Visit to the Shack Turns into Graduate Project

By Steffi O’Brien Page 5 of the Fall 2016 Newsletter “A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.” —Unknown And so it has been. My little step just happened to occur inside Sigurd Olson’s Writing Shack on August 3, 2015. Upon entering the Shack for the first time, my eyes swept over […]

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Sigurd F. Olson and the National Parks by Kevin Proescholdt

By Kevin Proescholdt This year, 2016, marks the centennial of the establishment of the National Park Service. Though national parks had existed since Yellowstone in 1872, it was not until 1916 that Congress passed the law creating the National Park Service. Sigurd Olson played important roles both in the national parks and the agency created […]

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The Wilderness Sings in China, Too

By David Backes Published in the Summer 2016 LPF Newsletter, page 7 Excerpts from Sigurd’s writings have been published in a variety of languages, including Russian and Arabic, but a Chinese company is the first to publish a complete translation of one of Sigurd’s books. SDX Joint Publishing Co. in Beijing has published a Chinese […]

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Early Years of the Olson Home

Editor’s note: In the following article, written in 1996, Sig’s son Robert recalls details of the Olson family home in Ely. This home, recently purchased by the Listening Point Foundation, now provides many opportunities for the Foundation to advance Sig’s legacy of wilderness education. Sig and Elizabeth moved from the Rapson House on Harvey St. up to the new house on […]

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Sigurd Olson and the 1978 BWCAW Act

Thirty-five years ago this fall, on October 21, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act (Public Law 95-495). This new law ended a rancorous three-year fight in Congress over the future of the BWCAW, provided important new wilderness protections for the canoe country, and settled once and for […]

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Celebrating 15 Years

A decade and a half ago Bob and Vonnie Olson and some of their bighearted friends dreamed and worked the Listening Point Foundation into existence. That founding group included Chuck Wick (still Vice President of the Foundation today) Dave Peterson, Milt Stenlund, Sigurd T. Olson, Dave Zentner, David Backes, and Randy Pachal. It was their vision that as […]

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“Wilderness Canoe Country: Minnesota’s Greatest Recreational Asset”

By Sigurd F. Olson published in Naturalist, 1967 The Value of Wilderness The wilderness canoe country is northern Minnesota’s greatest recreational asset. Outside of its beauty, uniqueness, historical significance and fishing, it has a quality that other lake and forest areas do not possess, its primitive character. This is the magnet that draws people, the fact that here alone […]

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Preserving Listening Point

You can help preserve this historical site! The passage of time and the weathering effects of the elements are taking their toll on the Listening Point structures. In 2009 Sig’s cedar dock needed to be replaced. Last year we restored the cabin’s iconic stone steps and a section of the fireplace hearth. In addition, the entire stone […]

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