About Jim Walsh

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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

From Court to Court

Karie Cattanach is still sinking threes as Dane County assistant D.A.

“Shooting the three is an art form. It’s an elation. It brings a smile to my face. If it’s going in, I can feel myself going, ‘Yep, that one’s good.’ And when you’re in the zone, you could take it from half-court and you know it’s going in.” That’s Karie Davenport Cattanach, 33, assistant district attorney for Dane County, talking about the passion that has been at the center of her life since she was a girl: basketball. “My dad was a basketball coach,” she says, “so …

In the Aftermath of Katrina

Two attorneys describe their post-hurricane legal work

It’s been a little more than a year since Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast; a little more than a year since thousands were killed or displaced; a little more than a year since lives were shattered and hopes ravaged.   And so much still needs to be done.   Many remain without permanent shelter, or without work, or without the means rebuild their lives. For twoMid-South attorneys, the stories of these people are more than newspaper clippings or stories on the …

Legal Drama

Putting away BTK was just another episode in Nola Tedesco Foulston’s made-for-TV life

Imagine the poor screenwriter who heads to Hollywood pitching this script: A young woman of Italian descent leaves New York to attend college in Kansas. She majors in theater, with dreams of returning to stardom, or riches, in the Big Apple. Instead, she discovers a need to make the world a better place. She eventually chooses a career in the law, becomes a hard-boiled prosecutor who locks away sex offenders and serial killers, and twice appears before the United States Supreme Court. She’s …

Squeezing Terrorists' Bankbooks

Mark Werbner finds a novel way to fight terrorism

From the beginning, it was much more than a lawsuit to Mark Werbner. A calling?   Perhaps. Fate? If you believe in that. Those so inclined could even consider it the intervention of a divine hand.   Call it what you will. But when an East Coast attorney seeking to combat terrorists by hitting their finances sought out the Dallas lawyer for help, he did so with no idea of Werbner’s background. No hint that Werbner had helped Jews around the world immigrate to Israel. No clue that Werbner, …

Dismantling OKBOMB

Sean Connelly put McVeigh away

You will find stories within these pages about superstar attorneys who’ve yearned for a career in the law since arguing with their parents for second helpings of dessert. You will see tales of legal hotshots who’ve made so much money for their clients — and themselves — that they could build their own museum of modern art. And you will read stories of super lawyers who have been the top student in every school they attended. Sean Connelly isn’t one of those guys. Now, don’t …

When is it Right to Let a Baby Die?

Grappling with the right to life

There were days, Earnest Wotring admits, when he was happy his baby cried. Nights when he was thrilled to deal with diaper rash, colic or even a slight fever. Weeks when he welcomed being deprived of sleep by 2 a.m. feedings.   Why? At the same time that new dad Wotring and his wife, Ju, were wearied and worn out by a new baby at home, the up-and-coming lawyer was working on the biggest case of his life — arguing to remove another baby, a terminally ill baby, from life support. When you …

The Laundryman Cleans Up

Stephen Susman keeps winning and winning and winning

Steve Susman’s success — he’s among the most sought-after attorneys in the country — would be no surprise to any of his Yale classmates who knew him when he was waiting tables in the school’s dining hall. Susman hated the job and he soon found other, smarter ways to make money — and lots of it. Did his rich classmates want to go to Europe? Susman turned travel agent, chartering flights to Europe and getting Eurail passes for them. Too busy to do your own laundry? He ran a student …

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