Susan Hvistendahl to tell Anna Dickie Olesen's story

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Susan Hvistendahl, local author and historian, will give a talk on “The Sensational and Strange Story of Anna Dickie Olesen” at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Rice County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the International Society for Key Women Educators. .

Anna Dickie Olesen was a former Northfield resident who became the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate in 1922, just two years after women won the right to vote. Throughout Minnesota, she gave fiery speeches on her goal of representing the common people. She had a strange second marriage to a Georgia man whose sordid story was told in a 2011 book about him by Richard Hutto, “A Peculiar Tribe of People, Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia.” The story was also featured on the Investigation Discovery channel’s “Crime to Remember” TV series. Hivstendahl’s April 2014 column about Anna Dickie Olesen in the Entertainment Guide led to a feature in Curt Brown’s “Minnesota History” column in the Star Tribune on Nov. 15, 2015.

The society will serve a light dessert after the talk, which is free and open to the public.