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Chel Anderson writes comprehensive environmental history of the North Shore

Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist who has lived and worked on the North Shore since 1974; you might know her as the North Woods Naturalist on WTIP. She's just written, with Heidi Fischer, an amazing comprehensive environmental history of the North Shore. It's titled "North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast." She spoke with Ann Possis May 22 about deciding to write the book, the processes and time involved, and what they hope to convey about this remarkable place in our world. You can learn more about the book here.

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Artist Open House: Tom Christiansen, Josh Rice & Puzzle Tree

Metal sculptor Tom Christiansen and assistant Josh Rice are building a new installation for the Grand Marais Library through funding by the Minnesota state Legacy fund.

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Twin Cities band Ginstrings brings great bluegrass to Studio A

Dick & Buck welcomed Ginstrings to The Roadhouse May 15 for fast-paced music with wonderful harmony. Ginstrings are: Matt Blake, bass; Gavin Haskin, mandolin; Eli Bentley, dobro; Jon Miller, guitar. Learn more at ginstrings.com or www.facebook.com/Ginstrings.


Stage Door: Sandy Stover

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists...and parents of the artists...involved in our local theater. 

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MPR host Cathy Wurzer on embracing illness and death to live more fully

Journalist and MPR host Cathy Wurzer and educator Bruce Kramer embarked on a series of broadcast conversations as Bruce dealt with ALS, about how facing death can transform one's outlook on life. "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying," is the remarkable book that came out of these conversations and their resulting friendship. Cathy spoke with Buck recently about getting to know Bruce at the same time she struggled with her own losses, including her father's decline into dementia. Click here for the archived conversations between Cathy and Bruce. You can learn more about the book here.


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Local Music Project: Gordon Thorne and the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend

Gordon Thorne is a fingerstyle blues guitarist living in Finland, MN.

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Stage Door: Parents

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists...and parents of the artists...involved in our local theater. 

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The Great Northern Radio Show is coming to Grand Marais

Aaron Brown is producer and host of the Great Northern Radio Show, a live variety show from KAXE in Grand Rapids. He chatted with Will Moore Mar. 27 about the show and how he puts it together. During April, WTIP will air archived editions of the Great Northern Radio Show during the regular Roadhouse slot, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Aaron and his crew bring the show to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Sat., June 13. Learn more about Aaron here and the Great Northern Radio show here.


Stage Door: Growing up with the Playhouse

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists involved in our local theater.


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David Treuer's latest novel, "Prudence," about love and loss in WWII-era America

 David Treuer, Ojibwe from Leech Lake, now lives in southern California, writing and teaching at USC. He joined Buck Mar. 20 to discuss his latest book, "Prudence," which explores issues of love, desire, and race against the background of World War II. You can learn more about David and his work here