'Hot Dish Heaven' author will be there

    Crookston’s Downtown Square and the almost-finished Pavilion will be the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 12 for this year’s Corn Stalk Jamboree.   

    The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m.   

    Activities on the docket include live entertainment featuring “Minnkota 4” and the Valley Fiddlers, kids’ games, petting zoo, pony rides, corn stalk contest, farmers’ market, jewelry and other vendors, book signing, lefse made on site, and a free lunch of homemade vegetable soup with bread or crackers. (Donations to North Country Food Bank will be accepted.)  

    There will also be lots of scarecrows at the square, courtesy of elementary students who have crafted them. There will be a technological component as well, as some of the scarecrows will tell a tale if prompted.   

    Sponsors include the Chamber Beautification Committee, Crookston Farmers’ Market, Otter Tail Power Co., Agassiz Federal Credit Union, American Federal Bank, Bremer Bank and Crookston National Bank.

Author of ‘Hot Dish Heaven’ will be there   

    Minnesota author, Jeanne Cooney will also appear at Saturday’s jamboree.    

    Cooney describes her novel, “Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery with Recipes,” as “A
pretty good who‐done‐it that weaves in a few Ole and Lena jokes and several recipes for hot dish, bars, and Jell‐O.” She says it’s “the perfect gift for a reader, a cook, or anyone who appreciates a Midwest humor.”   

    Cooney will be selling and signing her book, along with book‐related apparel at the jamboree. The book was published by North Star and released in mid‐July.   

    Award‐winning author Lois Greiman describes it as “full of Garrison Keillor type characters and tasty Midwest

    By mid‐September, the book was ranked No. 5 nationally on Amazon.com in the “rural humor” category and was featured as a “must read” in the October issue of “Minneapolis‐St. Paul Magazine.”    

    Cooney currently resides in the Twin Cities but was raised in Hallock and plans to return to the Red River Valley upon retiring.   

    “Through these books, I celebrate the people of northwestern Minnesota, who are often overlooked unless there’s a flood or tornado,” Cooney said, adding that she also wants people to get involved in the series by sharing, through her website, eannecooney.com, favorite hot dish, Jell‐O, and bar recipes or Ole‐and‐Lena jokes. “Then, watch and see if your joke or recipe and your name appear in a subsequent book,” she added.