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Family claims 'Sunshine' has Minnesota origin

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For more than 70 years, the wistful ballad “You Are My Sunshine” has persisted as one of the most recognizable songs in American culture.

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Although the tune is most commonly associated with the South — it’s one of two official songs of Louisiana — a local family says its lyrics have Midwestern roots.

Minnie Hokanson of Cannon Falls, who died Nov. 29 at age 103, wrote the song as a poem and mailed it to country musician Paul Rice, said daughter Kathy Hauschildt of Red Wing.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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