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The Norwegians, who first arrived in territorial days, created lasting farming settlements, especially in the Red River Valley. Their Lutheran churches continue to dot the landscape. But their experience was also urban, as they entered the trades and industries of the Twin Cities. Today, the Norwegian influence is evident in Minnesota art, culture, cuisine, and speech. Norwegian culture permeates the state's character and helps define Minnesota's unique social, political, and business environment.
About the Author
Jon A Gjerde is professor of history at University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917.