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"If you're looking for a book in this sometimes crazy and imperfect world to comfort and restore, you're in luck," former U.S. Senator and Governor of Minnesota Wendell Anderson writes of Ren Holland's work..."I wish I had had the vision and inspiration to do the great work and research it took to write the book myself."

Early resorts are described in book

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The aura of Minnesota resorts - summers on the lake - is ingrained in Ren Holland's existence.

Holland grew up on a resort on Little Mantrap Lake, south of Itasca State Park, until he was 13. His parents sold the enterprise, but he would continue to work for owners of resorts during his teen years.

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Blewett's, which became Vacationaire, was his haunt each summer.

"They were good memories," he said.

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