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My Norwegian roots


My maternal ancestors go back to a farm near Lillehammer, Norway, where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held. Most of my mother’s family immigrated to the United States and to, you guessed it, Minnesota.

My grandmother left Norway right after graduating from high school to join several older brothers and sisters who had already made their way here. That would have been 1884.

So my mother rightfully claimed being a Norwegian, and I have followed that.

My mother was an only child, born to a middle-class family in Minneapolis in 1898. She left to come west to Palouse, Washington, in 1929, as a...

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