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Wikan family reunites in Petersburg


Suzanne Ashe

A Wikan family reunion brought nearly two dozen family members to Petersburg from as far away as Norway. Nine of 10 of the family visitors from Norway had never been to Alaska's Little Norway. Another 13 family members were from out of town or other states. The reunion had been a year in the planning stages, said Sharon Wikan. “We ended up just going around town,” she said. “We had hamburgers the first night, so they could try American food. They went out to the glacier, to the museum and Visitor's Center. And they participated in the Fourth of July.” The Norwegian visitors all remarked on how much Petersburg and the Southeast Alaska region looks remarkably like where the family is from in Norway, she said. Front row from left to right:  John Wikan, Jon Wikan, Rachel Cramer, Rick Wikan, Sarissa Miller, Katrina Miller, Mette Miller, Karen Knorr and Rikka Miller. Second row:  Monica Buotte, Jane Slater, David Wikan, Dave Buotte, Colleen Buotte, Vava Wikan, Gwynne Samuelson and Audrey Burrell. Third row:  Bella Dahle, Nancy Lamb, Kristin Olsen, Sissel Sagdahl, Andi Payne, Ambre Burrell, Sharon Wikan and Jack Clark. Fourth row:  Olav Dahle, Nils Olsen, Terje Dahle, Lise Dahle, Vanessa Knorr, Gunnar Payne, Sig Burrell, Jan Fredrik Sagdahl, Kare Unhammer, Mari Unhammer, Jay Clark, Audrey Samuelson and Steven Samuelson.


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