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Visiting author to share ice fishing tales

Just in time for the Park Rapids Community Fishing Derby, author Greg Breining will discuss his book "A Hardwater World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It" at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Breining will tour several Kitchigami Regional Libraries from Jan. 25 to Jan. 30, telling stories and reading from his book. He'll also sign and sell copies of his book.

A Hard-Water World is a colorful big-format book of Breining's essays, richly illustrated with photography by Minnesotan Layne Kennedy, who traveled the northern states and southern provinces from Montana to Quebec to photograph ice fishermen and their houses and other gear.

Breining draws on a lifetime of fishing and outdoor experience for his hour-long program of story-telling and reading about venturing out on first ice, the small cities and lavish ice houses that sprout up on northern lakes, the sometimes controversial sport of ice spearing, and odd-ball celebrations such as Walker's Eelpout Festival. He and Kennedy even traveled together to Russia to ice-fish on the Volga River, with permission of the KGB.

Breining's other books include Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak, the story of two seasons spent paddling a sea kayak around Lake Superior and exploring the big lake's shorelines and islands. He writes of history and ecology as well as his personal adventures.

In Fishing Minnesota, Breining follows 11 Minnesota fishing experts to report on how they catch fish. The book is travel, adventure, friendships and discovery.

Breining and Layne Kennedy are now collaborating on a new book of essays and photos, Paddle North, about the Boundary Waters-Quetico wilderness. Paddle North will be published next fall.