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A delegation from North Dakota poses next to a bust of Abraham Lincoln the state gave to Norway on July 4, 1914, at Frogner Park in Oslo. The young boy on the left is William Skjerven, whose descendants recently returned to Oslo to celebrate the historic statue. (Submitted photo)

Renewing a gift of friendship made 100 years ago

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FARGO – On July 4, 1914, a delegation from North Dakota that included Gov. Louis Hanna brought the people of Norway a gift to celebrate their constitution’s 100th anniversary.


The gift, a bust of President Abraham Lincoln, was placed on a pedestal in Oslo’s Frogner Park in the name of friendship.

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