Lilly Setterdahl's Minnesota Swedes, Vol. I, presents a comprehensive study of a little known immigrant group that came from a large castle farm in Sweden, where the people either worked for the noble master or rented a farm from him. When they heard of the 'free land' in Minnesota, they left Sweden in 1855 and settled in Goodhue County. The book covers the settlers' background, their commitment to their farms, and compares it with one other Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Eleven immigrant letters to Sweden describe their journey and settling years. The 40 oral histories reflect on the pioneers' lives as well as the lives of the children and grandchildren. Second edition revised.