forest critters are impacted by deep snow and how deep the frost is so far this year.


Sami Rasouli, Iraqi & American citizen, founder of Muslim Peacemaker Teams

Bob and Buck spoke Nov. 20 with Sami Rasouli, founder of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq, whose mission is to work together for peace, unity and self-sufficiency in the face of the current violence. Sami's message is based on principles of nonviolence from the Koran. Learn more about MPT at www.mpt-iraq.org Listen to the interview.

Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, bluegrass masters, perform live on the Roadhouse

Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, in town from Nashville for the 19th Annual Bluegrass Master's Weekend at Lutsen Resort, performed in-studio Nov. 13. Listen to the music and interview.

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