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Forrest Peterson lives with his wife, Marilyn, near Willmar in central Minnesota. Their son, Colin, works and lives in Minneapolis. After attending college and working in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for 14 years, Forrest took a reporter job at the West Central Tribune in Willmar. He served as editor for 15 years before leaving in 1998. Currently, he is a public information officer with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul majoring in history, and later received a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. Over the years he has been active in numerous community and professional groups including Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Sertoma, Kiwanis, Ridgewater College, YMCA, Eagle lake Lutheran Church, Willmar Nordic Ski Club, Minnesota Associated Press Association, and Minnesota Newspaper Association. He enjoys and participates extensively in outdoor recreation and fitness sports. Currently, he is working his third novel; his first novel, Good Ice, was published in 2007, followed in 2012 by his second novel, Buffalo Ridge.