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Lind: Woman fighting MS in all 50 states

Eleven down, 39 to go. That's the picture for Sheri Paulson, who aims to make appearances in all 50 states by the year 2020 on behalf of efforts to defeat multiple sclerosis. Sheri's story appeared here earlier: How this wife and mom from Galesbu...

Eleven down, 39 to go.

That's the picture for Sheri Paulson, who aims to make appearances in all 50 states by the year 2020 on behalf of efforts to defeat multiple sclerosis.

Sheri's story appeared here earlier: How this wife and mom from Galesburg, N.D., who has MS has been a top-flight fundraiser for the MS Society, primarily through bike rides for which donations are given.

So far she's appeared in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska, Washington and Wisconsin.

Later this year, she'll be in Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota, plus Minnesota and North Dakota again.

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She will be the keynote speaker at most of the rides. In exchange for this, many of the states are waiving her registration fees. "I therefore can keep most of the funds in North Dakota, where I strive to make the most difference," she says. The reason: North Dakota has more MS cases per capita than any other state.

Sheri also has this health tip: Take vitamin D. The deficiency of it, she says, has been identified as a cause of MS. "So please," she urges, "make sure you and your family members are taking extra vitamin D, especially your little ones."

You can read more about her mission on her Web site: www.sheri4ms.com .

Bjorn's relatives

Now, a note from Norway, home, believe it or not, of one of Neighbors' most avid readers.

He's Bjorn Dahler, who wrote earlier seeking information about his ancestors who lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

He has learned that his great-grandfather was a second cousin of Anthon Thoreson, who came to the United States in 1881, settled in McHenry County, N.D., married Sophia and had five children between 1898 and 1909: Ralph, Carl, Esther, Nora and Albert.

Now Bjorn hopes to make contact with descendents of any of those five.

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If you are one of them, he'd love to hear from you. His e-mail address: bra-dahl@online.no .

Dewey's daughter

Speaking of descendents, here's a note from Carol Bergquist of Bloomington, Minn. Carol is the daughter of the late WDAY-TV weather forecaster Dewey Bergquist.

Carol has had quite a career in her own right. She's been a proposal writer and manager on her own and for such large companies as General Electric, 3M, US Bank and IBM for 20-some years.

On the side, she plays the flute. "My gigs," she writes, "include weddings, funerals, occasional pick-up orchestra performances and lots and lots of church jobs."

Twenty-five years ago, while she was working for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, one of the news anchors was getting married at the Basilica of St. Mary, tapped Carol to play for the wedding, and she's been playing at that church ever since.

Clearly, Carol is a talented gal. No doubt she could grade the weather like her dad did, too.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

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