But is it a book? What if it was covered in concrete? The new UChicago fair begs just that question. – Chicago Tribune

Have you ever read “Betonbuch”? Don’t search for it on Amazon. There are only 100 copies. And in fact, no one read it. Not even one copy has been cracked. literally. The author was the German artist Wolf Vostel, most famously as part of the Fluxus artist community of the 1960s and 1970s whose experimental … Read more

Reader news: Ridgewater College partners with area high schools for hands-on learning opportunities – West Central Tribune

Wilmar and Hutchinson – Hands-on learning is a great way to learn technical skills. When high school teachers needed to advance their skills to make better use of their latest technology, they turned to Ridgewater College for help. Faculty and staff were happy to answer the call with dedicated communications. “Ridgewater is a community college,” … Read more

Gordon MacQuarrie fans, rejoice! Another trove of old magazine stories available in new book – Duluth News Tribune

BARNES, Wis. — Dave Evenson has been on a crusade the last four or five years, a mission of sorts, and his zeal has paid off for folks who like to read old-time hunting and fishing stories. Really old-time. Evenson has been digging through historic magazine and newspaper articles to find gems left behind by … Read more

Grant Will Enable Waukegan Area Residents to Get Affordable Internet Access and Electronic Devices – Chicago Tribune

One of the hurdles to giving disadvantaged people affordable Internet access is about to be made less difficult by ConnectWaukegan and one of its community partners, the Waukegan Public Library. After receiving a $360,000 grant last year to get 450 electronic devices through the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure law of 2021, the library and ConnectWaukegan … Read more

We Dare You – Pick a Subject and Explore Books You Might Not Taste Like Otherwise – Chicago Tribune

If “reading more books” is on your list of goals for the year, try this amazing book challenge! The Challenge encourages adult and teen readers to broaden their horizons by discovering new topics, series, or authors–something they may not have read themselves. As a participant in the program, readers will select one book from each … Read more

Riverside Sanitarium in Granite Falls Was Built to Fight the “White Plague” – West Central Tribune

Granite Falls – One story about the “white plague” appeared repeatedly in Minnesota newspapers in the early 1900s. Almost every publication Marie Krogrud had looked at since the early 2000s had a story about how this plague swept through entire neighborhoods “like a white hurricane” and how every family in its path had lost loved … Read more

Ringo-Nest Wildlife Management Area near Spicer, Minnesota, to increase in size after land acquisition – West Central Tribune

Spicer – Kandyohe Province’s largest wildlife management area is about to get bigger. The Kandiyohe County Council has approved the acquisition by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of just over 36 acres of land that will be added to the 781-acre Ringo Nest Wildlife Management Area. The additional land, located in New London Township … Read more