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Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

…Sigurd F. Olson Marie Rodell to Sigurd Olson, June 16, 1954 Sigurd Olson to Marie Rodell, undated draft, June 30 or July 1, 1954 This is a draft of a letter that Sigurd composed shortly after receiving the above letter from Rodell. Whether he sent a final draft or not…

Sig Olson's personal gear

Sigurd Olson Legacy

Olson biographer Dr. David Backes, the award-winning writer of A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson. Dr. Backes retired in 2015 after twenty-seven years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He gave the content of the Olson website to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…

wolf head

Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,”…

Glass of beer sitting next to Cabbie's Tap logo.

Ten-cent Taps, Lasting Romance & Ida's Special Sauce

…of teaching anthropology we returned back to the region in 2003, now residing in Bayfield. Jim Hershberger 1965 Every once in a while, Cabbie would spring for a free 10-cent tap. Or sometimes, he would say, “Want a tap? Here you are!” and then tap you on the wrist. I…

Sigurd Olson Speeches

…course, for Sigurd and Elizabeth Olson (shown at left in February 1957). People stopped talking and turned away whenever Sigurd or Elizabeth entered a gathering. Ely Chamber of Commerce secretary Stan Pechaver expressed the breach in a letter to Humphrey: “Sig Olson (of Ely, we’re sorry to say), is not…

Sigurd Olson Letters

…it will become greater than anything we have ever experienced. All of us concerned are appreciative of your great interest and you can be assured of our support. Regards. Sincerely, Sigurd F. Olson The memos below indicate some of the issues Sigurd Olson faced in dealing with the early drafts…

Collage of historical photos of the Bro Family at Northland College

The Bro Family

A Century at Northland College 

…immigrants in Prentice, Wisconsin, whose high school pal was Kenneth Olson—Sigurd Olson’s brother. Kenneth set off to Northland College in 1912 and sent a letter to Albin, telling him he should do the same. Albin relayed the story of his arrival to Northland College at the 1945 inauguration of President…

Three researchers walking through stream

Tracking Wildlife in the Tropics

…management, collaboratively developed his research project—to assess various wildlife tracking and monitoring devices—with Erik Olson, assistant professor of natural resources. Matzinger was unsure of where to conduct this research. Olson suggested the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, where he is working on a larger ongoing project in Costa Rica assessing…

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SONWA Book Awards

…F. Olson Nature Writing Awards recognize the best in environmental writing in adult nonfiction and children’s literature. Awards are announced on Sigurd Olson’s birthday, April 4, See a full list of winners 1991-present Learn about our Nature Based Reading video program Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of…