Mark is a life-long resident of Minnesota; born in St. Paul, and raised in Duluth. After practicing trial law for nearly twenty years, Mark became a District Court Judge in 1998 and served a four county region of Northeastern Minnesota. He retired from active status in 2019 but continues to work as a senior judge. Mark, his wife Rene’ and their three dogs live along the banks of the wild and scenic Cloquet River north of Duluth. His work has been published in Writer’s Journal, The New World Finn, Hermantown Star, Duluth News Tribune, NOWW Journal, The Finnish American Reporter, Thunderbird Review and other publications. His essay “Leaving Mayo” was a finalist for the 2000 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Writing Award. He is currently at work on his forthcoming memoir, Duck and Cover: Things Learned Waiting for the Bomb.