The story goes that P.M. was once again flooded in Kittson County and hearing of the opportunities to obtain homesteads in Canada he came north to see what was available. In 1903 he filed homesteads for himself, his two sons, his nephew H.M. Henrickson and a cousin. After harvest of 1903 P.M. sold his holdings in Minnesota and headed for his new homestead. Unfortunately his youngest son, Henrik, died of typhoid before their departure and is buried in Skjeberg Lutheran Cemetary. P.M. continued his interest in politics serving as the first reeve of the Rudy Municipality and holding that office from 1909 to 1914.