Frank Dodge Mysteries

Frank Dodge is good at digging up secrets, probably because he has so many of his own.

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Mississippi Valley Traveler

The Mississippi River means many things to many people. Explore its history and its river towns; check out photo galleries; get ideas for your next trip along the Big River.

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Public Speaking

Author Dean Klinkenberg presents programs about the history and culture of the Mississippi Valley, like music and the river and the great sights and experiences along the Mississippi. Click below to find out more.

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Join Me As I Explore the Mississippi River

The Mississippi river cuts a deep path through our imaginations. Most of us know the river through Mark Twain and maybe through evening news reports when it floods.

The Mississippi River is far more than Mark Twain and floods, however. I've spent years getting to know this river and the people who live, work, and play along it.

While I started off writing non-fiction and travel pieces about the river, it didn't take long to figure out that this river has more stories to tell than can fit in a travel guide or a long essay.

I'm lucky that I get to share some of these stories with you, stories as they are experienced by fictional writer Frank Dodge. In his travels along the Mississippi, Dodge confronts many of the same challenges we all face: figuring out who we are and what we want, feuding with people who don't share our view of the world, and trying to hold on to those nuggets of happiness wherever they happen.

I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do. Please let me know what you think.

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