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Runestone presentation set for March 16

A presentation by Kimberley Hoppe about the Kensington Runestone is set for Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Douglas County Library in Alexandria. The presentation will also be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Elbow Lake Public Library.

A presentation by Kimberley Hoppe about the Kensington Runestone is set for Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Douglas County Library in Alexandria. The presentation will also be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Elbow Lake Public Library.

Hoppe has a bachelor of arts degree in history, a bachelor of science degree in environmental science, and is currently pursuing a master of arts degree in geography with a minor in history at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

The focus of the presentation is on the community, cultural identity and economics that the Kensington Runestone has promoted in Douglas County, focusing on the following three aspects:

  •  Members of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria City Council, Kensington City Council, Runestone Park Foundation and the Runestone Museum were asked to take surveys regarding numerous concepts that are important to a museum.
  •  A second questionnaire was created and distributed in Douglas County and through the Echo Press. This survey measured people's thoughts and feelings regarding the Kensington Runestone, heritage and tourism.
  •  The third portion of Hoppe's research looked at telephone directories from 1949 to 2010, looking for businesses that started with the words Runestone or Viking.
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