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From La Pointe, Wisconsin, Lake Superior

From La Pointe, Wisconsin, Lake Superior

Today I am writing from La Pointe, Wisconsin, a small town on Madeline Island off the southern shore of Lake Superior.  For many years this island was the center of the North American fur trade as well as the cultural, historical, and spiritual center of the Ojibwe people.  La Pointe is also the center of unfortunate tragedy that left nearly 400 Ojibwe dead as a result of the negligence and ill-fated plans of U.S. Government officials and agents.  The attempted removal of the…

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Author Update

Author Update

Author Colin Mustful has been busy this summer!  To begin, he published his first Online Educational Course on the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862.  The course, published through Udemy.com, acts as an introduction to the U.S. – Dakota War by taking a broad look at the various people, places, and events leading up to and directly involved with this important history.  You can preview the course here:  https://www.udemy.com/the-us-dakota-war-of-1862/ or watch the YouTube trailer. In the months of June and…

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Visiting Students and Sharing My Work

Visiting Students and Sharing My Work

I recently had the opportunity to meet the students of Waseca Intermediate School.  I had a great time sharing my work with the students and teaching them more about important historical topics.  In a letter to the editor of the Waseca County News, I was praised as, “a perfect addition to our sixth-grade Minnesota history curriculum.” Read the Article here Tomorrow, Monday, June 5, I am looking forward to visiting the students of North Junior High School in St. Cloud….

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Confronting Criticism – A Learning Opportunity

Confronting Criticism – A Learning Opportunity

Hello Dear Reader, Two months ago, I received a negative Amazon review and I decided to share it with you.  I have received another negative review and decided it is only right that I share this one as well.  Although the criticism is hurtful, the reviewer made some valid points and good observations.  Rather than hide from, ignore, or cover up this feedback, I wish to accept it as constructive criticism.  In other words, I hope to make it into…

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Announcing a new course on the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Announcing a new course on the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Author/historian Colin Mustful is proud to announce the publication of a new course titled, The U.S. – Dakota War of 1862: A Historical Overview.  Published through Udemy.com, this online course offers students, educators, and anyone interested in this history, an introduction to the people, places, and events of the U.S. – Dakota War.  To learn more or enroll, please follow the link below. https://www.udemy.com/the-us-dakota-war-of-1862/

St. James and the U.S. – Dakota War

St. James and the U.S. – Dakota War

During the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, the town of St. James had yet to be founded and the Watonwan County was not heavily settled.  Until 1860, Watonwan County was still a part of Brown County.  Those living in the area were a part of the Rosendale settlement.  The nearest town was Madelia while a trip to Mankato at the time took five to seven days round-trip. When news of the war reached Watonwan County in August of 1862,…

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Local History: Reads Landing

Local History: Reads Landing

In 1830, the United States government met with members of the Dakota, Sac, and Winnebago tribes at Prairie du Chien in hopes of negotiating a peace between them.  As a provision in the treaty, a parcel of land west of Lake Pepin was set aside for Dakota “half-breeds” as they were called at the time.  The land, which runs between present day Red Wing and Wabasha, was meant only for those of mixed Dakota heritage. The “Half-Breed Tract” remained largely…

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Stories from the U.S. – Dakota War – Sauk River Valley

Stories from the U.S. – Dakota War – Sauk River Valley

When war broke out in Minnesota in 1862, there was a great deal of panic that swept throughout the state.  Once news of the attacks was received, residents moved quickly to larger settlements and forts for safety.  When large settlements or forts were not nearby, they formed their own stockades and temporary forts.  Much is known of the major events endured during the U.S. – Dakota War, but much less is known about smaller events and communities where people bound…

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A Negative Review

A Negative Review

Hello, I typically reserve my blog for historical blurbs and promotional information. Today I’d like to share with you a starkly negative review I recently received on Amazon for my novel, Ceding Contempt.  I’d like to share this with you for two reasons.  First, I do not wish to hide from my criticism.  I may not like it, but I seek to accept it and learn from it.  Second, I wish to better define for readers what my work is…

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