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CRC Helps City Plan for Renewable Future

Center for Rural Communities Updates Ashland City Plan for Energy Independence

 A report released this week reveals the City of Ashland will need to invest $1.8-$2.9 million in solar to meet its goal of getting 25 percent of its total energy through renewable sources by 2025. “The good news is that the initial upfront investment will pay for itself after 12 to 16 years, and depending…  Read More

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A Future in Solar

Loucks '18 to hold first paid sustainability internship for City of Ashland

Name: Laura Loucks ‘18 Major: Sustainable Community Development Hometown: Eagle, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My path to Northland started in middle school, where I learned about the Conserve School, a semester school in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. During high school, I spent a semester of my junior year at Conserve, during…  Read More

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Rural America: A Living Laboratory

Center for Rural Communities Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide

Northland College is undoubtedly situated in the best place on Earth for student learning. Located in the midst of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, three tribal communities, a vibrant farming community, Northland researchers and students have access an unparalleled living laboratory. The College continues to take advantage of the location as it…  Read More

Local Food Important to Northern Wisconsin Residents

The majority of households in northern Wisconsin get their food from a diversity of sources and purchase food directly from farmers, according to the most recent Northland College Public Opinion Poll. “The results show a northern culture of supporting local farms, sharing, producing, and gathering food—and an overwhelming 89.6 percent think people should choose food…  Read More


Northern Wisconsin wants drinking water oversight

A recent Northland College Public Opinion Poll reveals overwhelming support for public sector oversight of drinking water resources. The public sector includes publicly-owned utilities, tribal water utilities, local city and town officials, tribal governments, and state and federal agencies. The Center for Rural Communities at Northland College conducted the poll in May, interviewing 640 randomly…  Read More

Northland College student Kaylee Thornley at whiteboard

Thornley: Passion for Strong Communities

Growing up in Spooner, Wisconsin, allowed graduating senior Kaylee Thornley to experience firsthand the social and economic struggles small communities face today. Understanding that rural communities struggle to keep wealth in the region, Thornley knew she wanted to study methods that would allow her to influence policy and help to remedy these issues. Thornley found…  Read More

Survey Says: Citizens Love It Here

Chequamegon Bay residents love where they live—and that’s good for business, according to the Northland College Center for Rural Communities. The Center released results Tuesday from their study, “Roots in Chequamegon Bay: Opportunities for Strengthening Community Attachment,” showing that close to seventy percent of residents are highly attached to the Chequamegon Bay Area. “This strong attachment…  Read More

Kaylee Thornley

Thornley Takes Top Prize

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) awarded first prize to Northland College senior Kaylee Thornley for her paper, “Social Capital and Community Attachment: Understanding How Social Ties, Trust, and Reciprocity Relate to Rural Resident Attachment.” The MSS will present Thornley her a plaque and $250 prize in Chicago at a ceremony on March 25. In addition,…  Read More

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Center for Rural Communities Releases First Opinion Poll: CAFO

Almost two-thirds—63.3 percent—of Ashland and Bayfield county residents said they are opposed to the proposed Badgerwood LLC Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Bayfield County, according to the Northland College Public Opinion Poll released today. The Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC) conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 701 households in Ashland…  Read More