Taryn, Did you find John Waisanen's family in Nora, Hamlin, Dakota territory? I can't locate them in the census.
Apparently these two men (John Norland and John Waisenen) were working at logging? for another man, John Farley.
Minnesota state census 1885 (at Minnesota Historical Society) shows the follow people named Norlund in St. Louis County. Not shown as a family group (listed as individuals):
1885 in Fond du Lac, St. Louis County, Minnesoa
John Norlund age 50, born Sweden
Clara Norlund age 48, born Sweden
Adolph Norlund 9
Alvida Norlund 6
I got the following hits on "Norland":http://people.mnhs.org/census/Results.cfm