Look to the stars: A Nisse’s fantasy

An original Christmas story by Larrie Wanberg There was a Nisse family that lived in a garden near a forest in Nordic Land. The grandfather Nisse stood out from the others, because he dressed like a wizard and always wore black clothes and a funny cone hat. He had heard about a mystic named Merlin, and he wanted to be respected for his wisdom and for predicting future happenings. He often carried a wizard stick or magic scepter to guide him. His family, well, they just played along with the mystic stuff, but they did enjoy the stories that he told. The sky at night was a wonder to him and he often spent time searching the stars with his imagination. He wished more than anything that he could unders
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Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg, 1920–2021, contributed features to The Norwegian American for many years, drawing on eight decades of life experience highlighted by three career recognitions: as a researcher through a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway in 1957; as a health care provider in behavioral science through a 27-year military career and awarded upon retirement in 1981 the highest non-combat medal, the Legion of Merit medal; as an educator, through a 50-year career in college education, culminating in the 2010 Public Scholar award at the UND Center for Community Engagement. Wanberg passed away in May, 2021.

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