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Will Steger plans wilderness education center

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Will Steger speaks at the Norway House.
Will Steger
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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.