51% Swedish Exhibit Now Open

51% Swedish open at Dassel History Center 

The exhibit 51% Swedish, an artistic document about the need for adaption and longing for roots, is open at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum.

In 2014, two comic artists, Karolina Bang and Karin Casimir from Malmo, Sweden, traveled around the mid-west to research the Swedish American culture. The artists visited in the Dassel area and at the Dassel History Center during that time. The information from their research resulted in an exhibition with a combination of comics, photos, illustrations, sound and more.

It has been exhibited in different places in Sweden during the last years. The exhibit is at the Dassel History Center through Jan. 13.

51% Swedish will also be exhibited at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago the 4th-10th of December.










New DAHS History Book Coming – 2018

New History Book

DAHS is working on a new book of historic stories of Dassel pioneers and early citizens. We are hopeful for release in mid-2018. The book will focus on short stories of the people of Dassel and the surrounding townships.  We invite submission of stories from your own family.  You may submit to dahs@dassel.com. Here is just a sample of the writing already completed:

Louis Larson, The Wolf Hunter

The Grey Wolf (Timber wolf) was quite common throughout the woodlands of Minnesota in the early days. In fact, they were such a nuisance that in the 19th and early 20th centuries, various government agencies offered bounties on them, ranging from $20-$50 dollars per wolf.

Louis Larson, who lived one mile southeast of Dassel (on the County Road 6 curve) in February 1914, may have been seeing either dollar signs or experiencing anger, perhaps both, when he found a large wolf causing a loud commotion in his pig pen.

The wolf had attacked a pig weighing about 200 pounds. The pig was scratched and bitten but not seriously injured.

Mr. Larson retrieved a revolver and chased the wolf for about two miles, hitting it with gunshots several times by the time they reached a point just south of Butternut Lake. Having had enough of the persistent Larson, the wolf turned on him to attack. Mr. Larson had run out of bullets by then, so used the pistol as a club, to no avail. He was having a hard time wrestling with the wolf when Mr. Bergquist came along with a hammer, and with his assistance, the wolf was killed. (Olaf Bergquist, Axel Bergquist and Frank Bergquist all lived just south of Butternut Lake. The Anchor does not include which one had the hammer.)

It all sounds like an epic adventure tale from the likes of Davy Crockett or Jeremiah Johnson, except it happened to an ordinary pig farmer on the outskirts of Dassel.

Information from Dassel Anchor & US Wildlife Service.





Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum

Carolyn Holje, Director
901 1st Street N.
P.O. Box D
Dassel, MN 55325

(320) 275-3077


Tuesday - Friday
10 am - 4pm

9 am - 1 pm