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Osborne Groethe has collected hundreds of different Norwegian pictures and memorabilia over the years, many of which are pictured in his book. (Photo by Caroline Roers)

A simple goal for a humble man

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Between 1825 and 1925, a surge of more than 800,000 Norwegians immigrated to North America.

One of these hopeful immigrants was Sven Groethe.

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For 18 years, Sven had lived with his family on a large Norwegian farm on the banks of a beautiful lake. But when a depression hit Norway, Sven's father reluctantly told him that he couldn't keep him on the farm.

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