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As the son of Lutheran missionary parents of Norwegian ancestry, Chester Ronning was born in China but also lived with his family near Valhalla Centre in northern Alberta.  As a teacher and diplomat, he was an important bridge between China and North America, advocating recognition of the People's Republic of China and its admission into the United Nations.

Valhalla is the mythical home of Viking gods, but it was also the Alberta home of Scandinavian settlers led by Norwegian pastor H.N. Ronning.
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