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Amy Marie Schmidt

Sunscreen and melanoma discussed

Wearing sunscreen is an important guard against developing melanoma. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with nurse Amy Marie Schmidt about the summer sun’s UV rays.


David Betts

County engineer discusses summer road work

Gravel, dust suppression and mowing the county roads. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with County Engineer David Betts about highway department projects this summer.


On the Nature of Teaching: Inquiry-based learning

On the Nature of Teaching is a monthly segment on WTIP highlighting how we teach and learn in the natural world.


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Adventurers Dave & Amy Freeman to spend full year in BWCAW

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 programs for students at, and about their goal of bringing attention to sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters at



Pluto mission explained by MN astronomer/educator Parke Kunkle

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 explain the mission and why it's so important to science. You can learn more about New Horizons here.



Marlais Brand on her book of fables from the North Shore

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 the book and what inspired her writing. You can learn more about Marlais and her work here


Cow Parsnip (Photo by Marilylle Soveran on Flickr)

North Woods Naturalist: Lush July

The combination of moist weather and cooler temps means a lush July this year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about perfect weather for blooming wild plants.


Solar photovoltaic workshop offered on July 23

If you’d like to learn more about solar power options for your home or cabin, there are resources available in Cook County.


New 'Local Food Market' offers a taste of the northern summer

Everyone is invited to visit the new Local Food Market for locally produced foods, an opportunity to meet your farmer neighbors, and enjoy the bounty of summer on the North Shore.


Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Control Options Workshop and Community Weed Pull

Cook County Invasives Team
Seagull Lake Fire Hall and Blankenburg Public Landing
Sun, 08/09/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team will host an "Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Control Options Workshop and Community Weed Pull" on Sunday, August 9, from 2 to 4 pm at the Seagull Lake Fire Ha

First Fridays Block Party

Cook County Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Grand Marais
Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Grand Marais retailers, and art galleries host their monthly block party on August 7, from 4 to 8 pm.

Musicians at last year's festival.

Valley Fresh Buskers Festival in Thunder Bay on July 25-26

The Valley Fresh Buskers Festival is back in Thunder Bay this weekend.


Sugarloaf Cove

Native Plants and Restoration Techniques Workshop, July 25

The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the spread of invasive species in our area.



Surprising Pluto: the ice dwarf planet

Last week “New Horizons” passed within 7,000 miles of the dwarf planet Pluto.


Meteorologist Carol Christenson

Sunny skies ahead

The week’s weather, in a word, “sunny.” WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson about blue skies.


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