Call it Norway or call it the old country: it's a big experience all the same.

Herald Reporter Sam Easter traveled there during the week of May 22 to explore Sarspborg, Grand Forks' sister city, and learn more about the land where many North Dakotans trace their heritage. The trip revealed a lot, from Sarpsborg's thousand-year old history to the explosive growth in Oslo reshaping its future.

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"It has a nice charm, and it's my hometown," said Silje Sveum, a Sarpsborg resident chatting just before dinner hour as her son played in the town square. "I'm a bit weak for it."

Read all about it in Sunday's Herald, when the first part of Easter's two-part series explores the identity and history of Sarpsborg, taking a reader on a walk down the city's main boulevard and back to its founding in 1016 AD. Make sure to keep reading Monday, when the second part of the series explores the history of the sister city relationship and what it means to North Dakotans.

As they'd say in Norway, tusen takk-thanks for reading.