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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 5-7pm
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:
Grand Marais Public Library. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Minnesota Book Award authors to present in Grand Marais

The Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winning authors, is coming to Grand Marais next weekend, Sept. 14.
Featured authors include Cary Griffith, Ed Bok Lee, Wendy Webb, and Mary Wingerd.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library sponsors the Minnesota Book Awards and hosts many other programs as well.
Alayne Hopkins, assistant director of programs and services at the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more.


The Federales on the Scenic Route in Sep. 2018. WTIP file photo.

The Federales bring country music to The Roadhouse

The Federales are a country-rock band from Minneapolis.  While in Grand Marais for a weekend full of shows at the Gunflint Tavern, the group joined Annie and Julie to make their Roadhouse debut. 

The Federales are:
Ben Miller – guitar, vocals
James Gould- electric guitar
Mark Larson – drums
Chris Holm- bass
Jay Scabich – fiddle

You can learn more about The Federales here.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Using acupressure as a way to relieve lower back pain

A recent study finds that acupressure can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. Dr. Suzanna Zick joined Annie on The Roadhouse to tell us more about the traditional Chinese medicine technique.  Dr. Zick is the co-director for the integrative family medicine program at the University of Michigan.


Northern Lights on the Gunflint by Bryan Hansel

Dark Sky efforts underway at Voyageurs National Park

Northeastern Minnesota is one of the darkest places in the world, making it great for nighttime sky viewing.  Voyageurs National Park is applying for certification from the International Dark Sky Association.  Ashley Wilson, dark sky intern at the park joined Julie on The Roadhouse to tell us more about dark skies and the certification process. 


The Dang Ol' Tri'ole. Photo by Brian Neil.

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole perform on The Roadhouse

The Dang Ol’ Tri’ole is a 5 person bohemian folk group from the Twin Cities.  They joined Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse to perform some of their original songs for us.

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole is Rob Higgins: Bass/Vocals, Richard Yaegar: Trumpet/Vocals, Michael Higgins: Guitar/Vocals, Wesley Full: Cajon/Congas, and Dan Yaeger: Aux Percussion.

You can learn more about the group on their Facebook page.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

DNR seeking more seed collectors for tree nurseries

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is in need of more people to collect seeds for their tree nurseries. Kristina Somes, Minnesota DNR nursery supervisor joins Brian on The Roadhouse to tell us more.

You can also learn more on the DNR website here.


Thunderheads in Studio A. Photo by Brian Neil.

Thunderheads join The Roadhouse

The Thunderheads returned to The Roadhouse to play some original and some cover tunes.  They also chatted with Dave and Brian about the latest endeavors the band has taken on.  The Thunderheads are Steve Blexrud; lead guitar and vox, Craig Paquette; rhythm & slide guitar, vox. Don Blue; bass guitar, and Bill Boyce; drums. 

You can learn more about Thunderheads on their Facebook page.


Photo courtesy IISD Experimental Lakes Area.

Scientists conduct real-world experiments to study freshwater pollution

Scientists in a research facility in northwestern Ontario are deliberately polluting lakes to learn what happens to the ecosystem and then figure out how to make them healthy again.  Brian spoke with Sumeep Bath, communications director for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes area, located north of Kenora, Ontario, to find out more.

You can learn more about the IISD Experimental Lakes Area here.



Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Cutting back on sugar can have many health benefits

Every season offers opportunities to indulge in sweet treats. But what if you’re trying to get healthy by shutting down the sugar in your diet? Dave spoke with Samantha Coogan, an expert in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to learn more about the effects of sugar on the body.



Freelance Valet Poster.  Photo via Freelance Valet Facebook page.

Freelance Valet perform on The Roadhouse

Freelance Valet is a new group made up of Terry V from the Big Wu and Mitch Johnson from Kind Country.  They joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse to chat about how the two came together and play a few tunes.

You can learn more about Freelance Valet on their Facebook page.