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Langemo Visits VC Before Norway

June 12, 2014

On June 26 Laura Langemo visits Oslo, Norway, to be part of a special ceremony recognizing the 200th anniversary of that country's constitution.
An important part of the ceremony will be seeing a gift to the country – a bust of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln – created by Valley City State University student Paul Fjelde, and given to Norway at the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution.
The ceremony will be in Olso's Frogner Park, the permanent home of the bust of Lincoln, Langemo said.
Wednesday Langemo was in Valley City at the invitation of her father-in-law, Howard Langemo, and Langemo's sister, Lillian Jacobson.
Laura was visiting the Valley City State University library, a trip she couldn't pass up after learning from Jacobson VCSU had on display the original mold Fjelde made the gift sculpture with.
“Lil has been telling me about the bust for years,” Laura said.
Jacobson said that Fjelde has the distinction of being named VCSU's first distinguished alumni.
Laura and 21 other people will be visiting Norway on the trip arranged by Brekke Travel of Grand Forks.
She said the grandfather of her cousin, David Skjerven, was in Norway in 1914 for the original ceremony when the bust was presented. The North Dakota Gov. Hanna was also in Norway for the 100th anniversary parade and the bust presentation, Laura said.
Laura said Lincoln is an important historical figure to Norwegians, and “ever since Lincoln was donated, they (Norwegians) have had an American celebration each year.”
Jacobson, who served as VCSU librarian for 15 years, ending in about 1980, said the mold for the bust was at the library during her entire tenure.

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