Thanking YOU

In 2021 we’re giving thanks for your ongoing enthusiasm for all things Norwegian and for kindness you’ve shown to fellow members. Our Sons of Norway family would not be the same without your Nordic spirit!  

Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Sons of Norway staff.

New Nordic Cuisine Exhibit at the Hjemkomst Center

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, the organization that runs the museum at the Hjemkomst Center, cordially invites you to see the traveling exhibit New Nordic Cuisine, which opens Sat. Nov. 20, 2021, and runs through Mon. March 7, 2022. Created by the Museum of Danish America (MDA), the exhibit brings the story of 21st-century Nordic food culture (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden) to museums and communities across the United States. This traveling exhibition explores the values that bring together traditional flavors, local producers,  and innovative techniques. In addition, the Nordic Cuisine YouTube channel brings stories to people wherever they are – from recipe demonstrations to restaurant tours, to interviews with influential chefs and foodies. MDA calls the exhibit “the defining show on one of the most important cultural phenomena to come out of the Nordic countries in recent decades.”

According to Michael Tetszchner, president of the Nordic Council, “The influence of ‘New Nordic Cuisine’ can be seen in restaurants, farm-to-table efforts, and public policy around the environment, agriculture, and nutrition. The 21st century has seen an evolution in Nordic food culture that focuses increasingly on regional producers, seasonal ingredients, sustainable food systems, and modern nutrition science. This movement reflects Nordic values of caring for the environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of all citizens, and celebrating the unique natural and cultural resources of the Nordic region.”

The museum is open Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm and Sun. 12-5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $8 for youth, and free to five and under. Tuesday nights from 5-8 pm admission is free. HCSCC members always get in free. For more information, contact Maureen Kelly Jonason at 218-299-5511, Ext 6732 or email her at [email protected].

New Hjemkomst Exhibit Board Match Challenge

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, the organization that runs the museum at the Hjemkomst Center, has begun a year-long fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 for a brand-new exhibition in the ship gallery in time for the 40th anniversary of the voyage in July 2022. Yes, it has been 40 years since that historic voyage took the world by storm and made “Hjemkomst” a household word – even if a lot of people couldn’t pronounce it!

HCSCC Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason has been busy writing grants, visiting with potential donors, and giving presentations to groups to raise the funds; she presented to the Sons of Norway membership on Sept. 21. Lodge president John Andreasen then proposed a Member Challenge Match of $2500 to the project, provided the members donate an equal amount to the project. Some members have already dug deep to help out.

The new design concept includes using all of the wall space in the gallery, having removable computer kiosks for additional content, renovating the introduction to the stave church, and displaying changing artifacts from the voyage to be able to tell stories about specific topics such as what the crew ate, how they entertained themselves on the voyage, and what the ham radio communication was like.

So far the HCSCC fundraising committee has raised $114,000 of the $150,000 needed to make sure the exhibition is fully accessible to all. In the meantime, if you would like to contribute to the match campaign, please make your check out to HCSCC, write “SON match” in the Memo line, and mail to HCSCC, 202 1st Ave N. Moorhead, MN 56560. If you prefer to make a donation
online, go to our website and click on Join/Support and scroll to Donate. That link will take you to our Giving Hearts Day donation page and designate your donation to “ship gallery SON match.”

If you would like more information about the project, please contact Maureen at [email protected] or call her at 218-299-5511, Ext. 6732 or stop by her office at the Hjemkomst Center

October is Foundation Month at Sons of Norway

October is Foundation Month at Sons of Norway. Please help us celebrate and support the services that the Sons of Norway Foundation provides to members. Annually, We provide over $35,000 in grants to lodges and partners that advance the core values of Sons of Norway and over $110,000 in scholarships to members, the children of members, and the grandchildren of members. We would not be able to provide this assistance without you!

Applications for Scholarships open on October 1. This year we are offering 16 different scholarships, including, for the first time, the Elaine Nelson Scholarship for student members studying Business, Agriculture, or Education. You can find descriptions of all the scholarships we offer and apply on our website: We encourage everyone to visit the site to learn more and facilitate applications.

Donating to the Foundation is an opportunity to incorporate your passion for the Sons of Norway into your charitable giving plans. This year with our “Together We are the Future” fundraising campaign, we are trying to raise $150,000 to support our grants and scholarship. Visit to learn more and donate!

‘Make a Difference Day’ coming on October 23rd

Have you ever wondered how one person can create positive changes in the world? Contributing in a significant way can seem like a monumental task. On October 23rd, you can pitch in to help others on Make a Difference Day. There is still time to lend a hand to others in a meaningful service project.

