Nature

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Why Nature Needs Legal Rights: The Manoomin Case

“There is no accounting for the dead beaver, the dead muskrat, the poison in the water.”

  • 07/28/2022
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Perspective: On the Range and in the City

We all have stakes in what this region means to us and our families. What if we acknowledged the complexities?

  • 10/27/2021
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The Wisdom of Nature

In her poignant memoir “Watershed”, Ranea Lenor Hanson points out that Minnesota is an apex whose rivers flow north to Hudson Bay, east through the Great Lakes, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. I rather enjoy the concept of our state being central to three directions. For me, it is a reminder that wherever you are in our state, there are three places you can flow.

  • 06/25/2021
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Why Do You Connect with Nature?

Imagine you are on that departing spaceship. Will you suddenly panic at the loss of that smell that comes before rain?

  • 06/25/2021
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Storying the Mississippi

Introduction written by Kristy Ornelas For the majority of my life, the faces I saw recreating and educating on the

  • 06/25/2021
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Healing Trauma: Minnesota Black Land Trust

Why the land? Because Mother Earth can hold it.

  • 06/25/2021
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Opening the Door to Wilderness

Why are the terms “explore,” “conquer,” and “discover” so prevalent when we talk about the outdoors? These terms are callbacks to colonialism and the so-called Age of Discovery.

  • 09/22/2020
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Climate Consciousness: A Crescendo of Women’s Voices

In 2009, I was dragged into a new reality — one in which restoring Minnesota’s Northwoods to its historical grandeur is not possible due to the state’s fast-warming climate.

  • 06/24/2020
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Tapestry: In Nature

Lisa McKhann: Going to Ground Recently, when it was cold and blustery outside, my cat and I shared a sunbeam

  • 05/14/2020
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Witness Waves

My first memory of creating art was as a three-year-old. I took my mother’s food coloring collection — the type

  • 12/23/2019
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Into the Wild

Last summer, our Girl Scout troop went on a three-day trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. None of

  • 12/23/2019
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Plant-Based

Allison Austin grew up in a rural environment near Dayton, Minnesota. As a 7-year-old, she spent hours crushing herbs and

  • 08/01/2019