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Onward & Upward!

The Listening Point Foundation will soon undertake an important change. Our Executive Director, Alanna Dore, has served LPF for the last twelve years and has seen our organization grow and prosper as it fulfills its mission to further Sig’s legacy of wilderness education. Under Alanna’s able management, we have seen the Listening Point Foundation develop its programs, increase its membership, and […]

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Change Is In The Air

by Doug Wood As I write these words from our old 1930’s cabin in the Pine Point woods, change is in the air. The basswoods have long since dropped their leaves. The maples have passed their brightest brilliance and the last of the foliage they hold will not last the advancing cold front. The tamaracks still hold forth […]

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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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