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Minnesota's Norwegian Pioneers

The following pioneers have been recognized by the Pioneer Project:

Aaberg Albert Peterson     Korssjoen Marit O
Aaby Aslak Anderson Kragnes A. O.
Aaker Knud Saavesen Kragnes Ole & Kari
Aaker Lars Knudsen Kroshus Andrew Pedersen
Aaker Marie Krosshaug Gunhild
Aarbakk Gunnlaug Hansdtr (Julia) Krosshaug Sjur/Syver Hermansen
Akre Cora Angeline Aslakson Kulberg Ole P & Malena
Alm Clara Hanson Kvernodden Inga Amelia Nelson
Alm Erik & Lisa Martinsdtr Kvernodden Nels Tolvson & Mari
Alm Hans Oleson Langejoen Gertrude Swenson Jordet
Alm Iver Herman Langejoen Peder
Alm Ole Erickson & Johanna Hansdtr Langhei Ole O
Andersen Gulbrand (Gilbert) Larsen Hans & Anna Marie Wahl
Anderson Andrew & Karen/Carrie Christopherson Larson Anders
Anderson Anton Julius & Ingeborg Halvorsdtr Larson Enock
Anderson Elling Larson Erik & Tolline Johnson
Anderson Gust & Lena Larson Josephine
Anderson Isak Larson Karen
Anderson Joseph & Ingri Lawrence Aslak
Anderson Ole Lee (Lie) Berit Jonsdtr Lommen
Applen Ole Tostenson & Ambjor Lie Anna Johannesdtr 
Aslakson Cora Angeline Lie Hans Gunnarson & Aaste A
Aslakson Peter Swensen Lie Johannes Botolvsen
Bakke Hallstein Torson & Kari Nilsdtr Loe John & Jerdine (Eikeland)
Bakken Simon & Karen Wahl Lommen Gjermund Johnson
Berekvam Botolv Botolvsen Lommen Jon Johnson
Blixerud Ole L Lommen Peder Jonson
Boe Peter Aslagson/Olson Lundby Anders Larsen & Marta Maria
Bøen Ole Østensen Lunde Christian Peterson
Bollie Julia Martin Ole
Bordsen Marie Aaker Martinson John & Karine
Børtnes Astri Herbrandsdtr Melbostad Anders & Sigrid
Botten Hans Johnsen Mickelsen Mathias & Marie
Botten Ole & Julia Moe John & Anne Marie (Mary)
Branno Iver & Olava Morck Conrad D.
Bratsberg  Halvor Tolvssen Morem Ole
Bredeson John Mork Torger Erickson & Marte Pedersdtr
Breidall Ole Aslakson Mutta Anne
Brokken Tallack and Aase Mutta Halvor
Bronson Ole H & Ingebor Jorgensdtr Næse Ole Pedersen & Gjertrud Iversdtr
Brynsaas Gulbrand Pedersen & Anne Pedersdtr Narumshagen Johannes Martinson & Karine Pedersdtr
Bukkøy Aleth Jørgersdtr Nelson Carl 
Bukkøy Jorun Jonsson Nelson Evar & Aase
Christopherson Michael & Anna Olsen Nelson Knud
Christopherson Ragnhild (Rachel) Nelson Petra Finsand
Clausen Anton & Helen Nilsen Ole & Abelu
Danielson Nels & Ragnild Noem Peter Johnson & Anne Pedersdtr
Dybsand Anton Nord Strand Knud Bendixsen & Ragnild Olsdtr
Dyreson Christen Nubgaarden Sidsel Nilsdtr
Eikhom Halvor Haavorson  Odegaard Sven Aslakson & Liv Petersdtr
Elandson Christ Oleson Andrew & Martha
Elandson Karen Enden Oleson Thore & Margaret Stephensdtr
Elgaen Jacob K Olsdtr Severine Elisabet
Ellefson Johannes Olsen Finbo
Ellis John & Ingeborg Moen Olsen Martha
Elstad Anna Hogstad Olsen Mathias
