An added bonus for me was meeting Timya Owen. Timya is from Minneapolis and he husband's family has been instrumental in organizing this event. She works in sports media management but is also president of the Minneapolis chapter of Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. She was one of my first readers to contact me about my books and has been very supportive since. She and her group are working on an anthology of Minnesota stories to be published next year called The Dark Side of the Loon.
We did not last much past the Grand Entry. I have never done well in heat, and the older we get, the more taxing it is. But it is a wonderful event, emphasizing both a dark stain on our history that we should always be mindful of and the hope of reconciliation.