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County Corner: Bly was a welcome and welcoming presence here


December 3, 2021

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Robert Bly at his cabin on Moosehead Lake. It was here where he wrote most of "Iron John," an exploration of American masculinity and what might support men in living fuller, deeper lives.

The passing of Robert Bly, a well-known poet and author of "Iron John," brought back many memories for me as a longtime reporter and resident of the Moose Lake area.

Bly lived in the Twin Cities area with his wife, Ruth, but the couple had a second home in Moose Lake on the shore of Moosehead Lake. His first wife, Carol Bly, also lived in the Moose Lake area for a number of years. They shared children and co-parented them until they were grown.

I remember when Bly once brought a request to the Moose Lake city council. He wanted to move a log cabin to his property in town and set it between...

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