Elstad John H Olsen Ole
Elton Gertrude Olsen Osalf (Aasulf)
Elton Ole Soine Olsen Peter & Oline Christopherson
Emmons Henry G & Kjersti Olsen Susanna Jambakkmyra
Erickson Carl "Charles" Edwardsen Olson Anna
Erickson Erick & Inga Olson Dorothea Fuglehaug
Erickson Halvor & Kari Olson Gilbert
Erickson John Olaf Ibsen Erickson Olson John & Anna
Erickson Michael & Anna Johnson Olson John & Oline
Eriksen Eli Pedersdtr Olson Kate
Eriksen Martin Olson Sigvald 
Espeland Osten & Aslaug Boen Olson Sophia
Evensen Aad Olson Thor & Olia
Evensen Adeline Omsrud Kari
Flatten Targe Olson Omsrud Thord 
Foss Andrew Brynhildsen Opsal Nels Danielson 
Gaasedelen Ole Knudsen Orton Cornelius Knut
Garnaas Bjorn Oleson Sata Orton Knute Ole & Anne Knutsdtr Hovland
Garnaas Kittel O Otterness Edward & Enge
Garnass Bjorn Oleson Sata Otterness Guttorm Pederson  & Marta Larsdtr
Garvik Erik Knudson Otterness Ingeborg Petersdtr
Gilbertson Gilbert Overland Johannes & Tone
Gilbertson Ole & Birgit Reiersdtr Overland Ole & Gunil
Gilbertson Ole & Guri (Julia) Peterson Paulsen Marthe Andersen
Gjermundson Ole & Ingeborg Paulsen Ole
Golden Andrina Swanson Paulson Benhart M
Golden H I Paulson Tilde Petrine Vaage
Grasdalen Lars Olson & Ragnhild Moen Pedersen Berta Serina
Grønsten Hans Johnson & Karen Kjerstine Peterson Bernt
Grover Clarence Peterson Martin
Grover Elmer T J Peterson Ole & Enge
Grover Tarje & Geline Peterson Ole & Guri (Julia) Thorson
Gubberud Gulbrand Anderson Peterson Peter
Gulbrandsen Ole & Birgit Reiersdtr Ramsey Bottolf Pederson & Gertrud
Gullickson John Rekanes Ole Mikkelson & Birgith Kittelsdtr
Gulmon Egel Rekstad Erick & Martha
Gunderson Asborg Olsen Våsjo Richardson Thrond & Gunvor
Gunderson Bjorn & Helge Ringdahl Mathias & Ingeborg
Gunderson Knudt Rogness Knute & Kari Engebretsen
Gunderson Martin T. O. Rolfson Asben S
Gunderson Targe Røste Raghild Halvorsdtr
Guttormson Guttorm Rotegard Knut & Barbro
Haakenstad Halvor Roundal Knute & Aslaug Thimrud
Hagen Hans J Rukke Knud Olson
Hagen Rev. Ole Jacobson & Johanna Engen Rukke Sever Knutson
Halvorson Belle Sæthre Tron Christenson
Halvorson Ellev & Dordi Dale Saevre Knud Knudsen
Hanson Clara Sagnes Berthe
Hanson Hans P. Sagnes Hans Jr
Hanson Helga Sagnes Hans Sønsteby
Hanson Johan & Karn Alitta Sagnes Marie Mutta
Hanson Ole Sampson Ole
Haraldson Aase Aslaksdtr Sanden Mari
Harstad Tollef and Margit Sata Bjorn Oleson
Hasleiet Thor & Gunhild Selland Ola Nielsen
Hauger Gustaf B Skaro Askrim K
Hefte Gofa Ole Olson Skjenstad Marta Oline (Lena) Skjenstad
Hefte Storre Ole Olson Solberg Knut Knutson & Aashild Haugen
Hegland Alfred Spigedalen Johannes Mikkelsen
Hegland Allette Spigedalen Mina Holte
Hegland Anton Stabeck Ingebor Kittelsdtr
Hegland George Stall Oliver & Helga
Hegland Lorentz Stangeland Elias
