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Norwegian Politician Visits Duluth to Learn About Ancestry

Per Olaf Lundteigen, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, visited Duluth to learn more about his ancestry. Per Olaf Lundteigen, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, visited Duluth to learn more about his ancestry. |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 04, 2019 02:54 PM

A Norwegian politician is visiting Duluth to learn more about his ancestry.

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Per Olaf Lundteigen, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, arrived to Duluth Wednesday night.

He recently learned that his great grandfather immigrated to Duluth in the late 1800s. Lundteigen’s great grandfather was a lumber piler.

Lundteigen said his great grandfather immigrated to Duluth in 1882 at 18-years-old. He came to Duluth for a better future after his hometown, Vestfossen, Norway, burned down in 1880.

Lundteigen decided to make the long trip to the Northland to learn more about his family history.

"I want to learn more. It’s important to know what happened with him because he came back to Norway in 1902 and then he married twice and bought a farm, which my family owns today. If it had not been for him, I would not be a farmer at that place today,” Lundteigen said.

Lundteigen was enjoying beautiful views of Duluth while eating lunch Thursday at the JJ Astor Restaurant. He leaves Duluth Friday.

“It’s a nice place there’s a lot of industry and activity and you see these big buildings, wheat production, and so forth. I’m interested in farming because I’m a farmer back in Norway myself,” Lundteigen said.

To learn more about Lundteigen, click here.

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Alejandra Palacios

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