Tag Archives: Norway

Let the Games Begin!

Photos: Kari Gilje & Mike Chiu Kari Gilje and her family enjoy the Olympic experience at the cross country ski venue in Whistler, BC.

The 22nd Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi Denise Leland Norwegian American Weekly As the opening ceremonies kicked off on Feb. 7th, the world is now turning its attention to Sochi. Thanks to the ease of internet technology, you can watch any and all events online, even as they are actually happening in Sochi. This is pretty amazing, ...

Rønningen Ramblings: Allemannsretten

 Photo: Heidi Grosch Rosalie Grosch hikes the Old Stryn Mountain

Rønningen Ramblings with Heidi Håvan Grosch Allemannsretten Heidi was a long-time Minnesotan until she married her favorite Norwegian, Morten, and moved to his home country of Norway. As a recent immigrant she is experiencing Norway with a unique perspective, filling us in on the good, the bad and the unexpected! The song “give me land, lots of land, ...

FLL Champions

Photo: Ove Røeggen FLL Champions in Hammerfest.  Photo: Ove Røeggen   from left: Dina Mølmann Hansen, Rasmus Rønning, Petter Brataas, Embla Kristiansen, In front from left: Marius Hagen, Ann-Kristin Schleis, Tonje Larsen

Hammerfest First Lego League team invited to World Festival in US Benedicte Schleis Hammerfest, Norway First Lego League (FLL) is an international competition whose purpose is to make science and math interesting to children and young people (ages 9-16). The theme of this year`s FLL challenge was “nature`s fury,” and the teams had to choose a natural disaster, ...

Reflections from Sparbu

Photo: St. Olaf Choir. It was a full house at little Snåsa Kirke for the St. Olaf Choir concert.

On a Visit from the St. Olaf Study Group By Heidi Håvan Grosch There is nothing better than a busload of Norwegian-Americans visiting Norway. Passionate about everything they encounter, they eagerly ask questions, share stories and soak in every experience they are exposed to. Such was Saturday, June 16th for us here in Sparbu. About a year ago, ...

Not just a day off

Photo courtesy Larrie Wanberg. Northwood Cemetery, with flags flying.

Memorial Day is much more than just a long weekend Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor The day is indelible in my memory when, as a Boy Scout with a snare drum strapped to one leg and sounding the cadence, I lead of a hometown parade in 1944, marching just behind an aging four-member American Legion Honor Guard. The place was ...

New from Norway

The Canary Digital Radon Detector. The Canary is battery powered, about the size of a large cell-phone and can be easily placed in a test space. It uses a sensitive, electronic element to “actively” detect radon gas and display measurements in real-time. It was developed by Norwegian scientists and is manufactured in Norway by Corentium.

New Norwegian technology allows for quick and easy at-home radon tests John Erik Stacy Seattle, Wash. Norwegians are well aware of insidious health danger of naturally occurring radon gas. Radon can seep from the earth into homes and work-places, and the buildings of Norway – often built into living rock and well insulated against the winds of winter ...

Kings and things

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Napoleon and Desiree’s part in Norway’s independence Judith Gabriel Vinje La Crescenta, Calif. Syttende Mai might be called the “king swapping” day, but throw in a famous courtesan turned queen and an even more famous jilted lover, and you’ve got... a famous movie, and the story of Norway’s independence. Until the late 800s, there was no single king in ...

The season of the bunad

Photos courtesy Aina Fjellanger. Fjellanger in her “Masfjord Bunad.” This pattern was reconstucted in the year 2000, so it is a “new” “old” bunad. Reconstructed material from the mid-1800s – 1900. The other bunads on display are from her home county of Nordhordland, which she sews the most. The chestcloth, belt and apron can have different patterns, and therefore it is good to have these displayed, so that customers can decide what they prefer for their bunads.

For Aina Fjellanger of MollyMe clothing company, springtime ushers in the busiest season of the year Kelsey Larson Managing Editor “The best part is when they try on the bunad for the first time, when I have just finished it,” says Aina Fjellanger. “Most people look great in their bunad, because it is measured and fitted just for ...

Images of an immigrant life

By Ragnhild Synnøve Risholt Kleppe, former Editor-in-Chief, Norway Times “It’s all coming back to me now. Reading these stories of Norwegian emigrants to the U.S. has brought back so many memories of my childhood growing up in Brooklyn. I remember the taste of lefse and the smell of the accompanying coffee that was served in our ...

True inspiration

“A Conversation with Tony Kushner,” respected screenwriter, inspires at UND Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor The evening was called “A Conversation with Tony Kushner.” The auditorium was filled with people to hear the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Oscar nomination, and known most recently for his movie script ...