Author to sign books at Hackensack Sweetheart Days

"100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die" is book on must see locations.

Julie Jo Larson sits at a table at Fancy Pants Chocolate on March 25, 2021, with her first book titled “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die.” The book comes out Thursday, April 1, and the downtown Brainerd business will have some books for sale on hand. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Author Julie Jo Larson will sign copies of her new book, "100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Hackensack City Park during Sweetheart Days.

The event is free and open to the public.

Up in the land where Paul Bunyan statues are big and the tall tales about him are even bigger lie some of Minnesota’s most beautiful resort communities. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and truly untouched wilderness surrounding Bemidji, Cass Lake and Blackduck, among others, otherwise known as Minnesota’s northwoods.

The book will attempt to entice readers to try new outdoor activities, such as wading across the headwaters of the Mississippi, eating unusual foods and sipping flavorful beverages. Readers will also find a plethora of activities to do inside on rainy days, such as exploring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum. Carefully crafted itineraries and seasonal activities will provide plenty of inspiration for visitors and locals alike.

Larson’s own wanderlust led her to share her penchant for her hometown with the world.


"100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die" is available wherever books are sold.

Larson is a writer, story catcher, public speaker and professionally trained social worker. She spent the last decade exploring the Minnesota northwoods and writing MsStorian Adventures. She lives in rural Brainerd with her husband, family pets and a flock of chickens. When not advising college students, Larson can be found on the trail with a walking stick in hand and worn mukluks on her feet.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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