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SONS OF NORWAY


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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A cultural link to the recent past By Mary JergensenMonday, March 19, 2001

It was the beauty of the region that attracted Norwegian settlers here over a hundred and fifty years ago, and its the beauty that continues to attract people today. In those early years, Minnesota was rugged and unsettled, fraught with danger, and brimming with adversity. It was a wild land that needed taming. For that we give credit to the hardy Norwegians who settled this area with nothing but a strong back and a dream.

Celebrating that legacy, and preserving the many treasured Norwegian customs, is the reason the Sons Of Norway continue to meet each month in Lanesboro. The Heimbygda Lodge meets the first Thursday of each month for a chance to socialize, learn more about their homeland and plan future events to enhance "Norwegian Pride" in the area. The Lodge classifies themselves as a small group with only 72 members, but what they lack in size they make up in loyalty, with more than half the group attending every meeting. "Even when the weather gets bad, we still have good attendance," boasts chapter secretary Audrey Overland.

Remarkably, the Sons of Norway or the "Sonner av Norge" was originally inspired by a woman, Ingeborg Levorsdatter Langeberg. Langeberg was the first permanent Norwegian resident of Minnesota working as a maid for Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey. She met and married a wealthy farmer and settled in an area which is now a northern suburb of Minneapolis. She used her home as a beacon to attract other Norwegian newcomers. One of those was Ole Draxten who became the first Norwegian to build a house in the Minneapolis area. Later, his son Bersvend became the first Supreme President of the Sons of Norway.

In 1895 as the country trudged through a crippling depression, a group of 18 Norwegians gathered together to find a way to help their businesses and families survive. Many of them remembered an assistance plan from their homeland in which participants contributed a little money each week in return for medical care for their families. With this plan in mind, and a desire to preserve the Norwegian language, arts and literature, the "Bjornstjerne Bjornson" was formed. Shortly thereafter the name, which was unpronounceable to most, was changed to the "Sonner av Norge.

The Lanesboro Chapter was established on July 11, 1929 and meetings were held at the Odd Fellows Hall and the Lutheran Church i .....
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Hoffman Stables

NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

PLANT PARENTHOOD

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Journal Profile # 83

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Name: Mark O'Neill
Home: Mabel, MN
Age: 36
Profession: High School Science Teacher
Family: Wife Jill and multiple cats
Personal Hero: Leon Somme. He stepped out of traditional society to f ..... 
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Sauerkraut Bread

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Sauerkraut Bread

1 loaf frozen bread
1 can (27 oz.) sauerkraut, drained
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

Thaw bread, let rise until double. Roll out 1/4 in. thick on lightly floured board. S ..... 
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