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From the Archives: Publishing A Wonderful Country

…in northern Wisconsin, and between January and May 1978, Olesen captured more than twenty hours of taped interview sessions with Magie. By all accounts, including his own, Magie was a charismatic, “hell-raising” young man who grew to be an exceptionally faithful and effective defender of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area…

Northland College faculty Jesse M. Caskey and Franklin C. Lane

Before the Beginning

Fifteen years before the Apostle Islands became a park, faculty and students established a field laboratory on Rocky.

…pressed, and labeled and sent to the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and the National Museum. More than three hundred are stored at Northland and used in biology classes. “We are confident that their almost encyclopedic work in classifying the flora, in particular, will be a landmark in…

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

From the Archives: Open Horizons—A Campaign for the Institute

…broad domains.” The plan for the Open Horizons campaign identified six purposes for the campaign, which included advancing the ideals which Sigurd Olson manifested in his career, contributing to the quality of life in northern Wisconsin and in the greater Lake Superior region, constructing a building for the Institute that…

Pages 1 and 2 of “Sigurd Olson Writes About Northland College”

From the Archives: The Environmental Liberal Arts

…the 1973 summer meeting of the Northland College Board of Trustees. At this meeting, a report was shared with the trustees that showed student enrollment in Wisconsin private colleges had dropped from 50 percent in 1950 to 23 percent in 1972, a trend that was largely attributed to decreases in…

Northland College staff Stacy Craig

A Deeper Life Because of Northland

…Native American communities need to have a voice before restoration can occur. Her work gave me vision for a better future. I’m proud to be an alumna of this small college in northern Wisconsin, which was endowed with a deeper life at its inception, and which continues to hold space…

IJC-Val Presentation

How’s the Weather? Well, it’s complicated.

Midwestern Past Time Takes a Serious Turn as Storms Increase

Val Damstra Ashland Daily Press Column Midwestern Past Time Takes a Serious Turn as Storms Increase We love to talk about weather in the Midwest. At work or the grocery store, small talk almost always begins with, “How much snow did you get?” or “What did you think of the…

Winning book covers of Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards

SONWA Book Awards Announced

Best in 2018 Nature Writing

…the first encounters of early humans. Part travelogue, Childs camped one night during a polar vortex on the ice on Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin. “After that sleepless night fending off frostbite, I marched inland to camp in a snow shelter that I’d helped build a few days earlier with…

Northland College student outside.

Studying Freshwater, Rating Curves

Reane Loiselle of Dousman, Wisconsin, was first introduced to Northland College during a backpacking trip in the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan her sophomore year of high school. She had been traveling with her family to the north woods already so to find a college in that…

Welcoming Students Back

Testing and safety measures are firmly in place.

…minutes. As required, test results must be reported to the State of Wisconsin Department of Health. In the event of positive results, Ashland County Public Health, collaborating with Northland College health services, will undertake contact tracing protocols and inform those potentially impacted by the spread of the virus. Isolation and…

Northland College alumni Patrick and Audrey Guilfoile hiking the Pacific Coast Trail

Patrick Guilfoile ’82 Appointed Interim Chancellor

The University of Wisconsin announced Patrick Guilfoile ’82 will serve as UW-Stout’s interim chancellor starting this August. He has been serving as UW-Stout’s provost and vice chancellor since July 2015. Guilfoile studied biology and outdoor education at Northland, then went on to earn a master of art in teaching in…