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Season 28 
 

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Episode
Program Number
1
2801

 

Show Segments



Esko Historical Museum
Two Minute Tour

Unlock Esko's Finnish Heritage with a visit to the local historical museum.


Hiking for Health
Story

Meet fine art nature photographer Ladona Tornabene in Ashland.


Jo Wood: Clothes Maker
Story

Jo Wood plays with fiber, paints with beads and fashions recycled fabric into fun & funky apparel.


Once Upon a Family
Northwoods Reader

Even if you don’t know American Sign Language, with Once Upon a Family you can teach your preschooler the signs for the most important people in his or her life—family!


Toimi School
Story

An old Finnish school in the back country of northern Minnesota holds lessons for a new generation.


Episode
Program Number
2
2802

 

Show Segments



Karner Blues
Story

Find out what the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife program is doing to attract Karner Blue butterflies in Plainview, MN.


Lake County Demonstration Forest
Two Minute Tour

Hike the trails of one of Lake County's delightful forests.


Liz Wucherer: Wildlife Artist
Story

A wildlife artist born and raised along Wisconsin's Brule River returns to her roots for inspiration.


Owls of the North
Northwoods Reader

This natural history guide covers the most amazing facts about owl biology, distribution and behavior.


Tiona Marco: Crayon Artist
Story

Artist Tiona Marco creates fine art using simple wax crayons.


Episode
Program Number
3
2803

 

Show Segments



Down to Earth Tours
Story

Ride along with guide David Thorson on a “Down to Earth” tour.


Drummond Historical Museum
Two Minute Tour

Enjoy northern Wisconsin's logging history at the Drummond Museum.


Monkey with a Tool Belt
Northwoods Reader

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon's your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything!


Tom Christiansen: Metal Artist
Story

Fanciful and functional fabrications mingle at the Last Chance Studio of Tom Christiansen.


Zoo Murals
Story

Imagine creating public art that stands up to the rigors of curious monkeys!


Episode
Program Number
4
2804

 

Show Segments



Cooter Pottery
Story

The forces of nature help shape the work of potter Dick Cooter.


Dragonflies
Story

Get to know the native Dragonfly population in Hackensack, MN.


Gunflint Cabin, The
Northwoods Reader

The Gunflint Cabin tells of encounters with wildlife, foraging for berries, creative outhouse designs, baking bread, making repairs to the water system, the continual upkeep of cabin property, and much more.


North American Eagle Center
Two Minute Tour

Tour the North American Eagle Center.


Superior Letterpress
Story

At Superior Letterpress, antique printing presses stamp out charming, hand-made announcements in the style of yesteryear.


Episode
Program Number
5
2805

 

Show Segments



Driftwood
Northwoods Reader

In this newest collection of tales and original paintings, Howard Siverston shares his "stories pickup up along the shore" using his folksy wit and colorful style.


Lake County Historical Society Museum
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the Lake County Historical Scoiety Museum.


Outback Solar
Story

Control your own sector of the electrical grid with Brian Bennet of Outback Solar in Grand Marais, MN.


Peregrin Falcon Class
Story

Peregrin falcons swoop and soar along Minnesota's North Shore.


Ron Benson: Glasswork
Story

Glass crashes in waves carefully crafted by Ron Benson.


Episode
Program Number
6
2806

 

Show Segments



Apostle Islands - Zodiac Tour
Story

Explore the Apostle Islands onboard a 22-foot Zodiac.


Jewels on the Water
Northwoods Reader

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its gateway community, Bayfield, WI, have become a premier destination for a wide variety of recreational interests.


Summer Song
Story

Join us as we sail past the "Witch Tree" and on to the Susie Islands.


US Brig Niagra
Two Minute Tour

Tour a tall ship visiting Duluth, the US Brig Niagara!


Wood Duck Houses
Story

Innovation in environmental education brings kids outdoors and helps the wood ducks too.


Episode
Program Number
7
2807

 

Show Segments



Bike Cave Collective
Story

A bone yard of bike parts becomes the Bat Cave Collective.


