Gov. Granholm To Receive Swedish Award

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will receive one of Sweden’s highest awards Thursday when King Carl XVI Gustaf presents her with Sweden’s Insignia of First Commander, Order of the Polar Star.

The award is in recognition of the work Granholm has done to encourage relationships between Michigan and Sweden to promote clean energy.

After Granholm made an August 2007 trade trip to Sweden, the king visited Michigan in 2008 to preside over the groundbreaking at Flint’s Center of Energy Excellence. The center is a collaboration between Swedish Biogas International, Kettering University and the city of Flint to produce clean energy from waste removed from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Granholm and the king also co-hosted a climate change conference in Dearborn during that visit.

The king will present Granholm with the award Thursday afternoon at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Those attending will include U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, the Swedish consul general for Michigan, Lennart Johansson, and Michigan Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Greg Main.

The governor’s parents, Victor and Shirley Granholm, also will be at the ceremony.

Granholm said in a statement Tuesday that the award doesn’t just recognize her “but everyone who is committed to making Michigan a leader in the clean energy economy.”

The Order of the Polar Star was created in 1798. It’s awarded to foreigners and members of the Swedish royal family for services to Sweden. Some of Granholm’s ancestors came from Sweden.

The governor is in Sweden for her second trade trip to the Scandinavian country and her 11th overseas trade trip since 2004. She talked to companies in France last week.

The trade trips are paid for with private money raised from businesses through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
  
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  1. Richardo Brown, A.A. A.S. says:

    I believe our Honorable Governor of Michigan deserves the Prestigious:
    ‘Sweden’s Insignia of First Commander, Order of the Polar Star’

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    PhDdoctor wrote:

    There was a method to her madness about this trip to Europe; she was going to get an award. Ok, she received an award and they think that she is a good person. Unfortunately, they haven’t seen her lack of leadership, attempts to raise fees and taxes and the slow demise of this state. I believe her to be an elitist and I am glad after voting for her twice, that this horrible ending is coming soon.

    10/20/2010 7:53:00 AM There was a method to her madness about this trip to Europe; she was going to get an award. Ok, she received an award and they think that she is a good person. Unfortunately, they haven’t seen her lack of leadership, attempts to raise fees and taxes and the slow demise of this state. I believe her to be an elitist and I am glad after voting for her twice, that this horrible ending is coming soon. PhDdoctor
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    pirate_king wrote:

    ABBA-dabba-doo! ;-)

    10/19/2010 11:29:18 PM ABBA-dabba-doo! ;-) pirate_king
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    inpointoffact wrote:

    I hope it isn’t some kind of Saab story.

    10/19/2010 10:00:12 PM I hope it isn’t some kind of Saab story. inpointoffact
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    Silence-Do-Good wrote:

    HA-HA….Does it hav a moving allowance to Europe? I sure hope so !.. Bye-Bye Jenny…

    10/19/2010 8:25:49 PM HA-HA….Does it hav a moving allowance to Europe? I sure hope so !.. Bye-Bye Jenny… Silence-Do-Good
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    NoHandoutsForYou wrote:

    She sure gets a lot of commendations from OTHER countries. I hear Canada’s giving her the Trashman of the Decade award next week.

    10/19/2010 6:14:22 PM She sure gets a lot of commendations from OTHER countries. I hear Canada’s giving her the Trashman of the Decade award next week. NoHandoutsForYou
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    thisstatesucks wrote:

    AS part of the award does that mean she stays there? please keep her for the last few months of her regin

    10/19/2010 6:08:29 PM AS part of the award does that mean she stays there? please keep her for the last few months of her regin thisstatesucks
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    keithDoperman wrote:

    Yippy

    10/19/2010 5:25:06 PM Yippy keithDoperman
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    mrsdoe wrote:

    Seriously? Can’t receive any awards in Michigan….except for the stimulus “awards” Obama gives the state. lol

    The Order of the Polar Star was created in 1798. It’s awarded to foreigners and members of the Swedish royal family for services to Sweden. Some of Granholm’s ancestors came from Sweden.

    Insignia
    The collar of the Order is in gold, consists of seven white-enamelled five-pointed star and seven crowned back-to-back monogram “F” (for King Frederick I of Sweden) in blue enamel, joined by chains.
    The badge of the Order is a white enamelled Maltese Cross, in silver for the Officer class and in gilt for Officer 1st Class and above; crowns appear between the arms of the cross. The central disc, which is identical on both sides, is in blue enamel, with a white-enamelled five-pointed star surrounded by the motto “Nescit occasum” (It knows no decline). The badge is topped by a crown.
    The star of the Order is a silver Maltese Cross, with a silver five-pointed star at the centre. That of Grand Cross also has straight silver rays between the arms of the cross.
    the ribbon of the Order is black, this colour was chosen so that the white cross would stand in stark contrast to the black; since 1975 the ribbon is blue with yellow edges

    I would like to visit Uppsala Sweden to visit the churc where the Armies of Christ battled the Followers of Thor in the last batttle in Northern Europe and the last days of the Dark Ages. The Pagan burrial mound are across from the church that was built on top of the old norse god worshipers in the last battle, and the unearthed amulets called Thorshammer were found.

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