Tag Archives: Minnesota

Theodora Cormontan, forgotten composer

Photo: courtesy of Nancy Clasen, great-great-granddaughter of Theodora

A Minnesota couple discovered this little-known Norwegian composer in a box of discarded music, but they’re bringing her works to life Roy Jorgensen Hopewell Junction, N.Y. In May of 2011 Bonnie Jorgensen, a professional pianist, ran into some friends in a grocery store in St. Peter, Minnesota. They offered Bonnie some boxes of music that had been in ...

A cultural bridge

Explore, discover and celebrate Nordic countries at the 25th annual Leiv Eriksson International Festival (LEIF) in Minneapolis Leiv Eriksson International Festival Minneapolis, Minn. The Leiv Eriksson International Festival (LEIF) in Minneapolis, Minn., is pleased to welcome the Church of Norway’s first permanent presiding bishop, Helga Haugland Byfuglien, who opens the 25th Annual Festival on Oct. 7 at the ...

A touch of Norway in America

"Fjord Country" by Hans Dahl (1849 – 1937)

Successful small business Norway Art connects Norwegian art to North America By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Instilled with a love of Norway from childhood, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® is committed to bringing images of her ancestors’ homeland to decorate the walls of homes, offices and organizations everywhere. The cozy Norway Art space leased from ...

Freedom and peace

  Honoring 39 years of troop exchange between the US and Norway in Little Falls, Minn. By Gary G. Erickson Sunburg, Minn. Norwegian Home Guard troops recently completed their 39th annual reciprocal troop exchange with the U.S., NOREX 2012, by traveling to Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn. for two weeks of winter training.  Approximately 118 Norwegians formed a contingent ...

Friendship and fun at Skogfjorden

Photo courtesy CLV.

Skogfjorden celebrates 50 years of learning By Kelsey Larson For 50 summers now, Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Village has allowed kids to escape the modern world and enjoy nature, friends and learning. Located on Turtle River Lake, in a peaceful forest setting north of Bemidji, Minn., Skogfjorden has faithfully carried out its unique mission of Norwegian ...

Norway: it’s good enough for us

To understand Minnesota, it helps to look at Norway. Just not right in the eye. By Kim Ode Star Tribune OSLO - Dig into Norway's character and much about Scandinavian Minnesota starts to make sense. Take our much-noted Norwegian reserve. The fleeting glance traded among walkers around Lake Harriet may seem brusque, but it's practically akin to undressing each ...

Through Hell Gate to The Promised Land

The sloop Restauration brought the first Norwegian emigrants to the U.S. in 1925.

Anne Elisebeth Skogen tells the story of the first Norwegian emigrants in her performance “Through Hell Gate to the Promised Land” “Through Hell Gate to The Promised Land” is a storytelling performance by Anne Elisebeth Skogen about the first Norwegian group of emigrants that arrived in New York Oct. 9, 1825. Skogen will perform at the ...

Looking at the whys and therefores

Three Norwegian exchange students gave a presentation to Sons of Norway Fedraheimen Lodge in Willmar, Minn., on April 11. From left: Marit Aarvik from Hakadal, studying at Willmar High School in Willmar, Minn.; Ivar Duserod from Eidsberg, studying at Maccray High School in Clara City, Minn.;  and Jorun Guldbakke Øiesvold from Bodø, who is studying at Maccray High School in Clara City, Minn.. Photo: Gary Erickson

Norwegian exchange students talk about their experiences as high school students in Minnesota By Gary Erickson Norwegian American Weekly Foreign high school student exchange has taken place between the U.S. and Norway at least since the late 1940s.  Educational exchange between these two countries cements the special ethnic and cultural relationship enjoyed by each.  It positions students to ...

Jessie Diggins fresh from Oslo World Cup wins in home state Minnesota

The Womens OJ Podium: Jessie Diggins, Midwest (1), Kinsey Loan, Alaska (2) & Elizabeth Simak, Midwest (3). Photo: David J. Owen Photography.

US Junior Nationals: A Day for the Sprinters at Wirth Park Monday’s Junior Olympic sprint competition at Wirth Park was a staggering success. After the noon qualifiers and early afternoon quarters, a select 72 skiers earned the right to compete under the lights in the evening’s semis and finals. (read more at Faster Skier.

Nordic Film Fest Season 2010/2011 kicks off!

Mr. Mustache (Norway)

The 2010/11 Nordic Film Fest season kicks off this year in Minneapolis, then traveling across the country with even more Nordic Films, panels, and parties. This upcoming season has a lot to be excited about. This year we have opened our festivals up to submissions from new and up and coming Scandinavian filmmakers. We’re expecting ...