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Decades of Viking shenanigans


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Bunny Mathisen was at the stern of the Valhalla when it was launched in May, 1978 at the downtown boat launch ramp between Ocean Beauty's dock and the North Harbor floats.

Forty-five years ago, Kathi Hammer was helping Carol Hall at a concession booth downtown, during Little Norway Festival. When, all of a sudden, Hammer got kidnapped by Vikings. Shortly after earning her freedom she was holding her daughter, Cari, when a photographer came up and asked who they were.

Hammer thought he was just a tourist, until a few weeks later when she saw a picture of them on the front page of the Southeastern Log, a popular publication in Southeast at the time. Under the image it read: Largest crowd ever for food and fun at Little Norway Festiv...

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