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2015 Marks 150 Years Since Cleng Peerson’s Death

Cleng Peerson Commemoration This year has been an important one for fans of Cleng Peerson, as 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of his death on the Clifton, TX, farm where he spent the last 10 years of his life. To help mark the occasion, Thomas Mannes, a Sons of Norway member of the lodge in Haugesund, Norway has been restoring the [...]

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Norway’s Coffee Culture

Did you know that Scandinavians are among the world’s top coffee drinkers? Their love of coffee is more than just about an energy boost. It’s a cultural custom that has been bringing people together for centuries. Viking magazine’s November cover feature explores coffee in Norway—from the Nordic approach to brewing and top coffee shops. Plus, it’s no surprise that Norway is [...]

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More With Alan Lucien Øyen

In the November issue of Viking magazine, we highlight multi-talented writer, director, choreographer and performer Alan Lucien Øyen. The award-winner runs a company called Winter Guests, which works with skilled performers to create theatrical works in English for the international stage. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, catch his new play, “Jingle Horse—A Christmas Special” at the Norwegian National Opera and [...]

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Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast Raises Nearly $15,000 for Charity

This morning close to 900 members of the Twin Cities’ Nordic American community gathered in celebration of the privileges of freedom, faith, family & friendship at the 2015 Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast. The event, which was held in Bloomington, MN, not only celebrated these privileges, but also served as a fundraiser for two important charities that serve communities in need throughout [...]

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Viking Magazine Dominates Competition at Publishing Excellence Awards

Last week marked a major accomplishment for Sons of Norway and Viking magazine. During the 2015 ceremony for the Minnesota Magazine Publishing Excellence Awards Viking magazine was recognized seven times! This is an all-time high for Sons of Norway and was characterized by one publishing professional as “dominating its category.” In addition to awards for design and editorial coverage, Viking was [...]

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Viking Magazine Dominates Competition at Publishing Excellence Awards

Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast Welcomes Ambassador

If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet for the Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast, we’ve got some news that might just change your mind. We’re proud to announce that this year’s event is also going to be attended by none other than Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Kåre R. Aas! Even better—Ambassador Aas will also join this year’s speakers [...]

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Classical Master

Born in Belarus and raised in Nesodden, Norway, Alexander Rybak is one of Norway’s top classical musicians. He started playing the violin and piano as a young boy and became a household name after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. In addition to being a musician and actor, Rybak is now an author. This fall the 29-year-old released a fairytale [...]

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And now an opportunity to support the Nordic-American community

Next week there will be a big announcement related to the 2015 Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast, but until then we wanted to let everyone know about a great opportunity to support the event. For over three decades the mission of the Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast has been to bring the Nordic community together to offer thanks for the privileges of freedom, [...]

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The Holiday Season is Right Around the Corner!

The holiday season is right around the corner! To help get you in the spirit, Sons of Norway has partnered with the renowned choral ensemble VocalEssence on the production of a new Christmas album, Nordic Nativity. The album, which is available for download from iTunes and Amazon contains 18 tracks of beautifully traditional holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Bringing together a mixture of  newly recorded [...]

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More With Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

Norway’s Ambassador to the United States Kåre R. Aas connects with U.S. students through the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s Virtual Ambassador Program. The program invites students in the United States to chat live via Skype with Ambassador Aas on topics such as The Arctic, girls’ education, NATO and peace and reconciliation. “When I came to the Embassy in 2013, one of my [...]

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