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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mondale named Norway's honorary consul general in Minneapolis

We ran an article recently that pointed out some of the interesting side jobs of Minnesota attorneys.

Here's another one that might fit the bill: Walter Mondale has been named Norway's honorary consul general in Minneapolis.

According to a release yesterday from Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mondale will facilitate research, education and business cooperation between Norway and the Midwest. Mondale's family originally hails from Mundal on the west coast of Norway.

But as the Associated Press points out, Mondale's position will be largely ceremonial — and represents a demotion of the Minneapolis consulate to "honorary" status.

Wait — isn't this how Cold Wars get started?

No worries. The Norwegian embassy is also searching for an honorary vice consul to help the honorary consul general execute his ceremonial duties.

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