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City supports library expansion plan

The city of Grand Marais went on record Wednesday in support of the public library expansion plan. It did so as the library board nears the time it will present more formal plans to the county board as a result of the 1 percent sales tax passage. Currently the plan proposes a 3,000 square foot addition for an estimated $700,000 price tag.


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Fatal Halloween Gunflint Trail accident case closes

Listen In Cook County court Wednesday afternoon, Rob Burgess, the 31 year-long domestic partner of victim Dr. Kenneth Petersen, reached across the prosecution desk to the defense table and momentarily squeezed the hand of Border Patrol Agent Maranda Weber.


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Grand Marais City Council refinances business park

City councilors accepted the bid from Northland Securities of Minneapolis for $1,675,000 of general obligation bonds in support of Cedar Grove Business Park financing. Among the two bids received, the city accepted the lower interest rate of 4.2419 percent. The bonds will be paid over a 20 year period.


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Cook County online forum

WTIP North Shore Community Radio, Boreal Access and the Cook County News Herald, in partnership with e-democracy.org and the Blandin Foundation have launched Cook County Conversations, an on-line forum for sharing insights and perspective on issues that affect our community.


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WTIP works to build social capital through community book read

Earlier this year, WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the Grand Marais Public Library and Cook County Extension partnered in a community book read designed to bring people together through the shared experience of reading and taking about the same book.


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WTIP gets national award from CPB

WTIP has been selected by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for a 2009 My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement for the station’s work related to coverage during the Ham Lake Fire. 
 


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Collaboration is a great thing by Joan Farnam

Collaboration is a great thing. At least that’s what all the gardeners who were looking at the newly constructed community garden in the parking lot at WTIP Community Radio a few weeks ago were probably thinking.


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WTIP's Community Garden

In the summer of 2009, WTIP partnered with the Northwoods Food Project to create a community garden on site at WTIP. The project was in direct response to community needs, and was funded by the “Engaging Communities on the Economy” grant from the National Center for Media Engagement.

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Voices from "Winter's Gathering"

Each year in November the North House Folk School in Grand Marais hosts the Winter’s Gathering. People come from all over to take part in several days of classes, presentations, films, campfire cookouts, and winter camping. WTIP’s Barbara Jean Johnson crafted this report from the scene.


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North Shore Pine Martens relocated to Wisconsin for reintroduction effort

Pine Martens are members of the Weasel family. They weigh around two or three pounds and look a bit like a ferret.  Their long and lean bodies move agilely though the boreal forest. Here in Northeastern Minnesota there’s an abundance of them—but across the lake in Wisconsin, they’ve been wiped out. WTIP’s Barbara Jean Johnson has this report.


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