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For the Love of Rivers

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will award Kurt D. Fausch the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for his book, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Fausch is an ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living…

Survey Says: Citizens Love It Here

Chequamegon Bay residents love where they live—and that’s good for business, according to the Northland College Center for Rural Communities. The Center released results Tuesday from their study, “Roots in Chequamegon Bay: Opportunities for Strengthening Community Attachment,” showing that close to seventy percent of residents are highly attached to the…

Fish Creek flowing into Chequamegon Bay

Researchers Prep region for Climate Change

…Professor of Sustainable Regional Development at Northland College in Ashland. He explained that precipitation estimates for the Bayfield Peninsula developed decades ago are inaccurate because they don’t take into account the unique local weather situation caused by geography and Lake Superior. “As we’ve learned more about how weather patterns set…

SOEI reading outside

2nd Annual CYA Lit Conference Nov. 9-10

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will host its second annual Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference November 9-10. The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference is a symposium for educators, including public librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents, and college students enrolled in fields related to education. Held…

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Eyes Wide Open Author to Speak on Going Beyond the Headlines

…suburbs, fast food, cheap prices. It’s an exciting, high-stakes moment. What better time to have our eyes wide open?” Fleischman is the recipient of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for young adult literature. He will speak at the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Tuesday, September 15 at…

Northland College Professor Tom Fitz holds up a slide containing asbestos.

Professor, Student Prove Asbestos

Northland College Geoscience Professor Tom Fitz did not set out to become the key researcher of asbestos-like fibers in the Penokee Hills, the site of a proposed mine. In the absence of thorough scientific inquiry, he stepped in. Literally. In the last few years, he has walked nearly every inch…

Storm drain stencil

Stencil project teaches care for environment

The Chequamegon Water Collaborative (CWC), a Northland College student initiative, collaborated with Ashland Elementary School first graders Thursday, stenciling “Keep Our Bay Clean” artwork near storm drains in the city. The Collaborative has been working with regional schools to raise awareness about storm drains—that everything that flows into the drain,…

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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…

City scape of Boston, Mass by photographer Bob Gross

UHA Awards Rector Best Dissertation

The Urban History Association awarded Josiah Rector, Hulings Assistant Professor of US and Environmental History and Culture, the Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History. Rector, who began at Northland College this fall, wrote his dissertation “Accumulating Risk: Environmental Justice and the History of Capitalism in Detroit, 1880-2015,”…

Student on Kiyi boat holding fish

Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife

…says he chose Northland for its small class sizes, access to professors, and its proximity to Lake Superior. He got all three. In his three years at Northland—he transferred from UW-Eau Claire after completing time with U.S. Air Force—he has participated in significant research, presented his finding, worked as a…