We talk with writer and beadwork artist Cheryl Kay Minnema, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, about her new children's book Hungry Johnny, a story of a young boy who learns a lesson about gratitude, patience, and respect. The book is illustrated by artist Wesley Ballinger; he's also a member of the Mille Lacs Band and works for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Author Margi Preus has come a long way: from the little girl who needed to write her own starring theatrical roles to the author of a Newberry Honor Book. Her newest effort, "West of the Moon," comes out in April.
Listen to our chat with author Dave Kenney about his book “Minnesota in the ‘70s" from January 16, 2014. The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls, and leisure suits. Minnesota transitioned merely a vague, snow-covered outpost in the American consciousness to a state of presidential candidates, grassroots activism, civic engagement, environmental awareness, and Mary Tyler Moore.
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