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Norwegian Language Immersion for Pre-K and Elementary

Concordia Language Villages invites children ages 1.5 to 11 to sing, run, jump and dance their way to greater understanding of Norway and the Norwegian language! Our unique pre-K and elementary programs surround children with the language and culture of Norway through the use of music, games, creative dramatics, and art projects. All of this happens in a safe, supportive and fun environment, and is the foundational experience for life-long language learners.

Tussetroll (parent/child class; ages 1.5-4):
Thursdays, 9/29-12/14 (no class 10/20, 11/24)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
$130

Askeladden (drop-off class, ages 3-5):
Wednesdays, 9/14-12/14 (no class 10/19, 11/23)
9:30 a.m. – Noon
$390

Norge Rundt (drop-off class, ages 4-11):
Meets once per month on Saturdays
10/8, 11/12, 12/10
Register for individual classes or whole term
10:00 a.m. – Noon
$30/class or whole term for $85 by 10/1

 

To register please call (800) 222-4750 or visit
www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org/online-registration

All classes are held at Norway House

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Sons of Norway Establishes Official Fundraising Site in Partnership with the Draken Harald Hårfagre

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July 14, 2016 – Minneapolis – The charitable Foundation of Sons of Norway, a Minneapolis-based financial services and cultural organization, and the Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking ship team have established a partnership to immediately handle a deluge of interest in donating to allow the vessel to continue its voyage as part of Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016.

The Draken – the world’s largest modern Viking ship – needs $430,000 to cover unexpected fees for pilots to help the ship navigate the Great Lakes as it sails on the Tall Ships route. Sons of Norway and its members naturally have a keen interest in the historical aspects of the ship and want to help the Draken team accomplish their goals for the Great Lakes voyage, recognizing that over a million people are anticipating its arrival at multiple Great Lakes ports this summer.

Sons of Norway CEO Eyvind Helberg stated, “The Draken’s voyage has stirred the imagination of so many people around the world and inspired the hearts of those within our organization, too. Its urgent need fits with Sons of Norway’s mission to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, and we’re pleased to help facilitate and coordinate sanctioned fundraising efforts to bring the Draken to all those who have worked and planned their summer schedules around her visit.”

Those who wish to “Help the Draken Sail Again” may donate at http://www.sonsofnorway.com/draken.

Drake Captain Björn Ahlander said, “on behalf of the Draken Harald Hårfagre sailors, crew and supporters, we’re happy that Sons of Norway reached out to us to partner to raise funds toward our continued participation in the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016. We’re amazed and grateful for the support of numerous communities and invite all to donate to “Help the Draken Sail Again,” bringing her to all the people who eagerly await her visit to multiple ports.”

About Sons of Norway

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2016 Going Viking Nominee & Honored Partner Organization

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Paul Erickson
2016 Going Viking Nominee

Paul grew up in a Scandinavian Lutheran area on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. During his many travels to Norway, Paul was inspired by Fritdjof Nansen’s first ski trek across Greenland in 1888. In 1980, Paul organized a team of 8 skiers to cross Greenland. This feat had only been accomplished twice before. Paul and team completed the journey expedition across norther Norway, Finland and Sweden above the Arctic Circle, with two blind skiers.

Paul joined the Sons of Norway as its vice president of public relations in 1982. While there, Paul was integral in starting what would become the Schwan’s USA cup, a soccer tournament that is now the largest known youth sporting event in the nation with 17,000 athletes from around the world. USA Cup was modeled after Norway Cup in Oslo, Norway.

In 1987, Governor Rudy Perch appointed Paul as executive director of the newly formed Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. For nearly three decades, Paul developed the MASC into the leading amateur sports state agency in the country, while at the same time earning a Masters of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. Under Paul’s leadership, the MASC established a network of world-class amateur sport facilities, which draw 5 million visitors annually and generate $70 million of economic impact for the state each year. Today, because of Paul’s efforts, tens of thousands of young people in Minnesota have opportunities to experience a variety of life-enriching sports.

Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad
Honored Partner Organization 2016

The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad is the umbrella organization for 29 Bygdelag (member societies), each based on a geographical area of Norway. These lags were often founded by the immigrants themselves from those geographical areas. However, over the last several or more decades as the immigrants have passed away, the lag member societies have evolved to more of heritage and genealogical organizations, with emphasis on each geographical locality in Norway. Individuals today now join one or several bygdelag usually of their own ancestral localities.

The Bygdelagenes Fellesraad (The Council of Bygdelags) was founded in 1916 in Minneapolis. The Council was formed in a “spirit of fellowship” and was at that time to be only an advisory organization to the bygdelag. Later it was decided that the Fellesraad would stand as a connecting link with the bygdelag, and would help to “create a forum for the lag, support and guide development of the lag movement, and to manage cooperative projects for the good of all bygdelag.”

The Fellesraad celebrated its Centennial in May. Today as the Bygdelagenes Fellesraad moves forward into the next one hundred years, they will continue with the initial goals of The Council of Bygdelags and add to them. Using new technologies and social media, they look towards facilitating greater communication and parenting, while developing tools to assist the bygdelag. It is an exciting time to belong to the Fellesraad and the Bygdelag member societies, as they continue to fulfill their Norwegian-American forefathers’ vision, while learning about their own ancestors through Bygdelag participation!

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Midtsommer Gala Live Auction Items

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We are excited to have 5 fabulous items at our 2016 Midtsommer Gala Live Auction on Thursday, June 23rd!

  • SKOL! 99 Bottles of Craft Beer, 4 Vikings Tickets for the Pre-Season, September 1st, Vikings vs. LA Rams game
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  • Summit Brewery Tour and Tasking for 20 Guests – Includes Food, Beer, Stories, and a visit with Funder Mark Stutrud
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  • Lake Superior | Castle Danger – A private, modern, upscale cabin with breathtaking views of Lake Superior
  • An exclusive Norway House Galleri Dinner Experience – A dinner among the featured work of Jim Sannerud, Professional Furniture Maker
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  • A Snowmass Getaway
    Snowmass Condo

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