From the library’s John Runk Historical Collection, we found this photo of the Norwegian Ski Club of Stillwater, Minnesota, in 1889. Left to right, top row, Martin Olstad, Emil Grant, Pete Foss, John Johnson, Mikkal Thon, Nels Paulson, and Bert Johnson. Bottom row, Ole H. Olsen, Hans Olsen, Nick Bakke, Jens Olsen, John Anderson, Mikkal Hemmingstvet.
The club was formally organized in 1887 to “visit St. Paul during the carnival and partice the old-country sport at home” as written in the January 15, 1887, edition of the Stillwater Messenger. See page 4, column 6 for the reference to the ski club.
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