For ideas on where to start, visit:

Make a difference with these three steps:

  1. Identify a needDo some research and determine who needs help in your community. Donate canned goods, clean up a park, make care packages for a shelter, or host a fundraiser for a charity.
  2. Make plans and get the word outPost flyers, e-mail your friends and family and advertise your project on social media, so volunteers can join your efforts. Make sure to include the date, time, project details, and any other important information.
  3. Report backWhat measurable impact did your project have? After the 23rd, tell others how you helped change lives for the better. Send a description of your project with results and photos to your District Publicity Director for use in Viking magazine.

Whether you design your own project or pitch in on someone else’s, do something good for someone else and make a difference in your community.

Torsk Klub Returning September 16th!

Welcome to September, and with it, a return of many of the activities we so dearly love at the Sons of Norway!

As you consider your expanding options for activities here at Kringen Klub, there is perhaps one that might be to your liking, at least if what you’re liking is torsk. Torsk Klub at Kringen is a  fellowship group that gathers at 5:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month, and together make – then serve – Torsk (Norwegian cod)!  We have a social moment prior to the meal, and a program after the meal.

The all-inclusive cost is $25 for the meal, including one cocktail, a shot of aquavit, and a dessert. All proceeds go to the Kringen Klub, who provide the torsk, and the use of the kitchen. Membership dues are $10 per year, which is used to purchase aquavit.

If you would like to be a part of this fun, unique group at the Sons of Norway, you must RSVP in advance so we have sufficient torsk and butter for all attending. RSVP to Chris Carlson at [email protected], or call him at 218-790-6066.


Jamestown-area Folks Unite!

Are you from the Jamestown area?

Come in for lunch at the Sons of Norway Kringen Kafe on Wednesday, July 21st at 11:30 am, and join others from your home area. Make new friends or catch up with old ones!

Tables will be reserved in our lovely and unique Troll Lounge for as many as can come. An open-faced hot pork sandwich will be the special ($7.50) and lots of delicious desserts to choose from.

No RSVP needed. Coffee provided.

Les Bakke To Teach Family History Class

Join Kringen member Les Bakke at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm on June 15, 2021, as he presents Basic Introduction to Family History – an introduction to doing family history research.

This will be a beginner’s class and will include how to get started, where to find family history information, and how to keep track of all you find. The presentation will be held in the Sons of Norway ballroom and will be available via Zoom. For the in person presentation, just show up in the ballroom.

Bakke is an amateur genealogist and has been his family record keeper since the early 1980s. His Norwegian family tree goes back to the early eleventh century. You must preregister for the Zoom option by contacting the Sons of Norway office at 701.232.9222. The Zoom link will be sent to you via email. A ‘test session’ will be held prior to June 15 for those unfamiliar with Zoom.

Les will also be offering family research help at the Sons of Norway each Tuesday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm starting on June 8, 2021. Come for lunch and do a little research at the same time. Using a computer, he will be able to search records from the web including, and FamilySearch (the free LDS site).

Nordic Culture Clubs to host “Taste of Scandinavia”

The Nordic Culture Clubs will be hosting “Taste of Scandinavia” from 2 pm – 8 pm on June 24 at the Sons of Norway. All 6 clubs that are members of the Nordic Culture Club will be represented.

Since we have not been able to host anything since 2019 due to the pandemic, this will be a fundraising event for the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival which will be held on October 9th from 10 am – 7 pm at the El Zagal Shrine in Fargo. Many of the treats available to purchase at “Taste of Scandinavia” are those found at the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival food court. There will be a children’s activity in the Viking Room also.

Finland is the highlighted country this year for both events. There will be a Finnish meal available on the 24th featuring a main course and dessert for $8 starting at 4:30 pm and going until close. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for the meal. Tickets may be purchased on-site for the other goodies that will be available that day.

There will be a silent auction on the day of the June event. There will also be a separate online auction the week of June 20-27 at

For more information or to purchase advance Finnish meal tickets, please call (701)318-9004 or email us at: [email protected]. Hope to see you there!

The Kringen Lodge has a new neighbor!

The Kringen Lodge has a new neighbor! This past April, Amped School of Music found a new home for making music with the community on the west side of the Kringen Lodge at 125 8th Street North Fargo. Founded in May 2018 by Emily Swedberg, Amped School of Music provides group and private lessons for piano, guitar, violin, ukulele, voice, drums, bass, and digital music. We also host summer camps and other events to bring music to the community.

We are so grateful to be in our new home! Teachers, students, and families have praised the new space, enjoying the spacious rooms, welcoming natural light, and all-around good vibes. With our new location, we are now able to host group lessons and small bands where students can make friends and play music with other people, and families can socialize in our spacious and bright lobby.

We are also excited to start hosting Open Mic at the Troll Lounge on the first Thursdays at 7:30 PM. This all-ages public event is open to music, comedy, poetry, and other shares from the community. The Open Mic pairs perfectly with our mission, as it empowers musicians to perform and grow, connects musicians with each other, and as a community, we can celebrate our artists.

Thank you, Kringen Lodge!

– Emily Swedberg, Owner & Violin Instructor, Amped School of Music