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“Images of America: Forest Lake” book talk with Justin Brink

November 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

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Author and historian Justin Brink is joining us to share his BRAND-NEW BOOK “Images of America: Forest Lake”! Books will be available for purchase at the event. Come learn about Forest Lake’s exciting history! 

About the book:

Like so many of the places that lined the route from St. Paul to Duluth, Forest Lake came of age as a railroad town and was first incorporated as a township in 1874. Situated on a lake by the same name, it soon became known as a resort town where many residents from the Twin Cities could leave their cares behind for some fishing and sunbathing. Because of its secluded nature, it also attracted well-known gangsters of the era. Minnesota native George “Bugs” Moran had a hideout near the lake, as did the Ma Barker gang. As the resort traffic dried up, progress soon took over, and with it came residential development and downtown revitalization. Today, Forest Lake’s population has increased nearly twentyfold and continues to attract visitors to its pristine lakes.

About the author:

Justin Brink is president of the Forest Lake Historical Society and a lifelong Forest Lake resident. He serves as a planning commissioner for the city and is a registered nurse by profession. For this book, images have been collected from the Forest Lake Historical Society, the Washington County Historical Society, and the community.


Attend in-person at the Washington County Heritage Center OR virtually on Zoom.

Zoom Info:

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Meeting ID: 812 4364 7160
Passcode: history


November 1, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Washington County Heritage Center
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Washington County Heritage Center
1862 South Greeley St
Stillwater, MN 55082 United States
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