March 2010 Letters to the Editor

Letters from readers regarding the last issues of <em>Minnesota Monthly</em>

Dead Wrong

I enjoyed the article on Harry Hayward (“The Killer Who Haunts Me,” February). I have long been intrigued by Harry, and I have read most of the accounts of the Kitty Ging murder. I’d never thought of Harry as a serial killer.

I have to correct you on one point, however, having served with Hennepin County for 30 years and knowing something about the history of the jail: Harry was not the last person hanged in Hennepin County. That distinction has to go to John Moshik, who was hanged in 1898, about three years after Harry.

Ed Neubauer


Volvo Revisited

Like editor Joel Hoekstra, the first car I ever owned was a Volvo (“Foreword,” February), a 1970 two-door with 66,000 miles on it. I was sucked in by Volvo’s reputation for durability, but the damn thing would never start when it was below freezing. I adjusted the choke. I rebuilt the carburetors. I replaced the air filter, fuel filter, plugs, points, condenser, cap, rotor, and spark-plug wires. Nothing. I sold it two years later with a warning and an oil can filled with premium gas for a starting aid.

For an internal combustion engine to start, it needs fuel, air, and ignition. This engine had all three, yet it would not start in the cold. You’d think that would be a problem in Sweden. It sure was in Minnesota.

Ronald Corradin
St. Paul

Nisswa Diss?

I read “Great Winter Getaways” (February) and can’t get over writer Elizabeth Dehn’s condescending remarks about the Brainerd Lakes area. She sounds like a snob, and certainly not someone who would appreciate the charm and beauty of Nisswa. She should stay home and keep her narrow-minded remarks to herself. We certainly don’t need people with her attitude running around the lakes area.

Carol Nelson


Our January “Foreword” mistakenly called Greg LeMond’s Tour de France wins consecutive. He won in 1986, 1989, and 1990. We also rang the death knell for nanotech in Rushford a little too soon. For information on the tiny town’s nano efforts, see And in February’s “Treatment,” we forgot to say how to contact the eyelash-extensions artist Amy Presson. Reach her at 651-373-1702 or through

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