Northland College has announced the winning 2016 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College, and is the namesake of...  Read More
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41 Earth Day Reads: SONWA Winners 1991-Present

1. Open Spaces. The 1991 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who died in June 2014, continued to write...  Read More
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Happy Birthday, Earth Day!

BY MARK PETERSON, for the Duluth News Tribune The idea sprung from disaster. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had just viewed the Santa Barbara oil spill in August 1969. He was flying home when he read an article about teach-ins on the Vietnam War being conducted...  Read More
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Keep Wilderness Act’s Flame Burning Bright

By Mark Peterson and David Zentner Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5-6 | Duluth, MN Rarely is federal legislation passed today with such unanimity as happened with the Wilderness Act 50 years ago this week. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Act 373-1....  Read More
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14 Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day is a special celebration on the Northland College campus. We don’t do anything big and loud. Instead, faculty, students, and staff head out into their own individual spaces—places that nurture and feed their soul. The idea for Earth Day was brainstormed—as the story...  Read More
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7 Fun Facts About Earth Day

Anti-communist crusaders and the John Birch Society called foul on the proposed date for Earth Day—April 22, 1970—because, they discovered, it coincided with the 100th anniversary of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. As a result, some conservative public officials refused to sanction April...  Read More
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Alumni Earth Day Near You

Check out the events alumni have planned for fellow Northlanders to attend on Earth Day. Let us know what you’re doing for Earth Day and we can help invite other Northlanders to join you. We’ll happily post any additional events in this post and in our calendar as we…  Read More

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8 Great Sustainable Student Initiatives

For the last fifteen years, REFund, a student-administered grant program, has funded a long list of pretty cool projects designed to enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency on campus. Northland College students contribute to this program through student fees—$40 per semester—and with their ideas and…  Read More

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

Northland College announced today for Earth Day their choices for the best in nature writing this past year. Three authors have been selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, the SONWA…  Read More

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Review: A Boy and a Jaguar

By Eileen Van Pernis, SONWA Children’s Book Committee The Children’s Book Committee of the Sigurd F. Olson Award (SONWA) is proud to announce the 2015 winner, Alan Rabinowitz, author of A Boy and a Jaguar, about a stuttering boy and a caged animal.

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Eyes Wide Open Review

By Jan Penn, SONWA Children’s Committee Paul Fleischman’s Eyes Wide Open approaches the topic of environmental engagement from the angle of an old fashioned “investigative reporter.” It takes matters of who, what, when, where to the depths associated with the process of critical thinking. A…  Read More

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