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7/2 MN Reads: "The Last Moran" by Pat McGauley

Author and Hibbing native Pat McGauley's work as an historian at the Discovery Center years ago led to (so far) nine books about the fictional Moran family - and there's another book on the way.

"I got to know the family so well, I had to keep going with them," says McGauley.

Pat McGauley's "The Last Moran" was nominated for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) in Fiction and is published by PJM Publishing of Hibbing.  All this summer, we'll be bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland by NEMBA award-winners and nominees.

"I don't know from one day to the next what the characters are going to do, but I do know they'll live their lives better than I can make them live their lives."

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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