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Mike Murtha wrote the book "Stranger in a Small Town" longhand on notebook paper, before typing it up on his computer. Murtha's book is now available on and it will also be available in several local stores soon.

Local musician turns new novelist

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Hammond musician Mike Murtha of Trigger Happy has become a published author.

Murtha's book, "Stranger in a Small Town," is the story of a high school boy named Chris whose family moves to a fictional small town in Iowa from New York.


Chris, Murtha said, is a very creative boy.

"He's into the arts, guitar, vocal, taken voice lessons, theater," Murtha said. "He gets to Iowa and it's just all about their football team."

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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