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[Sons of Norway Mankato] June Newsletter

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June 2017

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.

The Game of Kubb


Midsummer’s Eve Potluck                     

June 10, 2017 5:30-pm

Shelter #1

Spring Lake Park, North Mankato

Please bring a dish to pass!

There will be the Norwegian game of Kubb available, starting at 5:00pm.
Come to enjoy your favorite Norwegian game, or learn how to play
if you have never played before. Beverages will be provided.
There will be a campfire with s'mores to end the evening.

June Servers:

Stan & Linda Stelter


Tom & Sheri Sheimo

Map of Spring Lake Park

Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

May's gathering didn't turn out as planned. Unfortunately, the presenter, Berit Aus, became ill and was not able to make it to Mankato. She is looking forward to being a presenter some month in the coming year. We tried playing a personal video but the speakers weren't working well, so instead, everyone enjoyed an evening of fellowship. I would like to thank the serving committee for providing a scrumptious meal and for decorating the tables with beautiful Rosemaling that everyone enjoyed. Don't forget about our upcoming picnic at Spring Lake Park on June 10th at 5:30 P.M. The meal will be potluck with s'mores provided after some rousing games of Kubb.

The Board will be meeting in June at John Bungum's home in St. Peter to plan programs for next year and we would love it if some of you would join us. We appreciate the ideas that were written down at the last meeting and urge anyone else with ideas to e-mail or call one of us.

Summer is the wonderful time of the year when we can get out and enjoy numerous parades and festivals. Visit the Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center by Westby, WI, on June 17th for the Midsummer Fest, celebrating the longest day of the summer. Their website is

June 23-24, you can go to the Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minn. Find out more at

On June 25, Scandinavian Summer Fest/Svenskarnas Dag/Norway Day will have their third annual festival at 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive in Minneapolis. The day includes many activities such as: the raising of the Midsommar Pole, various singing and dancing performances by local and visiting Scandinavian groups, and the crowning of the Midsommar Queen. Authentic foods and handicrafts will be available for purchase. You can find out more about it on their Facebook page.

July 15-17 is the Bavarian Blast in New Ulm located at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Enjoy music, food, beer, and more. Go to the Bavarian Blast Facebook page for more information.

For Danish heritage, you can go to Aebleskiver Days Celebration on July 21-23 in Tyler Minnesota. They will be having a craft show and vendor fair, a Cruise-In Car Show, and lots of food choices including aebleskiver. You can find out more information on their Facebook page.

July 27-29 is Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA. Enjoy singing, dancing, food booths, Vesterheim Museum, an Arts & Crafts Show, a grand parade, etc. For more information, go to

For those who REALLY like to travel, the Islandic Festival of Manitoba or Islendingadagurinn, is held in Gimli, Manitoba on August 4th - 7th. They are dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in Icelandic culture and descent, primarily through the presentation of this annual family oriented celebration. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, events, activities, Icelandic culture, and of course, Vikings! See their website

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

Summer Birthdays! Happy Birthday to you!




July Birthdays


August Birthdays


Kris Norland                 


Owen Swenson 1 Lynnell Pemble 7

Mark De Garmeaux    


Jane Torgerson 1 Evelyn Swenson 10

Janet Prehn                   


Ellen Ahlness 2 Judith Lokensgard 11

Beth Barriga                


Duane Olson 3 Jan Flowers 25

Karen Lundblad           


Tom Sheimo 3 Oren Quist 26

Alf Odegaard                


Elizabeth Wallen 6 Irene Mickelson 30

June Borseth                 


Delores Buege 7    

Kathy  Bruss                  


Evelyth Nelson 9    

Jim Moody                     


Douglas Wallen 9    

Pamela Sandbo            


Carol Seifert 11    

Verone Nelson


Maria Stolen


Geraldine Skarphol


Robin Grinnell


Roderick Hanson


Synnove Grinnell


Dorothy Anthony


Gratulerer med dagen


A Norwegian, a Swede and a Dane made a bet about who could stay the longest in a stinky pig barn. They all went in at the same time. After only two minutes the Dane came running out. Five minutes later the Swede stumbled out the door. After ten minutes, all the pigs ran out.

~Jokes taken from

Norwegian Flag

Thank you to those who contributed program ideas for next year!

We would still love to have help choosing programs for next year. Please consider attending! Several board members will be attending, but we need your help too! The meeting will take place on June 14 at 6:00pm at
John Bungum’s house again this year. (33014 Marie Lane, St. Peter) If you have any questions, you can call
John at 507-327-1278.

May Highlights

To Change the time, or not change the time...

11:00 versus 5:30

There was a discussion at the May meeting on whether to change our gathering time to 11:00am every month or to keep it the way it is with the fall and spring meetings at 5:30pm, and the winter meetings at 11:00am. After a vote at the May meeting, and speaking with other members who have expressed an opinion, the numbers equaled out to be the same. Due to the outcome of the vote, the board has decided not to make any changes at this time. The topic can be addressed at some point in the future.

Salad Dressing Recipe~ by Lori Ahlness

Here is the sald dressing recipe that was used at the April Meeting:

1 cup oil                                                              1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar                   OR:     1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup sugar                                                          1/3 cup Truvia (or alternative)

2 Tablespoons soy sauce                                     2 Tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or alternative)

Mix and pour over lettuce.