Traveling the Old North Shore

Series produced by WTIP

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Minnesota's North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border. Known for its dramatic and pristine natural landscape, the area also has a history as unique and diverse as its geography.

Minnesota's North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border. Known for its dramatic and pristine natural landscape, the area also has a history as unique and diverse as its geography. In this WTIP series, producer Martha Marnocha invites listeners to join her on a retrospective exploration of the region's people and places.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Special thanks to the Cook County Historical Society for access to their archives and photographs.


12 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Learn about the mysterious case of Donald "Blackie" Kulas, who went missing just north of Two Harbors, never to be seen again.

  • Added: Jan 11, 2022
  • Length: 05:05
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Producer Martha Marnocha and Doug Turner share the history of some very well-known North Shore place names.

  • Added: Jun 30, 2022
  • Length: 07:56
Caption: Photo courtesy Tettegouche State Park
Traveling the Old North Shore is a WTIP multi-part series, focusing on the history of this diverse region. In this feature, producer Martha Marnoch...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2022
  • Length: 09:02
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Producer Martha Marnocha travels to Toimi, Minnesota, which was once a remote community of Finnish homesteaders, but is now mostly forest and a few...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2023
  • Length: 08:46
Caption: Courtesy of Cook County Historical Society
Monker Lake is a small and somewhat unremarkable lake located near Grand Marais. It was named for Claus and Kristine Monker, early Scandinavian hom...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2023
  • Length: 05:32
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In this edition, producer Martha Marnocha learns more about one of Minnesota’s three remaining and actively functioning Finnish Community Halls. Pe...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2023
  • Length: 10:17
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Silver Island Lake lies inland from the Tofte/Schroeder area along Lake Superior’s North Shore. It’s a remote part of northeast Minnesota even toda...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2023
  • Length: 10:09
Caption: The Road to the Pincushion Dump, Credit: Martha Marnocha
WTIP producer Martha Marnocha explores an area high above the city of Grand Marais on Pincushion Mountain that was once the town's garbage dump.

  • Added: Jan 05, 2024
  • Length: 07:21
Caption: Cabin at site of old border crossing, 1930s, Credit: Cook County Historical Society
For several decades Joanne Hart and her family lived on a remote homestead along the Pigeon River – once the site of the former Highway 61 border c...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2024
  • Length: 10:42
Caption: Inside Jackson's Cafe, Credit: Cook County Historical Society
Downtown Grand Marais has had many changes through the decades. Producer Martha Marnocha explores a bit of downtown history with help from two long...

  • Added: May 01, 2024
  • Length: 09:34
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In this two-part edition, producer Martha Marnocha speaks with Bill Douglas, a Saganaga Lake resident since 1972, who takes us on a trip to a speci...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2024
  • Length: 08:47
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In this two-part edition, producer Martha Marnocha speaks with Bill Douglas, a Saganaga Lake resident since 1972, who takes us on a trip to a speci...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2024
  • Length: 08:49