Fort Abercrombie History Days June 11-12, 2016

  I may not be taking the stage into Fort Abercrombie this weekend, but I will be going there.  I’ll have a book table all weekend, with a presentation at 2pm on Sunday about the early history of the region.   Building homesteads on the prairie wasn’t easy.  I’ll share my research about how the immigrants survived […]

Midwest Book Awards 2016

What fun for Shelterbelts to be named a finalist for the 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards. The Gala was held at Luther Seminary. We dressed up for the occasion and joined family and friends to celebrate. The judge’s comments were most encouraging. Thanks Midwest Book Awards for a great experience.        

Florida Book Tour

  Keith and I had great fun visiting Sons of Norway Lodges in Sarasota, Tampa, Fort Meyers and Clearwater last month. How fun to meet fellow Scandinavians, many with Midwestern roots.  Special thanks to Shelley Cooper for her wonderful hospitality at Estero Island.  Also thanks to Edith and Fred Olsen for hosting us in Bradenton.  After the Sons […]

Shiloh Battlefield

Visiting Shiloh was one of the highlights of my recent Florida Book Tour.  I’m researching this famous Civil War battlefield for my present writing project, and doubly interested because Keith’s ancestors fought at Shiloh with an Iowa regiment. Keith’s relative was captured at the Hornet’s Nest, and later died as a prisoner of war.  We were able […]

Good Neighbors

     This family photo inspired a chapter in Shelterbelts.  These neighbor women worked in the kitchen during my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party at Tordenskjold Lutheran Church in 1956.  The church had electricity but no indoor plumbing.  These good women hauled large cream cans filled with water from their homes and lugged them down the […]


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