Last year I wrote a column about an ancient local political scandal involvingÂ Jim Oberstar’s questionable funding sources for his 1974 campaign. I mentioned Don Boyd,Â a fellowÂ who was accused of, but never found guilty of,Â embezzling a million dollars from the government. A few daysÂ afterÂ my column hit the standsÂ I got an emailÂ fromÂ Don suggesting that we meet over a cup of coffee. He’d written a book. He did spend time in prison but not for stealing a million bucks. (There’s always something a fellow can be found guiltyÂ if you’ve gotÂ the help of a willing perjurer)
Sitting in prison and having hisÂ family’s honorÂ tarred gave Don a lot to reflect on. If Don was innocent, as I rather suspect he was there could be a good book in it.
Unfortunately,Â Don hasn’t written it. HisÂ head is too full of details and at six or seven hundred pagesÂ no one but a crank like meÂ would everÂ read or publish it.Â So I’ve decided to give him a hand. I’ll have more to say about this in my next Northland Reader column. Let the chips fall where they may.