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April 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.


                                         APRIL MEETING

                  *****April 14, 5:30pm*****

                            Heritage Hall

            Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato

                                       Jasper Bond: Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska:

Jasper will share his experience as a volunteer for the 1,000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome

April Serving Committee

Dorothy Anthony                             Bonnie Shult

Thelma Asleson                               Milan and Geraldine Skarphol     Larry and Pam Harbo

John and Jan Holte                 Kristi and Maria Stolen         Stan and Kathy Bruss, Co-Chair

Marvin and Kristine Odegaard       Terry Sveine                           Lynnell Pemble, Co-Chair

Jan Prehn                                        Bruce Larson                     

Karen Sandersfeld                          Jodie Wallschlaeger                                                                                         


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

On March 10th we had a delicious lunch thanks to the serving committee chaired by Lois Anderson, and an interesting program thanks to Phil Bachman who narrated pictures of farm sites, scenery, a Syttende Mai parade, etc., taken on a trip to Norway.  I don’t think you’ll want to miss Sons of Norway on April 14th when we go back to our 5:30 starting time.  The program will be Jasper Bond sharing his experiences as a volunteer at the Iditarod dog sled race in Anchorage, Alaska.

We will again be donating items to the local Echo Food Shelf.  Please bring your canned goods and non-perishable items to our April meeting and Dean Kluge and Phil Bachman will see that the items get delivered.  Thank you for donating!

The yearly International Festival in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Consider donating an hour or two of your time to help us man the Elvesvingen table in the Ballroom.  I will have a sign-up sheet at our April meeting.  We always have a good time whether its tasting diverse food, watching entertainment by students from distant countries or looking at (and sometimes buying!) items from the craft/gift booths.  It’s always an enjoyable day.

The Sons of Norway District 1 Convention will be held June 14-16 at Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center.  Elvesvingen Lodge is sending Karen Abbott and Curt Eidhammer as delegates.  The Lodge is supposed to have alternates in case one or more of us can't go.  Please let me know if you would be willing to have your name listed as a delegate alternate.  Also, at the Convention there is a Folk Art Exhibit and Competition.  See information elsewhere in the newsletter.

Our Zone #5 Director, Gloria Coulter, will be having a spring workshop in Albert Lea on April 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All members are welcome.  See Karen for details.

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building

“Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world’s tallest timber building.  “Mjøstårnet sets new standards for timber constructions. The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber,” says investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt.  Mjøstårnet, named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. The record-breaking construction will sit on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo.

Spanning over 18 floors, the building will reach 80 metres high, and include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. Moelven, a Mjøsa-local Scandinavian industrial group, will supply the timber constructions from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and the swimming pool area.

“The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights. We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed” says Buchardt.

From the Nordic Page:  December 7, 2017

April Birthdays!   Gratulerer med dagen

James Borseth                      1

Janice Ahlness                     6

Mary Anderson Haugesag   8

Paul Lindford                      10

Gene Sellner                        15

John Holte                           16

Diane Lambrecht                18

Mary Anderson                   20

Marian Qualset                   23

Yevonne Flatgard               24



One day Lena confided to her friend Hilda that she had finally cured her nervous husband, Ole, of his habit of biting his nails. "Good gracious," said Hilda, "How did yew ever dew that?" "It vas really simple," was Lena's reply. "I yust hid his false teeth."

Joke taken from:



We would like to continue to encourage scholarship applications for Norwegian language camps in Skogfjorden, 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.

Why Learn Norwegian?

There are so many reasons to learn Norwegian! Because you have a spirit of adventure! Because that’s the language and culture of the Vikings, Arctic explorer and statesman Fridtjof Nansen, prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, chess master Magnus Carlson (and because you want to know what the fox says på norsk).     

Taken from:


Coming Up:


International Festival

Mankato University

Sunday April 22 11-4 p.m.

We will continue to tradition of representing the Sons of Norway at the festival. Please consider helping  at our table with another member. There will be a sign up sheet at the April meeting if you’re interested in helping. Contact Karen if you have any questions. (381-3290)


Echo Food Shelf

Dean Kluge and Phil Bachman Co-chairs

Bring food items to the meeting on April 14th, such as cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, boxed main dishes, condiments, juice, personal care items, diapers and wipes Dean and Phil will bring the collected food to the food shelf.



