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Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Astri Herbransdatter 1812
Tracing the history of a Norwegian trunk
By Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, October 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 time and yelled above the tractor noise: "Where did it come from?" Why does it have 1812 on it?" and "Can I keep it?"

It was 1962, and my family was in the process of moving from Lenora to my mom's home farm in Amherst. Mom said I could put my old trunk in the basement of our new house if I cleaned it up, so off the flatbed came the trunk and out came the hose.

The wooden trunk was three feet long, two feet wide, 2 feet tall and weighed almost 100 pounds with all the curved metal bands and the large lock. As I hosed off the years of dust, I could see blue painted flowers along with the writing: Arstri Herbrans Datter 1812.

This marked the beginning of my genealogy search. Little did I know that finding this trunk would encourage me to study Norwegian, travel throughout Norway meeting genealogists and researching archives to discover who Astri Herbransdatter was.

On the 24th day of August, 1882, my Great Great Grandfather Knud S. Knudson purchased a copy of the History of Fillmore County, 1882, for ten dollars. On page 457, Amherst Township, it told about him and his family:

Knud S. Knudson was born in Norway on the 23d of December, 1818. He emigrated to America, and settled in Rock County, Wisconsin, in 1846. In the spring of 1853, he married Miss Gune Gutumsdatter. They came to this place and took one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he erected a log-home, 12x14 feet, which is still standing. He has added to his farm, and now owns six hundred acres. His wife died in July, 1880, leaving six children, five having died before her.

In De Norske Settlementers Historie (The Norwegian Settlers History), 1912, pg 369, a translation from Norwegian also told about my Great Great Grandfaher:

Northeast from Harmony lies the Henrytown neighborhood. A Halling (someone from Hallingdal valley in Norway) with the name of Knut Knutson was the first man in Amherst Township, and he settled in Stringtown (old name for Amherst) in 1853.

The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah has an incredible collection of trunks brought from Norway. The floral designs painted on the outside and sometimes the inside of the tr .....
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Research indicates support for recreational center in PrestonBy John TorgrimsonMonday, October 15, 2001

Seven out of ten Preston households and four out of ten Fillmore County households interviewed in a recent telephone survey said th ..... 
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Council struggles with Coffee Street Bridge project

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, October 22, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council wasn’t sure it was ready to make a long-term commitment to the Coffee Street Walking Bridge project at their Monday, October 15 meeting. With an estimated price ..... 
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Zoning plan to enter next phase

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathAt last Tuesday’s meeting, the County Board carefully reviewed a schedule for completing the process of making changes to the county zoning ordinance.

The schedule was presented by the Zoning Administrator, Norm Craig, and det ..... 
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“A grand building with fine materials”

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By Mike McGrath Monday, October 22, 2001

As the county commissioners begin their work on the courthouse remodeling project, a look back through the chronicles of Fillmore County history reveals that making changes at the courthouse ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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