[PHOTO] Betty White’s real life in the Midwest Connection

[PHOTO] Betty White’s real life in the Midwest Connection

One of Betty White’s most beloved characters was the sweet and naive Minnesota Rose Nylund. We all loved the character’s silly stories about his hometown of St. Olaf. While Betty White was originally from Illinois, her connection to the Midwest doesn’t end there!

Just before her 100th birthday, television icon Betty White passed away of natural causes. The whole world mourned the death of the sweet and sassy 99-year-old woman.

Undoubtedly, one of her best known and beloved characters was Rose Nylund from the cult TV show “The Golden Girls”. Aired from 1985 to 1992, the show achieved success in ratings and reviews. One of the common jokes in the series is Betty White’s character, Rose, and her stories about her home, St. Olaf Minnesota.

From herring circuses to the stories of its absurd cousins, the hilarious “St. Olaf stories” are always a highlight during the half-hour sitcom. These stories about the fictional Midwestern town have charmed audiences for decades, but is Rose’s hometown a real place?

After doing a deep dive, it turns out that St. Olaf is a real town here in Hawkeye state. Located in Clayton County, St. Olaf, Iowa is known to have “Iowa’s Biggest Net”. This one-pound net can be found at the St. Olaf Tap.

While the town of St. Olaf, Iowa would have been the perfect place for a young Rose to grow up; it turns out that there is a real connection between Minnesota and the “fictional” city.

There is no official town of St. Olaf in Minnesota, but there is a township. The real St. Olaf is a small college in Northfield. Describe as providing, “a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition”.

White actually developed a relationship with the university. In 1989, college officials arranged for St. Olaf’s choir to visit the Daddy’s Girls located in Hollywood. Just three years later, the favorite Golden Girl from the Midwest came to Minnesota to visit the college.

In a letter written to a St. Olaf alumnus years later, White shared some of her initial nerves about going to visit the college she technically made famous.

I remember my visit to Saint-Olaf very well. I was a little apprehensive, as I was afraid they wouldn’t appreciate the fact that Rose wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but they couldn’t have been more warm and welcoming.

~ Betty Blanche

The actress also explained that she loved the school’s choir program and that at the time of her letter she still had it, “Uff Da cup and shirt”. At the end of her short two-day visit to St. Olaf, White shared how much she enjoyed her trip and how educational it was for the students,

“It will make all the difference in my characterization of Rose, I can assure you. I won’t be so hesitant. I will be more confident, because you really understand where Rose is coming from, and she really comes from your values. said the actress.

In a college photo, White can even join the school choir in a catchy rendition of their fight song.

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