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Otter Tail County
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The Hamar Cemetery is located a mile south of Rothsay, Minnesota, in the southwest corner of Trondhjem Township, in Otter Tail County bordering Wilkin County.
A congregation of Norwegian Lutherans organized June 1, 1874, and adopted the name Hamar from the ruined cathedral in Hamar, Norway (destroyed in the Seven Years War, 1563-70). The first site chosen for the church was on the John Haugen farm, two and a half miles south of Rothsay, and the first burial, that of Ole Gronseth, was there. When they built their first church, in 1875-76 of logs, it was at the location of the present cemetery (Ole Gronseth was then re-interred in that cemetery). They purchased this land from the Great Northern railroad in 1891 (and sold all but the five fenced-in acres for the cemetery to Lars Honrud). In 1879, Hamar constructed a parsonage near the Hedemarken Church, its sister parish for many years. The Hamar congregation built a new church in 1885-86 in the village of Rothsay (which had come into existence in 1879), on a lot donated by H. G. Stordock, in Wilkin County bordering Otter Tail County.
The arch over the west entry to the cemetery was installed in 1962. The cemetery directory, located on the cemetery grounds, was constructed from 1998-99.
The last services at the Hamar Church were in 2009, as Hamar had merged with Our Savior's Lutheran, located a block to the west (a merger first discussed in 1890). The Hamar Church building was sold and moved to near Pelican Rapids in 2010, to be replaced by a new church.
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