In my circle of family and friends there are many who spend a few days or weeks on the North Shore every year and who reminisce the rest of the year as they plan for next summer. Just today I found a treasure that can keep the North Shore spirit alive for them and for those of us who just wish we could spend time Up North during any season.
The treasure is WTIP – North Shore Community Radio 90.7. It is fabulous. I just listened to Harriet Boostrom tell about growing up on the Gunflint Trail where her father moved and bought land for a resort in 1915. Her interview is part of the station’s “Moments in Time” series of extraordinary interviews with local folk who have a story to tell.
The photos on the website of all things North Shore and environs are exquisite. And then there are the fishing reports, updates on what’s happening in the arts, notes from birders, and much more. The web itself is a delight – to listen to the interviews with local residents is the next best thing to sharing coffee and a doughnut in Grand Marais. I read and then listened to the librarian describing the much-anticipated move back into the expanded Grand Marais public library, one of that city’s true highlights.
For the sometimes North Shore resident, North Shore Community Radio conjures happy memories and an irresistible urge head for Highway 61. For the rest of us, it’s a sample of what we’re missing first-hand but can thoroughly enjoy and appreciate in digital format. North Shore Community Radio is available on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter or anyone can sign up to receive the regular e-letter produced by the small staff and generous volunteers to this remarkable Minnesota resource.
Ironically, some of the funding for North Shore Community Radio comes from the Legacy Fund which I just learned the Legislature is eyeing to tap for the Vikings…..