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Madeline Erickson, the 2010 Sankta Lucia, has her crown of candles lit before the 35th annual Sankta Lucia Fest last year at Beaux Arts Ballroom at Bemidji State University. The festival was hosted by members of the American Swedish Institute -- Bemidji Affiliate. Pioneer File Photo

Prime Time: The history of Sankta Lucia

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The American Swedish Institute affiliate was co-founded in Bemidji by Edna Kroll and Monica O'Boyle in 1976 and the first Lucia Fest was held Dec. 13, 1977, in the Fireside Room of the Holiday Inn with Lynn Hansen as Sankta Lucia.


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