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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Is Lake Wobegon on the Itinerary?

From the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune of Oct. 20, 2005:

Norway's crown prince visits Minnesota

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Crown Prince Haakon could have thought he was back home in Norway.

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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.

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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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