ST. PAUL—Gary Kaunonen is winner of the 2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award for his book "Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike." The award was announced Thursday, March 1, by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Russ Ringsak, truck driver and blues guitarist on "A Prairie Home Companion" public radio show, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, at his home in Stillwater. He was 81. Announcement of Ringsak's death came from his friend Garrison Keillor, longtime "Prairie Home" host, who called Ringsak "one of the finest and most generous storytellers I ever knew, talking about his youth in Grafton, N.D., where his dad was county attorney."
NEW YORK—Louise Erdrich has won the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for her 15th novel, "LaRose," joining winners in five other genres announced Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York. This is the second time the Minneapolis author has won this NBCC honor. Her debut novel, "Love Medicine," won in 1984.