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Derrick Passe: Crew Leader Spotlight

  Derrick is a man who knows how to get things done, and his first brush with leadership came about nearly 30 years ago. He saw a volunteer recruitment flier for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and decided to sign up. He even checked that he would be a trip leader if they needed […]

Chippewa National Forest: Trail Section Highlight

The nearly 667,000-acre Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota currently hosts 61 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail. It also has a unique history. Following political advocacy by the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs, concerned about the wholesale loss of forests in northern Minnesota, the Minnesota Forest Reserve was created in 1902 […]

Annie Nelson: Halfway Thru

  Annie Nelson’s 2019 Attempt to Hike Half of the North Country Trail In early 2019, Annie Nelson of Minnesota, “a former journalist turned outdoor junkie,” declared that she was going to hike half of the North Country Trail by the end of 2019. “I’ll begin my trek near the trail’s halfway point in lower […]