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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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Of Woods And Words: Gold Diggers

You can call me a gold digger, but a little bit of my heart sank when I heard that Prince William finally popped the question to Kate Middleton this past week.


Of Woods And Words: The Drama of Deer Scouting

 I may wax poetic about grouse hunting, but when it comes to deer season, I have to admit, I don’t quite get the allure.

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Of Woods And Words: Snowsuit Halloween

 I have Halloween memories prior to the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, but they are hazy, half memories.


Of Woods And Words: What Winter?

 I’m prone to seasonal amnesia. In the dark, coldest bits of winter, I become convinced that spring will never come.

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Of Woods And Words: The Groceries Dilemma

 Maybe all kids from the country go through this, but almost as soon as I became aware of a larger world around me, big city grocery stores began to fascinate me.


Of Woods And Words: The Grouse Season

 While growing up, my brother and I ate far more tofu-dogs than we ate actual hot dogs. Our vegetarian upbringing directly influenced our outdoor experiences.


Of Woods And Words: How to Meet Your Neighbors

In the summer, in the woods, solitude can feel like an illusion. During the winter, just a handful of people live on our bay and life unfolds quietly, as if on your own whim.

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Of Woods And Words: Learning To Dive

One night in late June, a pair of loons in the bay outside the cabin took to caterwauling. They whooped, yodeled, and called all night long.


Of Woods And Words: Don't Get Around Much

When I stand on our deck, I can look always way across the lake to spy the sign for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a tiny island way out in the distance.

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Of Woods And Words: The Berry Season

I have tried several times to write about berry picking, never with especially great success.