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This is part of the Norwegian immigrant exhibit at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria. (photo by Caroline Roers)

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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.

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