The rough English translation via Google Translate is:
Rättvik’s history in the United States burned
RÄTTVIK / Isanti COUNTY
On Friday, buildings burned with archives, pictures and documents in Isanti County. The material was a lot Rättvik about people who emigrated to the area 150 years ago.
I think that in Sweden we still have material from that period (and we) should offer to help with copies, says Margaretha Hedblom.
For many years Cambridge, Minn., has been a twin city to Rättvik. Margaretha Hedblom has been there many times as a tour guide for groups from Rättvik who were there and sang and played. In Isanti county, just outside Cambridge, her acquaintances Marilyn McGriff started a sort of archive of local history.
It begins when people from Rättvik and Boda came to the village 150 years ago. It is terrible that the whole history of the district now has disappeared, says Margaretha Hedblom about fire.
The buildings caught fire about six o'clock on Friday morning and fighting continued until lunch. According to police, the fire is believed to be arson. What is left of the collection is unclear.
It's as if our homestead here in Rättvik would disappear. There were photos, letters, family research. They will try to recreate it, every little bit matters, says Margaretha Hedblom.
She now will now ask Rätvik people to share copies of materials about the emigration to Cambridge.
People can contact me to get the addresses if they want, she says.
Sandra Birch 0248-130 08 sandra.bjork @ dt.se