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June 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.


June Picnic

Annual Midsommar’s Picnic
*****June 16, 5:30pm*****
Spring Lake Park, North Mankato
Shelter 2

Shelter #2  is located by the pond. Park in the parking lot along Webster Avenue, and walk up the path to the shelter near the pond.

Come early at 4:30pm to play Kubb and socialize
Please bring a dish to pass

Serving Committee:
Linda Stelter and Tom and Sheri Sheimo


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

As one of our members told me, if you missed our May program, you missed a good time! The food was great thanks to the serving committee, Gary Legwold was a very fun, interest-ing speaker, and we got to watch a lefse rolling demonstration during his presentation that ended with all of us enjoying warm lefse treats! A special thank-you to Mary Jane Patchin for rolling out the batch of lefse dough, and to Becky Kitzmann and Lois Kitzmann for grilling and preparing the lefse for the audience. What a great way to end our programs for the year!

Don’t forget about our yearly pot-luck picnic which will be at 5:30 on June 16th at Spring Lake Park. Come join us; you can play some rousing games of Kubb or simply sit and visit. It’s always an enjoyable evening!
We delivered your donations to the Echo Food Shelf. There were 23 pounds of food. I know many people forgot to bring something so we’ll have to try and do better next time.

The 2017-2018 Elvesvingen “year” is coming to a close and we have to start planning pro-grams for 2018-2019. We will be meeting at John Bungum’s home in St. Peter on Monday, June 18th at 6:30. We’d love to have more of you join us for this brain-storming session. If you have ideas and can’t make it that evening, please let one of the board members know. One member has the idea of taking a bus to the cities to tour the Swedish Institute. How many of you would be interested in that? We would have to figure out the size of a bus, the cost per person, any other places where we might stop such as Mindekirken, what day of the week and what month of the year we would go, etc. I would appreciate it if all of you would contact me either by phone or e-mail and let me know your feelings on this as we would have to start working on it this summer.

In April, I went to a Sons of Norway Zone 5 Workshop in Albert Lea. We talked about the health of our lodges and the goals of the organization. Invite your friends to our monthly gatherings and keep inviting them. Think about who you will invite to our membership dinner in the fall. When people retire they usually have more time on their hands. Do you know anyone like that who might be interested in the great programs we provide? Offer rides to those who might have a hard time getting to the meetings. The future of Elvesvingen and Sons of Norway is up to all of us. Help spread the good news of what a fine organization we have.

Our weather has turned hot but says the average temperature in Oslo, Norway in June is 68 degrees with night-time temperatures around 48 degrees. There are 19 hours of daylight with approximately 8 hours of bright sunshine each day. Bergen seems to be cloudier since they average 7 hours of bright sunshine per day with an average high of 61 degrees and night-time low of 48 degrees. The average maximum temperature in Tromso in June is 52 degrees with an average night-time low of a chilly 39 degrees. There are usually 8 hours of bright sunshine each day during the 24 hours of daylight. The weather in Vadso, Norway, (up around the top hump of the country) is about the same as Tromso with a high of 52 degrees and a low night-time temp of 37 degrees. If you don’t like our warm June temps here in Minnesota you can travel to Norway and head north. But be sure to bring those sweaters with you since night-time lows of 37 degrees are going to feel quite cold! I hope where ever you are this summer you’re enjoying yourselves and having a good time! Ha det bra!!


Summer Birthdays! ~Gratulerer med dagen~



Kris Norland                    2

Mark De Garmeaux         3

Janet Prehn                      7

Beth Barriga                  10

Karen Lundblad            11

June Borseth                 14

Kathryn Bruss              16

Jim Moody                   22



Owen Swenson                 1

Jane Torgerson                  1

Ellen Ahlness                   2

Duane Olson                    3

Thomas Sheimo               3

Elizabeth Wallen             6

Delores Buege                7

Evelyth Nelson               9

Douglas Wallen              9

Carol Seifert                 11

Verone Nelson              12

Maria Stolen                 18

Geraldine Skarphol      19

Robin Grinnell             21

Roderick Hanson         22

Karen Flo                     25

Synnove Grinnell        29

Dorothy Anthony        31



Lynnell Pemble                  7

Evelyn Swenson              10

Judith Lokensgard           11

Oren Quist                      26

Irene Mickelson              30


Thank you for your participation!


Thank you for bringing donations for the Echo foodshelf. Our lodge was able to donate 23 pounds last month!!!


Congratulations to Kris Norland, Phil Bachman, Curt Eidhammer, and Karen Abbott for earning their pins for recruiting new members.



                             Coming Up


 Sons of Norway International Convention

 August 16-17-18

 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bloomington, MN


This one is open to members and non-members, so you’re free to bring your friends!


Programs for 2018-2019 Summer Planning

June 18, 6:30pm
John Bungum’s House
33014 Marie Ln, St. Peter

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 mem-bers, or keep it in mind for the planning meeting this summer!

 What would you like to see for future programs?
 Do you know someone who could provide a program?
 Everyone is welcomed to come!


Last month's meeting


Joke sharing: Karen Abbott, Pam Borchert, Lois Anderson, Jim Moody, Joel Botten, and Marlin Spangrud


How to Tell a Joke

(Gary Legwold)

-Make notes and retell soon

-Start small

-Tell it to the mirror

-Don’t memorize-but get to the punch line

-Be yourself and don’t rush


                                               Making lefse during the presentation

Mary Jane Patchin rolled the dough, Becky Kitzmann grilled the lefse, and Lois Kitzmann prepared the lefse with butter and sugar

Summer Calender


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

Annual Midsommar’s Eve Picnic

(Shelter 2) Spring Lake Park, North Mankato


June 18, 2018 ***6:30pm***

Planning Committee Meeting

John Bungum’s house: 33014 Marie Ln, St. Peter, MN


August 16-17-18

International Convention

 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bloomington, MN


   See you on September 8th at our next meeting!