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Campus Life

joneillWelcome to the good life. You’re not only in the process of picking a college, you’re choosing a community too. Where you end up will impact how you spend your free time, who your friends will be, and how you view the world after college. Related Campus Life Welcome to…

Kids reading outdoors

Nature Based Reading

…each stage of its life cycle? ★★★ Butterflies are described as “summer birds” because people did not know about the life cycle of insects. Research the life cycle of the creature you found outside. Also, find out why the creature has the name it does. Extension for teachers: In The…

House Window With Damp And Condensation

Energy Usage Database

Northwoods Database Energy usage and burden. (Click here to return to the main Quality of Life Database page.) (Click here to return to the list of all data visualizations.) Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on electricity, natural gas, and other fuels. This visualization explores the average…

Sig Olson's personal gear

Sigurd Olson Legacy

…is hanged in effigy in his home town of Ely, Minnesota, during debates about the status of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. 1978 President Jimmy Carter signs the law granting full wilderness status to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, more than fifty years after Sigurd Olson’s first efforts to…

Solar Garden in Ashland Wisconsin

Northwoods Renewable Energy Production & Potential

Northwoods Database Renewable energy production and potential. (Click here to return to the main Quality of Life Database page.) (Click here to return to the list of all data visualizations.) Energy production data are collected from energy production sites, such as power plants. Nearby communities reap many of the benefits…

Aerial shot of Ashland and Chequamegon Bay

Rural America: A Living Laboratory

Center for Rural Communities Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide

…“I’m excited to be part of something where we have the chance to collaborate to improve the quality of life here for residents and to attract newcomers to the area.” Based on a project called, Social Capital in the Chequamegon Bay, funded by the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, CRC also…

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Gifts You Bring the World

…feather. I am humbled by your generosity. And Gchi Megwech to the Northland community for honoring me with this degree, I have spent much of my life trying to braid together two strands of knowledge, scientific ways of knowing the earth and the wisdom of indigenous knowledge in how we…

In Wildness and Wonder

…shared with one another our own, affirming experiences of wildness as well as the anguish we often feel in the face of personal challenges and when it is evident that, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, aspects of our village life are stagnating. In this context, we have refined…

Glass of beer sitting next to Cabbie's Tap logo.

Ten-cent Taps, Lasting Romance & Ida's Special Sauce

…previous night had been, by the time the bar opened in the morning, it was once again spotless. Of course, none of that mattered much to me at the time, but as one gets older and looks back on one’s life, one tends to remember and appreciate people who went…

Northland College commencement speaker Ella Shively.

Examining One’s Precious Life

2021 Commencement Address

life? When I heard this quote for the first time, I was struck by two feelings: awe, at the possibilities my one life could hold. And terror, at the idea that I had wasted my one life. Sometimes I thought of this quote as I was feverishly entering data for…