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Modern-day polar explorer to speak

Norwegian adventurer will recap his 80-day arctic trek in the legendary Roald Amundson's footsteps.

Mankato Free Press, 2-23-2012

Norwegian explorer speaking atNorwegian explorer and environmentalist Thorleif Thorleifsson will speak at Minnesota State University on Tuesday.

Thorliefsson’s presentation will be held 4:30-6 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union as part of a U.S. tour sponsored by the Norwegian gov­ernment. The presenta­tion — Thorleifsson’s only one in Minnesota — is free and open to the public. The explorer will talk about his cir­cumnavigation of the North Pole and also share the excitement and chal­lenges of modern- day exploration.

Thorleifsson — a Norwegian Naval Academy graduate, sailor, nav­igator and explorer — spent 80 days traveling in the footsteps of leg­endary polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fritjof Nansen.

Thorleifsson and the Norwegian government chose MSU because of the reputation of its Scandinavian Studies Program, which factored strongly in the final choice of presen­tation sites.

Thorleifsson will be accompanied by three Norwegian Embassy staff members: Marit Archer Saether, environmental counselor; Linken Berryman, cultural and information counselor; and Urd Milbury, cultural and information officer. They will be joined in Mankato by Gary Gandrud, the Norwegian Honorary Consul General from Minneapolis.

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