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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Local photographer wins book award


Craig Blacklock’s recent book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift received lots of media attention when it came out in April 2018, including major stories in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, on Twin Cities Public Television, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Now, the book awards season has put the book back in the headlines. Last week the Independent Publisher book awards (known as IPPYs) were handed out at a celebration at the Copacabana Times Square in New York City. While Craig did not attend, he did receive two gold awards in the categories of “Coffee Table Book”, and “Cover Design-Non-fiction, Oversize.” These are some of the most coveted awards within the independent publishing world, open to independent publishers and university presses throughout North America and the English-speaking world.

Blacklock’s book also received three first place awards in the Midwest Book Awards, which cover a 12 state region. Those awards were for: “Nature,” “Coffee Table/Arts/Photography,” and a tie for first in “Total Book Design”.

An exhibition of photographs from the book has been traveling to museums and art centers throughout the region, and is currently on display at the White Bear Center for the Arts through July 3.

The book includes several photographs from our Moose Horn River, which is a tributary to the Kettle River, which flows into the St. Croix. Vice President, Walter F. Mondale wrote the book’s introductory essay, recounting his co-sponsoring the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which gave protection to these rivers in 1968.

The book and photographs from it are available at Blacklock Photography Galleries, 521 Folz Blvd., Moose Lake. It can also be seen at


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