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Vern Nelson of Duluth talks about his relationship to King Harald V of Norway. (Clint Austin /

Duluth man's royal connection is family tree

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King Harald V probably won't meet him today, but he has a distant cousin in Duluth.

Vern Nelson, 80, a retired history teacher and coach who's temporarily living in the rehab wing at Essentia Lakeshore, traces connections to much of European royalty through his grandmother, Caroline Dybing Nelson.


"Her uncle was king of England, Edward VII," Vern Nelson said.

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