Northland College student Emma Holtan

The Chequamegon Bay Region Spoke and the IJC Listened

In September of 2019, the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation hosted a conference with the International Joint Commission (IJC). The purpose was to give local experts and the public an opportunity to share their water quality concerns for Lake Superior and the larger Great Lakes basin. The public hearing portion of the event…

Northland Students Outside with Masks

COVID Campus Communication

» Read our COVID Campus Plan » Read our Campus COVID FAQ Recent Updates Dec 22: Witer/Spring Athletic Competition Update Dec 21: Community Pledge Nov 20: Grading Policy Modifications for Fall Term Session 2 Nov 7: Transition to Virtual Learning Oct 19: Winter Term Schedule Oct 8: Message from President Solibakke Oct 1: Campus COVID-19…

Northland graduates Faye and Margaret Koosmann at their vet clinic.

Your Family Veterinarian

Margaret Koosmann '10 Purchases Ashland Area Veterinary Clinic

Margaret Koosmann ’10 grew up on a five-generation beef farm, twenty minutes south of campus. She attended Northland, played sports, and went on to graduate from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She now owns Ashland Area Veterinary Clinic, located near campus, and employs four other veterinarians, including her sister Fay ’15, another Northland graduate. “Attending…

Robert Rue Parsonage and Ruth Lull with sons at Northland College 1980s

Embracing the North

A cross country move, thirty-three years in the making.

Robert Rue Parsonage, Northland’s president from 1987-2002, made an imprint as indelible as the Northland seal. Filled with confidence, boldness, and a Midwestern work ethic, he built a college for the twenty-first century while giving credence to the past. “I expected great things and pushed to get them done,” said Bob in a telephone interview…

Devil's Island Apostle Islands

IJC Releases Recommendations

Lake Superior Has Seen At Least 5 Blooms In The Last Decade

The United States and Canada should work together to eliminate blue-green algae blooms in Lake Superior, according to one of three recommendations outlined in a report released by the International Joint Commission (IJC) on Thursday. The commission is an independent bi-national organization that evaluates work by the U.S. and Canada to protect and restore the…

Northland College student Michael Lant

All You Have to Do Is Ask

Senior Michael Lant and Fishing

At a small school, connections are easily made, and countless doors can be opened by asking a few questions. For natural resources major Michael Lant taking the initiative to reach out—mixed with a lot of hard work—has created countless opportunities for himself. The senior, studying fisheries, grew up in southern Wisconsin where hunting, fishing, and…

Biofluorescent platypus (Mammalia)

Platypuses Capture Worldwide Imagination

Northland Researchers Make Another Illuminating Discovery

Northland faculty and alumni have created a well-needed bit of fun in the science world with their recent paper about glowing platypuses. After their discovery of pink fluorescing flying squirrels in 2019, Northland professors Paula Spaeth Anich, Sharon Anthony, Michaela Carlson, Jonathan Martin, and Erik Olson and capstone students Adam Gunnelson and Allison Kohler kept…


Alumni Sew Masks for Incoming Students

When the pandemic hit, Nancy Carey Mullenbrock ’78 got to work doing what she does easily—sewing. She created masks first for family and friends—then this summer, she starting thinking about students returning to campus. Apart from cutting the waste caused by using disposable masks daily, Mullenbrock explained that making masks was a “very tangible, very…


Rethinking Plantation Tourism 

 Time to Get Real About Our History

I remember the first time I was invited to visit a plantation. I was in the fourth grade and our teachers had planned a field trip to Chretien Point, a former plantation in Sunset, Louisiana. At the time I couldn’t understand why my three white teachers thought it was a great idea to take us…

Peter Annin at beach

Peter Annin Recognized for Excellence

Great Lakes Protection Fund Awards Journalists and Media Outlets

The Great Lakes Protection Fund—the world’s first ecosystem endowment—named three individuals and three organizations as recipients of the 2020 Great Lakes Leadership Award for Communication Excellence. This award celebrates the recipients’ outstanding storytelling efforts— better connecting their audiences to the ecosystem, its challenges, and efforts to solve those challenges. Peter Annin, director of the Mary…