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Duluth Mayor Ness seeks $12K in Kickstarter funding to publish book

Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who won’t seek a third term in office this fall, has started a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise $12,000 so he can self-publish a book of essays and photos.

As of noon today, he’s received $3,900 in pledges for the book, which apparently will be called “Boy Mayor and His City: Snapshot Essays, by Mayor Don Ness.” The campaign runs 24 more days.

Ness told the Duluth News Tribune that much of the writing for the book is complete. He’s planning one-to-two page essays, punctuated by photos from local photographers.

The Kickstarter promo copy says the essays will cover: “Don’s entertaining, at times treacherous, and often embarrassing journey from 25-year-old city councilor to 40-year-old mayor…and the coincidental revitalization of Duluth, MN during the same period of time.”

He wants the book “to be a celebration of the people, stories, ideas, and initiatives that have defined the renaissance of Duluth — a beautiful industrial city built upon a hill overlooking the world’s greatest lake.”

Much of the book will look at “Duluth’s art and music scene, the development of a recreational trail system, the revitalization of the city and other subjects,” the paper said.

Ness told the paper:

“It’s not a memoir. It’s not an autobiography. It’s not a blow-by-blow of my political career or a list of all my accomplishments. It is meant to be flipped through. It is meant to be a light and fun read. The idea is that a person can open it to any page and have one very short, very visual complete story on that page or two.”

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