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September 8th 2017 Annual Northwoods Dinner

The dinner was a great success and we welcome the addition of Steffi O’Brien to our organization! Program 5:00 p.m. – Silent Auction, Social Hour, and Cash Bar 6:00 p.m. – Welcome: Douglas Wood, President, Board of Directors Dinner – Remarks: Douglas Wood Keynote Address: “Wilderness Journeys, Past to Present: Exploring the Map Collection of Sigurd […]

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A Listening Ear, A Helping Hand

By Douglas Wood, president of the LPF On February 23, 1977, a young college student named David Backes—struggling, feeling lost and adrift and about to drop out of school—wrote a letter to an author and conservationist named Sigurd F. Olson.  He expressed his despondence and confusion to a man who, for some reason, he thought […]

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WAOR- guest author- Paisley Park and Listening Point

by Phil Voxland, one of the LPF’s tour guides and a writer among our readers guest author: We all know this quote from Sig Olson: “Everyone has a listening point somewhere. It does not have to be in the north or close to the wilderness, but someplace of quiet where the universe can be contemplated […]

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Quote from Sig about the “young”

Quote from Sig:  The Foundation’s “year of the young” was inspired by the following quote from Sig that he shared on “The Wilderness World of Sigurd Olson” dvd: ——————————————————————————————– Sig’s words regarding the “young” of the world. (From the Wilderness world of Sigurd Olson) Young people come to me and they asked me “What is […]

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Poem – “The writer” by Timothy James Stouffer

The writer In Sigs cabin There’s a pipe stand with three or four of his. Maps on the walls, and doggerel shaped books watch me from shelves as my fingers inch towards His old keys. The chair feels right. Desk a little low for my taste, but the pipe stem has me in its grasp […]

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Sigurd Olson and the Establishment of Voyageurs National Park

By Kevin Proescholdt – Last year, 2016, marked the centennial of the formation of the National Park Service. The heightened awareness of the National Park Service surrounding this anniversary has triggered a fresh interest in the national parks that this agency manages. Of particular interest to those with an interest in Sigurd F. Olson is […]

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The Meaning of Place

by Douglas Wood, president of the LPF – Places can be marvelous things. Strange things. Fragile things. Sometimes a place is just that—a place to put your keys, hang a picture, park your car. A place to go to work or go out to eat. But sometimes places are a little bit more. Some- times […]

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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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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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