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Possible wheelage tax discussed at county

Permit and penalty fees, a possible wheelage tax, leveling the vacation and resort rental permit playing field and a new walkway at the tennis courts.

Sen. Al Franken

Senate tries again to keep lower student loan rates

The interest rate on Stafford student loans is now twice what it was before the first of July. Congressional inaction is the major reason. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sen.

Henry Mayhew

Moments in Time: Early Commissioners

This “Moments in Time” features former Cook County commissioner Chet Lindskog.  He spoke at the Cook County Historical Society storytelling event "Stories You've Never Heard

Tune in for the Youth PM Show Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Youth Show: July 4

This week on the Youth Show, it's the Fourth of July! We discuss the activities going on in Cook County, and play some insightful commentaries on what it means to be an American.


The Wrong Omar rocks The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Twin Cities band The Wrong Omar to Studio A recently for chat, music, and lots of laughter. They were in town to perform at the Gun Flint Tavern July 5 & 6.


Bitcoin digital currency, explained and demystified

Buck spoke recently with Dr. Tyler Moore, professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University, about Bitcoin, a relatively new digital currency with no central authority. Learn more about it, how it works, and why it's growing in popularity. Hear about security and other concerns too.

Linda Jurek Kratt

CCVB names new director

The Cook County Visitor's Bureau (CCVB) has hired Linda Jurek Kratt to replace outgoing executive director Sally Nankivell.


Faroe Islanders share stories of life in remote part of the world

John & Harriet, a couple from the Faroe Islands, joined Dick Swanson July 5 in Studio A. They're visiting Cook County for a few weeks, and gave a talk and slide show about their homeland at North House later that evening. The Faroe Islands are a remote, rocky place in the sea almost equidistant from Norway, Denmark, and Scotland.


Slowly summer slips in

Summer is having hard time getting here in force, but this week after a damp start, should start looking up. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Dean Melde.

Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Weekend Outdoors with Larry Weber: July 6th

Local naturalist and retired teacher Larry Weber joins us each Saturday morning to share his observations on what's going on in the great outdoors.

Radio News magazine

Weekend News Roundup for July 6

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days.

Mystery Noise! Photo by Oberazzi via Flickr.

Mystery Noise: July 4

Take a listen to this week's "Mystery Noise," a feature on the Thursday PM Youth Show!

Your shoes are bound to get muddy at the Tofte Trek (viewminder via Flickr)

Youth Radio Project: Sounds from the Tofte Trek

Over the Fourth of July, Youth Radio Project member Audrey Summers went to the Tofte Trek, a 6 mile trail race through the mud.

Trail Running by seeannarun via Flickr.

Youth Radio Project interviews Jan Horak about the Tofte Trek race

Jan Horak is the creator of the Tofte Trek, an annual trail in Tofte, Minnesota, on the fourth of July.


Local fish report for Friday, July 5

According to our fishing expert John Muhich at Buck’s Hardware, the walleyes are once again hanging out fairly shallow…

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