May 7, 2008 - The federal government has recognized Sigurd Olson's rustic cabin on Burntside Lake in northeastern Minnesota as historically significant.
June 6, 2006 - There's a piece of paradise in northeastern Minnesota. It's called the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCA.Admirers credit a book published 50 years as part of the inspiration for creating the wilderness area. And they credit the author the late Sigurd Olson for putting into words the reasons humans need wilderness. However his views inflamed critics who feared Olson and other wilderness advocates worried more about habitat than humans.
September 3, 2004 - The federal Wilderness Act is forty years old today - a document with a lot of Minnesota connections. The Bill was first introduced in 1956 by Minnesota US Senator Hubert Humphrey. One its most visible supporters was Ely writer Sigurd Olson. Olson's biographer, David Backes, says Olson was controversial but respected.
September 3, 2004 - America's Wilderness areas celebrate a birthday today. Forty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed The Wilderness Act - creating the nation's system of federally protected wilderness. Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area was one of the first. Several Minnesotans played prominent roles, including then US Senator Hubert Humphrey and a junior college administrator from Ely, named Sigurd Olson.
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September 8, 1996 - We've all heard the phrase "the pen is mighter than the sword." But is the pen more powerful than a bulldozer or a chain saw? Milkweed Editions--a small Twin Cities press--hopes the current debate over the use of the Boundary Waters will inspire people to put pen to paper and submit their writing in their essay contest. From Wallace Stegner to the work of Minnesota's own Sigurd Olson--writing has often been used to spark political action. The Publisher of Milkweed Editions--Emilie Buchwald--says contemporary writers and average citizens are also using their talents to protect the land they love.
January 24, 1987 - Sigurd Olson: "Sounds of the Night" and "Wild Encounters" from Of Time and Place.
October 16, 1979 - Since the earliest days of the nation, the fertile soil of this land has nurtured writer's of place; Hawthorne in New England, Willa Cather in the plains, Faulkner in Mississippi. Regional writers, who in speaking intimately of and to a region have sketched the dimensions on our mental maps and made it's sights, sounds and smells accessible to readers a thousand miles away. Sigurd Olsen is such a writer.
March 26, 1976 - Reflections of the North documentary presents two Minnesota naturalists and artists, writer Sigurd Olson and Photographer Les Blacklock, who offer readings and personal commentary on life in the North.
May 15, 1975 - A Midday presentation of speeches by environmentalist and author Sigurd Olson, and former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall at the annual meeting of the Northern Environmental Council in Superior, Wisconsin.