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'Our hearts go out to the people of Norway'
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Mourners put flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial outside of Domkirken church in Oslo.
Local groups, including the Scandia Sons of Norway lodge, which meets in Waconia, and the Nordic Heritage Club, which meets in Victoria, have responded to the tragedy in Norway.

Ross Hanson, with the Scandia lodge, has a daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in Oslo (the Domkirken church photos attached with this story are from them).

Here is Hanson's statement:

"We formed the Scandia Sons of Norway lodge because we, as Norwegian-Americans, feel a certain affinity for the country of Norway and the Norwegian people.

"During this time of tragedy, our hearts go out to the people of Norway as they attempt to grapple with unbearable events that unfolded on July 22.

"It is difficult to imagine that in a country as harmonious and peaceful as Norway, such an atrocity could occur.

"We admire the way that the leaders of Norway and its citizens have responded to terrorism, spreading only messages of love and greater democracy in response. We, as a Norwegian-American organization, are proud to say that we have descended from such a country."

Carolyn Spargo, with the Nordic Heritage Club, delivers this message:

"The Nordic Heritage Club wishes to extend their sympathy to the tragedy that happened in Norway. Violence has no boundaries."

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