October was busy and November will be too!

In October we were fortunate to get back to learning Norwegian on Monday nights. After 2 years of canceled classes, we have been able to once again meet in person. Thanks to our dedicated teachers! Vesterheim Gold Medalist Lois Mueller taught a three-day rosemaling class here at Kringen and the Culture Committee is giving all Kringen members who took the class a stipend. In conjunction with Greg Danz from Zandbroz, we hosted an author talk and book signing with Eric Dregni. Hopefully, we will be able to offer more events like these in the future.

Looking forward to November, our Cultural Night on the 2nd will feature the marvelous Hopperstad Stave Church located at the Heritage Hjemkomst Center, built by our own member Guy Paulson. The Lesering (Book club) will read and discuss Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer on the 8th, Language classes continue on Monday nights thru the 22nd. The Rosemaling group meets on Mondays at 1. The knitting and handiwork group meets on the first and third Fridays of each month. The library is open daily from 11 to 2 and Tuesday evenings; more hours to be added. Genealogist Carol Olson will be in the library on Thursdays from 11 to 2. She has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in genealogy, she is looking forward to helping our members research their ancestors and heritage. Some of you know Carol from the knitting group, she keeps herself very busy. Her husband Ray will be there occasionally too.

October was a busy month for donations. Thanks to Alden Pederson for Scandinavian cookbooks and Sons of Norway songbooks, Reed Malm for the book American Relief for Norway (published post-war 1947), Dale Grothe for a collection of books dealing with information on Runes, Arnold Jordheim for photo albums of travel pictures from Norway, Boyd Wermedahl for the book Farming med Hoved og Handler, Kari Jo Hanson for Bygdeboker (city or village books from Norway), an unknown donor for a ledger from the Solvang Lodge once located in Walcott, ND. Duane and Shirley Svanes gifted a set of 19 figures dressed in bunader (traditional Norwegian clothing by region)now on display in the library, Ruth Rutten has given maps of the counties in Norway and of where traditional bunader come from, she also passed down a Sons of Norway satchel/binder for use by the Lodge President. Lydia Ronningen donated her grandmother’s Hardanger books
and materials. Alan Pearson has rosemaled an easel made by his brother Rodger Pearson. Donations of computer equipment for use in the library have been received. Three wooden bookcases given by an anonymous donor are now holding the collection of books written in Norwegian. Bev Lake has contributed an oak table for use
in the library meeting room.

Many thanks to the volunteers who staff the library, You brighten their days when you stop and check out a book! A special thanks to Jan Kaspari who has spent untold hours cataloging the collection of books. A very big thank you to Les Bakke and John Jorgensen for getting our information technology up and running and the time spent teaching the staff how to use it.

In addition to the books we have purchased for Lesering there are other new books available: Eric Dregi’s For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness and Midwest Marvels: Roadside Attractions Across Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin, Liv Arnesen’s Skiing into the Bright Light: My Journey to the South Pole. More from Lauraine Snelling will be on the way! Please if you have any suggestions let us know. The Lodge and Library number is 701- 478-5727 or email [email protected]

Det blir snart kaldt. Det er på tiden med en god bok.
It will be cold soon. It is time for a good book.

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