My short story “John Olaf Todahl and the Petrified Man” won the Minnesota History Center’s Flash Mystery Contest.

It is based on the live story I tell in my Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert about the Petrified Man of Bloomer, Minnesota. I added the perspective of real-life newspaperman and illustrator John Olaf Todahl, who had an interesting life himself, and then died on a Viking Ship re-enacting a cross-Atlantic voyage.

My story will be published in the spring 2023 issue of the Minnesota History Magazine. You can read it online here.


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