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Vergas author Ernest Frances Schanilec will sign copies of his books this Tuesday at Book World in Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

Vergas author at book-signing

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It’s been 14 years since Vergas-area resident Ernest Schanilec published his first book, “Blue Darkness.”

“It’s now in its third edition,” said Schanilec proudly.


A mystery-suspense novel, the book focused on the adventures of Tom Hastings, a former CIA agent who is now retired and living in the fictional northwest Minnesota community of New Dresden — modeled on Schanilec’s own hometown, Vergas.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454