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The Dutch are almost born on the bicycle. Parents willingly strap infants into miniature bike-seats on their handlebars, with toddlers in a second seat behind them. Photo by Jennifer Lenhart, The Urban Observer

Going Dutch: Bicycling lessons to consider from area’s other ‘Old Country’


In this part of the country we are known for our ties to Scandinavia as the scent (or, as many might say, stench) of lutefisk at many local festivals indicates. Then there’s the “you betchas” and “Uffdas” celebrated — and mocked — from here to Hollywood. Plenty of us, however, are Dutch too. Family names that include “Van” and the memory of a windmill at a nursery south of Willmar prove our connection to the Netherlands.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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