Minnesota author wins national book award

Minnesota author Larry Weber's recent book, "Web Watching: A Guide to Webs and the Spiders That Make Them,'' has won a national book award.

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Weber and publisher Sparky Stensas' Stone Ridge Press won the Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin silver award.

The indie book award program recognizes excellence in books published during calendar year 2018. Out of nearly 1,500 entries, one gold winner and two silver winners were named in each category. More than 150 librarians, booksellers and design and editorial experts - most of whom have decades of book industry experience - judge the books submitted.

Weber, a retired science teacher at Marshall School in Duluth and a naturalist and Duluth News Tribune nature columnist, lives outside Barnum, Minn. Stensaas, of Wrenshall, Minn., is the founder of Stone Ridge Press, which publishes regional and national outdoors and nature books. He is also the executive director of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog.

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• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Hannah Mishler, who works the Baudette East station, and her K9 partner, Storm, took first place in game detection at the recent U.S. Police Canine Association Region 12 trials in Grand Rapids, Minn. According to the DNR's Enforcement Division, all five dogs in its K9 Unit now have completed their annual certification in detection. The elite four-legged squad has the ability to locate hidden fish, game and zebra mussels in rooms and vehicles. More info: www.mndnr.gov/enforcement/k9/index.

• National Park Week kicked off Saturday, April 20 and continues through Sunday, April 28. Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota has a number of events on tap throughout the week, including a presentation to celebrate the park's birthday at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the South Unit visitor center, where items from the park's museum collection will be on display, and birthday cake will be served. Info: www.nps.gov/thro.

-- Herald staff reports