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April 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.

                                                                APRIL 2020 MEETING

The meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, has been cancelled. 

We ask your patience as we continue to monitor the current recom-

mendations concerning the gatherings of people.  Please look for your

monthly newsletter to keep you updated concerning future events.




Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

I hope this finds all of you safe and healthy.  We are living in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around our world.  It seems like every day has brought the closing of additional places of business.  Our March Elvesvingen Sons of Norway meeting was canceled and our April meeting is canceled.  We are practicing “social distancing” but now Gov. Tim Walz has issued a two week stay at home order for Minnesotans.  I’m thankful that the weather is getting nicer every day so we can at least spend a little time outdoors enjoying the fresh air.

Sons of Norway’s International Board of Directors postponed the International Lodge Meeting and Convention scheduled for August in Ringsaker, Norway, until 2022.  They also voted to postpone all District Lodge meetings and conventions until 2022.  So, there will not be a District 1 Convention at Brainerd this June.  And, the International Festival at MSU, where we usually have a table promoting Sons of Norway and Elvesvingen Lodge, has been canceled.

We have had another Elvesvingen picture printed in the Viking Magazine’s April issue!  Check it out in the District 1 section on Page 28.  Lois Kitzmann took the picture last fall when we had open-faced sandwiches.  I especially like seeing the beautiful Norwegian sweaters on Dorothy and Stan!

On a sad note, Elvesvingen member Phil Bachman has passed away.  Last year I asked Phil if we could use him as  a back-up in case a program presenter couldn’t make it.  The next month we had a bad storm and our presenter was stuck at home.  Phil jumped right in and narrated his video of a trip to Norway.  He was always up-beat and willing to help out.  Phil will be missed!

Start thinking about program ideas for next year.  Someone has suggested something on heavy water, and, we will reschedule Becky DeGarmeaux’s talk on the diaries of pioneer Norwegian Pastor’s wives.  However, there are many more months to fill so  help us out by contacting a board member with any program ideas you might have.  The Elvesvingen officers held their March board meeting on-line using Zoom.  If ‘social distancing” stays in effect thru June, we may have to hold our Program Committee meeting the same way.

Whatever the situation will be by Easter, I hope all of us can at least spend some time with family and friends via phone or computer using a program such as Skype or Zoom.

May you have a blessed Easter!


The International Lodge Meeting and Convention, and all District

Lodge meetings and conventions are postponed until 2022.  Norsk Hostfest

has cancelled the 2020 international festival. It will be back in 2021 at

Minot, North Dakota.



April Birthdays!

James Borseth     - 1                 Janice Ahlness       - 6                Mary I. Anderson  - 8

Paul Lindfors    - 10              John Holte           - 16             Diane Lambrecht   - 18

Mary G. Anderson - 20         Marian Qualset   - 23             Yevonne Flatgard   - 24


During these stressful times, we all can use some inspiring music to calm our lives.  John Bungum shared a website for great music to listen to while we are unable to gather in person for worship, and for relaxation. is a wonderful alternative to depressing news.  Click on Listen on Android or Listen on your iphone. 





A Swede had trouble putting Happy Birthday on a cake.  His main problem was getting the cake in the typewriter.


Norwegian Cookies by Mrs. Tom Evenson 

1 c. butter                                   2 c. sugar

3 eggs, well betten                    1  tsp. soda

1 tsp. cream of tarter                1 T. sour milk

Enough flour to thicken.  Roll out very thin and bake in a quick oven. 

125th Anniversary Cookbook, Our Saviour’s      Lutheran, Butternut 1869—1994




Since we are stuck at home, here is an idea for a hearty meal.



Pork chops with braised vegetables   4 servings



4 pork chops                            2 tablespoons oil                                 3 garlic cloves     

1 teaspoon salt                       1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

 2 bell peppers, red and/or yellow                   1 zucchini                  1 dried pepper or chili

3 tablespoons olives               1 1/2 dl (2/3 cup) white wine or cider


Saute’ the chops in oil for 2 minutes per side over medium heat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Remove from the pan and keep warm.  Cut the vegetables into strips and chop the chili.  Saute’ quickly in the same pan and add the wine.  Top with the chops, cover and let simmer over low heat for around 10 minutes.  Serve with bread, rice or boiled potatoes. 







Bring joy to someone today.  Call a friend or send an email or text to check up on them and to let them know you are thinking of them.





Sons of Norway Elvesvingen Lodge Board Members


President: Karen Abbott                              507.381.3290

Secretary: Carol Seifert                               507.382.8935

Financial Secretary: Linda Stelter              507.382.8935

Treasurer: Lynnell Pemble                          507.245.3805

Editor: Duane Olson                                   507.514.2679

Social/Cultural Director: John Bungum    507.327.1278





                CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Apr. 18, 2020  -  No meeting



Tentative schedule



May 9, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Kathy Dantzler-Olson: Langeleik & Puppets Heritage Room





June 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m. PICNIC!