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From the Archives: School on an Island

“I feel happy being here. I like this island soooooo much!” “I felt peaceful. It’s not loud here. I felt like I am a part of nature.” “My heart feels right at home.” “Since my grandma died things have been different. At the sandstone rocks I felt her there. She loved nature.” “Out here you…

Northland College Recognized Among Top Regional Colleges for Excellence, Value

U.S. News & World Report recently named Northland College as both a Best Regional College and a Best Value School in the Midwest. Institutions are ranked based on a number of different criteria, and new rankings are released every year. This year, Northland College was named #19 in the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest…

From the Archives: Publishing A Wonderful Country

“To anyone familiar with the Quetico-Superior and the long struggle for its preservation as wilderness, Bill Magie needs no introduction.” So wrote Dave Olesen in a memo to Tom Klein, director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, on June 2, 1980. Olesen goes on to write in his letter that through Magie’s experience as a…

Two people hold a sign reading “Get Ready for Nonviolence” in winter

What I Learned in Jail

I hear the crackle of police radios before the officers enter the badly-lit classroom in the basement of Bobb Hall, Jim Meeker introducing Vegetative Types of the Great Lakes Region. I’m at a desk in a middle row; too cool to sit in front, too anxious to fully give in to the back. I watch…

Photo of the Solitary Shores album jacket

From the Archives: A Musical Tribute to Sigurd Olson

The back cover of the Fall 1983 issue of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s newsletter Horizons features a black-and-white image of a record album titled Solitary Shores by Douglas Wood. Accompanying text states that the album was produced by the Institute and “is about the calling of loons, the crashing of storm waves, the scent…

Photo of memorial service booklet cover

From the Archives: The Passing of Sigurd Olson

In May of 1981, Sigurd and Elizabeth Olson traveled to Northland College to participate in the dedication ceremony for the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s new building. The building was overflowing with guests that afternoon, and Sigurd and Elizabeth watched with appreciation as the Institute’s Voyageurs singing group raised Olson’s B.N. Morris canoe to the Institute’s…

An architectural rendering of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute building

From the Archives: A Home for the Institute

Plans for the Institute’s current home take shape.

In the spring of 1981, The Daily Press of Ashland, Wisconsin, the Evening Telegram of Superior, Wisconsin, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and The Milwaukee Journal all ran feature articles announcing the completion and dedication of a new building for the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Described in The Evening Telegram as “one of the northernmost…

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

From the Archives: Open Horizons—A Campaign for the Institute

As we noted in the eighth installment of “From the Archives,” the title of Sigurd Olson’s fifth book, Open Horizons, inspired the title for the Institute’s long-running newsletter Horizons. His book was also an inspiration for the Institute’s first capital campaign, “Open Horizons”. As the organizers of the campaign explain in a little pamphlet titled…

Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center

Northland College Receives Grant to Build New Ceramics Kiln

Public events welcome the community to learn about the kiln and ceramics studio.

Northland College is building a new kiln thanks in part to a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. The public is encouraged to learn more about this new kiln and firing process at an artist talk on July 19, which Senator Janet Bewley will attend, and at an open house on July 25. The kiln…

Several issues of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Horizons newsletter

From the Archives: Exploring the Horizons

Sharing the Work of the Institute

Sigurd F. Olson titled his fifth book Open Horizons, and in the book’s introduction, he writes that what “a man finally becomes, how he adjusts himself to this world, is a composite of all the horizons he has explored, for they have marked him and left indelible imprints on his attitude and convictions and given…