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Cook County Christmas: CD and download now available!

Give the gift of local music this holiday season. WTIP is proud to announce that we have a limited supply of "Cook County Christmas" CDs for sale. 

Cook County High School Robotics - playing catch with Potato Salad

Potato Salad was the robot the CCHS Robotics team used in 2014 for their competition in Duluth. The objective was to throw large ball through a hoop.

Lynden Blomberg

Lynden Blomberg

Hi, It’s Lynden Blomberg here. I recently joined WTIP’s Youth Radio Program and I am very happy to be part of it! I am in 8th grade and I go to Great Expectations School.

Radio Waves Music Festival

The 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival is set for September 8-10, 2017 at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This year's festival will feature 28 local and regional acts - check out the lineup below.

It’s held rain or shine - with two stages and a dance floor housed under a large tent.

2017 line-up:

Community Swing Band • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo • 5:10 - 5:50 p.m.
Pushing Chain • 6:00 - 6:50 p.m.
Blues Happy featuring Pete K • 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.
Trapper Schoepp • 8:00 - 8:50 p.m.
Step Rockets • 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Sky Blue Jazz • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
SVEA • 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.
Portage • 11:30 - 12:20 p.m.
Moe and Larry • 12:30 - 1:10 p.m.
Bughouse! • 1:20 - 2:10 p.m.
Common Ground • 2:20 - 2:50 p.m.
Curry Family Band • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Plucked Up String Band • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
Rich Mattson and the Northstars • 4:40 - 5:30 p.m.
Brothers in Arms • 5:40 - 6:20 p.m.
Floydian Slip • 6:30 - 7:20 p.m.
Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison • 7:30 - 8:20 p.m.
SplinterTones • 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Gospel Show with Gordon Thorne • 10:00 - 11:10 a.m.
The Fish Heads • 11:20 - 11:50 a.m.
Joe Paulik • 12:00 - 12:40 p.m.
Fred Anderson • 12:50 - 1:20 p.m.
Mysterious Ways • 1:30 - 2:10 p.m.
Dusty Heart • 2:20 - 3:10 p.m.
Cook County’s Most Wanted • 3:20 - 4:10 p.m.
Jack Klatt • 4:20 - 5:20 p.m.
Earth Wind and Todd • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
You can read more about the musicians performing this year here.

More information about the festival:

  • The Radio Waves Music Festival is a favorite for visitors, area residents and performing musicians. If you're never been to Radio Waves before, check out this video from the 2014 festival - to see what it's all about!
  • It’s held rain or shine - with two stages and a dance floor housed under a large tent.
  • Several vendors will be on-site with food/beverages. Outside food and beverages are accepted on the grounds as well.
  • Some chairs are provided under the tent, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Well-behaved pets are welcome - but please make sure they're on a leash.
  • The Kids' Tent offers children’s activities and facepainting from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Admission – available at the gate - is $10 per day or $20 for the weekend, and free to children 12 and under.
Volunteer Opportunities:
We're always in need of volunteers to help make Radio Waves a success if you're able to help for a few hours during the festival. To find out the available opportunities, give Jana or Deb a call at the station, 218-387-1070.

Or you can sign up online,  just use the following SignUpGenius links:
Help with Set Up and/or Tear Down
Help at the Ticket & Information Tent
Help at the Membership & Merchandise Tent
Help at the Kids Tent

Radio Waves is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and is supported by a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and Visit Cook County.


North House Folk School

North House goes public with plans to purchase Dockside Fish Market

During a meeting of the Cook County Economic Development Authority Tuesday, Dec.

Books on tape and films are available to check out at the library

A look inside the Grand Marais Public Library

The Grand Marais Public Library staff found out in early December that the library has once again achieved a 5-star ranking in the annual Library Journal Star Libraries standings.

courtesy Eric Weicht

Adventurer Eric Weicht paddles the Mississippi from Minnesota to Memphis

Eric Weicht is a former Cook County resident known for adventuring on bodies of water. He chats here with Will Moore about his most recent trip--canoeing down the Mississippi from northern Minnesota to Memphis through the month of November. 

Cook County Board of Commissioners

County sets 17.5 percent levy increase

During a meeting of the Cook County Commissioners Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 2018 levy was set at an increase of 17.5 percent.

Northern Gardening Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m.

‘Growing Mushrooms and Favorite Holiday Plants for Gardeners’ will be the topic on Northern Gardening Thursday, December 14, from 7 to 8 p.m.  Hosts Diane Booth and

Julefest 2017 - Amy Carpenter, Ella Hallberg, Katie Shannon, Piper Sporn, St. Lucia Cecelia Chmelik

Bethlehem Lutheran hosts Julefest

The “queen of lights,” St. Lucia, visited Bethlehem Lutheran Church Saturday, Dec. 9, one of the darkest days of the year. The visit was part of the 43rd annual Julefest.

St. Lucia song at Julefest 2017

Julefest was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 9. The celebration honors St. Lucia, who brings light on the darkest day. This is the St. Lucia song, song by Amy Carpenter.


Ice update, Gunflint Trail

Video from Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters


The beatboxing Heatbox on the Scenic Route

Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe.


Gillis & Thorne play The Roadhouse

Local favorites Gordon Thorne (guitar) and Chris Gillis (cornet, scratchboard)  stopped by Studio A to chat and play some great music, including Christmas tunes, before their gig at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

Lake Superior Basin

Researcher studying climate change's impact on emotional well-being

People living close to the land in Canada's boreal forest are experiencing climate change in ways that directly impact their lives. Kelsey Jones-Casey of Duluth is a visiting researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She's been traveling through the Lake Superior basin, interviewing hunters, anglers, trappers, farmers, and others, about how climate change is affecting their well-being. She talked with Dave about her research and findings. You can learn more from Kelsey at a lunchtime presentation hosted by the Twin Ports Climate Coalition Dec. 19 at the MPCA offices in Duluth.

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