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Orval J. Peterson


Fri, May 24th, 2002
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Orval J. Peterson, 87, a longtime Lanesboro businessman, died May 20, 2002 at the Harmony Health Care Center, where he had resided since June 1999.

He was born Sept. 30, 1914, in Lanesboro, attended Benson elementary school through the eighth grade and lived in Lanesboro most of his life. During World War II, he served in the Army. On Jan. 25, 1940, he married Aleda Johnson in Lanesboro. She died Jan. 18, 1986. Mr. Peterson was in the bulk oil business, co-owned the Ford Garage and operated a service station. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the Lanesboro American Legion and Community Club.

Survivors include a son, Richard of Prescott, AZ.; a daughter, JoAnn (Jim) Sorum of Germantown, TN; three grandsons; a brother, Gordon (Dolores) of Lanesboro; and two sisters, Dorothy Berland and Alice (Lynn) Iverson, both of Lanesboro. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

The funeral for Orval J. Peterson was May 23, 2002 at Union Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro, with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Lanesboro American Legion. Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
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Thomas Patrick Norton

Fri, May 24th, 2002
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Thomas Patrick Norton, 65, of Chatfield, a feed sales representative, died May 18, 2002 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 15, 1937, in rural Millville, Wabasha County, he grew up in the Millville area and graduated from Lake ..... 
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Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Norways national costume
The bunad is rooted in heritage and traditionBy Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, May 13, 2002

The bunad, Norway's National Costume, will be worn by Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans this weekend to ..... 
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A tour of Norways Stavkirker

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Finding ancestral links to stave churchesBy Deb Nelson GourleyApril 29, 2002Truly unique to Norway, the Stavkirke (Stave Church) is a 900-year-old wooden temple filled with history of the Viking Era and Christianity. Approximate ..... 
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Astri, my Astri where art thou?

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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A primer for searching Fillmore County genealogy records for pioneer ancestorsBy Deb Nelson GourleyMarch 18, 2002

Imagine a class called Genealogy 101: Fillmore County Pioneers. You are only given the following information ..... 
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Garns wheel still spinning after 200 years

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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February 4, 2002

Inheriting a 200-year-old Garns family spinning wheel from my Grandmother, Stella (Brdsgrd) Nelson, was exhilarating. Having myself been an avid handspinner for years, I could visualize what the assembled spinning wheel would ..... 
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Garness Church roots go back to farm in Norway

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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December 31, 2001

The familiar sounds I grew up with, the unloading of the horses, the snorting and pawing, and the cinching of the saddles were all heard that cold blustery day, January 14, 1996. However, someone very important to me was missin ..... 
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"You are a Hjrnevik, but who are you?"

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Delivering tragic immigrant news about the 1862 Sioux Uprising 114 years laterBy Deb Nelson GourleyNovember 12, 2001

When I found the Hjrnevik farm near Evanger i Voss, in the Bergan area of Norway in 1976, I felt like I w ..... 
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Astri Herbransdatter 1812

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Tracing the history of a Norwegian trunk"By Deb Nelson GourleyOctober 22, 2001

The wagon was fully loaded for the burn pile out in the woods, when I spotted the old painted trunk on the flatbed. I was a second grader at the ..... 
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