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November 2017

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.



Membership Banquet

La Vern Christianson: "The Last Viking"

November 11, 2017 at 5:30pm

Heritage Room, Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Serving Committee: Lynnell Pemble & Duane Olson

Banquet Tickets Sold in Advance Only!

Cost: $10.00

Menu: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and a roll with Apple or Pumpkin Pie

Catered by Truffles

Remember to invite a friend or two! There will be a raffle drawing for prizes!

RSVP by November 1st. To reserve a place for the banquet for you and your guest, send your check to: Sons of Norway, P.O. Box 1091, Mankato, MN 56002. Questions, call Linda at 507-388-7139.

THANK YOU to Jodie Wallschlaeger for donating prizes for the banquet raffle drawing! Your donation is very much appreciated!


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

We had a good gathering on October 14th. It was nice to see Gloria Coulter and her husband, Bob, again. Gloria, from Owatonna, is our Sons of Norway Zone 5 Director and she talked about many things that are happening in our Zone and internationally. The board provided a meal of open-face sandwiches that were as good to eat as they were pretty to look at. I would like to thank members Allen and Jane Torgerson, Lois Kitzmann and John Bungum for providing the delicious deserts. We also enjoyed Berit Aus's program on Petter Moens Dagbok which told about one Norwegian man's experiences in WWII.

Our yearly Elvesvingen membership banquet will be on Saturday, November 11th, in the Heritage Room at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The meatball dinner will be catered by Truffles. If you don't already have your $10.00 ticket, please contact Linda Stelter right away so that we have an accurate count to give the caterer. We will again be giving away prizes, and LaVern Christensen with The Last Viking King will be our program presenter. Please invite your friends to join us on this fun evening.

For our upcoming open board positions, nominations will be accepted again in November followed by voting. Installation of the new board members will take place in December. So far we have: Karen Abbott for President; no one for Vice President; Lois Kitzmann for Secretary; Lynnell Pemble for Treasurer; Linda Stelter for Membership/Financial Secretary; and Beth Barriga for Editor. Please consider how YOU can serve Elvesvingen 1-582 or if there are others that you would like to see in one of these board positions. If you are interested in what a position entails, please ask a current officer to explain it to you.

At our November 11th meeting, the Lefse Bake committee chairs, Marsha Natvig and Lynnell Pemble, will be supplying Lefse ingredients for our November 17th Lefse Bake at Christ the King Church. A number of people have signed up to help, but we can always use more. There will be three baking times - morning, afternoon, and evening with everyone out of the church by 8:00 pm. The Madison East Holiday Expo will be the following day, Saturday, November 18th. We will have three tables as usual. We ask all Elvesvingen members to donate baked items for the sale to fill up our tables. Have your baked goods to Madison East by 8:30 am November 18th. Please call a board member if you need help with this.

If you are going to be in Norway in November, you can check out the KaviarFactory. gives the following description: The KaviarFactory is an international venue for contemporary art. Located in Henningsvær, in the middle of the archipelago of Lofoten, Norway, it takes advantage of its off-the-grid location and aims to offer experiences and confrontations that never previously have been available to such regions. The current exhibition, above the ART ic circle, shows the work of 38 different female artists from 21 countries. Featuring world-known names such as Cindy Sherman and Marina Abramović, and the young french artist Marguerite Humeau.

I hope all of you will be able to spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving and that you have many things to be thankful for. I know our list seems to be endless!


November Birthdays! Gratulerer med dagen!

Linda Bristol                       1

Jan Holte                              7

Marlin Spangrud                8

Jodie Wallschlaeger           20

Alice Haugen                     27

Millicent Hanson               28

Louise Rodning                 28



Ole came home to find his son riding a new 21 speed mountain bike.

"Vere did you get da money for da bike? Dat musta cost $500," he asked.

"It was easy, Dad," little Lars replied. "I earned it hiking."

"Come on Lars," Ole said. "Tell me da truth."

"Dat is da truth Dad!" Lars replied.

"Every night you ver gone, Sven, would come over to see Mom. He'd give me a $10 bill and tell me ta take a hike.

New books from  our Sons of Norway library

"The Promise Fulfilled" by  Odd S. Lovoll   The author provides fascinating and important insights about the distinctive presence in American life of Norwegian immigrants and their ancestors.  category 7

 "Norway"  Travel guide -   500 sights, shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment avenues   category 5

"Norway"  by  Helen Hyson Merrick  -   History of Norway      category   7

"Runespear" by Victor Milan    fable -  creatures of Norse Mythology     category 1

Two music  books in Norwegian     category 1

I nominate...

At the banquet, Karen will be taking nominations again for all the board positions. If you are interested in what the position entails, please ask a board member! After nominations, there will be a vote on all positions.


Dance! Dance! Dance!

Do you like to dance? The Nordic Dancers need more dancers in order to form a group. Ask us how you can get involved.

Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner

Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm 
Location: Fellowship Hall
Menu: Lutefisk, Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Lefse, Rutabagas, Coleslaw & Dessert
Dinner Tickets: $18 Lutefisk & Swedish Meatballs  |  $14 Swedish Meatballs
Children (under 12) $6.00

Purchase of Tickets in Advance Recommended – Limited Tickets Available
Church Office, M-F, 8am-5pm, 609 Lincoln Avenue and Online

Scandian Grove Lutheran Church

 will be serving another fabulous Lutefisk and Meatball Supper 
Saturday, November 4, 2017. 
*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity*
The supper will be served buffet style between 11:30 am - 5:30pm. 

On the menu this year is Lutefisk with optional melted butter and white sauce. Alongside the lutefisk you will also have the choice of hand made Swedish Meatballs. Sides will include mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, and lefsa. A fall supper just won’t be complete without a pumpkin or apple dessert. Your drink options will include milk, water and coffee. Take-outs are also available.

Adults $17
Ages 6-12: $7
5 and under are FREE

Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is located:
42869 County Road 52, St. Peter Mn 56082
10 miles West of St. Peter on Hwy 22, 
1/2 mile north on county road 52.

There will be people to guide you to available parking.
Scandian Grove is Handicap accessible

25th Annual Scandinavian Experience

Sat November 18, 2017 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Ecumen Pathstone Living Chapel

Join us for this unique bake sale with time-honored Scandinavian fare, including lefse, krumkake, specialty breads, cookies, and more. Beat the holiday rush!

Last month at our meeting: 


Calendar of Events:

November 11, 5:30pm
Membership Banquet
La Vern Christianson: The Last Viking King
Heritage Room
Bethelehem Lutheran Church
November 17 (3 sessions)
Lefse Bake
Christ the King Church
November 18, 9am-4pm
Holiday Expo
Madison East Mall
December 9, 11:00am
Basement (Fellowship Hall)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Save the date!!!

Our district will be having a convention in Rochester June 14-16. All are welcome to come! More information will be coming on how to register.