Hegland Sophie Stangeland Gunhild Korbo
Hegland Thor & Lina Stangeland Gurine Einong
Helgedalen Nels & Anne Hanson Stangeland Simon
Hjermstad Lars Sorensen Stensrud Halvor & Randine Iverslien
Hogstad Anna Martha Melhus Stone Caroline Graff
Hogstad Clara Stone Hans Olsen
Hogstad Johanna Marie Olsen Storbo Theodor P & Berit J
Hogstad John O. Stras Ingeborg Kleven
Hogstad John Peder & Oline (Lena) Stras Theador Emil
Hogstad Josephine Strass Carl Johan
Hogstad Ole Pedersen Strenge Even & Karen
Hogstad Peder O Strenge Olaves
Hole John (Johan) C. Suckstorff Hans & Lena
Holm Christopher Soren Sumstad Anton O
Holmlie Anne Mikkelsdtr Sundby Theodor Anderson 
Høyseth Helge Olsdtr Svenrud Evan & Randi
Humble Lars Larsen Sr. & Anne Cathrine Jensdtr Swenson Christian & Kari Olsdtr
Ingulfsland Herbjorn Nilsson Swenson Ingri Anderson
Iverson Christian & Bartha Swenson Peter
Jacobson  John Swenson Swen, Sr.
Jellum Jacob & Cecilia Eivensdtr Syverson Hazel
Jenson Michael Thompson Petrine Pedersdtr
Jergenson Berger & Ingri Thoreson Eddie & Clara Jordahl
Johannssen Mikkel & Mallin Thorson Amund
Johnson Andrew & Mary Thorson Erick (Isaac) and Jorund (Julia) Haldorson
Johnson Andrew & Mary Thorson Ole & Maria (Minnie)
Johnson John & Augusta Thorson Oley & Betsy Dokkebakken
Johnson Ludvig Thorson Peter
Johnson Mabel Isabel Thorson Tory & Olina Norderhus
Johnson Nils & Anne Torgersrud Hans Olson
Johnson Olaus & Elen Anna  Tostensen Ole
Johnson Peder & Ingeborg Wahl Trostheim Gunhild Pedersdtr
Johnson Thomas Lommen, Pastor Tuve Gulbrand Oleson
Johnsrud Haavel Pedersen Tveito Hans & Aslaug
Jordahl Clara Ulen Ole & Torgun
Jordalen-Giljarhus Anna Syrksdtr Ulland Andrew Oleson
Jordgrav  Mikkel Kittelson & Taran Ulland Marit Helle Oleson
Juvrud Ole Olsen Vaaler Christopher Larson
Kanten Iver H Vale-Kvernodden Mari
Kassenborg Andreas & Tone Vethammer Kjersti Ingebretsdtr
Kassenborg Gulbrand G & Astri Andersdtr Vindlaus Gunvor Halvorsdtr
Kinneberg Ivar Pedersen Vinjum Nils Olsen
Kittelson Hans & Bertha Volstad Halvor Knudsen
Knutson Andreas & Anna Wahl Anders &  Bertha Syverson
Knutson Arne Wahl Edward
Knutson Gjertrud Wahl Syver & Anna Marie Swenson
Knutson Ole Weikleenget Hans Olson
Kolsrudeie Ole Knudssen Winjum Jens Ellingsen & Anna Olsdtr Otternes
Korssjoen Bernt P & Oline Ytrelie Lars Oddsen & Marta Knutsdtr

Those pioneers for whom applications were received after December 31, 2008, are not included in the heritage book.  A complete list of names found in the heritage book can be viewed here (pdf file opens in a new window).

Applications and documentation supporting the pioneer status for each recognized Norwegian pioneer are held and available to researchers in the collections of by the Norwegian-American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin.