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Continued: Writer celebrates 30 years in Wayzata, where she launched her career

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 24, 2013 - 3:00 PM

“Everyone here seems to think I was an architect, too,” she said. “But I’m just a journalist.”

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

Twitter: @kellystrib



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  • BETTE HAMMEL

    Age, family: 88, daughter Susan, stepdaughter Anne, two grandchildren.

    Hometown: Born and raised in St. Paul, moved to Minnetonka and then Wayzata, where she’s lived for 30 years.

    Favorite Twin Cities building: Minneapolis Central Library, downtown.

    Least favorite Twin Cities building: Inside of the Guthrie Theater or the Walker Art Center expansion.

    Biggest interview: Architect Frank Gehry.

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