Norwegians in Blue Earth County

Jeanne Kress
Issue Date: 
January 1978

Scandinavian settlers began to appear in the 1850’s, with Norwegians far outnumbering the Swedes. Kress points out that “the Lutheran faith seems to have been the strongest unifying influence” in this ethnic group’s ability to prosper.

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