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Great Swedish Adventure begins and features woman with Willmar roots

Sarah Steinman

WILLMAR — Ties to Sweden run deep throughout Minnesota, and a Willmar native is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to find out the depth of her Scandinavian ties.

Sarah Steinman, a Willmar-born wilderness guide, who now resides in Minneapolis, spent May and June in Sweden filming her part of a genealogy-infused reality show called "Allt för Sverige," or the Great Swedish Adventure.

The show premiered Sunday on SVT1, with the second episode to air Sunday at 8 p.m.

Steinman was on hand for a premiere party in Minneapolis, according to her Facebook page.

Contestants on the show are shuttled around Sweden to learn tidbits about their heritage while competing in contests. The last person standing at the end of the show gets to meet the Swedish part of their family.

In a previous interview in June with the Tribune, Steinman could only reveal limited information about the show because it was still filming at that time.

However, she is documenting her time on the show through her Instagram profile: www.instagram.com/sardeen/ and a cast Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlltforSverige in the build up to and conclusion of each episode.

Convinced to petition for the show by a friend, Steinman said in June she was contacted quickly after she auditioned. Though initially unsure if she would make it onto the show, her confidence grew after she was flown out to New York to meet with people who worked for the show.

Her father, Tom Steinman, still resides in Willmar.

Steinman is the fourth person with Minnesota roots to appear on the show.

For more on the show, visit " target="_blank">www.greatswedishadventure.com/