Happy New Year!

Our last board meeting of the year included elections. President – Kyle Handegard; Vice President – John Jorgensen; Secretary – Chris Carlson; and Treasurer — Bill Martinson. Chris Carlson returns as a trustee and Deb Ankeney is new to the board. Welcome, Deb!

The updated fireplace in the dining room at the Kringen Klub.

The Klub has had cosmetic upgrades including the reworking of the fireplace in the dining room that brings a warm and cozy ambiance to the room. We are proud of these changes as we work to improve our welcoming atmosphere. The board kindly asks that we all work together to keep the Klub looking sharp. If you or your group share our space by rearranging tables and chairs, please return them to their original placement. We and our volunteer staff greatly appreciate your being here but also leaving things as they originally were.

It has been our pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to a New Year full of good health and good fortune! Have a safe and prosperous new year!

A look back and a look forward

As I stated in my annual report at the last lodge meeting, 2021 had a slow start at the Klub but we are getting back to normal. Our capital campaign was successful and celebrated. The kitchen and roofing projects were completed. Next up, is updating the Troll Lounge early in 2022. Other small changes around the Klub give us a more business-like look.

The new Troll Lounge manager, Maren, comes to us with bar management and marketing experience. The bar will be open Monday through Saturday. These new hours have proven to be successful.

Check out the calendar in the Posten, Facebook, and our website for events. Come check it out!!!

Have a safe and happy new year!!!!

Welcome fall!

by Kyle Handegard, Klub President

Welcome fall! Also, welcome Maren Jorgensen as our new Troll lounge manager. Stop by to meet our bartenders working Tuesday through Thursday nights.

Maren has vast experience as a bar manager and brings exciting ideas. Maren will also be an assistant manager helping with events, giving Allison more time to focus on Kringen Kafe. Watch for new email addresses as we switch internet providers.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Welcome fall!

School has started. Our farmers’ bounties are not as they used to be, but we will keep the faith.

Small changes are happening around the Klub and committees are being formed to consider larger improvements. The Troll Lounge is open Tuesdays and Thursdays but we will add Wednesday nights for trivia. I love trivia even though I’m not very good at it! Come be a part of it all and let’s keep our bartender, Stephanie, hopping behind the bar.

Welcome fall!

Celebrating a Successful Campaign

It was a grand night on July 15th to celebrate our capital campaign. Thanks again for those contributing and helping our Klub. A committee will be formed to list and prioritize projects for board
approval. It is again an exciting time and we look forward to updating our facility for future generations.

Thanks also to the campaign committee, the volunteers who set up for the event in the ballroom – not a small task – and staff in the kitchen, Troll lounge, and servers.

Tussen Takk!

Ramping Back Up!

Our Thursday night music is back and we look forward to having more evenings open in the Troll Lounge.

Check us out and “like” us on Facebook at Kringen Lodge 25 Sons of Norway. Our website is where you will find the Posten newsletter containing our monthly calendar and articles of upcoming events and cultural information.

Happy Independence Day!!!

Time Flies!

by Kyle Handegard, Kringen Klub President

June is here meaning we are almost half way through 2021 – time flies!

Midsummer’s Eve is commonly known in Norway as St. Hans. Like many other Christian celebrations, St. Hans was originally a pagan festival. The central element of the celebration is the lighting of a large bonfire. Traditionally, the bonfire was lit around farms to “wake up” the ground. When the light from the fire shone on the fields they were believed to become extra fertile that year. St. Hans is a celebration of nature, life and fertility. Many of the traditions are connected with the renewal of life. If a girl picked five or seven different herbs and flowers on this day and put them under her pillow at night, she would dream of her husband to be. Join us June 22nd when we crown our new St. Hans.

Smørbrød will be served Wednesday, June 23rd. The Kringen Kafe will offer open faced sandwiches and Norwegian goodies. Come and Enjoy!

Hello Spring!

By Kyle Handegard, Klub President

April showers bring May flowers….a new beginning.

Kringen Lodge is beginning a revival after the pandemic slow-down.

Troll lounge is open again on Thursdays for music along with cards and games. It’s wonderful to have everyone and their friends coming back for lunch, Tuesday social night, and Thursday night events. The trolls in our lounge were highlighted in the April Posten – come see for yourselves the details and painting behind them. The rosemaled ceiling in the Viking room is another beautiful treasure compliment of Arvid Kristoffersen from Telemark, Norway.

On Syttende Mai, May 17th, a celebration will be held for Norway’s Constitution Day with torsk and meatballs. It is sure to be a grand evening.

Hello Spring!

By Kyle Handegard, Klub President

As restrictions loosen up, Kringen Lodge gets busier. We are pleased our lunch and Tuesday night socials are on the uptick; several volunteers feel comfortable coming back in to help; Torsk Club will start again on the fourth Thursday in April, and music will be returning to Troll bar on Thursday nights. Check out our Facebook page (Kringen Lodge 25 Sons of Norway) and our website (www. sonsofnorwayfargo.com) for more details. Consider hosting an event at Kringen and suggest our facility to your family and friends.

There are always changes being made at the Club and some may not be noticeable. One big update: The restrooms have been updated thanks to Doug and Phyllis Benson’s work on an ND Economic Resiliency Grant. They have been very instrumental in getting grant monies to help the Club. THANK YOU, DOUG & PHYLLIS!

See you at Kringen!

Like the old saying – “if you don’t like the weather, just wait, it will change.”

By Kyle Handegard, Klub President

February weather was brutal but we can all look forward to the first day of spring this month. Our waffle event on Valentine’s Day was canceled but we will re-schedule.

At the February board meeting, we signed a rental agreement for the southwest corner of the rental space. We are excited to have the space occupied and look forward to the activity they will bring.

The roof project is 75% complete with the parapet (edging) waiting for warmer weather. We were blessed to have good temps for its tear-off and re-construction. Projects are never-ending when dealing with an older building, but we are up to the task.

The pandemic vaccines will hopefully get the Club back to normal capacity. Come in for lunch with fresh homemade meals, soups, and wonderful desserts. Social nights are busier and the Troll Lounge is open with restrictions. We miss our members and friends that haven’t be able to be with us. Precautions are taken for a safe visit.