Minnesota 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 71

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/07/1940

PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Paul, Minnesota

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: retired

EDUCATION: high school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and stayed there. She lived in the same house from birth to the time she got married at 20 and then moved to another house in St. Paul and has been there ever since.

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RECORDED BY: Göran Tenney Norquist (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/04/2012

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I, I wonder what it would sound like with my relatives in North Dakota, saying that … much more Scandinavian accent than we do. Yeah, yeah, sure, yes I was, uh, born and raised in St. Paul. And, um, my mother is, was all Norwegian; my dad was all Danish. My mother came from North Dakota; my dad was born and raised in St. Paul. Ooooohhh, my goodness, I haven’t had very many. Um, I married young, I had an office job when we married. In, um, and then two years after we were married, we had Michael and I, st, was a stay-at-home mom until somewhere in maybe the, hmmm, I’m trying to think here; somewhere in the eighties, I had a part-time office job for about two years. And then in the late eighties, I went to work at Dayton’s, which is a department store; mm, it’s now Marshall Field’s. It’s now Macy’s! [giggles] And, uh, I worked, uuuhhh, part time there, in the handbag department for about four or five years. I mean it’s pretty hard, I’ll tell ya! I guess photography because it’s, it gives me a chance to express myself in what I see, perceived through the camera lens, like, like I’ll take of a picture of a beautiful blooming weed [giggles]. Uh, I think it’s beautiful and somebody else might look at it and say, “That’s a weed.” Ya, know? So it, it’s all in what my mind’s eye sees.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Göran Tenney Norquist (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/04/2012

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