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  • 3 years ago
Episode 2:  Cary Steeg Interview, Part 1

Episode 2: Cary Steeg Interview, Part 1

I grew up without the blessing of a close-knit extended family.  My maternal grandmother died just 6 weeks after I was born and while I knew my other grandparents we weren't close.  We saw each other a few times a year, I got cards with five dollars in them, but mostly we lived too far away for me to have grown up in an "aura" of grandparenting.  When I met Cary Steeg, although he claims that his own grandparents aren't much interested in his stories, I immediately thought "this is what I missed."
I was introduced to Cary through mutual friends who live out his way in the hinterlands past Finlayson, MN.  I told him I was interested in old stories about the region and he told me to come on over.  He lives in the woods just up the hill from a secluded lake: an idyllic north woods setting.
I didn't have a script or a list of questions.  I sat down with him on his screen porch and he started talking.  Every so often I'd get in a question or ask him to clarify but mostly he talked and told