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Author Candace Simar to visit the Wadena Library

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Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar will visit the Wadena City Library at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Simar said Minnesota history is one of her passions. A lifelong Minnesotan and grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, she daydreamed while growing up about life in the earliest days of Minnesota, and wondered how historic events impacted the lives of ordinary people. While researching family history, she learned about the 1862 Sioux Uprising, and that her great-grandfather drove the stagecoach from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years after the uprising. She became entranced with the idea of what he might have experienced had he arrived in Minnesota one year earlier. Her book, "Abercrombie Trail," is the story of Evan Jacobson -- the story that might have been her grandfather's.

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"Abercrombie Trail," published by North Star Press in June 2009, is the first novel in a series of three. Simar said she enjoyed searching museums, poring through newspapers, letters and records, and then weaving family history around what she found. It took her eight years to research and write her three novels. She said seeing her book in print is like "a dream come true," and also a lesson in perseverance. Simar is currently working on a collection of poetry with her sister, Angela Foster.

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