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Her Island is a new book by local author Joe Friedrichs that shares the story of Janice Matichuk, the longest-serving ranger in the history of Quetico Provincial Park. Located near the end of Minnesota’s iconic Gunflint Trail, Quetico is the heart of North America’s “canoe country.”

Matichuk first set foot on her island in Quetico in 1985. Tragically, she passed away in August 2020 after she fell ill from brain cancer. Her Island focuses on Matichuk and her time working in Quetico. This is a story about life inside one of North America’s most remote places. It is also a reflection of a woman who broke through barriers and refused to conform to societal norms.

Join the Author Joe Friedrichs via Zoom to learn more about the process of writing Her Island and personal insight into both the book and the longest-serving ranger in the history of Quetico.


Joe Friedrichs

Joe is a North Shore journalist and writer who many know through WTIP, the community radio station in Grand Marais.

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  • Immediately after registering you will receive the Zoom link in an email titled Your CCHE Registration Details, please save this email.
  • If you are having technical issues joining this event please call 952-237-3517 for assistance.
  • To ensure that cost is not a barrier we are offering two scholarship options – choose your level:
    • 50% off scholarship, enter the following code at checkout: scholarship50
    • 100% off scholarship, enter the following code at checkout:  scholarship100

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February 11
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
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Cook County Higher Education

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