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The WTIP cleanup crew at the Ram Lake entry point. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

WTIP 'adopts' an entry point to the Boundary Waters

Some WTIP staff and volunteers recently made a trip up the Gunflint Trail to visit a specific entry point to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

LSProject logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: 'Body farm' finds a home near Lake Superior

Lake Superior is known for many unique features, and WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs finds out about a recent, and strikingly unique, concept coming soon to the Big Lake. 

Summer in the forest

North Woods Naturalist: June and summer

June is ramping up toward full-fledged summer. Plants are flowering, trees are leafing out and insects are buzzing about.

Short-tailed shrew

North Woods Naturalist: Shrews

They’re our second smallest mammal, but they’re common, though secretive. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about shrews.


Axtell returns to Scenic Route with "Traveler"

Axtell, the duo of Cook County native Katrina Axtell and Julain Hernandez of Argentina, return to Scenic Route to talk about their latest tours, videos, songs, and adventures.

ISD 166 campus

School Board votes against renewing contract for art instructor

The School District 166 school board met last week to consider the contract of first-year art instructor Priscilla Beck.


Lindy Lind, wilderness survival and bushcraft instructor, stops by The Roadhouse

 North House instructor Lindy Lind joined CJ during Wooden Boat Show weekend to talk about bushcraft, wilderness survival, and building a bark canoe in six days during the show. You can learn more about Lindy and his work here.

David Cooper standing in the Paul LaPlante, North House dock

NPS archaeologist David Cooper discusses the Mackinaw boat "Paul LaPlante" built at North House

David Cooper is an archaeologist with the National Park Service. When David was posted at Grand Portage National Monument, he was instrumental in building the "Paul LaPlante," a reconstructed version of the 19th-century workboat used in the Great Lakes commercial fishing industry. He's back in Grand Marais this weekend for the North House Wooden Boat Show, where the Mackinaw boat is displayed. He chatted with Dave about why the boat is important, how it came to be, and much more.

Josephine Michener & Jerry Vandiver

Nashville performers Jerry Vandiver & Josephine Michener visit The Roadhouse

One of our favorite guests, Nashville singer-songwriter Jerry Vandiver, made his annual pilgrimage to the north country, this time accompanied by fiddler Josephine Michener. They had six gigs in three days in the county, and we were lucky to get on their busy schedule. Listen for delightful, original music and fun chat. You can learn more about Jerry and his music here.

Forest road

Roving Reporter: Bug Update Spring 2017

Bugs, such as black flies and mosquitoes have been in abundance throughout the month of June. WTIP Intern Sterling Anderson went up the Gunflint Trail to get a report on the insects. 

Lake Superior

Water level in Lake Superior high in summer of 2017

Lake Superior’s water level has been a topic of conversation to start the summer here along the North Shore.

Listening to the radio

Weekend News Roundup for June 17

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Election complaint filed against new District One commissioner. Great Lakes levels are high.

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Bringing Out the Best of Ourselves 2017 Part 3: Not Just a Pretty Picture - the power of art to change and heal

This episode of Bringing Out the Best of Ourselves explores the power of art to heal us individually and as a community.

Lilacs are blooming in some areas, but not the Wildersmith yard yet.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 16

It’s hard to imagine June is half gone, and by the next time we meet on the radio the Summer Solstice will have passed us by.

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