The Lake Superior Project

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A series of short features looking at the broad range of issues facing one of the world's largest resources: Lake Superior.

Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world’s fresh water. It is an undeniably huge resource. The lake means different things to different people, whether it's a source of inspiration or income, or a favorite place to recreate or fish. WTIP North Shore Community Radio brings Lake Superior into focus with The Lake Superior Project, a series of 12 stories airing monthly throughout the year. We’ll take a closer look at the culture and history of the Lake Superior region and investigate issues like the impacts of climate change, invasive species, development, and industry as well as explore how people are coming together to protect and preserve the lake for generations to come. This project is funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Hide full description

Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world’s fresh water. It is an undeniably huge resource. The lake means different things to different people, whether it's a source of inspiration or income, or a favorite place to recreate or fish. WTIP North Shore Community Radio brings Lake Superior into focus with The Lake Superior Project, a series of 12 stories airing monthly throughout the year. We’ll take a closer look at the culture and history of the Lake Superior region and investigate issues like the impacts of climate change, invasive species, development, and industry as well as explore how people are coming together to protect and preserve the lake for generations to come. This project is funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal... Show full description


74 Pieces

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North House Folk School in Grand Marais is all about showcasing life near Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters. Illustrating this, North House in...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:03
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No one heads out into the woods expecting to get lost - and the remote and heavily forested landscape along the North Shore poses unique challenges...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 19:13
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Though loved by some in the Lake Superior region, beavers have been chewing their way into trouble in recent years near downtown Grand Marais and t...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 05:32
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Luis Cortes is used to big water. Now in his 40s, the new executive chef at Bluefin Bay Resort spent most of his adult life working at restaurants ...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 09:05
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In 1960, homesteader John Pine left his cabin near Finland, Minnesota, and never returned. The mystery of his disappearance was never solved.

  • Added: Jul 04, 2018
  • Length: 07:42
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The federal government announced in March that Isle Royale's decimated wolf population will get an infusion of new wolves over the next three years...

  • Added: Jul 04, 2018
  • Length: 08:58
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In late October of 2010, much of North America experienced a huge storm complex, known as an extratropical cyclone. Minnesota experienced the lowes...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 08:17
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Most local residents know that an area of downtown Grand Marais has a periodic flooding problem. But what may not be well known is the history of t...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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If you get your water from a private well, you may assume the water you're drinking is free of harmful chemicals. But research that began in the 19...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 07:32
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Crystal Bay is a unique location featuring cliffs, a gravel beach, caves and a creek. It's located near Finland, Minnesota, along the North Shore o...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:18
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Lake Superior is outrageously huge. That’s understood. But the most challenging aspect when discussing the size of Lake Superior is formatting the...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 07:10
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If ever there was an example of landowners and government agencies taking a negative situation and turning into a positive, a decades-long effort t...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:32
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A team of researchers continue to explore the potential impacts of climate change along the North Shore, as WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports in this i...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 10:06
Caption: The Voyageur II docked at Rock Harbor, Isle Royale
This edition of the Lake Superior Project takes a look at how commercial fishing on Isle Royale, Michigan, has changed. The remote island about 15 ...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:50
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Each year on the third Sunday in July, communities around the Big Lake celebrate Lake Superior Day. There are activities around the lake to celebra...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:36
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In the early 1900s, many Scandinavian immigrants settled along the North Shore of Lake Superior. In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, WTI...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:06
Caption: Chippewa City Church
Chippewa City, a townsite just east of Grand Marais and home to the St. Francis Xavier Church, remains an important community in the history of Coo...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 11:00
Caption: Taconite Harbor plant
Taconite Harbor was a booming and lively community on the Western edge of Cook County. It was built in the 1950s to house employees of the Erie Min...

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  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 13:21
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In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, discusse...

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  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 08:44
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Caption: The Lake Superior Project, Credit: Logo by Lauryl Loberg
During the 1950s Cook County participated in "Operation Skywatch" -- a nation-wide organization utilizing local citizens to watch the skies for pos...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2017
  • Length: 06:25