Joan (Horn) Nelson was born on March 10, 1938, in St. Lawrence, SD. She was the oldest of 8 kids and grew up on a farm, but dreamed of moving away and having a career. After high school she went to nursing school, became an RN, and decided to move out of South Dakota, to the big city. She lived with friends in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and worked at Methodist Hospital, in St. Louis Park. She met her husband, Lars, on a blind date, and they married in 1963. They built a house in Burn...
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