Casting call for Norwegian show is so Minnesota

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 24, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Producer for a reality TV show in Norway is looking for Norwegian-Americans to explore their roots.

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somerset3215Nov. 23, 1210:20 PM

The winner of the recently completed Season 3 of Alt for Norge was a Minnesota native, Todd Ferris. Todd grew up in Edina and graduated from Edina High School in 1997.

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rshacklefordNov. 24, 12 7:22 AM

I would rather see Minnesota's more influential immigrant communities of Somali, Hmong, etc, which would better exemplify our state's demography. Norwegians as reps? Not a chance. Go try some lye-soaked and then rinsed to gellified lutefisk!

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Kathy_BrandtNov. 24, 12 8:59 AM

My dream is to try out some day. Just started a new job, so this isn't the year.

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skeeterbait2Nov. 24, 12 9:53 AM

@rshakleford Norwegian immigrants symbolize the history of this state. They arrived here in the midwest more than 150 years ago enduring the hardships of the era and labored on the land to help create the state of Minnesota.

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MittenessNov. 24, 1210:24 AM

I am of 100% Norwegian decent! Would love to do this show....

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Brad57Nov. 24, 1210:39 AM

Although Minnesota has more ethnic Norwegians than any other state, the descendents of German immigrants make up the largest percentage of ethnic groups in the state. Per the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, Germans make up 36.7% of the population, followed by Norwegians at 17.3%, followed by Irish at 11.2%, followed by Swedish at 9.9%, followed by English at 6.3%.

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hughakstonNov. 24, 1210:41 AM

skeeterbait2 Nov. 24, 12 9:53 AM - Thanks, you're talking about my families history.

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csigirl2Nov. 24, 12 6:54 PM

Why is it that two of the previous posts are so focused on other ethnic groups that are either more prominent by percentage or prominent in recent immigration here in MN? You do get that this is a show in NORWAY, about Americans of Norwegian decent, not about the immigrants that are in Minnesota, right? They don't care what other groups are here. If it was a German show or Somali show, or a show about Minnesota, great, but its not. Sorry to sound like a jerk, but its like the previous posters didn't even spend the time to read the article or understand what the show is about.

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KropotkinNov. 25, 1211:04 AM

The Norwegians came up with the idea of a reality show that would bring Americans of Norwegian descent back for a competition. The show proved to be very popular in Norway. It has nothing to do with the demographics of ethnic groups here other than the fact that Minnesota has more people of Norwegian descent than any other state. For that reason they obviously look here for contestants.

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hughakstonNov. 26, 12 1:21 PM

I've watched a couple of the episodes for Alt for Norge online and they are really great!

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