Our new home

The new year brings us to our new home at Heritage Lutheran Church in Apple Valley.

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International Mother Language Day

This year’s International Mother Language Day quietly slipped by last Thursday, the 21st. But, we can celebrate the event today by learning a little of our own mother language.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.
United Nations International Mother Language Day microsite

Check out the free Norwegian language lessons, available free on the Sons of Norway web site.

For a more interactive learning experience, on March 9 at 1:00 come to the cafeteria in IKEA Bloomington for the Speak Norwegian event. This is a Scandinavian (esp. Norwegian) Culture Share Meetup event, hosted by our own Chris Elwell.

And don’t forget to check out Norsota’s library, featuring an assortment of language learning materials. One particularly good resource on our shelves Norsk, nordmenn og Norge, the classic “white book” textbook still in use today.

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February Fjell of Fjord Youth

The Fjell of Fjord Youth will meet February 10 at 2:00 PM at Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan.

This is a wonderful facility to cross country ski, hike, skate, and sit by the outdoor fire–or indoors if you prefer. Feel free to bring snacks and/or beverages to share.

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February program: Norway House

Jon Pederson, President of the Norway House Board, will be the Norsota February program speaker. Hear about plans to build Norway House next door to Mindekirken, and the partnership between these two neighboring entities to create a long dreamed of Norwegian American Cultural and Business Center.

The February 9 lodge meeting and program begins at 7:00 PM.

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District officer training workshop

Our own Chris Elwell will be leading the district officer training workshop.

This is a very good opportunity to meet others from Twin Cities lodges to exchange experiences and ideas. Chris will be going over how to host a membership dinner, materials that explain how lodges operate, and what officer positions entail. Attendees will also see the Sons of Norway web site, and learn what it has available for members.

RSVP to Chris by February 20 if you want to attend. The $10 fee for Norsta members will be paid by the lodge.

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We’re moving!

We will be saying goodbye to the Lakeville Senior Center at our September 8, 2012 meeting.

Beginning with the October 13 meeting, we will be meeting at the new Lakeville Heritage Center, located just north of the Fire Department building at Highway 50 and Dodd Boulevard.

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Becca Larson’s year in Norway

Our September meeting (September 8, 2012) will feature Becca Larson’s presentation on her year in Norway. Along with her talk, she will show a video she produced and she will share a little of her instrumental music.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can view some of Becca’s videos on YouTube.

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Norsota Cornfeed

The annual Norsota Cornfeed will be held at 6 p.m. on August 11, 2012 at the Lakeville Senior Center. We extend a big thank you to Warren and Adele Eidsness for
providing the sweet corn. The Lodge will provide the beverages and tableware. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Board members will be serving, and several people are needed by 4 p.m. to prepare the corn and set up for the meal.

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Norsota Picnic

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Norsota’s annual picnic was held on June 10 in the beautiful back yard of Bob and Peggy Miller. It was a beautiful day, except for a brisk breeze. Bob supplied boards for the tables to hold the tablecloths in place. … Continue reading

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Lori Lahlum to present Norwegian American Women: Gendering Norwegian American History

Lori Lahlum

Lori Lahlum

Lori Lahlum will present the April 14 Norsota program entitled Norwegian American Women: Gendering Norwegian American History.

A native of North Dakota, Lori Lahlum received her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in 2003. She is currently associate professor of history at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she teaches courses on the American West. Lahlum edited Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities, and Identities (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011) with Betty Bergland, and she has a chapter on women in rural Norwegian American communities in the volume. She also has published an article on Norwegian immigrant women in South Dakota (2005), a book chapter on growing up in Norwegian American communities (2008), and an article on a Norwegian woman homesteader and photographer (2010). Lahlum is now working on final revisions for a book on Norwegian immigrant women, landscape, and agriculture on the northern plains, as well as doing research for a book-length dual biography of two Norwegian immigrant women in South Dakota.

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