Mountain Biking - Duluth
Story

Are you curious about where to go for a bike ride in Duluth?


Trial Bikers
Story

Meet a group of trial bikers who push the laws of physics.


Trikes for Life
Two Minute Tour

Recumbent trikes on the North Shore.


Episode
Program Number
8
2808

 

Show Segments



Cloquet Gas Station
Two Minute Tour

Cloquet Gas Station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


Lyric Center for the Arts
Story

The historic Lyric Theater thrives as an art center and community gathering spot.


Nongame: Trumpeter Swans
Story

Paddle along with research biologists as they monitor nesting trumpeter swans.


Paul Sundburg: Photographer
Story

Paul Sundberg is more than just the manager of Gooseberry Falls State Park.


Peace Bell, The
Northwoods Reader

Told in evocative prose, this inspiring story based on the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell celebrates peace between nations.


Episode
Program Number
9
2809

 

Show Segments



Crossing the Canal
Northwoods Reader

For the first time in one book, this is the complete story of Duluth’s aerial bridge.


Douglas County Museum
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the Douglas County Museum.


Hauser: Next Generation
Story

Generations of the Hauser family cultivate a rich life in the hills above Bayfield.


Spooner Railroad
Story

Ride the rails in style, compliments of the Wisconsin Great Northern.


Tractor Ride
Story

Ride along on the annual Great Douglas County Tractor Ride.


Episode
Program Number
10
2810

 

Show Segments



Cecilia Lieder: Printmaker
Story

Wood block prints created by Cecilia Lieder carry the imprint of her life experiences.


International Wolf Center
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.


Invincible
Northwoods Reader

Invincible is a history of the Duluth Boat Club, which includes a period when the oarsmen of the Duluth Boat Club completely dominated North American Rowing.


Nongame: Snakes
Story

Timber rattlesnakes reveal their secrets.


Sail the Hjordis
Story

The traditional schooner, Hjordis, provides the perfect platform to teach people about sailing, maritime history and Lake Superior.


Episode
Program Number
11
2811

 

Show Segments



Ashland Museum
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the Ashland Museum.


Carriage Designer
Story

Carts & carriages are made to order by designer Sue Ahonen.


Fish House Book, The
Northwoods Reader

Compiled with occasional captions by portrait and commercial photographer Kathryn Nordstrom, this book provides a visually impressive photographic survey of fish houses and the ice fishing culture that created them.


Miniature Horses
Story

We'll visit a family that raises horses that grow to no more than 34 inches high.


Snowmobile Iron River
Story

Snowmobile adventurers head to northern Wisconsin for well connected trails and great scenery.


Episode
Program Number
12
2812

 

Show Segments



Ely Winton Museum
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the Winton Museum in Ely, Minnesota.


Great Minnesota Fish Book, The
Northwoods Reader

If you’ve ever wondered what’s on the end of the line or swimming under the dock, rock, or country creek bank, Tom Dickson has written about the finned creatures—ranging from famous to infamous to unheard of—to tell you.


Jamaican Dogsled Team
Story

You may have heard of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, but did you know there is a Jamaican Dogsled Team?


Nongame: Golden Eagles
Story

Golden Eagles stretch their territory to include parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Winter Arboretum
Story

Pay a Winter visit to the Northland Arboretum for a seasonal outdoor treat.


Episode
Program Number
13
2813

 

Show Segments



30th Star
Story

A new show at Big Top Chautauqua celebrates the state's colorful history.


Grant Goltz: Guitar Maker
Story

Meet guitar maker Grant Goltz at his Squeedunk workshop.


Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook, The
Northwoods Reader

Minnesotans live close to the land and love good food, so when they go out, they expect the best--the tastiest dishes with the freshest ingredients, locally grown and true to their roots.


Old Central Clock
Two Minute Tour

Join us as we tour the Old Central School Clock in Duluth, MN.


Tom Wegren: Composer
Story

Family ties and collaboration inspire Tom Wegren’s musical compositions.