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Historical presentation planned June 18 in Crosslake

Posted: June 11, 2013 - 5:17pm
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Joel Arnold
Joel Arnold

The Crosslake Area Historical Society will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Crosslake Historic Log Village in downtown Crosslake featuring Minnesota author Joel Arnold.

He will highlight his book “Ox Cart Angel,” which won the Midwest Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2011.

“Ox Cart Angel” is a novel set in 1862, the year of the Dakota uprising in Minnesota. It follows Clair Dumont and her father as they set out by themselves on a journey from Dakota Territory, hoping to catch up to the large caravan of Metis fur traders that left the day before.

Their destination is the bustling city of St. Paul, where Clair’s father wishes to open a photography studio. But with only their one-horned ox, Bone Bag, to pull their squeaky cart, they soon realize they may have to make the treacherous journey alone.

Braving bad weather, packs of wolves, dangerous river crossings and exhaustion, Clair and her father try their best to survive the deeply rutted ox cart trails.

Refreshments will be served. Copies of “Ox Cart Angel” will be available for purchase and autograph following the presentation.

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