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Cold Spring Historical Society Museum

— I love small town museums. Often they inspire stories. I recently visited the Cold Spring Historical Society Museum. They have a wonderful antique quilt exhibit right now. If you’re in the Cold Spring, MN, area, you might take a

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The Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, MN

The Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, MN

One of the most dramatic aspects of the Rocky Mountain Locust Plagues of the 1870s was Governor Pillsbury’s call for a day of prayer on April 26, 1877. Minnesota was in a bad way. Flour mills had closed because there

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Cold Spring Historical Society and Library Event

Cold Spring Historical Society and Library Event

On March 8, 2023, I presented a program at Cold Spring, Minnesota, sponsored by the Cold Spring Library and Historical Society. My topic? The Rocky Mountain Locust Plagues of the 1870s. I stumbled upon this most interesting chapter of history

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Candace Simar Writing Retreat

Writer’s Retreat with Candace Simar

About a dozen writer friends and I spent a delightful three days at the Baymont Inn in Baxter, MN. We accomplished our objective of encouraging each other and breaking up the winter doldrums. Represented were mystery writers, historical novelists, non-fiction

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Blooming Prairie Book

Blooming Prairie Book: Fort Juleson

I grew up not far from the old Fort Juleson site near Underwood, Minnesota. In 1876, after Custer’s defeat in Montana, the Upper Midwest braced for a Sioux attack. It was only 14 years after the U.S./Dakota War, and it

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Grassy Hill with Forest Below

Opening Day at Fort Abercrombie Historical Site

I’m invited to Fort Abercrombie’s opening day for their 2023 season. It’s always fun with Civil War reenactors drilling and firing the cannon. Fort historians offer golf-cart tours for a small fee. The museum is filled with artifacts of the

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Candace Simar April Events

There’s still time to get in on “Sister Lumberjack” events for April! I look forward to being at Victor Lundeen Company Cherry Street Books LLC

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Sister Lumberjack, Finally!

Sister Lumberjack, finally! Sister Lumberjack, my soon-to-be-released historical novel, is set in a Minnesota Logging Camp in 1893 at the height of the white pine

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