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Historian Dr. Verlyn Anderson will speak at the Detroit Lakes Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Submitted Photo

Minnesota historian coming to DL

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Do you say "Uffda?" Do you eat lutefisk? If so, this program is for you!

Dr. Verlyn Anderson, a retired college professor and library director, is an authority on Scandinavians in America.

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He'll share a fascinating presentation on Scandinavian immigration to our area.

Anderson will be at the Detroit Lakes Library on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Please enjoy the following newer items on the topic.

"Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America," by Eric Dregni.

Growing up with Swedish and Norwegian grandparents with a dash of Danish thrown in for balance, Eric Dregni thought Scandinavians were perfectly normal.

Who doesn't enjoy a good, healthy salad (Jell-O packed with canned fruit, colored marshmallows, and pretzels) or perhaps some cod soaked in drain cleaner as the highlights of Christmas?

Only later did it dawn on him that perhaps this was just a little strange, but by then it was far too late: he was hooked and a dyed-in-the-wool Scandinavian himself.

"Sweet Land: A Love Story," DVD by writers Will Weaver and Ali Selim and released by 20th Century Fox.

Inge (Elizabeth Reaser) is a feisty German mail-order bride who has come to Minnesota to marry Olaf (Tim Guinee), a young Norwegian immigrant farmer of few words.

But in a post-World War I, anti-German climate, the local minister (John Heard) openly forbids the marriage.

Inge and Olaf fall in love despite the town's disapproval.

But when the town banker (Ned Beatty) attempts to foreclose on the farm of his friend Frandsen (Alan Cumming), Olaf takes a stand...and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.

DL Library Happenings

• Tuesday, Dec. 4: The Beat Goes On -- Minnesota children's author Nancy Carlson, 6:30 p.m.

A program for all ages! Learn how to tap into your creative and imaginative side to write phenomenal children's books.

• Thursday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 8: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 8: Holiday open house, 1 to 4 p.m.

Yummy treats and beverages will be served as well as some festive music

provided by Holly Heisserer. Come see the Library at its finest!

• Tuesday, Dec. 11: The Beat Goes On -- Minnesota historian Dr. Verlyn Anderson, 10:30 a.m.

Do you say "Uff da?" Do you eat lutefisk? If so, this program is for you! Dr. Verlyn Anderson, a retired college professor and library director, is an authority on Scandinavians in America. He'll share a fascinating presentation on Scandinavian immigration to our area.

Library Hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.

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