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Welnetz: Science and the Back Country

For some, being stranded on Lake Superior in a boat with two broken motors is reasonable cause for alarm. However, for graduating senior Jordan Welnetz it was “just another day at the office” and a prime opportunity to enjoy the lake she loves. “We didn’t know what we were going to do,” Welnetz laughed. “It…

Joe Fitzgerald and Randy Lehr drive boat to islands

Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist

By Marie Zhuikov, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Wisconsin Sea Grant undergraduate student, Joe Fitzgerald, has spent the past two years working with Northland College Professor Randy Lehr collecting plankton. The collection is for Lehr’s research project on the Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior. Students in the center where Fitzgerald works at the college are…

Student works on adaptive bike

Dohrmann: It's Not About the Money

Choosing a career path was “never about the money” for graduating senior Lynn Dohrmann, who has spent the last four years being of service and providing inclusive opportunities in the outdoors. “I would so much rather be enjoying what I’m doing, than have a lot of money and be miserable,” Dohrmann explained. Growing up in…

Northland student stands in Lake Superior

Kert's Most Awesome Weekend Adventures

Senior Kert Wuestenhagen embarks on an adventure every weekend—he wants to take in all he can before he graduates in May. He’s tackled a variety of adventures including biking, hiking, climbing, and kayaking. All have led him to some of the most beautiful and thrilling locations in the region, with friends and solo. With spring officially…

Northland College student Kim Oldenborg measures water on a stream.

Oldenborg headed for future in water

For senior Kim Oldenborg, water is more than a life-sustaining resource. Water is her inspiration—academically, personally, and professionally. Initially attracted to Northland College for its proximity to Lake Superior, Oldenborg was excited to begin working as a research technician for the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation in 2013. “I have always felt a sense of…

29 Reasons to Heart Northland College

29 Reasons to Love Northland College

February is the month of love so our Instagram photographer Mikaela Fisher set out to capture twenty-nine reasons—one for every day of the month—for loving Northland College. We’ve collected them into this one blog post. Follow us on Instagram @northland_edu. If you have others reasons to add, hashtag your photo #NorthlandCollege #29Reasons 1. Local foods in the cafeteria…

Portrait of Niina Baum & her two dogs

A Musher's Life: 1 Min Video

Business student Niina Baum competed sportsmen’s class at the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race last weekend. Saturday and Sunday she took her team of six for two twenty-mile runs. She’s been racing huskies for a dozen years.

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A Winning Business Idea

A late night meal made from local ingredients is hard to find in Ashland, or anywhere in small town America, really. Northland College business senior Jesse DiLillo and junior Matt Hoszko set out to solve this problem at the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Lake Superior Business and Technology Conference in August. The conference, held at Wisconsin…

Marissa Olsen

Filmmaking to Impassion, Teach

In her first year at Northland, natural resources student Marissa Olsen enrolled in a film class, that provided a meaningful vehicle for sharing and interpreting her science classes. For her, film bridged the gap between art and science. “By capturing the audience’s attention and interest through video, we have the ability to educate and impassion people on various…

Kaylee Thornley

Thornley Takes Top Prize

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) awarded first prize to Northland College senior Kaylee Thornley for her paper, “Social Capital and Community Attachment: Understanding How Social Ties, Trust, and Reciprocity Relate to Rural Resident Attachment.” The MSS will present Thornley her a plaque and $250 prize in Chicago at a ceremony on March 25. In addition,…