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January 2020

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.

Upcoming Lutefisk Dinners

Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

Godt Nytt Ar!

I hope you had a glorious Christmas and are looking forward to 2020!

Our December Julebord was a joyous occasion filled with “god mat” and delicious sweets; solje
and beautiful sweaters were everywhere. Tusen takk to Pam Borchert, Curt Eidhammer and the board
members who helped set up everything. Also, tusen takk to Marcia Natvig who sold our lefse and
goodies left over from the Armory sale. Mia Lambrecht told us about her Skogfjorden Language
Camp experience with a power-point presentation and Joel Botten performed the installation
ceremony on our new secretary, Carol Seifert. A humorous program was presented by Art Bjorngjeld
who sang, told Norwegian jokes and played his accordion. Guests joined us from the local German
Club and from Los Angeles! We had a wonderful party.

Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on January 11th when Marty Seifert will tell the story that prompted
him to write his book, Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder, Based on One of the
Most Notorious Ax Murders in American History.

The 2020 District 1 Convention will be June 4-6 at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN.
Elvesvingen needs two delegates to send to this Convention and two alternate delegates in case the
first two can’t go. Please let me know if you are interested.

Also, we continue to have the open board position of Vice President. If you are curious as to what
this position entails, talk to one of the board members and we will answer your questions.

I remember all the hoopla when the year 2000 was approaching and now we are embarking on
the year 2020. It almost seems impossible! I am looking forward to what this new decade will bring
my way. I hope there will be many pleasant surprises for you, too!

Ha det bra!

-Events This Year-

Norwegian Language Camp Scholarship

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.

Highlights from the December Julebord:



The many faces of Art Bjorngjeld, the presentation
of Maia Lambrecht, and the induction of our new
Secretary, Carol Seifert. 


Norwegian Cinnamon Thumbs

Author: Lulu the Baker

Prep time: 10 mins; Cook time: 10 mins; Total time: 20 mins.

Ingredients for the cookies:
• 5 Tablespoons sugar
• 1 cup butter
• 2 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon vanilla

for rolling:
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ cup sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add the flour and
vanilla, and beat until the dough comes together. Take a small amount of dough (about the size
of a tennis ball), and roll is gently into a long, skinny rope ½" in diameter (about the width of
your pinky). Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 2" pieces, making sure to cute on the
diagonal instead of straight across. Place cookies a few inches apart on a lined baking sheet,
and bake 8-10 minutes, until just beginning to turn golden on the bottom edges. Remove
cookies from oven and allow to cool slightly.

2. While cookies are cooling, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. When cookies are
cool enough to handle, roll each gently in cinnamon sugar, and place on a cooling rack to finish
cooling completely.


Enjoying the Julebord evening


Smiles, laughter, and fun at our Julebord. And don’t forget the delicious food that we enjoyed!


Lefse Bake!


Norway Celebrates 125 Years!!!


Guest Speaker Marty Seifert on his book entitled
Sundown at Sunrise
Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Heritage Room, Bethlehem Lutheran Church


Marty Seifert in 2014

The remains of a stone cellar

Martin John "Marty" Seifert is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
He represented District 21A in southwestern Minnesota that includes portions of Lyon, Redwood
and Yellow Medicine counties, and the cities of Marshall and Redwood Falls.

Seifert was first elected in 1996, Seifert serving as House Majority Whip from 1999-2006. When
the Republicans lost control of the House after the 2006 election, he took over leadership of the
party in the House from former Speaker Steve Sviggum.

Seifert served on the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee and was an ex
officio member of the House Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
On June 3, 2009, Seifert announced that he was stepping down from his position as minority
leader to run for governor of Minnesota. On October 15, 2009, he also announced that he would
not seek re-election to the House, but would concentrate his efforts on the 2010 governor's race.
Seifert attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. During his time
there, he brought the College Republicans back to the school, and later became the student body
president. Upon graduation in 1995, he received a degree in Political Science. He is a member of
the Southwest State University Alumni Association, and a former member of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Seifert is married to Traci (DeSutter) and has two children. He is a former government and
history teacher at Marshall Senior High School, and admissions counselor at Southwest Minnesota
State University.

Seifert worked in real estate, owning Seifert Properties and is the former executive director of
the Avera Marshall Foundation.

In 2014, Seifert began working in government relations for the firm of Flaherty& Hood, P.A. in St.
Paul. While keeping his residency in Marshall, he commutes during legislative session advocating
chiefly for rural cities, persons with mild disabilities and aggregate truck haulers. He continues to
own and operate Seifert Properties, LLC and is a member on the Board of Directors for three
different companies.

Seifert launched his book "Sundown at Sunrise" in December 2016. A work of historical fiction,
the book is based on the true story of a grisly ax murder that occurred in rural Minnesota in 1917.
Seifert's book hit the Amazon Top 10 of "Hottest New Releases" in its first week, skyrocketing to #2
in the True Crime, Murder & Mayhem Category.

Bake Sale at the Armory