Category Archives: News

Rønningen Ramblings

Heidi Grosch Morten hauling trees with their modern day horse... An atv...

The Truth Behind Norwegian Christmas Trees Christmas is over and decorations have been put away for another year, but for us, the 2014 season is just about to begin. You see, my husband and I are Christmas tree farmers, and as soon as one season is over, it’s back to work creating the best trees possible. So ...

A Fond Farewell

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By Kelsey Larson It’s with mixed feelings that I announce that I am leaving my position as Managing Editor of the Norwegian American Weekly. I started at the Weekly as Copy Editor and Subscriptions Manager in 2011, a brand-new graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and a total Norway enthusiast. I couldn’t believe that I’d found a position ...

Dreaming of a Norwegian Christmas

Photo: Tine.no The marsipangris (marzipan pig) is an important part of certain Norwegian Christmas tradtitions.

Christmas in Norway includes time with family, fun traditions and, of course, delicious food and drink! Sunny Gandara Arctic Grub As a young kid growing up in Norway, I always found the best thing about Christmas was the anticipation and the days leading up to the actual holiday. Hence, my favorite time is what Norwegians observe and call ...

Old-fashioned Christmas

Photo: Rob Boll Retirement home residents are happy to sit on Santa’s lap as part of Drayton’s Old Fashioned Christmas in Drayton, N.D.

Annual holiday event in N.D. brings joy By Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor An “Old Fashioned Christmas” conjures up different memories for different folks of different cultures. For anyone who grew up in a small rural town in the upper Midwest, an “Old Fashioned Christmas” is a cherished memory – difficult to match when compared to the “Santa Lands” in ...

Christmas Greetings from Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

Photo: Sam Kittner Ambassador Aas stands to the right of the podium at the Union Station Christmas Tree ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Christmas Greetings from Ambassador Kåre R. Aas to readers of the Norwegian American Weekly Dear Readers, Can it be that the holiday season has already arrived? It feels like it was just yesterday that I assumed my post as Ambassador to the United States. Yet that was back in early fall. Since then, the Embassy has hosted ...

Lineman’s story

Photo: Wikipedia  The author’s veteran brother found a unique way to overcome his WWII PTSD.

Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor How many people today remember the seven days in December 1941 when a week forever changed the world? I was 11 years old on that Sunday, December 7th, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and launched a wide offensive in the Pacific. Everyone was stunned and became glued to the radio. The following day, the ...

Flagstad centennial Part II

Photo: OperaTilFolket.no Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano. December 12, 2013, celebrates the Centennial of her operatic debut.

Peerless Wagnerian immortalized in large discography Donald V. Mehus New York, N.Y. Note: Norwegian American Weekly Contributing Editor Donald V. Mehus writes further about the great Norwegian dramatic soprano Kirsten Flagstad (1895 – 1962), with discussion of some of her especially notable, widely available recordings. The centennial of Flagstad’s operatic debut took place just a century ago this month, ...

Flagstad centennial

Photo: Kirsten Flagstad Museum Flagstad as Brunnhilde in Wagner’s four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, one of her greatest and most memorable roles.

The centennial of Norwegian dramatic soprano Kirsten Flagstad’s debut celebrated on December 12, 2013. By Donald V. Mehus New York, N.Y. On Saturday afternoon, February 2, 1935, a little-known Norwegian soprano made her Metropolitan Opera debut, appearing in Wagner’s Die Walkure as the tragic young heroine Sieglinde. The almost unheralded singer, Kirsten Flagstad, electrified the Met audience and ...

Cyber Heritage

 Photo: iMore Stay connected to your Norwegian heritage with tools like the smartphone.

How technology can provide tools for connecting with family and recording family histories By Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor Cyber Week is the only five-day “weekend” of the calendar year, which yields many more “deals” than the mall, and sets the stage for a 7-month adventure that ends in a legacy at a trail’s end in Norway in 2014. It ...

Meatless Norway!

Graphic: Meatless Monday

The Norwegian Army makes a commitment to the environment   By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor Now, “Ola and Kari Soldier” will be served vegetarian tacos, lasagna and burgers every Monday, according to a press release from Norwegian organization “The Future in Our Hands” (Framtiden i Våre Hender). This organization sponsors the Meatless Monday movement in Norway, an idea originally conceived in the ...