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New land, new life

July 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

By 2009, there were 868,361 self-described Norwegians in Minnesota. That number is equal to that of the combined populations of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Duluth and St. Cloud, according to the 2009 U.S. census.
With such a strong Norwegian influence, Judy Burkey, president of the Alexandria Sons of Norway Runic Vennskap Lodge, said that Norway had a vital impact in shaping Minnesota’s history. Continue Reading

Sharing a heritage

July 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Surrounded by mounds of lefsa and thick accents, it comes as no surprise that there is a strong German, Swedish and Norwegian heritage encompassing the Midwest that has not been forgotten over the years.
Though many Norwegian ancestors came to America more than 100 years ago, members of the Alexandria Sons of Norway continue to gather and embrace their heritage. Continue Reading