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June 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.


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

We will soon be wrapping up another year for Elvesvingen Lodge. Our annual June picnic is on June 8th at 5:30 pm in Shelter #1 at Spring Lake Park. Bring a dish to pass, sit and visit, or try your hand at Kubb. It’s always an enjoyable evening! (Curt and I will have to miss it this year because we’ll be helping his sister celebrate her 50 th wedding anniversary!)

May’s serving committee deserves a big thank-you for the delicious meal they provided on the 11th. I’d also like to thank Bruce Bjorgum for his great program on the WWII Viking Battalion. It was very interesting to find out more about the war my father (who was not Norwegian) also fought in.

Our program committee will be meeting on June 17th at the home of John Bungum in Saint Peter (33014 Marie Lane, Saint Peter) at 6:30 p.m. We appreciate the suggestions you have shared and if you have more ideas or any questions, please contact me. We’re hoping more members join us to help plan good programs for next year.

Delores Buege, our Sunshine Lady, is retiring on June 1st. Thank you, Delores, for the time you have spent spreading cheer throughout our membership! Also, thank you to Pam Borchert who has volunteered to take over this position.

The Zone 5 District #1 Workshop held on May 4th in Owatonna was attended by Lois Kitzmann, Adrian Lo, Linda Stelter, Curt Eidhammer, and myself. It was a very productive day and we came away with a lot of information. I’d like to thank these members for giving up their time on a Saturday to share ideas and learn about new ways to enhance and promote Elvesvingen Lodge and the Sons of Norway.

Some of you may be going on trips this summer, but if you’re planning on staying closer to home, there are many fun activities to enjoy. You can check out the following:

Sunday, June 23rd at 9:00 am, Scandinavian Summer Fest/Svenskarnas Dag. 4801 S. Minnehaha Dr., Minneapolis, MN, Minnehaha Falls Park. A day filled with Scandinavian music, dancing, handicrafts, and the crowning of the 2020 Miss Svenskarnas Dag! Check out their Facebook page.

July 19-21 is Bavarian Blast in New Ulm located at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Enjoy music, food, beer, and more. Go to for more information.

July 25-27 is Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA, an annual celebration of Scandinavian heritage, culture and food. Enjoy the Vesterheim Museum, Arts & Crafts shows, and a grand parade. For more information, go to

Enjoy your summer and try to fit in as much fun as possible!


Zone #5 Leadership Workshop Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, MN May 4, 2019


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