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MN author to discuss new book Sunday in Wadena

A program featuring author Ben Welter will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at the Robertson Theatre, Wadena.

Welter is the former news copy chief at the Star Tribune and his book, "Minnesota Moxie: True Tales of Courage, Muscle & Grit in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes," is collection of fascinating and inspiring stories culled from Star Tribune newspaper archives.

Minnesotans are a tough lot. In 1921, young Phoebe Fairgrave set a parachute record, stepping off the wing of a biplane 15,200 feet above the Twin Cities. In 1962, the last powerhouse Gophers football team brought home the Rose Bowl trophy. A year later, 13-year-old Jean Webb of Minneapolis risked arrest and refused to leave a segregated restaurant. In 1979, Gerry Spiess crossed the Atlantic alone in a 10-foot sailboat he built in his White Bear Lake garage. These and other stories are presented in their original form by Welter, along with in-depth background, fresh interviews and historic photos in his newest book published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.

This program is the final program in this year's Spring Legacy Series. It is presented by the Wadena County Historical Society in collaboration with the Wadena Library and funded by a grant from Kitchigami Library System.

For more information contact the Wadena County Historical Society at 218 631-9079, email or visit