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.