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Cornmeal's Chris Gangi plays a 5-string electric upright bass

Cornmeal's Chris Gangi on the Scenic Route

Cornmeal is a 5-piece band from Chicago that blends bluegrass instrumentation with rock, blues, and jam elements into a creative sound and enticing technical showmanship.


U of MN "Super Sponge" can clean mercury from lakes

A research team at the U of MN has developed a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source in seconds. Dave talked with the team's leader, Prof. Abdennour Abbas, of the department of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the U. You can learn more about his lab here.

Joe Paulik

Joe Paulik stops by Studio A

Local singer/songwriter Joe Paulik stopped by Studio A to chat with Dave and CJ, and to play a few songs, both covers and original compositions. Listen for some wonderful whistling, too. Joe's new double album, "Zaspalo Je Siroce," can be found at Birch Bark Books and at Joe's performances around the region.

Rebekah Novinger & Aidan Driscoll, MN SkyVault Theater

Minnesota SkyVault Theater brings Shakespeare to life, 21st-century style

The award-winning Minnesota SkyVault Theater, from Rochester,  was in town for Shakespeare week to perform at Voyageur Brewing. Troupe members Aidan Driscoll and Rebekah Novinger, along with director Daved Driscoll and coordinator Charis O'Neill, stopped by The Roadhouse to preview their delightful original music and chat about their work.

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Federal cuts could mean colder houses in Cook County next winter

Several hundred residents in Cook County could lose assistance keeping their homes warm next winter under proposed cuts to the federal budget.

Early spring

Inching toward spring

Slow but sure we steadily move into spring.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Moore.

Rep. Rob Ecklund

House launches tax and transportation bills

At the Legislature, committee chairs are rolling out their proprieties and budgets. The House has a tax bill and a transportation package.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with District 3A Rep.


Wildlife officials kill nearly 200 Minnesota wolves in 2016

Nearly 200 wolves were killed in Minnesota last year. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on how and why wolves are killed by wildlife agents in Minnesota. 

Chaplains are now available in times of crisis

Cook County Sheriff's Office implements chaplain program

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has been working with local ministerial personnel to create a chaplain program. Eight people are now serving as chaplains.

Wolf at night, Mark Chinnick

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 24

Although spring has been making cameo appearances since the first of the year, it is now official.

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Weekend News Roundup for March 25

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Another Cook County resident wins a Bush Fellowship. Tragedy at the Pigeon River border crossing.

Lunch ladies

West End News: March 23

I was sorry to hear this week of Bob Dunn’s passing. A resident of Princeton, MN, Bob and his wife Bette enjoyed much of their retirement time at their home on Caribou Lake near Lutsen.

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School

School News from Sawtooth Mountain Elementary: March 23

Lilya, Piper, and Parker report the latest school news.

Click here for more school news. 

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WTIP News Survey: Please share your feedback!

The WTIP News Department continues to expand its efforts to create and share local news and information.

The Roger Blough departs for Lake Superior on March 22, 2017. Photo by Ken Newhams

First light, first laker as shipping season begins on Lake Superior

The first U.S.-flag lakers departed from the Port of Duluth-Superior on Wednesday, March 22, signaling the start of the 2017 commercial shipping season at the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes S

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