By Roger Reinhart
There are many Norwegians and other Scandinavians in our area who want to maintain connections with our cultural heritage and/or travel to Norway. One very important part of contact with our culture is the language. Back in 1996, I joined Kringen Lodge because I wanted to learn more Norwegian. My teacher was Leola Olson. Other teachers at the time were Gladys Hendrickson, Grace Onan, and Florence Anderson.
In the past twenty years, others have stepped forward to lead our language classes and have been doing a magnificent job of keeping the learning of Norwegian alive here in our lodge and have provided a great service to our cultural department.
Our current teachers are Verlyn Anderson, Evonne Anderson, Trygve Olson, Stevie Mathre, Karen Kooren, Sue Rusch, and Roger Reinhart. There is also “Lesering” (Reading), a group that meets to read Norwegian stories and articles. There are groups at all levels. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these teachers. They provide much time and effort to keep us learning and enjoying Norwegian. We have roughly between 55 and 65 students attending Norwegian classes each Monday during October & November and March & April. So our gratitude is also for encouraging new membership in our lodge. One of the greatest areas of interest (maybe the greatest) for new members is to study Norwegian. So – Thank you, Teachers!!
Last March our Norwegian Classes were discontinued in the shadow of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Again this fall we were unable to meet safely. Now the vaccinations have been started and we are thankful that we have progressed to this point. But it looks like this March and April will still be unsafe for getting our classes together. So, it is with disappointment that we, your language teachers, will not be able again to begin our classes this spring.
Wow! We are really ready to schedule our classes again. Next fall, October and November, will probably be the time for our restart. (Watch this site for announcements.) The classes have been a very important part of Kringen Lodge here in the Fargo/Moorhead area. And they will be again soon.
If you want to visit about beginning Norwegian, contact Roger at 701 371-0425.