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New Michael Perry Book Features Cannon-Building Neighbor (Author of the bestselling memoirs Population: 485, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop)


Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace



Format: Hardcover; Pages: 320; $24.99;



PUBLISHER RELEASE: August 21, 2012



“Boom!”



If you live in the country, it is not unusual to hear the sound of roosters or cattle. Or, in the case of author Michael Perry (a resident of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, and a native of New Auburn, Wisconsin), the boom of a 300-pound homemade cannon, fired by Perry’s 82-year-old neighbor Tom.



Tom works in a garage Perry describes as “an antique shop stocked by Rube Goldberg, curated by Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake.” He makes joke shovel handles, parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment, and his own cannons. He milked cows well into his 70s, used to drive a team of matched oxen in parades, and is approaching his 60th wedding anniversary with a woman he courted on a 1948 Harley-Davidson. His farm is also split in two by a highway that dumps over 8 million vehicles past his porch every year.



“I wanted to write a book about old-timers,” says Perry, the author of several bestselling books including Population 485, Truck, and Coop, “and Tom does remind me of the old-timers my parents used to visit around our farm in New Auburn. But as a Dad raising two girls in this modern age, I became more interested in what Tom could teach me as a husband and a father. Plus, he’s a terrific storyteller, whether grumping about the dad-gum government or describing his three-legged dog.”



Through a series of visits (to share dinner, to get a brush hog welded, to gather honey, and – when Tom is taken ill – to the hospital) Perry uses a combination of roughneck humor and thoughtful reflection to tell the story of how Tom and his wife taught him to be a better neighbor – even if that means acting a little grumpy now and then.



PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Review



“Plunges into the soul of the American heartland. While Foxfire fans will relish the emphasis on forgotten crafts and tools, others will appreciate Perry’s gift as a bucolic wordsmith, etching a sensitive portrait of vanishing country life where ‘the light of a firefly is the size of a teardrop.’”



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Former Coleman Staffers Pen Wickedly Funny 'Capitol Hell' Novel About Life on the Hill

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Minnesota native Jayne Jones and University of Minnesota graduate Alicia Long cut their political teeth as idealistic young staffers on Capitol Hill working for Senator Norm Coleman. That eye- ..... 
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JENNIFER FORD REEDY NAMED PRESIDENT OF BUSH FOUNDATION

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(SAINT PAUL, MINN., JULY 30, 2012) --The Board of Directors of the Bush Foundation announced today that Jennifer Ford Reedy will join the organization as its next president. Reedy is the current chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Minn ..... 
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12,639 unbelted motorists ticketed during Click it or Ticket campaign

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, May 21–June 3, resulted in 12,639 motorists cited for not wearing seat belts, according to preliminary results from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office ..... 
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Greg Davids wraps up legislative session, looks ahead to election

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Greg Davids recently finished up his two-year term as the Republican Representative from District 31B in Minnesota, and is running for re-election this fall. While many politicians were working on the Vikings Stadium issue, Davids, who is the Chairp ..... 
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OPEN SEASON ON IMPAIRED ROAD TURKEYS DECLARED DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Heightened Enforcement Focus in Twin Cities on Holiday Eve and Weekend



ST. PAUL - Added servings of DWI enforcement will be dished out in the Twin Cities during Thanksgiving - historically one of the year's deadliest holiday t ..... 
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Science & Technology Authority Awards Grant for Internship Program

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority (MnSTA) has awarded a $129,000 grant to the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to administer internships for 40 college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines ..... 
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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS EARLY IN 2011

Thu, Oct 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Medicare Open Enrollment season has begun. If that seems a bit early to you - you're right. This year the Open Enrollment period begins and ends early (Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th). In previous years the enrollment period began closer to No ..... 
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUTH IN CORRECTION FACILITIES AND MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT

Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (O ..... 
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