The Enduring Legacy of the Kensington Runestone

The rune’s story is an immigrant story, no matter the century

In 1898, Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman was clearing stumps off his farmland near Kensington, Minnesota, when his shovel struck something hard. Entangled in the roots was a slab of stone, weighing in at 200 pounds and covered in Norse runic inscriptions. Ohman brought the stone to Kensington’s local bank where they put it…