Patrick “Packy” Mader has a background in education, agriculture, and business. He grew up on a small dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, with six brothers and sisters. He has always enjoyed Minnesota sports, history, and geography.
Packy and his wife, Karen, enjoy outdoor family activities, reading, and traveling. Their children, Karl and Ellen, competed in sports and appreciate their Minnesota roots.
Minnesota Gold – Conversations with northland athletes competing on the world stage
These are the words of Minnesota speedskating silver medalist, Randy Bartz. Minnesotans, in the heart of the midwest, have long been known for their humble nature and work ethic, and have long taken great pride in their athletics. Minnesota Gold celebrates the perseverance and triumphs of fifty-seven diverse homegrown athletes from 1948-2014 as they pursued their dreams to compete in the greatest international competitions. In this book of inspiring biographies, author Patrick “Packy” Mader shares the memorable conversations he had with these remarkable men and women who honored their sport, their state, and their country on the world stage over the last seven decades.