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Chad Lewis is an author who began researching the history of Midwest gangsters by accident. Special to The Forum

Morast: Minnesota was a gangster's paradise

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Whether hanging around the Red River Valley or traveling around the continent, we hear a lot about "Minnesota nice."

Sure, we're a friendly bunch.

But if you listen to Chad Lewis talk about the state's gangster history, you don't hear about how pleasant Minnesotans were.

Rather, you'll get stories of town judges showing stag films in speakeasies, gangsters sitting in hotel lobbies waiting for hush money and well-known criminals dumping bodies into rivers.

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