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Grand Forks man ponders war that took great-great grandfather’s life

Published 07/05/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Kjersti Johnson’s death at the age of 71 “came very suddenly,” the Hillsboro Banner reported in 1933. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks, a state senator and retired high school guidance counselor, has heard stories about Kjersti recently from an elderly aunt in Colorado. As he learned about her, he thought about the tragic clash between Dakota Indians and white settlers 150 years ago and how the wound has festered.

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