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Franken presents Swalm with resolution

Daniel Swalm (far left) and Sen. Al Franken (second from right) met at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Memorial Day. Franken presented Daniel, Peggy and their son Matthew Swalm with a copy of the Senate resolution apologizing to Swalm’s grandmother for the Expatriation Act of 1907. The act stripped many American women of their citizenship. Submitted photo.

On Memorial Day, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D- Minn.) held a special presentation on the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul. He was joined by Daniel Swalm, a Minneapolis man who has spent more than a year fighting for justice for his deceased grandmother, Elsie Moren, of Two Harbors.

After her marriage to a legal Swedish immigrant in 1914, Moren lost her citizenship. Franken and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced a resolution in the Senate in April apologizing to Elsie and other women affected by the Expatriation Act of 1907. The resolution passed in mid-May, expressing the Senate’s regret for the act that stripped women of their citizenship for marrying foreign nationals.

On Memorial Day, Franken presented Swalm with a copy of the resolution and both spoke befor

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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