May 12 Program—Gary Legwold “Keep on Rolling”

Gary is a writer, editor, and speaker. His new book is Keep on Rolling! Life on the Lefse Trail and Learning to Get a Round. He is also author of the lefse-lutefisk classics: The Last Word on Lefse, The Last Word on Lutefisk, and The Last Toast to Lutefisk! He teaches classes on lefse making, and makes a mean lutefisk dinner that often converts lutefisk haters into those who try it and say, “Not bad!” Becoming a humorist and a lyricist was unplanned-part of the territory when he began to write about lefse and lutefisk, especially lutefisk. He has written more than 750 magazine articles and ghosted two other books and edited yet another, He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Jane, who is a psychotherapist (which has helped them stay  married 45 years). Gary and Jane have two children and two grandchildren.  Gary will be bringing his books to sell.

Syttende Mai

Snorre Lodge in Thief River Falls, MN is having a Norwegian Heritage Week Saturday – May 12 -May 20 to celebrate Syttende Mai. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the week.

Looking ahead to June:

The date for the June Picnic at Spring Lake Park has been changed. A shelter is now reserved for June 16, 2018 5:30 p.m. Remember to put the new date on your calendar!


Programs for 2018-2019

It’s that time of year again! Start thinking of program ideas for next year. If you have an idea for a future speaker or topic, share it with one of the board members, or keep it in mind for the planning meeting in June! 

· What would you like to see for future programs?

· Do you know someone who could provide a program?


                     Phil Bachman talking about his trip to Norway


The Sons of Norway 2018 District 1 Convention

Thursday, June 14, 2018, to Saturday, June 16, 1018

Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN

Cost: $240.00 (includes the convention fee and all meals)

Contact Karen if you are interested in learning more.


Norwegian Folk Competition at the Convention:

Every category for adults will have 3 levels of competition:

1. Adult Amateurs: Persons learning a Norwegian folk art activity

2. Intermediate: Those having some experience & skill in a folk art

3. Adult Professional Award: winners, teachers, or experts

Categories are:  Rosemaling, Weaving, Hardangersom, Needlework, Klostersom, Bunads, Hand knitting, Crocheting and tatting, Quilts, Nalbinding, Felting, Sprang, Figure Carving, Relief Carving, Chip Carving, Kolrosing, Svidekor, Acanthus Carving, Open woodworking in the Norwegian tradition, Norwegian motif Phote/Pictures, Knife making, Wheat weaving, Skinnfelling, Blacksmithing, Leatherwork, and Folk Art painting.  

Any S/N member is eligible to exhibit with a maximum of two (2) articles in each sub-category. e.g. an exhibitor could enter 2 items for Weaving and 2 item for Quilts, or 2 Figure Carvings and 2 chip carvings. The person entering the folk art item (s) must have made the item within the past two years.  Our District Convention is a wonderful opportunity to display the beauty and creativity of our Nordic culture and heritage!  See a board member for an entry Registration Form.

You do not have to attend the convention to enter. Karen will bring it along!

Three to five Rochester area judges will be judging the entries and awarding ribbons in each category. There will also be a “BEST OF SHOW” Award (selected by the judges) and a “PEOPLES CHOICE” Award (selected by visitors to the exhibit). During the 3 days of convention, delegates will be able to enjoy seeing all the beautiful Nordic Folk Arts on display in the exhibit room. These two (2) awards will be presented at the Friday night Banquet.  Lodge members may bring their Folk Art to the Convention or send it with a Delegate. They may choose to Exhibit Only or enter the item (s) for Competition.

Silent Auction at the Convention

There will be a silent auction, so if you have anything you would like to donate, please give to Karen Abbott, and she will bring them.


Save the date! In addition to the district convention, there will also be an international convention, both hosted in Minnesota this year. Sons of Norway International Convention - August 16-17-18 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington, MN This one is open to members and non-members, so you’re free to bring your friends! (more information to come)                          


Calendar of Events

April 14, 2018 ***5:30pm***

Jasper Bond: dog sled race in Alaska

Bethlehem Lutheran Church


May 12, 2018 ***5:30pm***

Gary Legwold: Lefse, Lutefisk, and Humor

Bethlehem Lutheran Church


June 16, 2018 ***5:30pm***

Annual Picnic

Spring Lake Park, North Mankato