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Bookstore to close for good after owner slips on ice, breaks hip

Tom Bielenberg has owned Micawber's since 2003.

This icy Minnesota winter has claimed yet another unfortunate victim: Micawber's Books in St. Paul.

The store in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood will be closing for good after its owner, Tom Bielenberg, suffered a serious injury when slipping on the ice on March 3.

Returning to his car after attending a Gophers women's basketball game, Bielenberg slipped and fractured his hip, broke two ribs, and dislocated two bones in his back.

With doctors not recommending surgery due to the complexity of his injuries, Bielenberg is instead facing an intense rehabilitation plan that will be "long and painful," according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to help pay his medical bills.

"While Tom has insurance coverage, he will hit his out of pocket maximum this year and he has a variety of health conditions that require regular prescription medicines," the GoFundMe says.

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He'll require at least eight weeks in a rehab facility, and he'll be unable to drive for at least 3 months.

So far, the campaign has already raised more than $9,000, which will help him pay for his bills and cover some of his lost income.

The bookstore on Carter Avenue has been owned by Bielenberg since 2003.

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