Readings from Hillsider - by Mayor Don Ness



  • Icehouse MPLS (map)
  • 2528 Nicollet Avenue South
  • Minneapolis, MN, 55404
  • United States

This vibrant, 300-page, full-color book features hundreds of pictures and original art by local artists. The narrative is told through 140+ snapshot essays describing Don’s entertaining, at times treacherous, and often embarrassing journey from 25 year old city councilor to 40 year old mayor…and the notable revitalization of Duluth, MN during the same period of time.

Section one follows a young, idealistic politico embarking on a strange new adventure. Section two tells tales of his darkest days, when all hope seems lost. Section three shows a community rallying to define a better future. It’s essentially the original Star Wars trilogy, only in the much more bizarre galaxy of home-rule-charter municipal government.