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Vern Nelson of Duluth talks about his relationship to King Harald V of Norway. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

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.

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

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