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Rendezvous Days, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Grand Portage

Rendezvous Days, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug.

Cook County  courthouse

County on board with EDA housing project

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to financially support a proposed housing project of the local Economic Development Authority.

Commissioner Gamble

New role pending for Planning and Zoning

Changes to the county planning and zoning mission are moving with the commissioners and a public hearing on a proposed transportation sales tax is coming up.

Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings Concert - August 14

The 4th annual concert features vocal and instrumental classical and jazz music to benefit the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. The concert is&n

A Year in the Wilderness: August 9 - Girl Scouts

Cook County adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the wilderness. On a regular basis they’ll be sharing some of their experiences traveling the BWCAW.

Pike Lake Road. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Highway engineer gives update on 2016 road projects

According to Cook County Highway Engineer Dave Betts, paving on the Sawbill Trail was completed on Friday, August 5th. Finishing work will continue over the next three weeks.

Billy D

Playing with Billy D on the Scenic Route

Bill Doucette, also known as Billy D, is a longtime resident of Cook County who writes songs about life and community in the Northland.

John McEuen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen on the Scenic Route

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recently started their 50th Anniversary tour, making a stop at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI.

Trivia night in full swing

A look inside Trivia Night at Grandma Ray's

Tuesday nights are trivia night at Grandma Ray's, formerly the American Legion in Grand Marais.

courtesy Samuel Blanc, Wikimedia

Cool off: Count seals in Antarctica from the comfort of your couch

Pretty cool--you can count seals in Antarctica, right from your couch, via satellite images. Dr. Michelle LaRue is a research ecologist at the U of MN Department of Earth Sciences and lead researcher on the project, which is called "Satellites Over Seals." She talked with Dick about what they're studying, why the seal count is important, and why they've turned to the public for help. It's easy to get started counting seals--just go to and follow the instructions. 

Perseid Meteor Shower (Nick Ares /Wikimedia Commons)

Perseid meteor showers peaking overnight this Thursday, Aug. 11...and more about the night sky

Perseid meteor showers peak the week of Aug. 8...and best overnight Thursday night. One of our favorite regular guests, Bob King, chatted with Dave about when and where to see them, and how to get pictures, too. Lots of great info here including where to get the best northern lights predictions, aurora apps for your phone, and a simple explanation of what a meteor shower actually is. Bob is a photographer and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune, and writes the popular Astrobob blog. 

North Shore Morning Tuesday with Barb & Bob

Air Date: 
Tue, 08/09/2016
North Shore Morning

"Grand Marais Junkaroo Steel Band" makes debut during Fish Pic

Local musician Chris Gillis put together a new group of percussionists to 'play a little light-hearted rumble,' with traditional instruments as well as metal  junk, in front of Bill Bally's blacksmith shop during Fisherman's Picnic. Dick chatted with him about how he got the idea, why the historic blacksmith shop, and much more. The "Grand Marais Junkeroo Steel Band" made its debut Aug. 6.

courtesy Hands for Humanity

Hands for Humanity, Minnesota-based nonprofit serving children & families in Ecuador

Kate Welp, a surgical cardiac nurse at Mayo Clinic and regular Grand Marais Rec Park guest, founded Hands for Humanity in 2002, a few years after adopting her daughter from Ecuador. She joined Dave to explain the conditions and needs in Ecuador, what kinds of projects they do, and how volunteers are involved. You can learn more here.

North Shore Morning Monday with Mark & Sherrie

Air Date: 
Mon, 08/08/2016
North Shore Morning
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