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History Speaks: Ernest Oberholtzer - Advocate for the Quetico-Superior

Billy Magee with Ernest Oberholtzer
Billy Magee with Ernest Oberholtzer

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Ernest Oberholtzer was a quiet man who lived most of his life on an island in Rainy Lake. He is also responsible for the protection of much of the Quetico, the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He was also an explorer, photographer, preservationist and spoke fluent Ojibwe. But Oberholtzer is not a well-known figure in the history of the Minnesota-Ontario border lakes region. His life and contributions to the protection of this pristine area - and the reasons for him being relatively little-known - are explored in this edition of WTIP's series, History Speaks.

(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

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