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The North Shore News Hour includes up-to-the minute weather, North Shore happenings in local news, sports and entertainment, as well as a variety of features from WTIP staff and volunteers. If you miss the North Shore News Hour at noon, tune in for a replay Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

What's On:
Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

Grand Marais mayor on park, permits and personnel

The Grand Marais City Council meets on the second and last Wednesday of each month to handle matters happening in the city. After each meeting, WTIP checks in with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux for more information on what was discussed. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence checked in with the mayor on street permits, activities at the Grand Marais Rec Park, Highway 61 planning and more. 


Audrey Summers of Grand Marais is a Fulbright scholar, heading to Korea this summer

Audrey Summers heading to Korea as a Fulbright scholar

Audrey Summers, a Cook County High School graduate and former intern at WTIP Community Radio, has graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with degrees in creative writing and journalism. She also applied for--and has received--a Fulbright fellowship. 

Audrey is now gearing up for that fellowship in South Korea, where she will be teaching English to children. Back home for a brief visit before setting out for Korea, she stopped by the WTIP studio for an interview. 


School Counselor Kris Hoffman, Valedictorian Maya McHugh, Salutatorian Linnea Henrikson, Principal Bill DeWitt

Meet the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

Commencement exercises for the Cook County High School Class of 2018 will be in the high school gymnasium on Saturday, June 2. Graduation begins at 3 p.m.

Speaking at the ceremony will be Valedictorian Maya McHugh and Salutatorian Linnea Henrikson, both very busy young women. WTIP is delighted that they found time in their busy schedules to visit with us. 

Here's Rhonda Silence with Maya and Linnea. 

Congratulations to them and to all of the members of the Class of 2018. Best wishes to you all! 


Chamber logo

Chamber director shares news on building the workforce

Ida Rukavina, an aide to Senator Amy Klobuchar contacted the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority and the Cook County Chamber this week to let the county know that the number of H-2B worker visas is being increased for 2018.

On May 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be made available. Secretary Nielsen said she had determined there are not sufficient, qualified, U.S. workers available to perform temporary non-agriculture labor to satisfy the needs of American businesses in FY18.

This allocation is in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued this year.

The H-2B temporary worker program was designed to serve U.S. businesses unable to find a sufficient number of qualified U.S. workers to perform nonagricultural work of a temporary nature. Congress set the annual H-2B visa cap at 66,000. On February 27, 2018, US Customs and Immigration determined that it had received sufficient H-2B petitions to meet the full 2018 cap of 66,000.

Details on eligibility and filing requirements will be available on when the final temporary rule is posted for public inspection.

WTIP's Rhonda Silence spoke with Cook County Chamber Director Jim Boyd about the situation in Cook County--and about the Chamber's efforts to build the workforce on the North Shore.



Capitol Page Leif Anderson and Representative Rob Ecklund

Learning about the Capitol as a page

Cook County High School junior Leif Anderson got an inside look at how things work in the Minnesota Legislature when he served as a page at the Capitol in April. 

Rhonda Silence talked to Leif about his political adventure in this interview. 


Claudia, a former international worker who spent some time at Thomsonite Beach Inn

Thomsonite Beach Inn welcomes international workers

Changes to the international worker programs have caused problems for some businesses on the North Shore. Thomsonite Beach Inn in Grand Marais relies on international workers to help with the summer rush. 

WTIP spoke with Thomsonite Beach owner Lee Bergstrom to ask if she was able to arrange for summer workers. The answer? Yes--and no. 

Here's Rhonda Silence with more. 


Trent Spry handing off to JRon Tamanaha at a recent Track meet

CCHS Track heads to Section Finals at UMD

Some of the Cook County Track team members are heading to section finals at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. WTIP checked in with Coach Chris Hegg to find out who is going and what events they will be taking part in. 

Here's Rhonda Silence with that report. 


Respect and remembrance at Memorial Day ceremony - Photo by Gary Siesennop

Community gathers for Memorial Day remembrance

Community members gathered on the Cook County courthouse on Monday, May 28 for an observance of Memorial Day. About 80 people were in attendance under bright sunny skies. 

Commander Bob Mattson welcomed all and invited Liz Hall of Grand Marais forward to sing the National Anthem.  

Mattson introduced guest speakers -- Pastor Kris Garey of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland and School District 166 Counselor Kris Hoffman. Paster Garey shared an opening and closing prayer. Hoffman spoke of his time in the U.S. Army with the 1st Minnesota Division and the significant history of that unit. 

Commander Mattson then read names of veterans with connections to Cook County, in what he noted was "their final Roll Call." There were 32 names on the list. Each name was followed by a solemn peal of a bell and then two students from School District 166 played Taps in a stirring echo format.

WTIP's Rhonda Silence was there and she shares this report. 


Waters Edge owners, past and present - Hans Krengel and Jeanne Rysdahl

New owner for Waters Edge in Tofte

After years of operating the Waters Edge Trading Post in Tofte, Jeanne Rysdahl has stepped down. The new owner is Hans Krengel, who has been at the helm since February. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence talked with Krengel about his new role as owner of Waters Edge. 


A workforce housing project is planned for property adjacent to Arrowhead Cooperative in Lutsen

One Roof shares plans for Lutsen workforce housing project

Housing is an ongoing issue in the community and rental housing is in short supply. The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority partnered with One Roof Housing on a workforce rental project west of the Arrowhead Cooperative in Lutsen.

Rhonda Silence spoke with  Cliff Knettel of One Roof Housing to learn the latest on the Lutsen housing project.

For more information about this and other EDA projects, visit