Ice Follies Story Wins Gold

My Ice Follies feature story, originally published in the January 2012 issue of Tonka Times, won gold at the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association 2012 Excellence Awards. One of my best memories about working on this story was meeting Jean and Joan Pastor, twin sisters who were bubbling with excitement to talk about their experience skating in the Ice Follies. This family-friendly entertainment show got its start in Minnesota in the 1930s.

Click the link below if you’d like to read the story. Enjoy!

Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies: A Minnesota Class Act. Tonka Times, January 2012

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