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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:
Jim McGowan in Studio A.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Jim McGowan celebrates Fourth of July weekend on The Roadhouse

Jim McGowan joins Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse to play a few songs and chat about Fourth of July traditions.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Cynthia Hagley of MN Sea Grant talks Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution by reducing single-use plastic waste. A group in Cook County is participating as well as offering a number of events and workshops here in Grand Marais. 

At one of the upcoming events this Saturday, Cynthia Hagley of MN Sea Grant will speak at North House about plastics in Lake Superior. She joins Brian on The Roadhouse to give us an idea of what her upcoming presentation will cover.

More information on Plastic Free July can be found here.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Industrial Design students at Iowa State University spend two weeks off-grid

Industrial design students at Iowa State University just spent two weeks off-grid in the American Southwest, with the goal of learning firsthand what kind of products would be useful in remote locations.  Mark Kargol is the teacher of the class and he, as well as one of the students in the class, spoke with Dave about the experience.  


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Author and trans advocate Nate Cannon on The Roadhouse

Noted Minnesota author, speaker, and trans activist Nate Cannon was recently in Grand Marais.  He spoke at the library as part of the community Gay Pride celebration. While in town, he also joined The Roadhouse and chatted with Julie about his story, and now his work as an activist.

You can learn more about Nate here.


Jared Munch outside WTIP.  WTIP photo.

Jared Munch is stand-up paddleboarding to the Arctic Ocean

Jared Munch is currently on the trip of a lifetime, stand-up paddleboarding from Duluth to the Arctic Ocean.  His trip took him through Grand Marais and he took a short break to stop by the WTIP studios and talk to Dave about his trip.

You can follow along with Jared's journey here.


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Project Bike tour coming to Grand Marais

Project Bike is a Minnesota-wide bicycle tour with visual artists and their studios setting the destinations. For the past four years,
creative leader Dana Sikkila has set out on an art/bike tour, advocating for the idea that every artist has skills and creative ideas to help grow and sustain our communities. This year, her destination is Grand Marais, and she’ll be here in mid-July. Dana joined The Roadhouse by phone and chatted with Dave about the project.   

You can learn more about Project Bike here.


Halo Cone.  Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair.

New foods coming to the State Fair

It’s a Roadhouse tradition to find out about all the new foods the Minnesota State Fair offers each summer.  Julie chats with Nikki Hines from the Fair to find out what we can expect this year.  A full list of the new foods is available here.


Colleen Myhre in Studio A.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Colleen Myhre plays live on The Roadhouse

Colleen Myhre returns for a live music session on The Roadhouse.  She also chats with Dave about her upcoming summer plans.


Wooden Boat Show at North House by Annela Rova

Wooden Boat Show featured speaker Douglas Brooks talks Japanese boatbuilding

This weekend is North House Folk School’s wooden boat show, and the weekend's featured speaker, writer and researcher Douglas Brooks, joined Brian on The Roadhouse to chat about his experiences as an apprentice boat builder in Japan.  

You can learn more about Douglas here.

More information and a schedule of events for the wooden boat show can be found here.


Isle Royale.  WTIP file photo.

Voyage of Discovery gives youth a camping experience

Minnesota Sea Grant, National Park Service, and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are offering three two-day overnight camp experiences for new and beginning campers.  Each trip begins and ends at Grand Portage National Monument and includes a day trip aboard the Sea Hunter III to the Windigo Visitors Center on Isle Royale National Park.

The deadline to register for these camp experiences is Monday, June 17.  More information and registration is available on the Minnesota Sea Grant website under news and events.

Brandon Seitz, biological science technician with the National Park Service, joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more about this opportunity.