Minneapolis' Murdered Editors. A Look at Investigative Journalists and the Underworld in the Early 20th Century.

Beth Johanneck
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

In the early 20th century the Minneapolis underworld was ruled by some pretty ruthless mobsters and gangs who did not look kindly on efforts of campaigning newsmen to clean up the city. This time will be the topic of our speaker, Beth Johanneck, who regards herself as an amateur historian. [Ed. Note: Meaning: She is an independent scholar.] Beth Johanneck was raised on a small farm in southwestern Minnesota with seven brothers and a sister. They spent their summers working in the fields. She graduated from Wabasso High School and then attended Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. She has B.S. degree in business administration with a finance concentration and currently works for Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. She describes herself as an amateur historian. She hosted a blog called Minnesota Country Mouse for seven years which led to a book contract with the History Press. Her first book was the Hidden History of the Minnesota River Valley. She then wrote Twin Cities Prohibition, also for the History Press. She self-published Minneapolis Underworld at the request of a local organized crime member. This led to an introduction and brief friendship with "Tommy the Bomber" Ogdahl, former member of The Baldies gang who later became deputy mayor to Charles Stenvig. Twin Cities Prohibition was mentioned on MPR as one of the three top food books of 2011, This ironic honor was bestowed by Minnesota Monthly magazine's food editor, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. She appeared on an episode of the Travel Channel's Monumental Mystery series to discuss the Foshay Tower. She is currently working on a fictional history of Henry Sibley, and book of fiction about a Minnesota farm family during the Great Depression tentatively entitled, Bittersweet.