From the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune of Oct. 20, 2005:
Norway's crown prince visits Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS - Crown Prince Haakon could have thought he was back home in Norway.
Haakon, 32, celebrated the 100th anniversary of Norway's independence from Sweden with a series of cultural and business appearances Wednesday and Thursday in a state that treasures its Nordic heritage.
The lives of Norwegian-American immigrants were marked by hardship, suffering and endless work, sustained by their Lutheran faith and their sense of community.
Minnesota House Speaker Sviggum and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson - both of Norwegian descent - see an echo of that in the modern stereotype of the stoic Minnesotan.
"I only look at my mother-in-law and my mother and grandmother," Sviggum said. "Whether they were overly happy, or suffering pain in their life, you could barely tell the difference."
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