Monkeewrench author talk continues in Cambridge, Milaca

PJ Tracy’s Monkeewrench series has become a must-read around the world. Now you can meet the Minnesota author who continues to write about this coveted thriller at upcoming appearances in Cambridge (May 15) and Milaca (May 22). The author was well received during her first visit held earlier this month at the Pine City branch.

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers.


Venue Change for Beatrice Ojakangas Program!

Due to problems with the heating system at the Milaca Community Library the Beatrice Ojakangas program will be held at Milaca City Hall.  City Hall is located right next door to the library at 255 1st St. East.  It will be warm and toasty at City Hall, so join us on Thursday,  November 30 at 6:30 pm for this great event.

Beatrice will discuss her book, “Homemade” which is full of recipes, anecdotes and humor!  The event is free, presented by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.



History of Brewing in Minnesota

Join us at the Milaca Community Library on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm as Minnesota author Doug Hoverson stops by to talk about his book, The Land of Amber Waters that chronicles Minnesota’s rich brewing history.

The ECRL Reads program taking place in East Central Regional Library’s six counties through November 16 includes programming based on the book, Ice-Out by Minnesota author Mary Casanova. Ice-Out takes place in 1920s Minnesota during the “great experiment” known as Prohibition and the banning of alcohol. Mr. Hoverson’s visit is part of the ECRL Reads series of programs about the 1920s era.

Learn about the early days from the first illegal brewer at Fort Snelling to the nearly 300 breweries in existence today. The history of brewing in Minnesota is as much a colorful and interesting part of the Prohibition era as today’s brewery scene. The search for the perfect combination of barley, yeast, water and hops made Minnesota one of the few states known for a rich history of brewing beer.  Perhaps one of the most famous incidents related to brewing in Minnesota and the Prohibition was the kidnapping in St. Paul of William Hamm Jr., the president of Hamm’s Brewing Co.  He was grabbed by the Barker-Karpis gang while walking home on his lunch break.  The ransom of $100,000 was dropped on the side of the road outside Pine City.

The first brewery began in 1849 in Minnesota and the state’s beer industry grew from small-town breweries to the larger companies of days gone by including Hamms, Grain Belt and Surly to a new wave of breweries such as Summit, Surly and Lake Superior Brewing Co. Today brewpubs have popped up and are supplied by microbreweries and home brewers from your local neighborhoods.

The program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and the Milaca Community Library and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Get Ready to Laugh with Mary Mack

You may have seen her on television shows like Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham or NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Now you can experience first-hand this native Minnesotan’s unique brand of stand-up comedy closer to home.

Folk humorist Mary Mack is bringing her endearing, slightly quirky stage presence to the Milaca City Hall Council Room on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and up, the performance is presented by the Milaca Community Library and East Central Regional Library.

Mack delivers a one-of-a-kind performance with her mandolin sing-alongs and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher and all-around confused individual. Starting her entertainment career in Nashville, she now tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon, splitting the rest of her time between Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Milaca City Hall is located at 255 1st St. E. in downtown Milaca.