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Ben Mikaelsen, author of "Touching Spirit Bear," talks Tuesday at Willmar Junior High School to students and parents who read his book together. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Author speaks about seizing opportunities, making a difference in young people's lives

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WILLMAR -- Every book he has written has been important to him, but "Touching Spirit Bear" has always been special, author Ben Mikaelsen said.


More than 200 Willmar Junior High students and their parents agreed last fall to read Mikaelsen's novel together.

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