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Sigurd Olson Speeches

…to acquire wisdom, to meet the challenges of the future. Wisdom to live a beautiful life! What is a beautiful life? Each of us has a different idea, but to me I cannot consider a beautiful life without the out-of-doors, without space, without room to breathe, without vistas—as we saw…

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries

…thoughts this morning has been a relief and a queer pleasure. Today I have read the life of John Burroughs and have been impressed with a strange similarity between his life and mine. He found the same inability to resign himself to business and the humdrum existence of commercial life….

Journal Entries Singing Wilderness

life Contact with that greater life – Masefield, source of all glory, goodness, beauty, wisdom and rightness. To bring down from this greater life, something shining for man – Masefield – somehow each essay must tap the source Awareness of one’s surroundings – look at each day as tho it…

Education Major Danon Briggs


…Program admitted and enrolled 15 students in major and minor programs leading to licensure. During that year, six students successfully completed their student teaching in a variety of area school districts, and 100% of those students passed the state-mandated content knowledge requirements relevant to their licensure area. The Northland College…

Northland College chemistry prof and students in lab.

Your Gifts at Work

…Ashley Hammes Kimball-Tarantolo Freshman Award Catherine McComas-Bussa Wendy McLean Service Award Seth Bayliss James Reif Award Josey Schanen Abigail Spiers Student Life Indelible Mark Award Thomas Wilcoxon Student Life Outstanding Student Leadership Award for Community Stewardship Allison Bayne Student Life Outstanding Student Leadership for Community Stewardship Chelsea List Student Life

Sigurd Olson Articles

…me as though he had stepped out of the pages of the past. For that matter, all of Henry’s life had been spent in the wilderness lake country of the Minnesota-Ontario border, and he knew the life of the bush from long before the days of planes and steel. When…

girls walking in snow


We know college is a huge financial decision and it’s one you should take seriously. College is an investment in how you want to live the rest of your life. It impacts your professional choices, your future income, and your personal life. Whether you’re enrolling in college for the first…

Northland College teaching students talk with Washburn fifth graders

For Lucas, Elementary Ed Provides Pathway to Greater Good

Harrison Lucas '17

students and the youth, you know. Just having an impact would be nice. You don’t have to touch every student out there. I don’t think every student will be able to be reached by you specifically, but if you can make a difference in two to three, I think that’s…

Sunset at Forest Lodge

Changing Climate, Changing Culture

Student-Led Conference at Forest Lodge

…Northland College Student Association vice president to expose as many students as possible to the benefits of becoming involved with the Citizens Climate Lobby. Ideally, Fisher would like to see three-to-five Northland College students active in the local chapter. “This weekend we initiated the steps to really achieve these goals…

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

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

…Also, an added bonus, I met my husband there. He was not a student at Northland. That was in 1955. We have now been married for fifty-seven years and when we come home for Northland reunions, we also spent time at Cabbie’s. Tom Chvala 1958 As a student from 1955…