Minnesota author to host special event at Mill Ridge Terrace

Sandy Pfankuch is a 78-year-old retired attorney living in Eden Prairie who writes under her maiden name A. L. Sanderson.

The community is welcome to come and listen to her dynamic and at times humorous presentation on her two books, “Timber” and “The Last Dance” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Mill Ridge Terrace, 235 Fern St. N., Cambridge. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Sandy Pfankuch
Sandy Pfankuch

A life long resident of Minnesota, Pfankuch was born in St. Paul during the Great Depression. She graduated from Macalester College in 1979 with a degree in Psychology, and earned her JD from the University of Minnesota in 1987.

“Timber; Fire in the Pines” is her 2013 debut (historical fiction) novel set in north central Minnesota’s white pine timber region during the late 1800s.

The book grew out of her fascination with Minnesota history and her Swedish ancestors. Her grandparents settled in that part of the state. Her father was the first of their children born in this country, and she lived on a farm near Hinckley, Minn. as a child.

Her second book, a historical romance novel harkens back to her farm roots. “The Last Dance” picks up 75 years after Timber ends. The timber is gone and farming has replaced the logging industry. However, while farming has replaced logging, the soil still proves it grows timber better than crops.

However, the land is still valuable and people are drawn to its beauty. In “The Last Dance” we meet descendants of the main characters from Timber who farm and have also built a lodge on the land their grandparents settled.

Pfankuch has three living children, 12 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.