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February 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.


                                      FEBRUARY MEETING

                                                                        Norwegian Bingo
                                                                      February 10, 11:00am
                                                                           Heritage Hall
                                                        Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato

             William Stelter will also be sharing his experience about Norwegian Language camp last summer

February Serving Committee
Lois Annexstad              Pam Borchert           Joloyce Falgren                       Alice Haugen
Paul and Gail Lindfors   Evelyth Nelson        Owen and Evelyn Swenson    Yevonne Flatgard
Viola Gunsolus              Arnold Krueger        Roger and Millicent Hanson   Darcy Larvick
Elizabeth Mueller          Marian Qualset        Warren and Irene Mickelson   Carol Rasmussen
                       Lois Kitzmann, Co-Chair                             Dorothy Redding, Co-Chair


Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

I hope all of you have been able to stay healthy and away from all the "bugs" that are going around our area. Curt and I ended up with bad colds that kept us from being at Elvesvingen's January program. I would like to thank John Bungum for taking over my presidential duties that day. Our speaker was Marsha Danielson, Vice President of Economic Development at South Central College in North Mankato. A member told me that she was an outgoing, good speaker. From his books on the Kings of Norway, John also presented some information on Harold Fairhair.

I was told that the meal was very good with the fruit soup receiving a thumbs-up! Thank you co-chairs Dick and Kris Norland and Carol Seifert and all your servers. People also enjoyed the lovely rosemaled table decorations.

Our next program will be on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 am in the Heritage room at Bethlehem Lutheran. We will be playing Bingo with prizes for the winners.

If you are interested in lutefisk, go to Dell Lutheran Church, 47500 97th St, Frost, on Sunday, February 4th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for their delicious meal. You can purchase tickets at the door. Questions? Call the church at 507-878-3391.

In Norway, February 6th is celebrated as the Sami people's day (Samefolkets dag). The following information is from an article in The Norway Post in 2016. February 6th is celebrated as the indigenous Sami People's Day in Norway and other Scandinavian countries. The day is official flag day in Norway, and the Sami flag is flown on all official buildings.

The Nordic Sami Council decided in 1992 to celebrate a joint Sami National Day, and the day was first celebrated on February 6th 1993. It marks the date of the first Sami National Convention in Trondheim in 1917. This was the first time the Sami gathered around common interests, across national Nordic boundaries.

After 100 years of 'Norwegianization', Sami spokesmen started working for a recognition of Sami culture, language and Sami rights around the turn of the century. The Sami language is again used in local schools, and a Sami Parliament has been established in Norway. The Sami are also campaigning for first rights to natural resources in their region.

The Sami anthem and flag were approved at a Nordic Sami Convention in 1986. The Sami National Day on February 6th has been made official flag day in Norway, alone or alongside the Norwegian flag.

Around 40,000 Samis live in Norway, 20,000 in Sweden and 7,000 in Finland. In addition, an estimated 2,000 live in Russia.

February is filled with numerous days for celebration. I hope you have a happy Norwegian Mother's Day on Sunday, February 11th, and that on February 14th you will be able to spend some quality time with your special valentine!


                       February Birthdays! ~ Gratulerer med dagen

                                                                          Curtis Eidhammer           5
                                                                          Karen Abbott                  7
                                                                          Thomas Haugesag        10                                         
                                                                          Milan Skarphol             11
                                                                          Marlys Heller Leiding  25
                                                                          Darcy Larvick               27



Why do Norwegian warships have bar codes on the sides?
So that when they return to port they can "Scandinavian."

District Convention

Our district will be having a convention in Rochester June 14-16. All are welcome to come! More information will be coming on how to register.

                              SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

We would like to continue to encourage scholarship applications for Norwegian language camps in Skogfjorden, near Bemidji (ages 7- 18), or Masse Moro, near Eau Claire, WI (ages 9-15). The camps are in June and July each year, with one, two, or four week sessions. If your children, grandchildren, or friends are interested, they can call Lois Kitzmann (507-344-1684) for more information. The youth do not need to be members of Sons of Norway to attend.

A word about the weather: In case of a winter storm, the Board of Directors will notify members and the serving committee, if a Lodge meeting needs to be cancelled. A cancellation decision will be made as follows:

11:00 a.m. brunch meeting: Decision by 7:00 p.m. the night prior

5:30 p.m. evening meeting: Decision by 8:00 a.m. the morning of the meeting

Serving committee chair persons will be notified right away by phone and they are asked to call the other serving committee members. Program presenters will be notified by telephone. Please check media for notices:

*a message will scroll across top of our local web page

*click on “School Closings” in the left sidebar

*log on to the KEYC Website:

*listen to any of the following radio stations:

KTOE AM 1420

KDOG FM 96.7

KATO FM 93.1

KXLP FM 94.1

KXAC FM 100.5

KRRW (St. James) FM 101.5

KYSM FM 103.5

Z99 FM 99.1

Blaze FM 95.7

Buzzard FM 105.5

KHRS (New Ulm) FM 105.9

                                          Lutefisk Dinner

Dell’s Annual Lutefisk Supper, now called the Scandinavian Smorgasbord, will be held on Sunday, February 4th at
Dell Lutheran Church, rural Frost, 11am to 3pm. This Norwegian Medley will fill you up with authentic fare our homeland; Lutefisk, Klub, Norwegian Meatballs, Real Mashed Potatoes, Corn and many Norwegian desserts, including Rice Pudding, Romgrot, Kringla, Lefsa and Rosettes. Tickets are sold at the door, $18 donation for adults
and $6 donation for those 10 and under. Valet service for all. Dell ladies will have a fantastic Bake Sale as well. All
proceeds from the Supper go to missions. It is a true Norwegian feast! Please come join us! Program us into your GPS unit at Dell Lutheran Church, 47500 97th Street, Frost, MN 56033.


     Membership Notes
This year, a dues increase was explained in the August 2017 issue of Viking magazine (page 33). Previously an individual paid $43.50 per year, and $5.00 of that was returned to our chapter. The new rate will be $60.00 per year, and $14.00 will be returned to Elvesvingen. This means that the international and district portion is increased by $7.50. The family membership was $80.50, and $8.50 of that came back to our chapter. The new rate is $95.00, and we will receive $28.00. This means that the International Sons of Norway and District One will receive $5.00 less than previously. The increases went into effect Jan 1, 2018 whenever a member’s dues are renewed. The Elvesvingen board has decided to give all members a free membership dinner in November as a benefit of membership.


                                       Highlights of last month



                                             Calendar of Events

                       February 10, 2018  ***11:00am         *** March 10, 2018 ***11:00am***

                       Norwegian Bingo                               Phil Bachman: historical view of two

                                                                                   homesteads in Norway

                                                                 Heritage Room                                    

                                                                 Bethlehem Lutheran Church