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Norwegian heritage takes center stage as Syttende Mai approaches

Pamela Knudson

The Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge in Thief River Falls is celebrating Syttende Mai for nine days, as a tribute to everything Norwegian, but especially Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day.

Norwegian Heritage Week begins with "Uff Da Day" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Village.

"Everyone will enjoy our roster of events—it's not just for Norwegians," said Jan Strandlie, member of the Norwegian Heritage Committee.

Highlights include a program of pictures and music, "Migrasong: The Tunes They Carried Across the Sea," by Inger-Kristine Riber and Reidun Horvei, professional musicians from Norway, at 7 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church.

Odd Lovoll, an author and retired history professor, will speak on the Norwegian immigration experience at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Northland Community and Technical College.

His talk will include observations on "the plight of women in immigration and the point of view of the child," Strandlie said. "He's an amazing speaker."

Lovoll, who taught at UND, the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College, emigrated from Norway at age 11 and returned several times, she said.

Northern State Bank hosts its annual Syttende Mai open house Thursday.

Author Susan Foote will speak on the work of Engla Schey, daughter of immigrants who settled near Newfolden, Minn., at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Thief River Falls Library. Schey worked tirelessly for mental health reform in Minnesota, said Strandlie.

Other events include a smorgasbord from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church and a dance, featuring the Cathy Erickson Band, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Eagles Club.

Performances of the comedy, "Ole and Lena's Wedding," by Change of Pace Productions of Duluth, Minn., are planned for 7 p.m. May 19 and 2 p.m. May 20. A wedding reception follows each performance. Advance tickets, available at Hugo's, are recommended, or call (218) 686-7740 to have them mailed.

For more information, go to facebook.com/snorrelodge/ or www.visittrf.com, or call (218) 686-0205.

Also in honor of Syttenda Mai, the Sons of Norway Gyda Varden Lodge, 1401 Ninth Ave. S., Grand Forks, is hosting a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and afternoon coffee from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (701) 772-9963.

The Law Enforcement 10-78 5K is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the greenway in downtown East Grand Forks.

The event will feature a 5K run or walk, a kids' fun run, law enforcement displays and demonstrations, inflatables, local vendors and more.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/LawEnforcement5K/ .

The East Grand Forks Senior High School band spring concert and awards night begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center, 1420 Fourth Ave.

Red River High School is presenting its Alumni Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The free event will take place in the school's Performance Hall.

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