Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blood on the Prairie: A Novel of the Sioux Uprising

1. We honor all victims of the Sioux Uprising, white and Indian;
2. We forgive the crimes committed by our ancestors;
3. We support efforts at reconciliation between the Indian and white races, long-sought by both.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hanging of the Sioux Mankato MN December 26, 1862

This is a representation of how the gallows worked at Mankato Minnesota on December 26, 1862, when 38 Sioux warriors were hung by the Union Army by order of President Lincoln. This hanging took place after the Dakota Conflict. The gallows is a scale model that was displayed at the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Great Weekend at the Shooter's Roundup, Ahlman's Gun Shop, Morristown, MN

It was hot and wet, but sold about 10 books so well worth the trip. Special thanks to Larry Ahlman for providing supper for all vendors, and to Matt Ulmen and Paul Severson for their help at the booth.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm looking forward to meeting you at Ahlman's Gun Shop in Morristown, MN this weekend. I will be giving three presentations each day on the Dakota Conflict.

At this time in 1862 the Dakota Conflict was taking place in Minnesota. The result was the greatest loss of civilian life in an Indian war in U.S. history. After the conflict was over, 38 Sioux warriors were hung at Mankato on December 26, 1862, the day after Christmas, by order of President Abraham Lincoln. This was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Come on out to Ahlman's this weekend and hear the story. Copies of "Blood on the Prairie: A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" will be available for sale.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blood on the Prairie: A Novel of the Sioux Uprising

See us at Ahlman's Gun Shop, Morristown, MN  for the Shooter's Roundup next weekend.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Hawkins County" Does For The 1970's What "Stand By Me" Did For The 1950's.


This is not a Western, but it is an unusual book that illustrates the changes the 1960s and 70s brought to American culture and law enforcement. Based on the author's own experiences as a juvenile probation officer in rural Hawkins County, Minnesota, the story line traces the coming of age of an immature, cocky probation officer, who learns how to help youngsters caught up in the criminal justice system, and guide them to a more useful life. It is not a happily- ever-after sort of book as Jack Johnson finds his small mistakes handling his juvenile clients can lead to big consequences. 

The death of a teenager who is fleeing the police is a sobering experience for Jack. Particularly well drawn is the character of Pat O'Connor, the son of an alcoholic. Pat is avoiding arrest on a warrant for breaking his probation. He avoids drugs and thievery, but runs with a bad crowd. He is sensitive teenager, very protective of his dad, and Jack's goal is to reform Pat's behavior. This is an interesting book for its social commentary and the flavor of the 1970s.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


"Hawkins County" does for the 1970's what "Stand By Me" did for the 1950's. Shades of Prairie Home Companion with a dash of Mayberry. Retro Americana

Pat O'Connor is a juvenile delinquent who, with the aid of his alcoholic father, spends most of his time outrunning the police who have a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. His gang consists of five other delinquents, including their sociopathic son of Judge Charles Halloran, the Hawkins County Juvenile Court Judge. Can cocky, wise-cracking Juvenile Probation Officer Jack Johnson keep Pat and his buddies from self-destruction? Can he divert any of them from becoming career criminals and long term incarcerated prisoners of the state's penal system? Set in a southern Minnesota rural community and drawing upon his many years of service as a Juvenile Probation officer, Steven Ulmen's debut novel is an original story (but one that could be taken from the ledgers of any juvenile justice system today) told with a humor and candor that holds the readers full and rapt attention from beginning to end. MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW May 2006

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