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Mike Link and Kate Crowley

VIDEO:  "Full Circle: Hiking around Lake Superior"  

Upon Mike's retirement as the founding director of the Audubon Center of the Northwoods in Sandstone, MN, his wife, Kate, suggested they take a walk – 1,555 miles around the shore of Lake Superior. During 145 days hugging the shoreline, they witnessed the magic, the fury, and the external threats to a truly great lake, which is the world's largest in area and holds 10 percent of all the surface water on the earth. Along the way, they met the residents who both love and impact the lake every day and collected baseline scientific data to help researchers as they study the growing human and global warming impacts on the great lake.
Mike and Kate have authored several books together, including Going Full Circle: A 1,555-mile Walk Around the World's Largest Lake. They stay busy as guides on outdoor adventures to places like Isle Royale and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They both serve as “riverlorians” on paddle-wheelers cruising the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Kate was an educator at the Minnesota Zoo and the Sandstone Audubon center, where she continues to direct the Road Scholar (elderhostel) program.

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Luca Clemente: "From tent city to tiny house village"

COL Scott St. Sauver: "A MN approach to helping veterans heal"

Benjamin Thwaits: "Focusing a lens on human potential"

Sara Sherman: "Horses see our armor"

Mike Link and Kate Crowley: "Full Circle: Hiking around Lake Superior" 

Jason Edens: "A long-term solution to fuel poverty"

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson: "Empathy and the power of virtual communities"

Arlene Jones: "Who's at your table?"

Corey Medina: "Using blues to shed light"

Tane Danger: "Improv, wicked problems, and the platypus"

Marie Johnson: "Listening to the (her) heart"

Matthew Fluharty: "Changing the face of rural"

Rick McLean: "Storytelling through song"

Jessica Willits: "Reaching out in our schools"