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Duluth’s Dark Side

Duluth is the perfect place to set a murder. You’ve got Lake Superior, extreme weather, fascinating history, more lakes, bridges, lots of rocks, tourism and poverty side by side, and big (sometimes tall) ships. Every…

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History of Wolves

There’s something extra cozy about curling into your flannel-sheathed bed in the dead of a Minnesota winter with a book set in the northwoods of Minnesota, in a small town with lakes a few churches…

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Read, then moon

I could have sworn I had read Joan Didion’s novel Play it as it Lays, but a reference to it recently in pop culture went sailing and I felt like a fraud. Must actually read…

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When we were young

A funny thing happened when I was reading Mary Cantwell’s Manhattan, When I Was Young, a memoir built around the places the writer lived in New York City during the 1950s and 60s. I first…

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Mick Kelly fan club

That super satisfied sigh you hear gusting out of Northern Minnesota is me, while I’m simultaneously holding the Duluth Public Library’s well-worn copy of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers to my chest….

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Cool, clear water

It’s 1622. It’s 1902. It’s 2000 in Danielle Sosin’s debut novel The Long-Shining Waters the story of three women living on Lake Superior. Grey Rabbit lives with her two sons, husband, and mother-in-law in the…

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Fear the reaper

When we last saw Peter Brown, he was against the wall. Ripping one of the lesser-essential leg bones from his own body to use as a weapon against a mobster. It was a cackle-inducing scene…

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