Authors to sign copies of new book “Little Minnesota”

Jill and Deanne Johnson to visit Scout & Morgan Books Dec. 10

Scout & Morgan Books welcomes Minnesota author and photographer Jill and Deane Johnson for the release of their new book “Little Minnesota, A Nostalgic Look at Minnesota’s Smallest Towns.”

Jill and Deanne will be in the bookstore on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk about the project and sign books. “Little Minnesota” is published by Adventure Publications.

“Little Minnesota” spotlights 100 towns with populations under 100. Each entry features folks who know what it means to help their neighbors and locales that range from quaint to historic. The book also lists the men and women from each town who have died while serving in the military.

Jill has been working on “Little Minnesota” for the last few years. The project began as an effort to recall the history of Strandquist, Minn., the small town where her father, Jim Musburger, began his coaching career.

Excited by the fascinating stories she found there, she continued on to other small towns in the area, eventually covering the whole state in search of the tales and characteristics that make each little city so special.  The 100 towns represented are now “around 100” in population after the 2010 census, as some of them have grown, bucking the trend of metro migration of the last few decades.

Each town has a photo gallery, a story of how and why the city was founded, and where it stands today. When you read about these little places, still alive and well in most cases, you will want to see them for yourself.

Enjoy the journey with them, and then plan your own visit to see what makes each town unique. You will find everything from a top-class steakhouse to fabulous pies to a biker bar or two. These are quiet places, away from frantic traffic (harvest time excepted), noise, and bright lights—cities where you can still see the stars.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Scout & Morgan Books at 763-689-2474. The bookstore is located at 114 Buchanan St. North in Cambridge.