St. Louis River Quest


Students are enrolled in the St. Louis River Quest each year to explore the Duluth-Superior estuary and learn about the waterfront industries and the people who work there.

St. Louis RiverQuest Binoculars


River Quest tours gave us the chance to show the science behind cleaning up contamination and keeping the river clean for future generations.
Kurt Soderberg
Former Exec. Director, WLSSD
Duluth-Superior harbor had a great story to tell about the commercial shipping industry — that millions of tons of coal, iron ore, limestone, grain and other commodities moved in and out of this port each year. We wanted students to know where those items were coming from and where they were headed, why the 1,000-foot ore carriers could not go through the St. Lawrence Seaway, and how the Soo Locks worked.
Jerry Fryberger
Hallett Dock Company
St. Louis RiverQuest Workshop

River Quest provides students with hands-on learning experiences that enhance awareness and understanding of the St. Louis River ecosystem and interrelated commercial, industrial and recreational activities.





  • James Farkas

    President and COO Fraser Industries (Retired)

  • Amy Herstad-Einbu

    Technical Sales, Altec Industries Inc.

  • Jayson Hron, Secretary

    Dir. Communications & Marketing, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

  • Doug Jensen

    Extension Assistant Professor, Minnesota Sea Grant

  • Sarah Lerohl, President

    Community Member

  • Ryan Ihrke

    Environmental Programs, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

  • Claire Vatalaro

    Minnesota Power/Allete

  • Marquise Slay

    Regional Sales Manager, Oliver Companies

  • Aaron Salmela, Liason

    Science & Curriculum Coordinator, ISD 709

  • Karen Sunderman

    Communications, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

  • Amy Wolcott, Treasurer

    Senior Environment Permitting Specialist, Barr Engineering

  • Suzanne Blank

    Attorney, Ledin, Olson & Cockerham S.C.

  • Collin Krochalk, Program Coordinator

    Environmental Field Tech, Barr Engineering



Hop aboard the Vista Star with Ellie and Michael in this 4 1/2 minute video introducing the day; although recorded in 2012, it still captures the spirit of the event.