Joy Riggs

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Joy Riggs grew up in Alexandria, MN, and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism.

 

She specializes in writing about history, travel, and parenting. Her award-winning columns, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Monthly, and the Des Moines Register.
 

She lives in Northfield, Minnesota, where she serves on the boards of the Vintage Band Festival and the Northfield Historical Society.

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Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man

Minnesota author Joy Riggs explores the life and achievements of her great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs, who founded and directed community bands in Crookston, Bemidji, St. Cloud, and other towns during the first half of the 20th century. It’s a story about civic pride, community participation, and the power of music to transform lives and connect people across generations.

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Joy, at a book signing.