Skip to main content

An independent bookstore and writing center set to open in Sheboygan, Wisconsin this month is the newest venture of an award-winning Minnesota educator and writer. 

Kelly D. Holstine, a recipient of Education Minnesota's 2018 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year honor, is the owner and founder of WordHaven BookHouse. 

Holstine is also an author, journalist, the owner of Equity 2.0 Consulting, and since being named Teacher of the Year also gave a Ted Talk.

Last year, amid life changes during the pandemic, she sold her St. Paul home and moved to Sheboygan on the shores of Lake Michigan — a place she'd stumbled upon while camping 24 years ago. 

"Sheboygan is such a charming town," Holstine said in an interview with Bring Me The News. "It felt like my soul's home." 

At WordHaven BookHouse, Holstine is planning to sell books and local art, teach writings classes, facilitate writer's workshops, lead equity training, and host literary events. 

She's also hoping to find other ways her business can support the Sheboygan community and stand against prejudice and discrimination. 

“I want to create a place where people feel like they matter, where they feel safe and where they feel like their thoughts and ideas and needs are important," she said. 

Illustration by Kevin Cannon (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association). 

Illustration by Kevin Cannon (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association). 

Independent Bookstore Day 

A grand opening celebration is planned for WoodHaven BookHouse on Independent Bookstore Day, April 30. 

The bookshop and writing center is located at 923 N 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI. 

You can find details about Independent Bookstore Day in the Twin Cities right here.

Next Up

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Frey: Police faced 'whack-a-mole' situation on chaotic Fourth of July

The mayor says law enforcement resources were being pulled all over the city as violent scenes unfolded.


Body recovered from Mississippi River near hydro plant in St. Paul

Authorities say the body appeared to have been in the river for months.

Braxton Sorenson

Charges: Lakeville driver didn't call 911 after fatally striking teen on bicycle

The 15-year-old boy was killed while riding his bike along a route he frequented.

Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale

Body found along shoreline of Crystal Lake

Police identified the body as a male Tuesday afternoon.


Little Falls man killed in ATV crash over holiday weekend

The 55-year-old apparently lost control and was partially ejected from the vehicle on Sunday.

Ellie Ragin

Police chief reveals new details in 'heartbreaking' search for Elle Ragin

Police reveal new details that led investigators to Stearns County.

Subway Series new menu

Subway overhauling menu, offering 1M free subs on July 12

The "Subway Series" menu change is set to take over beginning July 12.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Watch: Fireworks fired at people, buildings in downtown Minneapolis

Footage shared widely on social media shows chaotic scenes downtown on Fourth of July evening.

Ellie Ragin

Search for missing Elle Ragin shifts to park in Stearns County

Mississippi River County Park is closed to the public until further notice.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Developing derecho likely to blast southwest Minnesota

Damaging winds up to 90 mph are the main threat.

Screen Shot 2022-07-05 at 12.29.03 PM

Two Minneapolis restaurants announce closures

It's the end of the line for Pie & Mighty and Bunny's Bar & Grill.

Grape Jelly

Someone is sending St. Paul resident unsolicited grape jelly

A resident said they received a large number of deliveries containing only jars of jelly.


Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 12.24.27 PM

Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia

Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Painting formerly at Winona gallery expected to fetch $15M to $20M at auction

Here's how the painting made its way from the White House to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota.


FilmNorth's new headquarters signal a bright future for MN film

The restoration of a historic St. Paul building will include construction of a 52-seat cinema.

Screen Shot 2021-02-17 at 7.53.54 AM

'Ellen' pays tribute to MN kindergarten teacher battling cancer

Kelly Klein continues to teach kindergarten via Zoom while at her chemotherapy treatments.


'Stranger Things' star draws hundreds to Jordan, Minnesota

The record heat didn't stop hundreds of Joe Keery fans from visiting Jordan, Minnesota on Monday.

Hamline Midway rendering

St. Paul to rebuild Hamline Midway Library, remodel two others

A 92-year-old library is set to be demolished to make way for a larger, more accessible branch.