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Doris Stensland was born and had lived most of her entire life in Lincoln County, in southeastern South Dakota, the locale for most of her writings.


In April 2012 she received the 2012 Individual Governor's Award for History from the South Dakota State Historical Society.  This Individual Award recognized her for her work in describing southeastern South Dakota's history through a variety of sources, including three historical novels. 


After living on a farm for 66 years, she and her husband, Hans, moved to The Inn on Westport, an Independent Living facility in Sioux Falls, SD.   


Doris has had a deep interest in family history and pioneer life, and is proud of her Norwegian ancestors.  She tries to keep in contact with relatives in Norway.  In the past, even Doris' hobbies are Norwegian such as working Hardanger embroidery, and baking Norwegian foods.


Blended into her life is her faith.  She enjoys the riches of God's Word and had led an interdenominational Ladies Bible Study for over fifteen years.


Doris feels greatly blessed by the family God has given her husband and her - their three grown children with their spouses, their seven grandchildren with their spouses, and now great grandchildren.  Her family brings her much happiness, and down through the years they have been an encouragement in her writing.  






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