Sen. David Senjem chairs the important Senate Capital Investment Committee, which came to Henderson on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Bonding Bill that gets passed will be based in part on the work of Senjem’s committee. Will Highway 93 be included?

During his time here, Senjem mentioned to Henderson City Administrator Lon Berberich that he has a connection to Henderson. His ancestor, Olaus Olson, was stationed here in 1863, a soldier in Co. D. of the 10th Regiment.

A copy of  “Tales of the 10 Regiment,” a publication of the J.R. Brown Heritage Society, has been sent to Senjem. Neither this book nor Olson’s military record, which Senjem has, indicate his orders in the winter of 1863.

Part of Co. D escorted a wagon train to Fort Abercrombie in Dakota Territory, the rest went to Mankato and were there during the December hanging of 38 Dakota warriors. Upon return to Henderson, Co. D was sent to Fort Snelling, and from there on South until the Civil War ended.

Olaus Olson returned home in 1865, married in 1866, and his bride was a Norwegian immigrant like he was. They became parents of 11 children and lived in the Rochester area, now represented by Senjem.

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