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Alumnus publishes Minnesota novel

Tony Bridwell '49, LHD'82, recently published “It Happened in Minnesota,” a novel dealing with a semester's course in that state's history taught at a fictitious college there.

During the course of the semester, students in the book — and readers of it — meet numerous figures from the history of the North Star State, as well as some composite personalities and others that exist only in Bridwell's imagination.

Among the sources Bridwell used in writing the book are a four-volume history of the state, compiled by William Watts Folwell, an 1857 graduate of (and then faculty member at) Hobart College, who became a colonel in the Civil War and later was founding president of the University of Minnesota, serving from 1869 to 1884.

One of Folwell's great-granddaughters is Carolyn Carr McGuire '78, a new member of the HWS board of trustees.

Bridwell, of Rochester, Minn., and Naples, Fla.; is a retired director of development for the Mayo Foundation, in Rochester. He and his wife, Lorraine, are the parents of three and the grandparents of four.

Copies of “It Happened in Minnesota” are available through Singing River Publicationsin Ely, or by calling Bridwell at (507) 288-3937 or e-mailing him at