Will Steger likes to challenge himself.
In 1986, he led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply. He's led long expeditions across Greenland and Antarctica.
For the last 30 years, he's been working on a different kind of challenge: building the Steger Wilderness Center in a remote setting north of Ely on the edge of the Boundary Waters.
Until now it's been used primarily as a convening center where small groups of influential people gather to make important decisions.
But Steger is planning to add an education center. He says it will be a place where kids from inner-city schools like Summit Academy in North Minneapolis can go to learn a trade.
Use the audio player above to hear Steger talk with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his vision for the center.