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Chaos and Grit - Phyllis Burgess
32 Pages, Hardcover, $14.95
Phyllis Driscoll entered the weekly newspaper field when she married Franklin J. "Jim" Burgess in Tower, Minnesota. In 1955 she began to write a weekly column for The Tower News, the newspaper which has been established as the first paper of the community. During the past sixty years, Phyllis has seen the publishing business through many stages and still works at The Tower News three days a week. This book is a collection of favorite and significant articles from Phyllis' weekly column of the same title - Chaos and Grit, Barbless Bits and Little Chits. Poignant, humorous and sober in turn, the readers who have followed Phyllis Burgess' offerings over the years will find renewed pleasure in this presentation.
Expedition Home - Journey to Safety from the Pandemic Influenze - Dr. Skip Hofstrand
208 Pages, Softcover, $16.00
Dr Hofstrand has written a definitive guide for those whose common sense leads them to prepare for the impending avian flu pandemic and can be directly applied to the current swine flu pandemic. This avian flu book or swine flu book is an authoritative, well-researched guide to the practice of "Preventive Quarantine" for families, small groups and communities. Will Steger, world famous Arctic Expedition Leader, provides the Introduction. Illustrated with pencil drawings by Susan Seme.
This is the full first edition, with extensive Appendices covering the principles, practices and supplies needed to successfully conduct preventive quarantine and dramatically improve your chances for surviving the pandemic or epidemic Influenza. The strategies in this book also apply to the Swine Flu or H1N1 flu.
The Meisel Family - Violinmakers - K. Lothar Meisel with Betty Vos
288 Pages, Hardcover, $225.00
Early in 1949 at the age of only nineteen, a violinmaker who had just passed his apprenticeship examination made the dangerous journey from his Klingenthal home in East Germany’s Music Corner to the West and to freedom. His name was Lothar Meisel, and in his veins flowed the blood of eight previous generations of Meisel family violinmakers who had passed the craft from father to son for nearly three centuries. Eventually Lothar came to settle in the United States in southern Minnesota, where he has continued to create and repair violins to the present day. The history of all nine generations of Meisel family violinmakers is chronicled in this upcoming September 2007 release from Singing River Publications of Ely, Minnesota. The book opens with an account of Lothar’s decision to leave and his escape from East Germany. Subsequent chapters follow the life, times and instrument production of each of the nine makers, beginning with Johann Meisel in 1660. Detailed photographs of violins from all but the first maker are provided, along with thorough descriptions of each of the featured violins. Violins, violas and cellos made by Lothar Meisel and his family are on display in the United States at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C, and the National Music Museum in Vermilion, South Dakota; and in Germany at the Klingenthal Museum, Vogtland, Saxony. Stringed instrument aficionados, museums and interested readers throughout the world will wish to add this book to their collection. Readers throughout the world will find this historical contribution in English, German and French well worth the investment.
A 'not so' Simple Life - Mary Ellen Goulet
160 Pages, Softcover, $15.00
Mary Ellen Goulet's reflections are a collection of articles which she wrote when she was a newspaper columnist in Black Hills, South Dakota and of personal observations dating from her birth and early childhood in Ely, Minnesota. Photos from the early years document the type of life she describes in the heyday of the iron mining boom in northeastern Minnesota.
Stories of Old Ely and the Lake Country - Mike Hillman
148 Pages, Softcover, $16.95
Iron Mike Hillman, storyteller extraordinaire, reaches deep into his literary pockets for historical/story gems, which revive and provoke the memories of many an Ely, Minnesota native and catch readers' interest from all over the world.
Water Women Wisdom - Voices from the Upper Mississippi - Nancy Scheibe
244 Pages, Sardcover, $16.00
Experience the adventure of paddling 575 miles down the upper Mississippi and hear the stories of the women who live along her shore. Nancy traveled from the Mississippi Headwaters in northern Minnesota to Red Wing, Minnesota in 2004 and held gatherings of elder women around a Sacred Peace Fire where they shared their wisdom.
"This book simultaneously narrates an inspirational adventure and invites readers to participate actively and vicariously in the physical and spiritual journey. In sharing the downstream sojourn, the women explore diverse ways to travel soulfully."
- Ann E. Bancroft