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A Minnesota Tall Tale 


Following the Homestead Act of 1862, many Scandinavians pioneered the lands of the mid-West. These frontier settlers worked hard, and were justly proud of their new home in America. They were not above boasting about their new country, especially to settlers who came from the old.

One man would often speak longingly to his neighbor, Sven, about the echoes in the mountains surrounding his old home.

"I vould call out ‘Yonson’," said he, "and 20 minutes later comes back such a strong echo that it would knock me to the ground."

Well, Sven was not about to let that boast go unchallenged.

"You call that an echo?" he scoffed. "Why, here in Minnesota, we can yell ‘Yonson’ and in less than a minute we’ll get 500 hundred echoes saying ‘Vich Yonson?’!"


S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.