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Mondale named honorary consul general

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Walter Mondale has been appointed the honorary Norwegian consul general for Minnesota.

The job is largely ceremonial and is part of the demotion of the Minneapolis consulate to "honorary status" while Norway opens new consulates in China and Spain.

A spokeswoman for the Norwegian Embassy in Washington says the ministry is also searching for an honorary vice counsel to help Mondale.

It hopes to makes its pick by Christmas.

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The 79-year-old Mondale was vice president from 1977 to 1981 and also served in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry notes in a news release that Mondale’s family originally comes from Mundal on the west coast of Norway.

Spokeswoman Jannicke Jaeger says Mondale will not be paid, but the Norwegian government will provide funds to run the office.

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