Health & Wellness

Finding Peace and Strength in the Northwoods

James Edward Mills of The Joy Trip Project worked with the National Forest Foundation to create The Black Men Northwoods Retreat. Below are stories from four of the men that were part of the trip to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Photos takes by James Edward Mills I’m the world’s first African American diabetic to complete

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Black Men Northwoods Retreat

“I’m a firm believer that one never stops learning.”

I love Wisconsin. I live in Bloomer and we’re in close proximity to so many attractive locations—just under two hours away from the Twin Cities, two hours from Superior and just under three hours from a ferry boat landing in Bayfield. You can’t beat the view and get the beautiful seasons anywhere else. Photos by

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Bill Hable | Bloomer, WI

“I couldn’t see what the other kids were seeing.”

My maternal grandparents were a huge part of my life. They were at every school play, every softball game, every recital, every doctor’s appointment, everything. My father was not in our lives, but I lived with my mom and my sister, and my grandparents were basically like second parents. Especially my grandpa. I always felt

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Melinda Dresen | Madison, WI