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MN Reads: "The Lost Brothers" by Jack El-Hai

Jack El-Hai's non-fiction book, The Lost Brothers, tells the harrowing story of three little boys, ages 8, 6 and 4, who went to the park a few blocks from their Minneapolis home 68 years ago and were never seen again.

It's the story of the investigation: its abrupt end after five days, its resurrection 20 years ago and its ambiguous status even today.  It's a story of how much the world has changed - for good and bad - since 1951.  And it's the story of how a family was broken and yet found a fragile equilibrium in the face of tragedy. "There's no such thing as closure, I don't think," admits Jack El-Hai. "but I'd like the family to have certainty.

Jack El-Hai holds out hope that somehow, a memory, a snippet of overheard conversation, some piece of information will emerge to provide that certainty to the family.  He encourages people who might have something to contribute to contact him on Facebook or Twitter, or to email him directly.

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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