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October 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.


OCTOBER 13, 2018 ~ 5:30 p.m.

Jasper Bond : Alaskan Iditerod Dog Sled Race

 Serving Committee


Lynnell Pemble, Chair



Duane & Janice Ahlness

Eric Ahlness

Mary Anderson

Delores Buege

Jim& Shirley Moody

Lois Otto



Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

Those of you who were at the September meeting know about my good news. For those of you who don’t, here is the story. I was contacted by a professor of History and Social Studies at MSU, Mankato. He is working on a project with another professor who teaches History at the University of Southeast Norway. In March of 2019, due to a grant they received, they will be co-teaching a course titled “Norwegian Immigration to the U.S.” Part of the course will be bringing 10 Norwegian students to Mankato along with the MSU, Mankato students going to Norway later on. One topic they want to cover is whether or not Norwegian-Americans are still “Norwegian,” or what it means to be Norwegian-American. The professors thought it would be interesting for the students to experience a ‘traditional’ meal, that would be served at any Norwegian-American gathering (holidays, Sons of Norway, Church function, etc.) and have the students discuss how Norwegian it really is.

I was asked if Elvesvingen would like to host a traditional Norwegian-American meal one night during the week the Norwegians are here. The Board decided that, yes, that would be an event that the Elvesvingen members would enjoy being a part of and those at the September meeting totally agreed! We are working on a grant to see if we can get funding from Sons of Norway to help with food and supplies. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, we will be meeting in the lower dining room at Bethlehem Lutheran Church to prepare an evening meal for about 25 students and teachers, our members, and guests. Elvesvingen’s membership will need to help with this! I sent around a sign-up sheet at the September gathering and will be doing so again. If you can’t be at the monthly meetings, please contact me to find out how you can help. The Norwegian students will be our program that evening so I know you won’t want to miss this fun event!

It was so nice to see everyone again on September 8th and the potluck meal was delicious. Thanks to the serving committee for seeing that the set-up and take-down ran with ease. Program presenter, Leif Andol, was a delight with his first-hand stories about life in Norway for a young man during the WWII German occupation. And, we had two programs in one when Leif’s wife, Jan, surprised us by playing a Stanley SAW with a cello bow, accompanied by a recorded song from Les Misérables. It was fabulous!

Our October program presenter will be Jasper Bond, a potter from Sauk Rapids, who has volunteered for over 20 years at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Join us as we hear stories about mushers and their dogs on the Last Great Race on Earth. (Jasper was scheduled last winter but we had a blizzard and that meeting was canceled.)

We will be having a membership banquet on November 10th but this year Elvesvingen members get to eat for free! There will be a $10.00 fee for all non-members. For the caterer, we will have to have a count of how many will be attending. Start thinking about who YOU will invite!

In October and November, I will be accepting nominations for Vice President and Editor. Please consider serving your lodge in one of these positions. Ask a board member for any details.

Tuesday, October 9th is Leif Erikson Day. To see what’s happening at the 31st annual Leif Eriksson International Festival go to:

Ha det bra!



October Birthdays!

Lois A.                    1
Jean S.                   15
Marsha N.              17
Joloyce F.              19
James B.                21
Donna A.               22
Terry S.                  27
Lois K.                   28

George Orvick died Sept 29th in Madison WI  He was a member of our lodge for 15 years. May he rest in peace.

Our sympathies go out to Millie Hanson, whose husband Roger, a long time charter member, died in August. We are sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.



Norwegian joke of the month

May da ruts always fit da wheels in your pickup.
May yur ear mufs always keep out da nort wind.
May da sun shine varm on your lefse.
May da rain fall soft on your lutefisk.
And until ve meet again,
May da Good Lord protect ya from any
and all unnecessary Uff Da's.



Yearbook changes


If you have any address, phone, or e-mail changes, please contact Linda Stelter.


Behind the Scenes

Company from Texas and family helped with the September newsletter. -From Lois Kitzmann

“Ven ya stay wit da secretary of da Sons of Norway, ya get to vork preparing da newsletter vor mailing…”

Board Positions

Vice-President-open immediately!


Editor position-will also be available starting January 1st.


Please contact a board member if you are interested in learning about either position.


Nominations will be held at the October and November meetings.

November Banquet, Coming November 10! The Meal is free for members due to the increased membership fees. Cost for guests and other non-members $10.00. This is the meeting we especially encourage you to invite your friends for a fun evening! The meal will be catered by Truffles, so we will need you to sign up by November 5th. To RSVP, please contact Linda at 507-388-7139.



 Unique Norwegian blue rosemaled bedroom set. Includes 6 drawer dresser, large mirror, and yes, Ole, a bed with room for your Lena too! If interested, call Pam Borchert at 507-931-1511

Entrance to the church:


The entrance doors from the parking lot will be open from 5:00-5:45. Please use the courtyard door on 2nd Street if you arrive earlier or later. Thanks!




Lutefisk Dinners around the area:

First Lutheran Church, 434 1st St. SW, Blooming Prairie, Tues. October 16th $18.00 Lunch is first-come, first-served 11 am - 1 pm. Evening seatings by reservation only 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. Call for tickets 507-583-6621

St. John's Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave. NW, Kasson, Thurs. October 25th. 11:00 - 2:30 and 4:00 pm until all are served. Tickets at door- $17.00. (No advance ticket sales)

Zion Lutheran Church, Hanska, Sat. October 27th. 4:00 - 7:00 pm $16.00

North Waseca Lutheran Church, 40430 120th St., Waseca, Sunday October 28th $17.00

Advance sales only 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm. Call Dan & Mary at 507-461-1842 or Dan & Cheryl at 507-201-8783


For our March program on Tuesday, March 12, we will be introducing Norwegian students to an American Immigration meal. Please mark your calendars ahead of time for the date change, and this unique experience. We could also use more help in preparing food.

Seeking Bake Sale Location


We are not able to have the lefse bake at Madison East Mall this year. If you know of an alternative to have a bake sale fundraiser, please contact a board member. We are looking for an opportunity to continue supporting our future meetings.


September Meeting Highlights

Pictured with Leif Andol is Joel Botten. Mr. Andol presented the program “Growing Up in Norway”

Mr. Andol’s home in Norway


Mrs. Andol played a song using a saw. She was taught by her father. Interesting how she played and beautiful sound.


Calendar of Events


October 13, 2018


Jasper Bond: Iditerod Sled Race in Alaska

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato


November 10, 2018


Membership Banquet

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato