The St. Louis River, which is Lake Superior’s largest tributary, is a priority in the Twin Ports area. It began on Wednesday, March 8th, and ran through Friday, March 10th, the 13th Annual St. Louis River Summit was held on campus in the Yellowjacket Union.

The event, which was put on by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, presented attendees with numerous presentations, key speakers, networking sessions, and optional in-person field trips.

On Thursday, March 9th, a poster and art session was held, it included projects and local art that area members have been creating and working on. Matt Sperrazza, UMD graduate and photographer, had a table set up where he had his photography on display.

He discussed the process of having his work shown at the event, “I was informed by the St. Louis River Alliance members to apply to the art showing at the event, I’ve never done an art showing before, so I thought “why not?” Sperrazza said.

He had a few different pieces on display at the event, each of a different animal that he had encountered. “I think the event was great, it was very nice meeting lots of similar minded outdoor enthusiasts along with biologists who care a big deal about the St. Louis River,” Sperrazza said.

For more information regarding the topic, visit Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve’s website, at