7-Lag Stevne

"The Norway of Your Ancestors"

July 17-19, 2014

North Dakota State College of Science

Wahpeton, North Dakota 

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Area Tour

Tour BusThursday, July 17, 2014  8:30 a.m.

Pre-Registration required.  Tour cost of $40 includes lunch.

Tour will include stops at     -Prairie Wetlands Center in Fergus Falls

                                                       -Foss Log Cabin in Underwood   (coffee)

                                                       -Fort Juelson in rural Ottertail County

                                                       -Prospect House in Battle Lake  (lunch)

                                                       -Historic Phelps Mill

An additional stop at the old State Hospital in Fergus Falls is under consideration.


Click on the tour stop or scroll down for more information and weblinks

Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

The interpretive center presents the “prairies” the way the settlers found them when they settled here. The interpretive center offers enough to keep your interest, but there is also a short 1/2 mile walk around a wildlife area if you're up for it.  The center includes hundreds of acres of  natural prairie one could enjoy if you had all day!


Watch a video about the learning center here


Foss Cabin

The Foss log cabin served as a home for over 100 years, with a brief stint as a chicken coop.
The first to live in the cabin were Ole and Anne Foss, original settlers in the area.
The cabin is restored and now stands as a landmark on its original site.
The cabin is located on Oak Ave in the northeast part of Underwood, Minnesota.

The group will have morning coffee at the cabin.

Watch a brief video of the cabin here
Fort Juelson site
aerial photo by Guy Olson
from the Fergus Falls Journal

This earthen fort was built in July of 1876 in response to rumors that the Indians had already killed settlers in Foxhome, French and Fergus Falls.  It was built under the leadership of Civil War veterans Hans Juelson and Berge O. Lee by settlers in Tordenskjold township. The 120 x 100 foot structure had 4'-4 1/2' thick walls and could house food and ammunition in case of an Indian attack.

To learn more, visit


The book "Fort Juelson and the Indian Scare of 1876" by Clifford S. Knutson is available for purchase on-line from the Otter Tail Historical Society for $12.00.

Watch a brief YouTube video of Fort Juelson here
Prospect House
This Georgian mansion was built in 1882. In 1886, owner Cap Colehour added on and created the area's first and largest resort, "The Prospect Inn" which operated for 38 years. The lower level features a Civil War museum.
Tour participants will have lunch at the Shoreline Restaurant in Battle Lake in two shifts. Half of the group will visit the house and museum first and then have lunch; the other half will eat first and then tour Prospect House.  
To learn more, visit


Watch a video about the house here
Phelps Mill
 William E. Thomas opened Phelps Mill in 1889.  The mill closed in 1939.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. To learn more, visit



Watch a video about the mill here



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