• Lacey Squier

Meet Dee: Why We Live Here Series

It’s time for another meaningful Northwoods connection!


The Boundary Waters Connect team is excited to continue introducing you to people who relocated to wilderness edge communities of northeast Minnesota over the next few weeks. This week we would like to introduce you to Dee.



Dee’s first canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) was 50 years ago. Although Dee’s life has had many iterations – notably including several years as a kayak and white water rafting guide along with her wife, Joy, in North Carolina – there has always been something that stuck with Dee about the BWCA and Ely. This place is not just a location on a map, but an identity – a sense of place, home, and connection.


Dee understands that the serenity of the natural environment is beneficial to human health and wellness. Indeed, psychologist Ming Kuo has been studying the effects of nature on humans for over 30 years, and her research affirms that nature and greenery have positive impacts on human health. More time in nature leads to better social, psychological, and physical health. Nature is a multivitamin, and living on the edge of the Wilderness ensures Dee gets her daily dose of vitamin N(ature).


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