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Stateside Radio: Peter Annin on Pleasant Prairie

Why this 2010 approval of a multi-million gallon Great Lakes water diversion is drawing new scrutiny

When Peter Annin, director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College, was completing research for an updated version of his book The Great Lakes Water Wars, he discovered a detail about Great Lakes water diversions that had gone unnoticed for eight years. According to his findings, the state of Wisconsin never announced…  Read More …  Read More

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MichRadio: Foxconn wants to divert 5.8 million gallons of Lake Michigan water a day

Is that legal? Peter Annin Answers

President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan will be in Wisconsin this Thursday for the groundbreaking of the $10 billion Foxconn plant. The Taiwanese electronics company has promised thousands of jobs in Racine County and in return has been offered $4.5 billion in tax incentives. The plant will also require 5.8 million gallons of water a…  Read More …  Read More

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Wisconsin, Upper Midwest Look To Crack Into Commercial Hazelnut Production

Researchers Tout Hazelnuts For Economic, Environmental Benefits

Some nuts might be tough to crack, but Ariadna Chediack has the right tools at her disposal. Chediack, an agricultural research assistant with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, pours a container full of hazelnuts into a machine called “the cracker.” The nuts fall through a funnel from above down to a drill Chediack uses to crack…  Read More

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External Scholarships

Many scholarships and grants are offered by private sources, therefore not administered by Northland. Here are some places to start.…  Read More

WPR to Air WritersRead

First Segment Airs Friday

Wisconsin Public Radio will begin broadcasting the 9th Annual Writers Read: Encounters. Two one-hour programs will begin airing on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on WPR stations. The program features original works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from writers living in northern Wisconsin and the Twin Ports. Visit WPR to listen now.…  Read More


Creating a Special Musical Instrument in Madison

Jenny Robinson '07 owns Isthmus Instruments

Though Jenny Robinson is only 31, her resume has a long list of former jobs: invasive species control with the National Park Service, package handler at UPS, engraver at a sign shop, a stint as a machinist and work as a quality auditor and production supervisor for Kraft Foods. And now, handpan builder. Robinson, who…  Read More

Flying squirrel at bird feeder fluorescing pink under UV light. Photo taken by Jon Martin, professor of forestry at Northland College.

Flying Squirrels That Glow Pink in the Dark

While ultraviolet fluorescence is common in birds, butterflies and sea creatures, scientists haven’t often observed it in mammals.

One spring night in Wisconsin, Jon Martin, a biologist, was in his backyard with an ultraviolet flashlight. Suddenly, a hot-pink squirrel flew by. It was a southern flying squirrel, a small, furry creature most active at dawn and dusk. Under most circumstances, it has a warm brown color. But in the beam of Dr. Martin’s…  Read More

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Writers to Share Their Encounters on Stage

With Northland Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni

Our lives are made up of encounters. Most are the everyday, unremarkable interactions making up a life. Other encounters are momentous, life-changing. Regional writers will share encounters large and small in the ninth annual Writers Read, this year’s theme being Encounters. At 7 p.m Friday, January 25 in the Alvord Theater, 17 writers will read…  Read More …  Read More

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries The Singing Wilderness. The Singing Wilderness, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1956, was Sigurd Olson’s first book, and it was immensely successful, becoming a classic of American nature writing. For Sigurd himself, it was the culmination of a long and hard-fought dream. The journal entries and letters below, along with…  Read More

Aerial shot of river flowing through Highway 2, following June 2018 storm

WPR: Northern Wisconsin Project Seeks To ‘Slow The Flow’ Of Stormwater

Local, State, Federal Partners Aim To Reduce Flood Peaks, Erosion In Northern Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin has dealt with three floods in the last six years that caused millions of dollars in damage resulting in federal disaster declarations. The region is seeing more frequent, intense rainfalls. For the last several years, local, state and federal partners have been trying to find ways to slow the flow of stormwater running…  Read More …  Read More