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December 2018

Sons of Norway - Elvesvingen Lodge 1-582

The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.


                                         DECEMBER MEETING

Julebord December 8, 2018


Basement of Bethlehem Lutheran Church


Adrian Lo:

Norwegian Christmas Music

The meal will be a potluck. Please bring a dish to pass with your serving utensil. Please mark your name on your dishes and utensils!

Wear your bunad or Norwegian sweater!


Serving Committee

John Bungum, Curt Eidhammer and Karen Abbott,

& Douglas Johnson


Entrance to the church:


The entrance doors from the parking lot will be open from 10:00-11:15. Please use the courtyard door on 2nd Street if you arrive earlier or later. Thanks!



Did you know?

Julebord translates to “Christmas table”

It consists of many varieties of food served as a buffet.

The tradition has been passed down since the Middle Ages.


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving and survived any Black Friday shopping trips! We now look forward to our December festivities. The annual Elvesvingen Julebord will be on Saturday, December 8th, at 11:00 a.m. in the basement dining room of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Bring a dish to pass for either the main meal, salad, or desert tables. Be sure to mark your serving items and bring serving utensils as necessary. Show your Nordic pride by dressing in your bunads, solje and sweaters. Adrian Lo will provide music for the program.

What a good time we had at our November banquet! Program presenter Art Bjorngjeld was there early and played music on his accordion while we got everything ready. The food provided by Truffles was delicious and we had a number of guests to enjoy it with. I’d like to thank Pam Borchert for the table decorations – her pumpkins and gourds filled the room with an Autumn flair! Thanks, also, to the serving committee of Duane Olson and Lynnell Pemble for setting the banquet up and seeing that everything ran smoothly. Art Bjorngjeld’s playing and storytelling were very enjoyable and Adrian Lo accompanied Art on a few songs with his violin. It was an entertaining evening.

Our lefse bake and sale are coming up this week and I’m hoping it will all be successful. Thanks to Marsha Natvig and Lynnell Pemble for chairing the lefse bake committee and to all those who have volunteered to help make the lefse at Christ the King Church. And, thanks to everyone who will be helping with the sale at the Lake Crystal Area Rec Center and with making other Scandinavian treats for us to sell. We’ll have a report on these activities at the Julebord.

In November, Adrian Lo was nominated for our newsletter editor position; he accepted and was voted in as our new editor! He will be installed by Joel Botten at the December meeting. We still need someone to step up and accept the position of Vice President. Please contact me or any board member with any questions you might have.

In January our program will be “Where My Story Begins”. Start thinking about your story and what tales you can share with the rest of us and what pictures or items you can bring to enhance your short stories.

It seems impossible, but Christmas is only a few weeks away. Whether at home or on the road, I hope you’ll be able to enjoy your special Christmas traditions and that Santa will be good to you!

God jul og godt nyttår!!



December Birthdays!

Stan B.               7

Pamela H.        16

Patricia J.         16

Shirley M.       16

John B.            17

Elizabeth M.   18

Lois O.            19

Bonnie S.        26


          Linda and Lois helped with registration at the November Banquet



Board Positions

Vice-President-open immediately!

This position allows you to “job shadow” the current president, Karen. Please contact Karen for more details. (381-3290) Karen will take nominations for a Vice President at the December Julebord.


Editor position-

Thank you Adrian Lo, for stepping in to be the editor for a one year term.



Invite the kids in your life to Norwegian language camp! Scholarship applications are available for Norwegian language camps in Skog-fjorden, near Bemidji (ages 7- 18), or Masse Moro, near Eau Claire, WI (ages 9-15). The camps are in June and July each year, with one, two, or four week sessions. If your children, grandchildren, or friends are interested, they can call Lois Kitzmann (507-344-1684) for more information. The youth do not need to be members of Sons of Norway to attend.




Upcoming Lutefisk Dinners

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 4th Ave, Worthington, Sunday, December 2nd. Serving at 2:30 and 5:30, Tickets at the door (advance tickets $15.00 call 507-376-6148)

Christ Lutheran Church, 509 Kansas St NW, Preston, Sunday, December 2nd. Serving on the hour 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. $17.00 at the door. Reservations recommended 507-765-2161

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 401 7th Ave N, Lakefield, Wednesday, December 5th. 5:30 - 7:00 tickets at the door

Chatfield Lutheran Church, 304 Filmore St, Chatfield, Wednesday, December 5th. (4:30 - 6:30) Call the church 507-867-4721 to find out more information.



For our March program on Tuesday, March 12, we will be introducing Norwegian students to a Traditional Norwegian-American meal. Please mark your calendars ahead of time for the date change, and this unique experience. We could also use more help in preparing food.


November Banquet Highlights

Art Bjorngjeld entertained at the November Banquet on November 10th. Adrian Lo accompanied him on a few tunes on the Hardanger fiddle.




The Lake Crystal Bake Sale is December 1 from 10:00am-12:00pm

If you didn't get a chance to participate this year, you can still send a donation to our only fundraiser of the year. Send a check payable to Sons of Norway to:

  PO Box 1091

  Mankato MN 56001

Thank you for your support!

Where Your Story Begins…


At our next meeting in January, we will be sharing our ancestral stories. Think ahead, and be prepared to share your Norwegian heritage stories!


Calendar of Events


December 1 ~10am-2pm

Elvesvingen Bake Sale

Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center


December 8 ~ 11:00am

Christmas Julebord with Norwegian Christmas music by Adrian Lo

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato


January 12 ~ 11:00am

Where My Story Begins: Share your Norwegian stories!

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato