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Grab a beer – and a book – with Duluth Mayor Don Ness in Minneapolis tonight

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Ever wanted to be the kind of person who can say they once threw back a few beers with an author and a mayor in the same bar?

On Friday night, you can achieve that goal in Minneapolis – where a mayor who is an author will be introducing his new book.

Specifically, it's Duluth Mayor Don Ness, whose memoir, "Hillsider: Snapshots of a Curious Political Journey," will make its Twin Cities debut at Surly Brewing and at Icehouse, according to a Facebook update from the man himself.

The "snapshot" in the title seems to be appropriate for the book. Consisting of "quick-read reflections, tributes to mentors, Duluth's recent history, photographs" and more, the Duluth News Tribune says "Hillsider" is probably better described as a literary collage than a traditional autobiography.

The paper notes it was self-published by the 41-year-old Democrat with the help of an online crowdfunding campaign. It was released last week.

The book comes out as Ness' second and last term in office winds down. He announced last year that he won't be seeking re-election, partly so he can focus on spending time with his young family.

The mayor is inviting Minneapolitans to swing by, "say hi and pick up a signed copy" at Surly from 4-6:30 p.m., and at Icehouse from 8-10 p.m., his Facebook says.

At Surly, you might run into another prominent city leader: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who gave Ness a shout-out and a little publicity on her own Facebook Friday morning, encouraging citizens to check out the event:

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