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Wheeler Bridge

Bridging a Passage

…the edge, to consider the possibilities between here and there? When I think of Northland College, one of the first images that forms in my mind is that of Wheeler Bridge. Not a long, nor particularly ornate bridge, Wheeler passes over Bay City Creek, connecting the northern and southern parts…


The Stories and Voices of This Region

WritersRead Celebrates Ten Years

…brand of storytellers. Ten years ago poet Ros Nelson and I turned the storytelling in our region into an annual event—WritersRead, an event taking place Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Alvord Theatre at Northland College. It started with Ros’ idea to ask writers around Chequamegon Bay to…


WPR: Report Recommends Rewrite of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

White Paper Suggest More Holistic Approach to Water Quality Management

Danielle Kaeding Wisconsin Public Radio White Paper Suggest More Holistic Approach to Water Quality Management A new report from Northland College in Ashland recommends that the United States and Canada rewrite its principal agreement that provides a framework for improving water quality on the Great Lakes. The white paper released…

Northland College Campus

Northland Remains Vigilant

Presidential Update

Karl Ivan Solibakke, President Ashland Daily Press Presidential Update As Northland College continues to negotiate the perils of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have pledged to update the community on the status of our campus. Accordingly, I took the opportunity to report to the Ashland City Council earlier this month, and…


Shining a Light on Curiosity

…sense of curiosity? The Northland crew was curious. Would the startling trait be common among other furry critters? As it turns out, platypuses (who are even weirder than opossums) biofluoresce, too, and the Northland scientists published that discovery last October. During their black light safari through the collections, the scientists…

Joel Glickman online course

Endeavor Funds Essentials

…the College to purchase remote learning technology upgrades. “Devoted to a select group of very small liberal arts colleges, the Endeavor Foundation has fully embraced Northland’s mission and values and shown extraordinary generosity in a time of grave need,” President Karl I. Solibakke said. “Not only do we find ourselves…

Northland College women's basketball coach Daryl Tucker in the middle of a huddle.

Basketball Opened the Door for Coach Tucker

Tucker Brings Diversity to Division III

Tucker Brings Diversity to Division III Daryle Tucker, head women’s basketball coach, deliberately and successfully recruits players from across the United States, particularly from the south. “Right now I have the most diverse team, not only at Northland but in the entire conference,” Tucker said. The LumberJill players come from…

Pink squirrel illustration by James O'Brien

Pink Explosion

Armed With a Flashlight and a Sense of Wonder, Researchers Discover Hot-Pink Squirrels

…became the lead author of the paper, an unusual place of honor for an undergraduate student. Kohler said she transferred to Northland College after her freshmen year at another institution because “they were teaching me about nature from a textbook.” She heard about Northland and knew immediately that this is…

Calico dragonfly. Photo taken by Emily M. Stone

Dragonflies and Emergence

Looking for the metaphor in the lifespan of a dragonfly.

…one of my students last semester when I was adjunct teaching. “Whenever I feel distance from myself or want to give up,” she wrote, “the most beautiful creature appears.” Anahi, a student at Northland College whose parents are from Mexico, had been writing about a frustrating time in her life,…

Becky Brun ’00 sits atop St. Peters Dome south of Ashland.

Half Hugger, Half Hooper

Becky Brun ’00 When I arrived at Northland and met my new basketball coach and teammates, it didn’t take long before I acquired the nickname “4-H’er—half hugger, half hooper.” I was the weirdo who didn’t eat meat and read books by the naturalist Edward Abbey, but I also loved shooting…