Becky Utecht

Becky Utecht Becky raises sheep and makes fiber art, specializing in feltmaking. Using the wool from her flock of sheep, she creates two- and three-dimensional felt art pieces including wall art, garments, accessories, rugs, and vessels. Felting combines her love of animals and nature with her passion for art. She enjoys teaching and sharing the…

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Kathleen Sheridan

Kathleen Sheridan “I began folding in elementary school and am still amazed to think what can be created with paper. As a licensed teacher who taught Spanish for 18 years, I’m now following my paper dreams! I have a degree as a Secondary Spanish teacher and taught Spanish for 18 years. Though I loved the…

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Liesl Chatman

Liesl Chatman Liesl Chatman is a spoon carver, kolroser, and teacher. Her kolrosed spoons have been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute and the Vesterheim Museum, and she has taught kolrosing, spoon carving, and given demonstrations at North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, ASI and Fireweed in Minneapolis, the Spoon Gathering in Milan MN,…

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Carson Gross

Carson Gross Carson is a wild-food enthusiast and educator. His fascination with fungi began in Western Pennsylvania, when a friend showed him a bright orange chicken-of-the-woods mushroom. He was immediately hooked and set out to learn everything he could about foraging for mushrooms, an obsession that continues to today. Carson joined the Western PA Mushroom…

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Heidi Skoog

Heidi Skoog Heidi Skoog is the proprietor of Serious Jam. After nearly two decades as an award-winning  florist, she swapped blooms for an apron to pursue her passion for food. A self-taught jam maker, Heidi combines traditional methods and a flair for experimenting with flavor  combinations and unusual ingredients. The result is a well-balanced, vibrant…

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Leah Moss

Leah Moss Leah Moss-Parham is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with an MS in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine from the Maharishi International University. She is a member of the Maharishi Ayurvedic Association of America and holds a professional Practitioner of Ayurveda Certification from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, NAMA. She owns her own Ayurvedic practice, Simply Veda…

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David Westphal

David Westphal David has been building many things since he was 12 years old and has extensive experience in most areas of woodworking.  He has been building bluebird houses with various groups, concentrating on his 4-H club.  He loves to teach his passion and is looking forward to doing so at Marine Mills Folk School.

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Nino Nardecchia

Nino Nardecchia My name is Anthony “Nino” Nardecchia. A 1967 graduate of White Bear Lake High School, I attended the United States Air Force Academy graduating in 1971. For the next 20 years, I served in the Air Force in many capacities including being an F-15 jet fighter pilot. After retiring from the Air Force…

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Chiaki O’Brien

Chiaki O’Brien Chiaki O’Brien is a SAORI Leaders Committee Certificate recipient. She began SAORI Weaving in 1996 in Japan. She worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office/school in Japan before moving to Minnesota in 2004. She’s been teaching a variety of ages and abilities at schools (including special education classes), at facilities for…

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Laurie Allmann

Laurie Allmann Laurie Allmann is a St. Croix Valley-based environmental writer, essayist and poet. She received a Minnesota Book Award for her collection of essays, Far from Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent (University of MN Press). Her recent book of poetry, An Hour from Now (Nodin Press) was recognized with top honors…

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Peta Barrett

Peta Barrett In the early ’90s a friend took me on my first true Boundary Waters canoe camping trip – a group of women. The camaraderie, the laughter, the solitude for reflection, the joyful teamwork as we gently paddled and portaged the wilderness…I WAS HOOKED! I’ve now racked up some 25+ years of wilderness trail…

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Dale Setterholm

Dale Setterholm “My family grew up loving the outdoors, and we always took an interest in what it was we were seeing out there,” says Setterholm on his start in geology. He worked for the Minnesota Geological Survey for 40 years before retiring. “Geology is everywhere,” he says. “It’s the study of the earth, and…

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Elena Bantle

Elena Bantle Elena Bantle has never met a craft that she didn’t like! She lives on about 5 acres on the edge of Duluth, with her wife, her 18 year old Alaskan husky, snuggly cat, chickens and goats. Her crafts vary widely, but share a common wonder for the natural world and its abundance. She…

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Saso, Tina and Ervin – Tour Guides

Saso, Tina and Ervin – Tour Guides We are Sašo, Tina and Ervin, three tour guides and friends from Slovenia. Our passion has always been sharing the beauty of our country with travelers through our travel agency Private Guide Slovenia. Tina has been a tour guide with Rick Steves for 20 years, Sašo for 13…

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Mike Willenbring

Mike Willenbring Mike Willenbring grew up in Marine on St. Croix and is a graduate of Stillwater High School. After a career working in several Twin Cities restaurants, he opened his own restaurant, Manger Restaurant and Wine Bar in Bayport, MN, in 2018. He currently lives in Stillwater with his wife Nicole, and 3 kids,…

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Jaime Brennan

Jaime Brennan Jaime Brennan had a love for plants and wanted to know what their names were starting at age 5. In college she found a program focused on flowers and plants and graduated with a Bachelors in Horticulture. It was a natural progression for Jaime to want to know more about the power of…

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Suan Kregel

Suan Kregel Suan Kregel has been described by many as a swiss-army knife when it comes to wellbeing, life, and business. Born in Texas to a West African immigrant mother and yogi father from Wisconsin, her life has been anything but ordinary. Her multicultural, bi-racial, and transcontinental upbringing has shaped the unique way she sees the…

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Emma Freeman

Emma Freeman Emma Freeman is a mixed media artist who works in many mediums including textiles, fibers, drawing, collage, cyanotype, printmaking and book making. Her process is meditative, experimental, contemplative, tactile and full of play. She hosts a podcast called, “Reflections from My Art Table” and designs many beautiful things from her artwork including fabric,…

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Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson leads workshops that help students create fresher and more intuitive paintings. A life-long artist, Emily recently picked up the paints again and has begun the joyful journey of creating playful and layered landscapes. Students will come away from the class feeling excited to know that often, the paintings that took the…

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Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman Chris Coleman and local Slovenia guides Sosa, Tina and Ervin met through Rick Steves’ European Tours, . When she’s not traveling, Chris lives in Scandia, MN, while Sosa, Tina and Ervin all live in Slovenia. Chris is also a well-known local yoga teacher, working from her own studio and other venues such as…

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Terry Mistalski

Terry Mistalski Terry Mistalski’s academic credentials include a BS in biology and chemistry (double major) and an MS in pathogenic microbiology. He has 35+ years marketing and clinical experience in controlling and eliminating foodborne pathogens and healthcare associated infections.  

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Jenn O’Brien

Jenn O’Brien Working both directly with clients as well as assisting internal design departments and creative agencies as a demonstrated lead creative with the ability to offer strategic design & photo art direction across all branding channels including print, digital, UX/UI, and responsive/adaptive interactive design. Projects include cross-channel brand launches for fortune 100 companies, branding…

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