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Thursday October 4, 2018 - 8:30 am - Keynote

Reinventing My Life Through GIS - Caroline (Siffy) Torkildson, Sacred World Exploration

I will take you on a journey. Mine began when I went back to college to earn my M.S. in GIS at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Earning my degree helped me reinvent my life in my 40's and live the life I imagined. I will take you trekking in Nepal, to the top of Kilimanjaro, speaking on a cruise ship off Patagonia, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, and following in the footsteps of explorer Annie Peck in Europe and Peru.

Caroline ‘Siffy’ Torkildson is a geographer, cartographer, life-long stargazer, author, and publisher for Sacred World Explorations. She taught environmental education in Madagascar while serving in the U.S.Peace Corps, worked at two science museums, for an international mapping firm, as a researcher for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, and taught an introduction to the history of women explorers at Southern Oregon College, as well as astronomy at the Eisenhower Observatory in Minnesota. She has published two travel anthologies, a travel guide book, as well a sa travel-memoir and is working on a book about the adventurer,Annie Peck. Torkildson has published in Ripcord Adventure Journal,and Panorama: the Journal of Intelligent Travel, and has won a Traveler’s Tales Solas Award. Torkildson has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from Humboldt State University in California, as well as a M.S. in Geographic Information Science from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. In her search for sacred landscapes and dark skies, Siffy has explored the Himalaya, Sahara, Madagascar, Europe, Alaska, Patagonia, and Peru. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers as well as the International Dark Sky Association.

Friday October 5, 2018 - 12:45 pm - Keynote

Outdoor Activities of the North - Sam Cook, Freelance writer and columnist

Sam Cook joined the Duluth News Tribune in 1980 and retired in April 2018. He served as outdoors writer and also wrote a weekly column of general. He is now a freelance writer and continues to write a weekly column for the News Tribune. His outdoors stories and columns covered a wide range of topics. Depending upon the season, he might have written about deer hunting or blueberry picking, walleye fishing or an invasion of northern owls. He has covered dogsled and ski expeditions to the North Pole, paddled rivers to Hudson Bay, paddled an inflatable kayak past grizzlies and caribou in Alaska’s Brooks Range and has traveled by dogsled across Canada’s Great Slave Lake. He is perhaps happiest paddling in the canoe country and hunting pheasants behind his yellow Labs. Cook lives in Duluth with his wife, Phyllis.
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