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.
As an Artist
Doris had done oil painting for her own enjoyment, and when her first book Haul the Water, Haul the Wood was getting ready for publication she wondered what she would use for the cover. Then her mother suggested, “Why don’t you make a painting for the cover yourself?” So she did. She also painted the cover for Ole’s Promise, Country Style – Living the Farm Life, and Our Words are Blossoms.
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. Even Doris’ hobbies were Norwegian . . . working hardanger embroidery, and baking Norwegian foods.
Most of Doris’ writings have a Norwegian flavor. And no wonder! Her roots are in Norway. Her great grandparents were from the Toten area; her grandfather was from Hurdal; her father was born in Aalesund, and her husband Hans was born near Kristiansand. Growing up, she heard the Norwegian language, learned Norwegian customs, and ate many Norwegian foods. And now in her home she has many beautiful Norwegian items, and follows many of the customs she grew up with.