"They don't give out two almost ever," T.J. Stiles told the Star Tribune about the folks who pick the Pulitzer Prize winners.
But Stiles, a native of Foley and a graduate of Carleton College, is now the winner of two of the coveted prizes.
He won his second on Monday for his biography of Gen. George Custer. The book – "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America" – won in the history category even though it had been nominated in biography.
The Pulitzer judges called it "A rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life."
Stiles, who now lives in Berkeley, California, won his first Pulitzer in 2010 for a biography of business tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Winning cartoonist also a Minnesota native
You can find the full list of 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners here.
The winner for editorial cartoons, Jack Ohman, is another Minnesota native.
Ohman now writes for the Sacramento Bee, after decades with The Oregonian. The Star Tribune notes Ohman is the third Pulitzer-winning cartoonist in four years who got their start at the U of M's campus paper, the Minnesota Daily.
The Star Tribune's own Steve Sack won the prize in 2013.