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Settlers misled by inaccurate platting of land

LaBatte, Runck discuss Milford history, detail surveying, boundary issues

February 8, 2013

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Feb-08-13 11:19 AM

I am a great grandaughter of Johanna Lundborg, a 13 year old daughter of Andreas and Lena Lundborg (Swedish immigrants)who along with two brothers survived the West Lake massacre (Monson Lake)on August 20, 1862. Three of her older brothers were killed, and her nine year old brother Samuel was wounded, and left for dead. Along with 3 Lundborg's, men, women and young children of two Broberg families were also killed, leaving one orphaned child from each family. The Lundborg claim was located in what became Kandiyohi County, and the Broberg cabins were 2 miles West in Swift County. My husband and I were in attendance last night. We were impressed by the collaborative efforts of Brown County Hisorical Society and the New Ulm Library to present LaBatte and Runck's extensively researched account of the Milford land issues. There is ample evidence in Victor Lawson's 1905 lengthy history of Kandiyohi County that Dakota continued to hunt, fish and trap this area with few problems.

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Feb-08-13 11:49 AM

Victor E. Lawson had a distinguished career as a pioneer historian, founder of the Willmar Tribune (present West Central Daily Tribune), State Senator, knighted by King Gustav of Sweden, and received an honorary doctorate from Gustavus Adolphus College. Yet his extensive research and contributions to this history are rarely mentioned or cited. Tragic. I applaud any and all who are are genuinely seeking the truth of this very sad and controversial part of our state history. I continue to hope that healing a wounded past is a goal that we could all achieve together. I have significant experience in South Africa, and have followed their Truth and Reconciliation efforts. Reconciliation logically follows truth, but surely it can't be achieved if the whole truth is suppressed or omitted as new truths are learned, and old truths are re-discovered as part of our collective and tragic history. Joan Paulson Wilcox

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Feb-08-13 12:11 PM

I agree whole heartedly with Joan's comments and that is what our group is trying to do. Family and Friends of Dakota Uprising Victims represents all victims of this tragedy; we urge you to join us. Visit the website: ****dakotavictims.1862****.

John LaBatte also has a blog that is a series of essays on various exhibits, myths and tours that give food for thought about how the Dakota War is interpreted in 2012-13. Find it at: *******dakotawar1862.wordpress****/

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Feb-08-13 3:34 PM

I agree with Inga65! I attended the lecture last night, and came away with things I didn't know. BCHS and NUPL did a great job in their efforts, as did presenters. Hope to see more of this.

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