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  1. Davis Helberg says:

    Mark: Congratulations on a rather courageous baring of the soul in your News Tribune Sunday piece. I liked it a lot.

    And what a great way to promote your next book while also, perhaps, kindling interest among folks who haven’t been aware of your earlier ones. I hope you’re getting a good response.

    I finally found an address for Olavi Koivukangas via the Finnish Migration Institute website. Hope it’s still valid.

    Olavi Koivukangas
    Kivenhakkaajankatu 1 B 19
    20700 Turku, Finland

    Email: [email protected]

    Best regards,

    Davis Helberg

    • Mark says:

      Thanks. Easier way to get my attention is email to [email protected]. I only check this once in awhile. And as far as the article, yes, it was a “screw you” piece, sort of let my inner Hemingway out a wee bit…I’m damn tired of folks who don’t have the balls to stick their necks out by making public art dictating what is and what isn’t “good”. I am sure I made no friends at NEMBA or at the Minnesota Book Awards but I really don’t care. I’ll write what I want and let the devil decide…

  2. Gary Jader says:

    Hey Mark. Just read that you are retiring from the bench. Congratulations. Hope this means that you will have more time to write.

    • Mark says:

      Thanks. Yes, it is freeing up some more time. Third and final Finnish historical novel coming out 10/1/19. Working on a collection of new short fictional stories and a memoir of growing up in Duluth as well. Keep reading and buy Munger books!

  3. Jakob Jakobsen says:

    My name is Jakob Jakobsen, I’m a Danish social anthropologist and counseling psychologist. Back in 2014, I received a research grant from the Danish American Heritage Society. This enabled me to travel to the US and study the lived history of my great-grandparents who emigrated to the US around the turn of the century, where they first settled in South Dakota and then co-established a Danish colony in Montana. Their pursuit of happiness was closely linked to the question of how to live as a Dane in America, and in particular as an Evangelical Lutheran Dane in America. The research was published in two articles the Danish American Heritage Society’s semiannual magazine The Bridge. I have reworked and expanded on this research resulting in a small book or booklet.

    The booklet chronicles my great-grandparents’ quest for both “soil and salvation” (a possible title of the booklet?). Within a Danish immigrant community increasingly divided between so-called “happy” and “holy” Danes, they succeeded in securing soil, but what about their salvation?

    Would you be interested in publishing this booklet?

    I think that your focus on regional history could be a perfect match. However, in part because I am not a native English speaker, the booklet would likely need extensive editing. For that reason, I’m willing to contribute with an own investment of 4,000 USD.

    Kind regards,


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