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Do it the Minot way

Compelling reasons for Norwegian artisans to participate in Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D.  Gary G. Erickson Norwegian American Weekly A substantial number of visitors come from Scandinavia each year to celebrate Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D. Eager Norwegian flea market vendors at Oslo’s Sunday morning Akershus festning’s parking lot begin to ask American shoppers in July already, “Skal ...

A slice of Nordic America

Phillip Odden and his wife Else Bigton (not pictured) of Norsk Wood Works demonstrated the art of kubbestol carving.

From concerts to klub, this year’s Norsk Høstfest celebrated all things Nordic in Minot, N.D. By Gary Erickson Sunburg, Minn. Somewhat like the Phoenix, the mythical sunbird rising from its own ashes, the North American continent’s largest Scandinavian festival, Høstfest [Fall Festival], rose in actuality from floodwaters and mud in Minot, N.D. caused by the Souris River’s destruction ...

Høstfest: Norwegian WWII Soldier Shares Stories

Many booths around Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota showcased different talents, but for one man it was not about talent, but his story, reports Kfyrtv.com 89-year old Harold Hanson, from Sioux Falls, SD has been coming to Høstfest for 3 years. Hanson was a part of the 99th batallion in World War II. Hanson was stationed all throughout ...

Books but no billionaire for Høstfest this year

Norway's billionaire businessman won't be autographing the new English version of his biography at Norsk Høstfest this year, reports the Minot Daily News. Norway's wealthiest man, Olav Thon, 86, is scheduled for hip surgery Wednesday so must put off his planned visit to Høstfest. "This is kind of unexpected," said Al Larson of Minot, who is publishing ...

Attorney General to Introduce Rove at Høstfest

Former White House political adviser Karl Rove inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot on Sept. 30. Photo: Wikipedia.org.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to introduce former White House political adviser Karl Rove when Rove is inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot on Sept. 30, reports KFYR-TV Norsk Høstfest heritage festival officials initially asked Gov. John Hoeven to do the introduction, but Hoeven is instead attending a departure ceremony for ...

Norsk Høstfest: An experience of a lifetime!

Photo by Henrik Libell

Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, is celebrating its 32nd year, starting the evening of September 29 - October 3. Tens of thousands of people attend the event annually to celebrate and partake in the Scandinavian culture and entertainment. Over 200 internationally recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate. The experience is an eclectic array ...

Strong sister city relationship between Minot and Skien

Mayor Curt Zimbelman, Vice Mayor Geir Arild Tønnessen, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and Skein representative Rolf Haugen believe the sister city relationship has increased tourism on both continents. Photo: Candi Helseth.

         Increased tourism and broadened horizons for residents on both continents are the major benefits of a sister city relationship formed 26 years ago between Minot, N.D., and Skien, Norway.  By Candi Helseth “Tourism has been the biggest benefit, but educational and cultural opportunities, as well as a stronger sense of heritage and a lot of personal friendships, ...

Norwegian professors learn about MSU’s long-distance education

Professors from Telemark University College in Norway listen to a presentation on online programs Thursday at Minot State University. The Norwegians are visiting the MSU campus through Tuesday.Photo: Andrea Johnson/MDN

A group of professors from Telemark University College in Skien, Norway, are on the Minot State University campus to learn more about how MSU delivers long-distance education. By Andrea Johnson - Minotdailynews.com "They're very much where we were six years ago with distance education," said Kristen Warmoth, dean of MSU's Center for Extended Learning. Telemark is spread out across ...