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A simple goal for a humble man

June 25, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Between 1825 and 1925, a surge of more than 800,000 Norwegians immigrated to North America.
One of these hopeful immigrants was Sven Groethe.
For 18 years, Sven had lived with his family on a large Norwegian farm on the banks of a beautiful lake. But when a depression hit Norway, Sven’s father reluctantly told him that he couldn’t keep him on the farm. Continue Reading

You are here!

April 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Soon enough, people will be biking, running and walking along the Central Lakes Trail, which runs through the heart of Osakis.
There are nice spots along the trail to take a break and rest a spell and now, there’s an opportunity to learn a little, too.
Osakis is one of 10 communities along the trail that has been staked with new “You Are Here” signage. Continue Reading

Hunting for clues along Leaf River

January 11, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

At an undisclosed location somewhere along the Leaf River in Wadena County, there lies buried beneath the ground a hidden, mysterious world. Continue Reading

Historical society leader turns new page in career

October 11, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Rachel Barduson’s career is history.
On September 14, she officially retired from her position as executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) in Alexandria.
Now she wants to get going on her future. Continue Reading

Digging it

September 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

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Historical barn featured on weekend tour

September 20, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

HARRIS, Iowa A large, freshly painted red barn just a couple of miles east of May City, Iowa, has been in the Lorch family for more than 80 years, but just how long ago the barn was built remains somewhat of a mystery.
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Groundbreaking today at Kandiyohi County, Minn., Historical Society

September 19, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR A groundbreaking ceremony for a $272,358 addition to the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Museum in Willmar will take place today at 1 p.m. in front of the museum.
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Kandiyohi Co., Minn., considers $100K museum request

August 21, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners heard a formal request Tuesday to make a $100,000 contribution to off-set costs to expand the county’s history museum.
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Women ‘witch’ for graves with divining rods in Oil Patch

May 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

DORE Buried somewhere between a hill and the old schoolhouse site here are the remains of two young siblings who succumbed to illness and were interred by their family nearly a century ago. Continue Reading

Kandiyohi County Historical Society seeking $343,000 for expansion

May 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Sitting in the middle of artifacts and displays Tuesday afternoon in the main display area of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Willmar, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners heard about the need for additional education and meeting space at the museum.
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