Minnesota Man on a Mission to Keep Our State’s Farming History Alive

| 4/2/2012 12:24:23 PM

We all have experiences in life that leave a lasting impression. Most people will never forget the pomp and circumstance of their high school graduation, how they felt on their wedding day, or the sheer joy that comes from watching their child take his or her first step.

For Gordon Fredrickson of Lakeville, Minnesota, the experience worth remembering is his entire upbringing. He was born in 1945 and raised on a family farm.

“I have fond memories of what rural life used to be like in Minnesota,” says Fredrickson, who along with his wife, Nancy, is now on a mission to preserve the way things used to be for future generations through literature.

After he retired from a career as a high school English teacher and theater director at St. Michael-Albertville High School, and while he was working as an information technician at Factory Motor Parts in Eagan, Fredrickson started writing stories about how life used to be.

“I guess I was inspired by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’” he says. “The book is phenomenal in that people still read it and pick it up even though it has nothing to do with what they celebrate. I marvel at that.”

Now Fredrickson is hoping his own children’s tales about farm life in rural Minnesota in the 1950s will become collector’s keepsakes in their own right. Six of the ten books he has written about a fictional farm family scraping a living off the land in rural Minnesota have been published so far. A seventh title will be available this summer.

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