Outdoor Life:

It was at the Pioneer Press she met photographer Craig Borck, with whom she spent a good handful of years exploring and writing about Minnesota’s wild places. She grew up as a sporting gal in the West, fly-fishing for trout, hiking mountains, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing, and was happy that her partnership with Craig opened up new opportunities for outdoor education; from him she learned to hunt geese, grouse, ducks and deer, as well as forage for mushrooms, and garden. After a stint covering specialty crops and oilseeds for AgWeek Magazine in Grand Forks, North Dakota, she abandoned her journalistic dreams altogether and went back to school at the University of Minnesota, where she got an MA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English and Feminist Studies. Her dissertation was about American women nature writers.