Nation seeks broad input as it drafts new constitution Memo to all the fervent Icelandic-Americans living in Mountain, Concrete, Thingvalla and all the other towns and townships of northeastern North Dakota, a region largely settled in the 1800s by Icelandic pioneers: The Old Country is drafting a new national constitution and they're doing it online, using social media — Facebook, YouTube and even Twitter — to engage virtually the entire population in the process.
The April 2010 eruption of another Icelandic volcano prompted aviation officials to close Europe's airspace for five days out of fear that the ash could harm jet engines. The impact of Grimsvotn was expected to be far smaller because the larger cloud was moving far north of most flight paths. Travelers and aviation officials were still watching nervously.
Iceland's Meteorological Office confirmed today that an eruption had begun, and local media said smoke could be seen coming from the volcano. Grimsvotn lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland.
Icelandic community to showcase new center, host forum This traditional Icelandic community of about 120 will be bursting with pride Saturday as its shows off its new $1.7 million Mountain Community Center during a Community Connect forum.
In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums. "He liked to be in the limelight, you know?" said Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs the Phallological Museum. "He was a funny guy."
The 111th annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration begins today and runs through Sunday in Mountain, N.D., with music, a parade and a visit from the Honorable Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, prime minister of Iceland.
Icelandic artists bring contemporary works to North Dakota Museum of Art Hjálmar Hannesson, Iceland’s ambassador to the U.S., will be in Grand Forks on Tuesday evening for the official opening of “Into the Tussock,” an exhibit of works by seven contemporary Icelandic artists at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
The European Union speeded up a sweeping reform of its air control management system today, responding to the crisis that turned much of the continent into a no-fly zone after a volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Official: Air industry will take 3 years to recover from losses Airlines lost at least $1.7 billion during the volcanic ash crisis, the industry said today as air controllers lifted all restrictions on German airspace, paving the way for more flights into some of Europe's busiest airports.
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