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Grew up on a farm just outside of Lafayette in southern Minnesota.
 
Graduated from Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School. Participated in 4-H, FFA, drama, speech team, National Honor Society, and athletics. District FFA President. 2nd Place State FFA Public Speaking Competition.
 
Undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in English and secondary education. Honors Group. Director of the International Study and Travel Center.
 
Taught English in Sweden.
 
 Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Two years on the Law Review. Contributing editor of the Law School Newspaper.
 
Trained mediator, and in other Alternative Dispute Resolution.
 
Professor. 
 
Poetry published in national publications such as SP Quill Quarterly Poetry Magazine, Write On, Shemom, Skyline Literary Review, Soul Fountain, Time of Singing, Language and Culture.net, Hudson View, and Midwifery Today.
 
Author of the children's books A Granny's Heart, 12  Months of Baby Animals, and Night ~ A Counting Backwards Book!