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April 2019

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: A Special Feature!

Join us on April 13th when Dr. Lawrence Moe will be presenting a program on Knud Wefald. Born in Telemark in 1869, Knud was 17 when he came to Minnesota as a penniless farm hand. Discover his journey into writing, business, and Minnesota politics.

New meeting location!

April 13th


Grace Lutheran Church

320 E. Main St.

Use the back door off the alley, and go down the steps/ramp to the dinning room.


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

Our Norwegian-American dinner on the evening of March 12th was a success! I hope you saw the coverage on KEYC News 12 or maybe the article in the Free Press. If not, contact me and I can send you a link. Putting on the dinner took a lot of work and I would, again, like to thank everyone who helped in any way – it made it easier for all of us! I received a couple emails after the event from professor Kyle Ward and I’d like to pass on some of what he said:

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for your help with the students and faculty from the University of Southeastern Norway. It has been fun listening to this group talk about how much fun they had and all that they learned in their short amount of time here. I had to smile as I dropped them off in the Twin Cities when I saw an entire van of Norwegians wearing purple Mav gear! Also, I have an email from a lady interested in the Sons of Norway, so getting this sort of PR (from KEYC and The Free Press) seems to be working! And again, really can’t thank you enough for all the work you and the lodge did for that great evening.”

Dr. Kyle Ward

Director of Social Studies Education

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Please note on your calendars that our next meeting, on April 13, will be at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E Main St, Mankato. We are not able to meet at Bethlehem due to a special event there. We will be using the back door of Grace Lutheran, which is just off the alley. Inside there are either a few steps or a ramp to the dining room for our meeting. The program will be Dr. Lawrence Moe speaking on Knud Wefald, a Norwegian-American from Minnesota’s history. Also, Ray Brau, will be giving us an overview of some of Sons of Norway’s new insurance options and financial benefits.

The program committee will be meeting in the next few months and we’ll want ideas from you for next year’s programs. Please make a list of other programs you have enjoyed or topics you would like to learn about. If you can’t be at the upcoming meetings, e-mail me.

Please bring your non-perishable food items to the April meeting for the ECHO Food Shelf. Phil Bachman has volunteered to deliver the items. Thanks for your donations!

Our Zone #5 Director, Gloria Coulter, will be having a spring workshop in Owatonna at Trinity Lutheran Church on May 4th. All members are welcome. See Karen for details.

Don’t forget the International Festival on Sunday, April 7th, starting at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Elvesvingen Lodge will have a table there as usual to showcase Norway.

Påskedag, or Easter Sunday, is April 21st . May you all have a blessed holiday


Dr. Lawrence Moe, Metropolitan State University                  Knud Wefald in Saint Paul, MN


At our Norwegian-Lutheran dinner on March 12th, there was a small, colorful tablecloth on the dessert table under the two kransekake. This tablecloth is missing. If you have any ideas as to it's whereabouts, please contact Karen Abbott. Thanks!


Highlights from last month:



Interesting history:

The Langeleik is a Norwegian zither. Here it is in an old photo with a lady in a bunad, and pictured today played by a girl.


Please remember for the April meeting:

International Festival





Calendar of Events

April 13, 2019 - 5:30pm
Dr. Lawrence Moe: Knud Wefald
Grace Lutheran Church, Mankato

International Festival
April 7, 2019 11am-3pm

 May 11, 2019 - 5:30pm
Bruce Bjorgum: The Viking Battalion
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato