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Minnesota Book Award winners include memoir on Alzheimer's, poems on war

More than 700 attended as winners were crowned in nine categories at the 24th annual Minnesota Book Awards.
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More than 700 attended as winners were crowned in nine categories at the 24th annual Minnesota Book Awards.

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