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The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 2001
1. november 2001

Ann Bancroft and Liv ArnesenThe annual awards banquet at Norsk Høstfest was held on Wednesday, October 10, and as usual the nominees were persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavor and/or whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of mankind.


SCANDINAVIAN-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME AWARDS were given to Odd S. Lovoll, Ph.D., and Winston R. Wallin.

Odd S. LovollOdd S. Lovoll is a renowned author and university professor. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, dealing mainly with Scandinavian-American immigration. He served for thirty years on the faculty of St. Olaf College, and even though retired from this assignment, he has continued his professorship on a part-time appointment in history at the University of Oslo. He was decorated with the Knight's Cross Firs class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in 1986, and in 1989 was inducted into the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Lovoll is currently studying Norwegian-American environments in western Minnesota, with a focus on the city of Benson.


Winston R. WallinWinston R. Wallin is a corporate leader and champion for education.  Under his guidance  Medtronic, the firm that developed the world's first implantable cardiac pacemaker, grew into the world's largest medical technology company (1985-1991). But Wallin's ability as a corporate leader was proven long before his success at Medtronic. The Minneapolis native (with parental roots in Minot!) enjoyed a rewarding tenure with his hometown' corporate giant, Philsbury Company, beginning as a grain buyer in 1948. He climbed up the corporate ladder and was elected president and chief operating officer in 1977 and vice-chairman in 1984.  Following retirement from the business world, Wallin turned his focus toward the betterment of his state's educational institutions. More than 100 students attend college on scholarships established by Wallin and his wife, Maxine.

TRAILBLAZER AWARD was given to Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, who were first women in history to ski across the Antarctic landmass.

Ann Bancroft and Liv ArnesenAs young children living an ocean apart, American Ann Bancroft and Norwegian Liv Arnesen read Alfred Lansing's book, Endurance, chronicling Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary attempt to cross Antarctica - and despite being completely unaware of one another, each declared the same childhood dream: to ski across Antarctica. They met for the first time in 1998, and formed the company yourexpedition to plan and promote the Bancroft Arnesen Expedition. On November 13, 2000, the explorers landed on Antarctica. Delayed by unusually calm conditions and occasional blizzards, they made history by becoming the first women to cross Antarctica's landmass on February 2001, but were held back from crossing the Ross Ice Shelf by the impending winter. On March 12, 2001, Bancroft and Arnesen announced the formation of Bancroft Arnesen Explore, a set of programs dedicated to seeking out, promoting and celebrating women's and young girls' achievements in exploration.


The information above is extracts from the official program,  issued in connection with the Hall of Fame Banquet of Norsk Høstfest 2001.