It all started with a donated box of river guide books. While working at Ski Hut a few years ago, Jared Munch met an elderly couple who told him their paddling days were over, and handed him a cardboard box. Looking through the books, Munch discovered the Missinaibi River, an historic fur trade route used to travel between Lake Superior and James Bay. The goal to paddle the route grew to starting in Duluth, and became a fundraiser for Neighborhood Youth Services in an effort to help kids get out into nature.
Annie Humphrey is a musician, artist, and self-described Queen of the Side Hustle. She lives in a way that embodies many aspects of what producer Leah Lemm's Northern Voices series is about: sustainable living, traditions, and indigenous lifeways.