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Fools Photography

Adjunct Photography Professor Bob Gross had a little pre-April Fools fun in his Digital Photography classroom yesterday. Students learn about exposure settings, lighting basics, photoshop techniques, “and how to bend the rules of time and space with your mind,” he said.


Discovery Southeast Honors Teacher Allie Smith

BY Lisa Phu, KTOO At least once a month, Smith takes her second grade class outside to walk on the trail behind the school. “You have eight minutes to do some observations,” Smith tells the class. “Go. Make sure you can see an adult the whole time.” Each time Smith takes her students outside, she…  Read More

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How Wine Shaped a Nation


Associate Professor of Environmental History Erica Hannickel talks with us about her book, Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America, published in 2013 by University of Pennsylvania Press. Q. You’re an environmental historian writing about grape cultivation. How does one intersect with the other and how did you get interested? A. I came to grapes…  Read More

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Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,” he said. “That and curiosity.”…  Read More

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Ed Prep Program Receives National Recognition

More time in the classroom The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education recently awarded Northland College a Model of Excellence Award for its clinical residency program. Director of Teacher Education Annette Nelson accepted the award last month at the national conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. She presented it to her students who…  Read More

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WPR: New ‘Freshwater Innovation Center’ Aims To Expand Great Lakes Research

$10M Endowment Comes From Family Foundation With Environmentalist Ties To The Area By Danielle Kaeding, WPR Northland College in Ashland has received a $10 million endowment that will support a freshwater innovation center on campus to conduct research on issues facing the Great Lakes. The Forest Lodge property will be managed in partnership with the…  Read More

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Timber Wolf Alliance Returns

After a seven-year tenure at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, Wis., the Timber Wolf Alliance is in the process of returning north to Northland College. “We birthed this program and handed it off during a period when we couldn’t sustain it, but now it makes sense to bring it back,” said Assistant…  Read More

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Op-Ed: Reinventing the Liberal Arts Model

BY Michael A. Miller, Northland College President My phone started buzzing moments after Sweet Briar College, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, announced closing its doors, closing with 700 students and an $85 million endowment. Northland College, where I am president, is a small liberal arts college located on the…  Read More

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NPR's Marketplace: Protecting the Waters of Lake Michigan

BY SARAH GARDNER, Marketplace I grew up near Lake Michigan, one of the biggest lakes on the planet. My hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 15 miles west of Milwaukee, is making a bid to tap the lake for its permanent drinking supply. Long story short: Over the decades, Waukesha and nearby towns have withdrawn so…  Read More

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Environmental Law and Policy

Jessica Dexter is a staff attorney focused on clean water litigation and policy issues at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest and has opened a new office for Environmental Law and Policy Center in Duluth, Minn. She is 2000 graduate of Northland College, where she studied environmental studies. She earned her law…  Read More