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Ghostly Tales of Minnesota
Ghostly Tales of Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 0934860793

The Land of 10,000 Lakes? Perhaps it should be called the Land of 10,000 Ghosts This collection of stories by Ruth D. Hein gets under your skin with eerie happenings, unexplainable events and mysterious situations. There are tales of moving lights, footprints that suddenly stop and disappear, and even a jealous spirit that pushes people down the stairs Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the 33 stories presented here are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. Warning: Do not read Ghostly Tales of Minnesota alone

Minnesota Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
Minnesota Curiosities
Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
Paperback      ISBN: 076272403x

From the pen of a Prairie Home Companion writer comes this inspired collection of well-known and lesser-known Minnesota oddities. Read about places such as Basshenge and the Home of Swollen Big Toe, events such as the Eelpout Festival, and phenomena such as the world's largest prairie chicken. 6 maps. 50 photos.

Minnesota: The Spirit of the Land
Minnesota
The Spirit of the Land
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896583104

Finalist, Minnesota Book Awards. The spirit of Minnesota lives in many things. It is a radiant dawn breaking through the pines of the North Woods. It is the unceasing pounding of waves on the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior. It is the delicate fragrance of prickly wild roses in the Heartland. It is the timeless flow of the Mississippi River carving its way through the Bluff Country. It is the wind through the tall grasses of the Prairie region. This is the spirit of the land that is Minnesota. Minnesota: The Spirit of the Land is the first collaboration between Douglas Wood, author of the ward-winning Old Turtle, and photographer Greg Ryan. It is a tribute to the state's enduring heritage a look at the soul of the state's wilderness and what that spirit means to its people.

Only in Minnesota
Only in Minnesota
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896585344

Only in Minnesota is a pictorial tribute to all that makes the state unique. Combining the natural, historical, and cultural facets of life in Minnesota, it showcases the people and what they do for fun (the Uptown Art Fair, ice fishing), where they live (from the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Rochester to smaller towns and rural regions in between), their favorite places (Mille Lacs, Split Rock Lighthouse), and more. More than 160 dazzling, four-color photographs, showing a variety of subjects--from farms and churches to tourist destinations and state parks; from nature scenes to city festivals and cultural events--are the focus of Only in Minnesota. These photographs are accented by lively captions and fun facts. The result is a homage to the Gopher state from a local author and photographer whose love for Minnesota comes through on every page. Roxanne Kjarum is a freelance photographer who shoots advertising for money and the natural world for love. Her first published work was in Sierra Club magazine in 1988; since then her photography has appeared in numerous publications, including MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, and Metropolitan Home.

Minnesota Days: Our Heritage in Stories, Art, and Photos
Minnesota Days
Our Heritage in Stories, Art, and Photos
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896584216

Minnesota Days is a collection of writing, photography, and artwork focusing on Minnesota: its history, variety of people, and culture. Discover what life was like as one of the first settlers on the prairie, or what it was like to be a new immigrant in Minneapolis in 1900s. . . Find out how Native Americans remember life in the 1800s and what it's like in this community today. . . Learn about the memories of those who grew up in the state as African-Americans. From the northern forests to the southern plains, from the farms to the hustle and bustle of the cities, Minnesota Days tells the whole story of the people who call this exceptional place home. Contributors represent the best of Minnesota writing: Garrison Keillor, Laura Ingalls Wilder, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Jim Klobuchar, Bill Holm, Sigurd Olson, Ole Rolvaag, Jim Northrup, Winona LaDuke, Gordon Parks, Evelyn Fairbanks, Meridel LeSueur, Paul Gruchow, Jon Hassler, and others. Photography and artwork is from such well-known artists as Jim Brandenburg, Craig Blacklock, Wanda Gag, Bob Artley, William Albert Allard, Gary Alan Nelson, Francis Lee Jaques, Carl Gawboy, and others. Current and former Minnesota residents alike will cherish this tribute to the "land of 10,000 lakes." Share the tradition with others; it makes a great gift

The Jesse James Northfield Raid: Confessions of the Ninth Man
The Jesse James Northfield Raid
Confessions of the Ninth Man
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0878391258

"The James Gang raid on the bank at Northfield and its aftermath is America's penultimate rip-snorting horseback robbery story. The outlaws were the most daring and most wanted men in the nation. They dressed well, rode fine horses, were sociable and well-mannered. Conflicting reports arose about nearly everything that happened in the raid and to the participants afterwards. A century of writers made the confusion worse. Mr. Koblas doesn't purport to have all the answers. He presents a book based on exhaustive research that is essentially a presentation of all available reports. He adds much information about something virtually unknown: his research on the pros and cons of Bill Stiles being a ninth man at Northfield who escaped to die peacefully in Los Angeles years later. A masterpiece of historical research. The most detailed examination of a James Gang event to date. Should be required reading for every student of Western history." Paul Meredith, Violent Kin Magazine

Hardwood Heroes: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardwood Heroes
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714931

Hardwood Heroes tells the tale of Minnesota basketball, including high school, college and professional male and female teams. It is a great book full of wonderful stories, along with personal memories and photos.



Old Rail Fence Corners: Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
Old Rail Fence Corners
Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511093

Old Rail Fence Corners is the story of Minnesota's early settlers in their own words-hardship and happiness on the frontier.

Minnesota in the Mail: A Postcard History
Minnesota in the Mail
A Postcard History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873514815

"Arrived safely, will write more later." "Having a wonderful time, wish you were here." The briefest of messages, displayed for all the world to see, is scrawled across the back of a picture postcard of a placid lake or a small-town main street. Historic black-and-white images, gorgeous linen postcards, and contemporary chromes all tell stories of the state and its visitors over the decades. In Minnesota in the Mail, curator and postcard collector Bonnie G. Wilson highlights both the images and the curious stories behind them. Using 185 postcards selected from the extensive collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, she helps readers understand the needs and wants of postcard makers and senders, at the same time sharing historical details that go beyond the captions and messages. Grouped in four categories--towns, businesses, families, and vacations--are postcards showing resorts and main streets, the world's largest ball of twine and a barber shop on a railroad train, oversized fiberglass sculptures and ads for flour, an Ojibwe family and a woman baking in her kitchen. Wilson's concise history of the postcard industry is a helpful overview for postcard enthusiasts and novices alike. For those interested in learning how to "read" a postcard--beyond the penned messages and preprinted captions--a postcard primer offers a starting point, while cards and captions throughout the book illustrate this practiced skill. Details about regional publishers, including brief business histories and signature elements, are gathered in an appendix that collectors will appreciate. For over a hundred years, postcards have been created to show off a place and the people in it. Minnesota in the Mail uses these exquisitely distilled depictions to display the images and identity of the state itself.

A Place at the Lake
A Place at the Lake
Hardcover      ISBN: 1890434051

Minnesotans have carried on a romance with their lakes for more than a century, and the affair shows no signs of abating. A Place at the Lake is a pictorial account of the summer houses that have proliferated along Minnesota's lakeshores -- the humble and the high-style, the nest of logs and the summer palace.