Ken Flies

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In addition to Into the Backlands, Ken Fliés is the co-author of the memoir Retrieving Isaac & Jason, published by Hiawatha Press in 2012; and he collaborated on the novel Whispering Pines: Tales from a Northwood’s Cabin. He has also authored numerous essays and articles on rural America and the American Civil War and, is a past

Ken in Washington with 2019 Peace Corps Director Jody Olson

recipient of The Editor Choice Award of the National Library of Poetry.

Ken’s endeavors in the Peace Corps and growing up on a rural Minnesota dairy farm lead to a career as an accomplished entrepre­neur, involved in the startup and development of more than a dozen companies nationally and internationally including a market research and agricultural development company in Brazil. In addition to being a pioneer in the Peace Corps and business, Fliés was one of the founders of the Rural America Writers’ Center and Rural America Arts Partnership; and founded and assisted in developing what is now the Great River Ridge State Recreation Trail. Ken Fliés was recognized by Minnesota Governors Tim Pawlenty and Mark Dayton, first in 2002 as an out­standing rural entrepreneur and in 2012 for his more than fifty years of entrepreneurial contributions to the State of Minnesota.

Ken and his wife Millie raised three sons, all of whom work for international corporations.