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Stefan Oster, center, his son Jacob, left, and Stefan's sister Christina Oster, of Gottenburg, Sweden, are shown Sunday at the Old Log Church where they attended a service as part of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War. Their family members were involved in the conflict in what is now Monson Lake State Park. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Remembering the victims of the U.S.-Dakota War but forgetting the conflict


NEW LONDON -- It was 150 years ago today that 13 early settlers in the Norway Lake and Monson Lake areas were killed in the prairie farmland in what is now northern Kandiyohi County and the eastern edge of Swift County.

The 13 members of the Lundborg and Broberg families were some of the earliest white settlers killed in the U.S.-Dakota War that left deep scars in pioneer families and in Minnesota's history, and forever changed the Dakota people and their culture.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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