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They look like grasses but aren't.

They have "reduced morphology," which means they're hard to identify.

But not only are sedges and rushes an indicator species of the health (or not) of wetlands, you, too, can be stricken with "sedge fever"! 

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota: The Complete Guide to Species Identification is written by Welby R. Smith, photographed by Richard Haug, and published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul, published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van named Bert.   Their escapades are the stuff of legend, but even when things seemed dire, as Sullivan relates, "we were 22 years old and were having a lot of fun, really."

Sullivan's memoir Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Long before "catfishing," email scams or Ted Bundy entered the scene, Minnesota's Harry Hayward was cutting a swath - sometimes literally - through Minnesota's female population.

The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis is published by the University of Minnesota Press.