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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:
BOW - Becoming an Outdoors Woman is being offered at Wolf Ridge Environmental Center this fall

Wolf Ridge and DNR partner to offer "Becoming an Outdoors Woman"

Whether you're trying an activity for the first time, or you consider yourself an expert, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to help you gain new skills and improve your techniques in a relaxed, fun, and supportive atmosphere though its Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program.

Coming up in September, there is a BOW weekend at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland.

WTIP volunteer Brian Neal learns more about this workshop in this interview.

Photo courtesy of Explore Minnesota


Nesgoda Services Inc. crew - Gary Nesgoda, Ryan Waerzeggers, Nedko Krastov, Connor Franks, Bennett Trepanier, Nick Hingos

Nesgoda Services, Inc. opens at Cedar Grove Business Park

The Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) was pleased to welcome a new lot owner to the Cedar Grove Business Park on Wednesday, August 15. Nesgoda Services, Inc. is the latest business to move into the business park. 

A small dedication celebration was held on Wednesday, August 15 and WTIP's Rhonda Silence caught up with Gary Nesgoda to learn more about plans for the business park lot and Nesgoda Services. 

Photos by Kirsten Pederson


Janet Arneson and Scott Tjaden of 1010 Interiors in one of their showroom kitchen displays

New owners settling in at 1010 Interiors

There are new owners at 1010 Interiors in Grand Marais. Scott Tjaden and Janet Arneson bought the interior design company from LeAnn Wilborne about six months ago. They have settled in at the large building on the east side of Grand Marais and were ready to give WTIP a tour. 

Here's Rhonda Silence with a report on that visit. 



Fire destroys two structures on Rollins Creek Road

Four fire departments were paged to the scene of a fire just after 6:23 p.m. this evening, August 14. The initial report said a structure at 4 County Road 34, or Rollins Creek Road, in Lutsen, was fully engulfed in flames.

As the Lutsen and Tofte Fire Department approached and saw the amount of smoke visible from the roadway, firefighters requested support from the Grand Marais and Schroeder Fire Departments.

On arrival they found a house and a bunkhouse, as well as surrounding trees on fire. Support from the U.S. Forest Service was requested to prevent the fire from spreading further into the woods.

All four fire departments were on scene by 7 p.m. and tender trucks filled water tanks, shuttling back and forth to the emergency hydrant at Lutsen Resort. By 7:10, the danger of the fire spreading to the trees was lessened and the fire fighters said the Forest Service crew would not be needed. As a precaution, two Forest Service crews responded, one from Tofte and one from Grand Marais.

The Grand Marais Fire Department was released from the scene at about 8 p.m. and the West End fire departments remained on scene to ensure that the fire does not re-ignite.

The two structures are a total loss. The co-owners of the property, Anne Bryant Wight and John Wight, informed the Cook County Sheriff’s Office that there should not have been anyone at the house.  

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The State Fire Marshal has been contacted.

WTIP will provide more information as it becomes available.

Carolyn Dry with two of the three interns working at her business, Natural Process Design, Inc.

Researcher Carolyn Dry opens new business in Grand Marais

Academic researcher Carolyn Dry, Ph.D moved to Grand Marais because she loves the city on the North Shore. She brought along some interesting ideas and has opened a small branch office of her Winona, Minnesota business, Natural Process Design, Inc. 

Working with her this summer are three college student interns.

Carolyn's mission is to protect the environment through scientific research, attempting to build as if you are part of nature. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence visited her to learn more about her operations here in Grand Marais. 



Arrowhead Electric schedules power outage for Maple Hill substation

Arrowhead Cooperative has announced a scheduled power outage that will affect members on the Maple Hill Substation – Circuit 2 on Wednesday, August 15.

This outage will also affect True North Internet service, but True North phone service will be available (if the phones do not require power to operate).

This outage will impact members on the following roads:
Gunflint Trail fire numbers 728 through 1487
Pincushion Drive
Cutoff Road
Old Ski Hill Road
Devil Track Road from the Maple Hill Substation East
Mort Meadows
Cougar Trail
Thomas Lane
School House Road 
Gunflint Hills Golf Course
Golf Course Road
Wahlstrom Road
Hawk Lane
Maple Hill Drive

Arrowhead Electric and TrueNorth apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank customers for their continued support while Arrowhead line crews safely complete the maintenance in this area.
Anyone with questions or concerns, may contact the Arrowhead Cooperative office at 663-7239.

City Hall

City council once again talks housing and zoning

The Grand Marais City Council met on Wednesday, August 8 and although the agenda was small, there was good discussion about zoning issues. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence talks to Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux to learn more about the meeting. 



Corky Eloranta and Nancy McReady of CWCS at the Blueberry Arts Festival

Mining supporter responds to VP Pence's statements on copper-nickel mines

Conservationist with Common Sense (CWCS) is a nonprofit organization based in Ely, Minnesota. According to CWCS President Nancy McReady, the CWCS mission is to educate the public in order to preserve reasonable public access to and sensible recreational multiple-use of public lands and waters (including motorized uses) in Northeastern Minnesota, especially the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), with care for the environment.

CWCS was established in 1989 and has been involved in a variety of issues, lending support to logging projects, snowmobile and ATV trails, and more. CWCS has been involved in a number of lawsuits working to maintain the Chain of Lake use permit quotas and returning vehicle use to Prairie and trout Lake Portages and more.

CWCS also has voiced concern about the School Trust Lands in the BWCAW that do not generate revenue for the state’s schools.

In recent years, CWCS has been an advocate for mining outside the BWCAW and has worked closely with Up North Jobs and Mining Minnesota. CWCSsupports the environmental impact statement process and permitting of both the PolyMet and Twin Metals mining projects.

During his visit to Duluth Wednesday, Aug. 8, Vice President Mike Pence claimed the proposed copper-nickel mines in the region were likely to move forward, including the statement “take it to the bank,” in reference to the mines.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with CWCS president McReady to share her thoughts on the vice-president’s comments, as well as an update on the issue that CWCS is involved in.


Grand Portage Rendezvous Days PowWow Arena Director Brandon Deschampe Morrison talks with young dancer, Tristan Olson

All are welcome at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days PowWow

Grand Portage is the busiest place in Cook County this weekend, with events taking place at the Grand Portage National Monument and at the Grand Portage PowWow grounds. A great deal of pagentry and history to enjoy and all are welcome. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence speaks with one of the Grand Portage PowWow arena managers, Jared Swader, to learn more about the traditional powwow kicking off on Friday, August 10. 

For more information about the Grand Portage Rendezvous Day Powwow, click here. 

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Gagnon


Rachelle Christianson of Skyport Lodge tries flyboarding

Local resort owner "flies" over Devil Track Lake

HydroFlight Sports of MN visited Cook County in July 2018. They are returning to Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, on August 11 and 12, offering adventure on the water from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. 

During that last visit, a number of people took the opportunity to try flyboarding. Among them was Rachelle Christianson of Skyport Lodge.
WTIP’s Rhonda Silence visited with Rachelle about her flyboarding experience.
For more information about flyboarding at Devil Track, visit the Skyport Facebook page.

Or, listen to this interview with Jeremy Walker of HydroFlight Sports of MN before his July 2018 visit.