Former Hutterite Colony Members to Hold Book Signing in Duluth

February 04, 2015 09:12 AM

A couple of authors stopped by the show ahead of their book signing in Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 7. 

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Rodney and Sheryl Waldner are sharing two books about their personal journeys, along with seven others, following their choice to leave their Hutterite colony. They now refer to themselves as The Nine.

Sheryl says Hutterites are a religious group of about 50,000 people who live in colonies. She says Hutterites live a very structured life, and have done so for 500 years. She says the colonies are not open to change, and that can make it difficult for many members.

All nine former Hutterites involved in writing the books grew up with this structured life, and Sheryl says they all became very unsatisfied. They struggled with having no freedom of expression or speech and no place to go for help.

Rodney says their first book tells the story of what it was like to live in the Hutterite colony and how it felt to leave. The second book focuses on moving forward in their new life and the pursuit of the American dream.

If you're interested in reading more on their true life stories, stop by Barnes and Noble inside the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth.

If you'd like to meet the authors, a book signing is being held at Barnes and Noble from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.

For more information on The Nine and other events, visit


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