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Minnesota Gold

Conversations with Northland Athletes Competing on the World Stage

Patrick Mader and Joel Rippel

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 9.00" x 12.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-63489-007-6
  • Publication Date: 2015-11-02
  • Wise Ink Creative Publishing

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Minnesota Gold

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“If we can only stay on our feet, we’ll medal!” These are the words of Minnesota speedskating silver medalist, Randy Bartz. Minnesotans, in the heart of the Midwest, have long been known for their humble nature and work ethic and have long taken great pride in their athletics. Minnesota Gold celebrates the perseverance and triumphs of fifty-seven diverse homegrown athletes from 1948–2014 as they pursued their dreams to compete in the greatest international competitions. In this book of inspiring biographies, authors Patrick “Packy” Mader shares the memorable conversations he had with these remarkable men and women who honored their sport, their state, and their country on the world stage over the last seven decades. Discover true Minnesota gold!

Patrick “Packy” Mader, and Joel Rippel


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“I didn't believe it possible for me to feel any more proud of Minnesota, but Patrick Mader’s Minnesota Gold has done it. A perfect ten.” —Don Shelby, broadcast journalist and author

 “A wonderful book capturing incredible stories and events of our many outstanding and talented Minnesota athletes. [Minnesota Gold’s] stories of courage, passion, and dedication will capture your heart.” — Jody Eder-Zdechlik, six-time All-American in cross country and track & field, University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame member, and Big 10 Medal of Honor recipient

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories about impressive athletes from the Twin Cities and small towns around Minnesota. Patrick Mader’s research provided new and entertaining information on some of Minnesota’s finest. For Minnesotans and sports fans alike.”  —Joel Maturi, University of Minnesota Director of Athletics, 2002 – 2012

“Inspiring to all who aspire, impressive for those who know what it takes to be an elite athlete. This book shows that there is opportunity for anyone willing to dream and do.” —John Albrecht, US national speedskating team member 1982 –’85 and ’87

“Each athlete’s story in Minnesota Gold gives insight into how a champion is born. The fact they are from Minnesota makes me proud to be associated with sports in this state.”  —Bob Hauck, St. Olaf College swimming and diving head coach

“The pride these gifted and hard-working athletes have in wearing USA on their uniform while representing the state of Minnesota will give you goose bumps the size of gold medals. . . . Packy Mader and Joel Rippel tell the personal stories of these men and women who paid the price to compete in the greatest sporting event in the world. Their stories are 100 percent pure Minnesota Gold.”  — from the foreword by Joe Schmit, Emmy-winning broadcaster and author of Silent Impact

“Minneapolis Washburn’s Van Nelson goes stride for stride with the iconic Billy Mills. Austin’s Burdette Haldorson teams with Bill Russell and K.C. Jones as American basketball dominates the world in the 1950s. Patrick Mader tracks down and interviews more than fifty living Minnesotans who made it to the absolute highest level in their respective sports.”  — Dave Mona, WCCO Radio’s Sunday Sports Huddle

“A wonderful book . . . [Minnesota Gold’s] stories of courage, passion, and dedication will capture your heart.” —Jody Eder-Zdechlik, six-time All-American in cross country and track & field, University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame member, recipient of the Big 10 Medal of Honor

“Fascinating reading and great memories of sports in our Minnesota heritage. . . . an amazing and important part of our great state’s history.”  —Walter L. Bush, Jr. Chairman, USA Hockey, Inc.

Patrick Mader

Patrick “Packy” Mader has a background in education, business, and agriculture, with a professional career as an elementary teacher. He is the author of four children’s books celebrating rural Minnesota lifestyles, including Opa & Oma Together. Packy enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and reading and writing about Minnesota history and sports. He and his wife, Karen, live in Northfield, Minnesota. They are the parents of two children, Karl and Ellen. For more information about his books and speaking presentations, please visit www.patrickmader.com.

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Joel Rippel

Joel Rippel, a native of Trimont, Minnesota, is the author or co-author of eight books on Minnesota sports history. Rippel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has worked for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for twenty years. Joel is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).