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Of Woods and Words

Ada Igoe

Ada Igoe

Ada Igoe is proud to be homegrown on homegrown radio. Her radio career at WTIP began at an early age. As a child she tagged along to many of the meetings and fundraisers that lead to WTIP's formation. From 1999-2003, during her teenage years, she co-produced WTIP's Ragamuffin Radio, a weekly children's program. After graduating from the College of St. Scholastica in 2007 with a B.A. in English and Communication, she punted about the globe, temping in both London, England and the Twin Cities before realizing the woods and community of Cook County would always be home. She lives on the Gunflint Trail. Her commentary, "Of Woods and Words" can be heard on WTIP's A.M. Calendar program and on North Shore Weekend Saturday mornings. You can also subscribe to a podcast.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.



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Morel Mushrooms

Of Woods And Words: On A Morel Mission

I suppose it all started when I heard that morel mushrooms are known to pop up in recently burned areas.


Of Woods And Words: Smelling Like Dirt

Margaret Atwood once said, “In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Sears Tower

Of Woods And Words: Travel - A Structured Escape

When people realize I still live in my hometown, they often tell me it’s a lovely place to live. While I agree, I don’t think I could survive without leaving on a regular basis.

Irish Flag

Of Woods And Words: Cultural Identity, Northeastern Minnesota Style

Once upon a time, back in my short-lived Girl Scout days, the topic of our weekly meeting centered around cultural identity.

Statue of Greek Goddesses: From Left, Hestia, Dione and Aphrodite

Of Woods And Words: Hestia

If you were asked to name a few of the ancient Greek gods, chances are you’d throw out names like Zeus, Athena, and Apollo. You might think of Aphrodite and Hera.


Of Woods And Words: Dream In Seeds

Just a few short months ago, I was bracing myself for the long, cold winter ahead.


Of Woods And Words: The Septic Talk

Sewage is one of the most fundamental elements of human existence and yet it remains largely taboo as dinner table conversation . . . unless you’re at my house.


Of Woods And Words: The Art Of Gathering

In the cabin, we have a framed comic strip which features a woodsman talking to a tree.

Butter (Jessica Merz on Wikimedia)

Of Woods And Words: Life Is Better With Butter

 When the north wind howls, I flee to the kitchen.

Mr. Squirrel By Ada Igoe

Of Woods And Words: King Of The Feeders

 We set up the bird feeders outside the cabin windows in early November when I noticed three pine grosbeaks hanging out in the trees.