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Jim Walsh is an award-winning author, journalist, writer, and songwriter from Minneapolis. A columnist for the Southwest Journal and regular contributor to MinnPost.com, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, and many other publications. He is the author of Fear & Loving in South Minneapolis; Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits; Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s; and The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting. A father of two (Henry and Helen!) and sometime teacher at the Loft Literary Center, Walsh is the ringleader behind the longtime singer/songwriter showcase The Mad Ripple Hootenanny. His new band, Jim Walsh and the Dog Day Cicadas, has recorded two releases, “Songs For The Band To Learn” (2017) and “Shout It Out To You” (2022). He lives in Minneapolis with his partner Mary Beth Hanson and their two cats, Rumi and Rilke.

Articles written by Jim Walsh

The Sting That Doesn’t Leave You

Robert Le was ready to become a restaurateur; then he discovered how employees were being ripped off

“When I was a kid, my mom would always wait for me and my sister to go to bed,” remembers Robert Le. “Around 10, 11 o’clock at night I’d hear all these papers rustling, and I’d open the door to my room. My mom would have all the bills on the kitchen table, and she would be calling each [collector], saying, ‘You charged me late fee $15, can you take it off? Take it off, please, till next month?’ “I had no idea. Your mom loves you, but she actually sheltered you. So when …

Nothing for Granted

Sheree Hoffman accentuates the positive—even about her battles with cancer 

Sheree Hoffman has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, necessitating a lumpectomy, infusions, radiation therapy, diagnostic ultrasounds, mastectomy and breast reconstruction, as well as drastic changes to her life and family law practice in Memphis. But you’d never guess it from the optimistic lilt in her voice. “Honestly, I was one of those people who was lucky to be born with a positive attitude,” she says. “I really mean that. I don’t concentrate on the negative, always …

Working with a Lawyer After a Car Crash in New York

What to expect from a personal injury claim

Over the course of her 40-year legal career, Cheryl Eisberg Moin has seen “every kind of accident and every kind of legal problem.” When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, the personal injury lawyer and partner at Hill & Moin in Manhattan advises going to urgent care or the emergency room if there’s any thought they might be injured—and even if they’re otherwise cautious due to the pandemic. “People don’t like ambulances, and we’ve seen a lot of people who will refuse …

Setting Up a Special Needs Trust in New York

How to do it, with help from an estate planning attorney

For parents and other caregivers, creating a trust for a child or adult with special needs can bring peace of mind and security. But setting one up is more difficult than a basic trust fund. “We have a phrase at our practice: ‘planners win,’” says Moira Laidlaw, a certified elder law attorney with Hollis Laidlaw & Simon, who handles trusts and estates, Medicaid planning, and special needs planning. “It’s particularly true in the area of special needs planning. Because when …

Safe in Traffic

The children of Sheldon Flanzig rep injured cyclists

Growing up as the children of prominent personal injury lawyer Sheldon Flanzig, Dan and Cathy Flanzig heard plenty of stories about people and their problems—and the attorneys and laws that helped them. “Our dinner conversation every night was about his cases,” Dan remembers. “He was very dedicated to his job. He was at his office at six o’clock in the morning and came home at seven o’clock at night. He managed seven attorneys and hundreds of files by himself. Pretty impressive. …

Chasing Rabbits

Marc Schechter grew up idolizing Jefferson Airplane; now he reps them 

Growing up in Toms River, New Jersey in the 1960s, Marc Schechter was about as far from California’s psychedelic rock scene as an East Coast kid could get. But the radio provided a window to that seminal era—and to one San Francisco band in particular. “The first thing I heard on the radio that really caught me was the lead guitar solo at the end of the song ‘Somebody to Love’ by the Jefferson Airplane,” says Schechter. “I remember thinking how cool that sounded. I went out, …

Leap of Faith

Janet Stellpflug on launching a firm during an unprecedented global pandemic

After building a career in commercial litigation that included stops at a couple of large local firms, Janet Stellpflug was ready to live the dream of launching her own firm. One of the first steps: signing a 10-year lease in a downtown Minneapolis office building. The only problem? This was in March 2020. “We were trying to start on June 1,” she says. “They couldn’t get the office built out the day it was supposed to be because the furniture manufacturer was shut down, carpet was …

Handy at Bandy

Kelly Engebretson keeps it cool on the ice

“For the longest time, I thought bandy was broomball,” says Kelly Engebretson. “I thought you couldn’t wear skates, and I wasn’t interested in a sport where I can’t glide.” A former college hockey player and a member of the Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota (WHAM), Engebretson soon received a crash course: larger rink, 11 players on each side, ball instead of a puck, and yes, skates. “I had a couple of WHAM friends who played bandy, and in 2014 they said they were going …

Their Voice in the System

How Vildan Teske defends the rights of U.S. military service members

In 2013, the National Association of Consumer Advocates reached out to Vildan Teske, asking if she would testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the impact of forced arbitration on consumers’ and service members’ rights. The request came shortly after she had represented a member of the military whose home was being foreclosed on as he deployed. The lender was in clear violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides foreclosure protection to those on active …

The Most Expensive Orchestra Ever

The LA Lawyers Philharmonic measures time by the director’s beat rather than in six-minute increments

The 80-member Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and its offshoot choir and big band, which have been entertaining people in theaters, churches and halls since 2011, is where “lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff meet in harmony,” according to the group’s website.  OK, mostly in harmony.   For Erin Prouty, an estate planning and probate attorney at Hoffman Sabban & Watenmaker, who plays flute and piccolo, the first difference she noticed between this orchestra and others was …

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