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    Life at the Homestead – July 4th, 2018

    Hear about 'Life on the Homestead' from 2018 summer resident Caitlin Augdahl. For many at the Center, this 4th of July was one of the all-time greatest.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 05

    The summer residents build the floor in the new Summit Academy wall tent structure, and the crew receives a lovely letter from a friendly volunteer who worked along side them at the Steger Wilderness Center this June.
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    Making Pictures with Johnny Ray – Summit Academy June 2018

    For two weeks, students from the Minneapolis Summit Academy worked with us at the SWC. Resident photographer Johnny Ray Ratzloff made photos of the crew on their building adventures.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 04

    Aurora cuts down a tree, Justin picks up nails, Jenna builds a wall, Louis burns a pine cone, Johnny Ray makes pictures, and Kelsey jumps in the lake on June 25, 2018 at the Steger Wilderness Center.
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    Summit Academy Builders – 2018 Summer Wildlifer Log

    For two weeks, 8 students and 2 instructors from the Summit Academy OIC of North Minneapolis worked alongside the summer residents to design, frame, and put together two massive wall tent structures that will house future Summit builders in summers to come.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 02

    At the start of the summer, the Steger Wilderness Center staff assess the quality of the land’s natural resources and keep track of their progress in rewilding and utilizing what the wilderness has to offer.
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    Dispatch 01 – Summer Wildlifer Log

    In the summer's first Wildlifer Log, we'll meet a baby robin fallen from a tree, clean "Mixy" the cement mixer, burn an aspen smudge pot to discourage the bugs, "build character" with stump removal, and stroll to the lake at the end of the day.
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    Barren Lands – May 30 – Day 72

    “I just landed in Dave’s ski plane on wheels at Yellowknife so I’m officially back in civilization right now. I’m on pavement and talking on a cell phone so I have to get back to the real world now and get caught up on emails. I wanted to thank everybody for following me for the last two months. It’s been a great personal trip for me.” - Will Steger, May 30, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 72
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    Barren Lands – May 28 – Day 70

    “It was a two hour flight back. It really put me in touch with how much winter I was actually immersed in… By the time I got to Great Slave Lake, there was some water on the ice. Some of the rivers had rapids and falls in them, although the quieter areas of the rivers were still frozen.” - Will Steger, May 28, 2018. Great Slave Lake, NWT. Day 70.
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    Barren Lands – May 27 – Day 69

    “I expected a lot of thin ice and rapids and all sorts of adventures of that sort. But it was more of a harder slog, which is a different type of experience. I have no disappointment at all. You always get what you get whatever you do. ” - Will Steger, May 27, 2018. Day 69.