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MN author will tell ice fishing tales

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Think ice fishing is a slow-paced sport? Not the way Minnesota author Greg Breining describes it. Breining will tour 10 Kitchigami Regional Libraries Jan. 25­30, telling stories and reading from his book, A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It. He'll also sign and sell copies of his book.

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Breining will visit Blackduck Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. This program will be hosted by the Blackduck Community Library and will be held at the Blackduck Golf Course. Tickets for the event are free to anyone. Seating is limited, so persons planning on attending are asked to pick up their tickets in advance at the Blackduck Community Library.

A Hard-Water World; Ice Fishing and Why We Do It is a colorful big-format book of Breining's essays, richly illustrated with photography by Minnesotan Layne Kennedy, who traveled the northern states and southern provinces from Montana to Quebec to photograph ice fishermen and their houses and other gear.

Breining draws on a lifetime of fishing and outdoor experience for his hour-long program of storytelling and reading about venturing out on first ice, the small cities and lavish ice houses that sprout up on northern lakes, the sometimes controversial sport of ice spearing, and odd-ball celebrations such as Walker's Eelpout Festival. He and Kennedy even traveled together to Russia to ice-fish on the Volga River, with permission of the KGB.

Breining's other books include Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak, the story of two seasons spent paddling a sea kayak around Lake Superior and exploring the big lake's shorelines and islands. He writes of history and ecology as well as his personal adventures.

Wild Shore brings Lake Superior "to brooding life in memorable fashion," says the Star Tribune. "Breining succeeds in describing both the dangers and the beauty of the huge lake in blunt, forceful, often elegant prose."

In Fishing Minnesota, Breining follows 11 Minnesota fishing experts to report on how they catch fish. The book is travel, adventure, friendships and discovery.

Breining and Layne Kennedy are now collaborating on a new book of essays and photos, Paddle North, about the Boundary Waters-Quetico wilderness. Paddle North will be published next fall.

Breining's tour is made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Arts Fund.

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