and raised in Northeast Minneapolis,
Dick Solem went to Edison High for 2 years and transferred to Osseo High in Osseo, MN.
After graduating from high school, Dick went to the University of Minnesota. Married right after graduating from the U, Dick and his new bride, Colleen, traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin a 3 year tour
of duty with the U.S. Air Force. After a stint in Japan, Dick left the Air
Force. He and his wife returned to Minnesota where he started a 25 year career in the Life Insurance industry. During that time, his family grew. His 3
children all have had successful careers. After retiring from the Life
Insurance industry, Dick assisted in establishing a successful advertising agency in the Twin Cities Metro area.
Besides being an avid reader, Dick has spent a lifetime as a collector.
For the past 25 years, he's had a "love affair" with English Toby Jugs and his
collection presently has over 450 pieces.
Linda is a neighbor and friend who loves to read. She grew
up near Cleveland, Ohio (go Browns???) She describes
her childhood as the happiest one a girl could ever
have. Loving, wonderful parents, an older sis and two
annoying brothers. After high school she went to work
in the Corporate Department of a Managing Agent for
Iron Ore mining companies in the Iron Range in MN.
How ironic…Anyway, she then went to work for Buick
Motor Division in Ohio, then Chicago and was recommended to become a District Manager calling on
Buick dealers. After training, her first assignment
was Central MN in 1977. She says they sent her here
because it was so rural at the time, it was where she
could do the least damage?? The good news is she met
her life partner and are happily together after 41
years and considers MN her home and wouldn’t live
anywhere else. Of course, she does winter in FL...
which is sorta cheating.
Linda's passion for reading started in her pre-teens with the
Nancy Drew mysteries. She read everyone and to this
day loves a good mystery.