northern Wisconsin fall trees

Looking Forward to Fall Festival 2022

Hello and greetings from Northland! With August just around the corner, I know many of you are thinking about Fall Festival. I have been, too. And, I’m here to let you know that we are looking to 2022 for the next all-call on campus reunion. In 2022 we will celebrate our 130th Birthday and the…

Stagecoach mural

New Mural Highlights Cabbie’s Tap History

Northland alum attend revealing at Stagecoach July 17, 2021.

I attended Northland in the early 2000 and as a student and later an alum, I played softball and pool for the Stagecoach Bar for several years. This was my spot. This is where I went, and I had no idea the rich history these walls held. I was surprised and delighted in 2015 to…

Dan’s Dill

Finding beauty in a plant that grows like a weed.

Dill grows like a weed in the garden hidden on the outskirts of Northland College’s campus. It grows like a weed because I put it there. As I settled into my first summer working in the campus gardens and living along the south shore of Lake Superior, I was comforted by the discovery of a…

Calico dragonfly. Photo taken by Emily M. Stone

Dragonflies and Emergence

Looking for the metaphor in the lifespan of a dragonfly.

I bent down, then knelt down, then finally sat down on the sun-warmed grass so that I would be eye-level with the dragonfly. Usually they dart off so quickly that I don’t get a good look, but this female calico pennant clung to the tip of a milkweed leaf even as she was buffeted by…

Northland College student collects water sample.

Researchers Tracing Bacteria to Source

Burke Center and City of Ashland team up to solve the case.

Kreher Park Beach has been closed twice this year so far due to high E. coli levels, which leaves local residents and visitors wondering—are the Ashland beaches safe to swim in? What is causing this—seagulls, geese, aging sewer pipes?  Where is the bacteria coming from? The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) has awarded the Mary…

Carol and Monroe Sprague

A Family Tradition of Knowledge and Self-Discovery

The Spragues continue to support scholarship.

[caption id="attachment_54489" align="alignleft" width="400"] Carol and Monroe Sprague[/caption] In 1932, Milton Sprague had only two ways to get from his home in Washburn, Wisconsin, to Northland College. Milton either hopped aboard a train or took a narrow dirt road thirteen miles to Ashland. The Spragues were a timber family. It was three years into the…

Hoover Dam

Opinion: The Southwest’s water problems are about to get much worse

For the Washington Post

Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, is a lifeblood for 25 million people in the Southwest. But for the third time in six years, it’s about to hit a record low. Water levels have fallen more than 140 feet since 2000, leaving the reservoir only 36 percent full. Today, Mead is rimmed by a broad white…

Danny Simpson walks with Governor Tony Evers

Governor Evers Visits Northland For Sustainable Food Program

Tour includes Hulings Rice Food Center, Larson Food Lab and High Tunnel and Composting program.

Hulings Rice Food Center Assistant Manager Danny Simpson led Governor Tony Evers on a tour of the processing center, compost, and high tunnel garden this afternoon. This was the Governor’s first visit to Northland College. Simpson, who is a passionate advocate for local foods, talked about the College’s efforts in creating a sustainable campus food…

One Grad’s Advice to Students

Jaclynn Findlay '21 hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program.

Sustainable Community Development major Jaclynn Findlay ’21 has been hired to manage Ashland’s Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization initiative administered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She will be coordinating downtown projects related to economic development, historic preservation, placemaking, and other initiatives that advance Ashland’s downtown goals and objectives. “My internships with the City…

Commencement 2021

Congratulations, Graduates

Class of 2021

Congratulations graduates! Some 102 students of our 2021 graduating class were honored in Ponzio Stadium Saturday, May 29, marking the end of their academic career at Northland College. The in-person celebration was limited to the members of the Class of 2021, however, the ceremony was recorded, as was the last lecture and the reading of…