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Storyteller Kevin Kling to visit Wadena May 21

Kitchigami Regional Library will present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" in four Kitchigami communities, May 19-May 21, including in Wadena at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the First Congregational Church.

Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and his storytelling stage shows like "Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log," delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Kling was born with a congenital birth defect -- his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. More than eight years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident. The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.