Norse History

Take a look at our various videos. Watch Scott Wolter's works, Ron Nowland on Irelands Viking History, and Howard Burtness presentation of Ole Landswerk and Alf Mange's work on Runestone Cryptography.

Spring Grove welcomed Scott Wolter on April 27th, 2010 to a full cinema

Spring Grove welcomed ScotWolter on April 27th, 2010 to a full cinema!

8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on a journey of acquisition to Nord Amerika ….the year 1362 laying claim to the Mississippi watershed. – The Kensington Runestone.  And we thought Spring Grove was the first Norsk settlement in Minnesota!

Participants shared in the excitement around the new evidence about the Kensington Runestone and The Hooked X.

The event was sponsored by –  Giants of the Earth Heritage Center  and The Sons of Norway, Valheim Lodge of Spring Grove.

The presentation was on the the theater screen by Scott F. Wolter. Scott Wolter is a geologist, author, History Channel narrator and President of American Petrographic Services Featured on the History Channel 2009 The Holy Grail in America.

The lecture occured on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:00PM. Attendees met the author from 6 to 7pm.  The presentation started at 7PM.

At this lecture, Scott talked about his recent research on the rune stone, and additional sites/artifacts found in North America which appear to be tied to the same group that carved the Kensington Rune Stone. As a forensic scientist, he discussed his approach to the research, including his scientific process for dating the KRS and other stone artifacts.

Following the presentation, Scott was available for questions and to sign copies of his new book,
The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America,
and his 2005 book, The Kensington Runestone, Compelling New Evidence.

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The lecture included the story of the continued research and resulting discoveries Scott has made over the last 9 years regarding his quest to uncover who carved the enigmatic Kensington Rune Stone (KRS) and why. Ever since Olof Öhman unearthed a 200- pound, curiously engraved stone from his fields in 1898, controversy has raged over the artifact’s authenticity. The stone, dated by its engraver in 1362, found my Ohman on his farm near Kensington, Minnesota, soon proved how difficult the search for truth can be. It continues to raise eyebrows over claims that its existence attests that northern European explorers predated Columbus in America.
• Fascinating geological evidence, previously overlooked but unmistakable
• The intriguing role the Cistercian Templars may have played in the carving of the  KRS,and their ideology, symbolized in the rune letter Scott calls the Hooked X
• The amazing connections with other previously dismissed pre-Columbian North American artifacts and sites

ABOUT THE AUTHOR and SPEAKER—Scott F. Wolter, a professional geologist, has been President of American Petrographic Services since 1990. He is responsible for the independent petrographic analysis testing laboratory where the stone was brought for investigation in 2000. He has been the principal petrographer in more than 5,000 investigations throughout the world, including the evaluation of fire damaged concrete at the Pentagon following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Wolter joined forces with avid Scandinavian linguist and runologist Richard Nielsen in authoring “The Kensington Rune Stone, Compelling New Evidence”, published in 2005. Scott Wolter He is featured in the video below.

The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America

by Scott Wolter – A newly-released book that may change history

Minneapolis, MN – The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America, by geologist Scott Wolter, is the culmination of his 9 year odyssey to understand the origin of a mysterious symbol that first appeared on a highly controversial, century-old artifact called the Kensington Rune Stone.

The discovery of the meaning of the Hooked X symbol was amazing, as was the secret history behind it that gradually unfolded during Scott’s quest to learn more and uncover the truth through research. His journey winds through mysterious worlds of the medieval Cistercians, the Knights Templar, and modern Freemasonry.

The story of the Hooked X begins with the discovery of a 202-pound stone unearthed by a Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman, who was clearing trees on his land in preparation for farming, in 1898. The slab of greywacke (a grey, earthy rock which is a variety of sandstone) contained a lengthy inscription carved in Norse runes whose message has only recently been accurately deciphered. In 2005, Scott Wolter co-authored a book entitled The Kensington Rune Stone: Compelling New Evidence, that presents a large body of research that conclusively proves the artifact is indeed a fourteenth-century document.

The Hooked X picks up where The Kensington Rune Stone story leaves off, taking the reader on a journey from Minnesota to the New England coast where four more medieval rune stones are found. The trail then leads to a mysterious round stone tower in Rhode Island that could only have been constructed by a highly controversial group from Europe, long before the time of Christopher Columbus.  The story that unfolds behind the Hooked X shatters many historical and religious paradigms, and ultimately reveals the startling untold history of North America.

The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America, by geologist Scott Wolter,

Published by North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN

ISBN 13: 978-0-87839-312-1        ISBN 10: 0-87839-312-9      $18.95

HOLY GRAIL IN AMERICA – A two-hour documentary which premiered on the History Channel in September, 2009, chronicles Scott’s 9-year pursuit of the origin and meaning of the Hooked X symbol, and his research into the unknown and mysterious world of European visitors to North America prior to Columbus.  Produced by Committee Films, Minneapolis, Holy Grail in America won the 2009 National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE) Best New Documentary Film. Visit for local TV listing information.

Ron Nowland Viking Presence in Ireland

Think you’re not Irish? Our genetic tests are showing that people who think they are 100% Norwegian, actually have many sections of DNA that they share with people who claim to be 100% Irish, and vice versa. The video link below explains why this is the case.

If you would like to see us continue to capture the stories of local residents, please make a contribution to Giants of the Earth Heritage Center Oral Histories project staffing.



Ron and Frieda Nowland share their story about their research in Ireland. Filmed by Paul Armstrong. Produced by John Storlie. Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. If you enjoy this video, please make your donations to Giants of the Earth Oral Histories project.

Howard Burtness presentation of Ole Landswerk

History teacher Howard Burtness is interviewed by Kirsten Roble. Directed and filmed by Dr. Johnathan Storlie about Burtness’s research on cryptography in the Kensington Runestone and in other runestones of the period. Edited by Luther College intern Paul Armstrong with Johnathan Storlie. Produced by John Storlie.

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