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The trestle bridge on Gunflint Lake at the narrows

History Speaks: Rails, Mines, Madams, and Crooks

Did you know there was a rail line from Thunder Bay that traveled across the country’s border and went to a mine near the end of the Gunflint Trail? Listen as WTIP uncovers the story “Rails, Mines, Madams, and Crooks” as part of our ongoing History Speaks series. It’s a real life tale full of intrigue, mystery and wonder. Learn about the famous Madam Mag Matthews and her house of ill-repute located near Gunflint Lake, the Italian laborers that endured many hardships to build the rail line, and the crooked businessmen who secured funding for the project in some questionable ways. We’ll also take a look at the new Centennial Trail recently completed by the USFS  that helps preserve this important story.

Violet clump by Wendy Rouse. Watercolor 9 X 18

Watercolor Society to exhibit at JHP

Over 30 members of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society will exhibit about 60 paintings at the Johnson Heritage Post. The opening is set for this Friday, Sept. 24.


Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Garden & Fall Gardening Tips

 Pictured at left is the Three Sisters Garden (Corn, Beans & Squash) at the Grand Portage Monument.

Oil spill cleanup worker

Pipeline failures and fatalities get the attention of lawmakers

Earlier this summer an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy ruptured near Marshall, Michigan.  More than a million gallons of crude oil spilled into Talmadge Creek a


Local artist Betsy Bowen talks bogs in Studio A

Betsy Bowen chatted with Buck Sept. 17 about her latest project, illustrating "Big Belching Bog," just out from the U of MN Press.

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Write-ins don’t always need to be written

As Cook County approaches the November 2nd General Election, the issue of write-in candidates surfaces. At least one write-in is announced for Grand Marais Mayor.

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Weekend News Wrap for Sept. 18

Each weekend the WTIP News Department assembles the week’s important news stories to play here on North Shore Weekend.

Cook County Schools campus

School levy meetings set

On Nov. 2, Cook County Schools ISD166 will be asking residents to vote on an operating levy which would provide the district with approximately $377,000 for each of the next five years.

Perch lures

Local Fish Report for Sept. 17

9/17/10 – There are lots of fish in Cook County lakes, the trick is to know where they are and how to catch them.


Arrowhead Electric Coop representative elaborates on broadband grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, a grant and loan package of $16 million for broadband infrastructure in Cook County.

Cedar Grove map

MPCA action against EDA settled

Cedar Grove Business Park in Grand Marais may finally be emerging from the black cloud it has been under since the project broke ground in 2006. The Minnesota Pollution Control Age

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