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Norwegian Ancestry Series


Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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A tour of Norways Stavkirker
Finding ancestral links to stave churchesBy Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, April 29, 2002

Truly unique to Norway, the Stavkirke (Stave Church) is a 900-year-old wooden temple filled with history of the Viking Era and Christianity. Approximately 1000 of these churches, built between 1100s and 1300s, were once scattered throughout Norway's routes of trade. Today, only 29 Stavkirker remain in Norway to deliver their "messages in wood."

Last summer, my mother, Char Nelson; sister, Teresa O'Connor; son, Alex Huntrods; and I toured numerous Stavkirker in Norway. We not only learned of ancestral heathen temple sites, but also found benches in the Uvdal Stavkirke labeled with our Imingen family name.

We found the messages of the Stavkirker were still alive when we located a 300-year-old memorial painting of my 8th Great Grandfather Bjrn Frysok and his family. The 1699 epitaph is the first portrait and the only known church painting of a Norwegian farm family. The painting hung in the Gol Stavkirke and is now displayed at the Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Folk Museum) in Bygdy, Oslo.

Christianity was introduced into Norway over a lengthy period of about two hundred years. Through trading connections and Viking raids, Norwegians came in contact with Christian Europe, which contributed to a weakening of the traditional belief in the Nordic Gods. Three missionary Viking Kings, Hkon I the Good, Olaf I Tryggvasson, and Olaf II Haraldsson (Saint Olaf) gave the church their final victory.

The Stavkirke, with the dark tarred timbers, pointed gables, narrow archways and the same dragon-heads that decorated the bows of the Viking longboats, became a place of Christian worship. The Stavkirke "messages in wood" helped to drive the Norse Gods from the Norwegian valleys, mountain, and fjords.

Norse Mythology
In the heathen religion, the Gods and Goddesses each had power over their own domain. Odin, old and wise, was the chieftain and ruled over all the Gods. Odin's son Thor, the second mightiest God, was the strong and quick-tempered God of the warriors and was always ready to do battle with the giants and trolls. The forests and mountains of Norway were believed to be populated by many types of supernatural beings. Thor's chariot rolling across the sky made the sound of thunder.

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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Our Gift Shop

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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
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Birth Announcement

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College/School News

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Nick Thouin. son of Dave and Carol Thouin of Spring Valley, was chosen as a recipient of academic scholarship at St. Cloud State University for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Justin Redalen was chosen as a royalty candidate for the 86th an ..... 
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Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Air Force Airman 1st Class Chastity L. Nelson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and customs; performed ..... 
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