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Widespread flu.  Fires burning entire communities to the ground.

Soldiers fighting in faraway hot spots abroad and an anti-immigrant nationalism taking hold.

But journalist Curt Brown's new book isn't a chronicle of today but of one hundred years ago.  "A century," he says, "doesn't seem so long ago anymore."

Minnesota 1918 is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

This summer, Minnesota Reads is bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."  Our guest is Aimee Bissonette, whose book, North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press), was nominated for the NEMBA award in the Children's Literature category.

We will talk with author Jeff Miller about his book Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop, a chronicle of Jeff and his partner's first year operating both an ice cream shop and a bed and breakfast in Hayward, Wisconsin. For more information about Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop visit www.mnhs.org.

6/5 MN Reads: "Scoop: Notes From A Small Town Ice Cream Shop" by Jeff Miller

Dave Kenney and co-author Thomas Saylor take a look at a forgotten decade that put Minnesota on the national map.

We talk with essayist Greg Breining. His book, “A Hard Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It” is a trip into the occasionally oddball world of ice fishing.