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June Pelo
03-03-08, 18:59
On March 8 the sun will rise again in Longyearbyen, Norway for the first time since Oct. This remote Arctic settlement of 2,000 people, is located on an island 600 miles from the North Pole. The town, originally a coal mining town named for the American who founded it a century ago, is in total darkness from mid-November through January. To celebrate the sun's arrival, there will be a party. Temperatures are 4 below zero (-40 with wind chill) but in the summer the temperature averages 43 degrees. The record high is 64.

June

Karen Norwillo
03-03-08, 22:00
Interesting. The Longyear family even made it to Norway. They were big in mining in many places in the US, but I didn't know they went out of the country. My father worked for them in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. I know they're based out of Minnesota.

Denise
03-03-08, 22:06
Hi June,
My great grandfather, Anselm Yli-Kuusijärvi was in Norway with wife Toini (nee Palmgren) recruiting miners for the Upper Peninsula in 1915-1916. Their daughter Lilian Yli-Kuusijärvi (shortened to Lake, and then Järvi) was born in Bergen, Norway. Anselm worked for John Munro Longyear Mining Company in Crystal Falls, Michigan! Very interesting!!! :D

Best Regards,
Denise

Jaska Sarell
03-03-08, 22:18
And I had had the idea that Longyearbyen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longyearbyen) in Svalbard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard) was named because the year feels to be so long there :confused:
Indeed it's named after John Munroe Longyear.

:) Jaska