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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.

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Bear with cubs

Take precautions to avoid problem bears

The latest report from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers included the news of a mother bear with two cubs entering structures in the mid-Gunflint Trail area. 

WTIP's Rhonda Silence checked in with local Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman to learn more about what can be done about  "nuisance bears." 



Don't be a victim of telephone scams

Sheriff reminds public of telephone scams

It's happened to all of us. We pick up the phone to hear an unwanted -- and often unfriendly -- voice seeking money or wanting access to our personal information. Is there anything we can do about this? 

WTIP's Bob Padzieski spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen to learn more. Sheriff Eliasen shared some tips to avoid being scammed. And he said to report scams, he advises the public to visit the federal scams and fraud website. Calls may also be reported by calling (844) USA-GOV1. 



Hjordis youth crew member Jack on the lines

Local youths learn about sailing aboard the Hjordis

North House Folk School offered a youth sailing program this summer, giving local youths the chance to learn about sailing about the Hjordis. The program wrapped up with a family sail--the youth crew members were able to invite friends or family along on a sail. 

Before that though, Hjordis Captain Matthew Eklund and crew members--Robin Henrikson, Jack Willis and RaeAnne Silence--came in to the WTIP studio to talk about the sailing program. Here's WTIP volunteer Shawna Willis with more. 

Photos by Rhonda Silence


Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival in Superior, Wisconsin - Photo by Randen Pederson,

Look for dragons at Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival

The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is held at Barker's Island in Superior, Wisconsin in August. The Twin Ports is gearing up for this year's event on August 24-25. 

WTIP volunteer Sally Dunn learns more about the event in this interview. 


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.