Katharine Johnson's story of Karhu the little bear deals with universal themes: earning money to buy something you want, finding a mentor to teach you a skill you need, and how to get out of bed on time.
Oh, and perhaps the most important: including those who are different from you.
The Mukluk Ball, by Katharine Johnson and illustrated by Alicia Schwab, is published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
How Minnesotan Matt Goldman left home for Hollywood "because he didn't know any better," became a success writing for Seinfeld (in spite of himself), and why Norway and Sweden passed on his newest novel because it was "too Scandinavian."
Duluth's newly-minted Poet Laureate (not even 24 hours yet) for 2018-2020 shares his thoughts on making poetry "more a part of the everyday fabric of Duluth": everything from replacing new-business ribbon-cuttings with some poetry read to reflect on community, to starting city council meetings with a poem, perhaps, related to one of the agenda items.