Town makes Swedish paper

Published 10:49 pm Monday, August 31, 2009

The town of Thorsby was featured Aug. 20 in a large Swedish newspaper.

The Nya Wermlands-Tidningent, which has a readership of more than 150,000, highlighted Thorsby’s history and hopes for the future.

Thorsby officials met with Per-Erik Person, a representative from the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, in July about ways to strengthen business and cultural ties with its ancestral homeland.

The article detailed Thorsby’s history and what the town is like today. The story also mentioned the Swedish Festival in October and the town’s efforts to start a sister city relationship with Torsby, Sweden.

“I’m really excited that this much interest is being stirred up and about all the possibilities this is presenting,” said Tracia Bussey, a member of the U.S. Swedish Chamber of Commerce. She also coordinates the Swedish Festival.

Another Swedish publication, a business journal, is scheduled to run an article about Thorsby later this month on Sept. 15.

Torsby leaders are researching the city sister relations and hope to be contacting town leaders soon, Bussey said.

Thorsby was founded around the turn of the century by Scandinavian immigrants who had originally settled in the North but came south looking for a milder climate and fertile soil, according to the town’s Web site.

Thorsby also hopes to host some Swedish leaders and families during its festival in October.

One of those earliest settlers was Theodore T. Thorson, for whom the town was eventually named (the suffix “by” meaning town in Swedish).