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Megan Maynor: Inspired by Family, Encouraged by Friends

In January, former advertising copywriter Megan Maynor published her first children’s book, Ella and Penguin Stick Together. Part of the inspiration for the book came from some of the fun dialogue Maynor had with her own children when they were young. Maynor would feign ignorance about a topic, such as the color of the sky, allowing her children to be triumphant experts. This sort of banter is evident in Maynor’s story of a young girl and a penguin who struggle with overcoming their fear of the dark. Penguin is lovable but naïve, and Ella has all the answers. Read more about Megan Maynor: Inspired by Family, Encouraged by Friends

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He’s Alive: Hockey Player Writes a Book About Hope, Courage and Miracles

I’m Alive: Courage, Hope and a Miracle is the story of Edina resident and former high school hockey star Duke Pieper, who, at 15, reached both the heights and depths of his young life. A lurking blood vessel malformation in his brain began its siege minutes before Pieper’s debut as a freshman on the Hill-Murray High School varsity hockey team. In place of his dreams of hockey stardom, Pieper found illness, surgery, infection, paralysis, months of hospitalization and lingering disability. Read more about He’s Alive: Hockey Player Writes a Book About Hope, Courage and Miracles

I Love to Read Month: Edina Library Offers "Blind Date With a Book" This February

Edina is for book lovers. In a town of serious readers and dedicated book club members, February in Edina is a time to celebrate literary love. Edina librarians Maureen Millea Smith, Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola and Ginger Gomes talk about how the library supports Edina’s romance with books during the month of love. Read more about I Love to Read Month: Edina Library Offers "Blind Date With a Book" This February

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Victory by Design

Growing up on Lake Minnetonka, Brad Robinson had a passion for competitive sailing and decided to use his engineer’s mind to create an innovative sailboat as a gift to the Inland Lake Yacht Association. Despite Robinson’s attention to A Scow sailboat building rules, the fleet denied his gift; they saw it as a threat to one boat builder’s monopoly and refused to sail Robinson’s boat. The conflict ended with a lawsuit and settlement, and Robinson felt his side of the story deserved telling. Read more about Victory by Design

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