Life in a Northern Town


A fresh story and take…”  “I am intrigued to know more.”  “This is fantastic!”    –  People are talking about Life in a Northern Town.

Rural hustlers and urban hipsters, immigrants and opportunists, meth cartels, vape shops, petroleum boom towns and more – this is the American Midwest of the 2010s.  Centered around the interactive tale experienced by nearly 20,000  so far, Life in a Northern Town begins with a crisis, a dangerous solution and the consequences that follow.

“How did we get here?”

Across three states, eight characters and thousands of miles, the story unfolds:

  • How It All Began:  An introduction via Medium Series (a recent Medium Editors’ Pick)
  • The Open Road:  A dead man leaves a message for his children.
  • The Corner Store: For better or worse, a son finds his place.
  • The Lift Bridge: “You need to come home.” And after falling in love, starting a family and discovering himself at the center of more vice than he ever imagined, an expatriate finally does.
  • Go West (interactive, told via the Twine platform): Layoffs send a Twin Cities graphic designer to the oil fields of North Dakota, where fortune, romance and danger await.
  • The Immigrant: Inspired by the Laura Ingalls Wilder books of her childhood, a wealthy citizen of the world follows her dream to a Minnesota family farm – “for sale, price negotiable” – and finds her purchase impeded.
  • Dakota: A young entrepreneur finds himself befriended by two sides of a feuding family – and soon entangled in treacherous events.
  • Retribution (interactive, told via the Inklewriter platform): A displaced farm girl seeks the truth behind her father’s murder.


Map courtesy of Alvin Jewett Johnson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. © 2016 People and Places. All rights reserved. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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