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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai


Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like America’s 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and several area festivities are planned for this weekend.

One young man with a local connection will be a busy person on Saturday. Alex Huntrods, of Waukon, IA, who is the grandson of Char Nelson from Amherst, has been invited to participate in several Syttende Mai festivities.

Alex has been invited to walk in the Syttende Mai parade in Decorah; ride on the Viking boat in the Spring Grove Syttende Mai parade; help with the Black Hammer Cemetery Walk; and give a woodcarving demonstration at the Whalan Standstill Parade. Also on Saturday, Alex will be taking a semester exam in Norwegian at Luther College. A pretty busy schedule for a junior in high school.

What is so interesting about Norwegian heritage and culture that a seventeen-year-old boy would devote an entire weekend to celebrating Syttende Mai?

It all started several years ago when Alex started attending Concordia College’s Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Village near Bemidji.

Skogfjorden

Language Villages

"The reason I attended Skogfjorden the last five summers was to learn more about my heritage and have fun,” Alex said. “I am one-half Norwegian, and I am very proud of it, so I wanted to learn about the people, language, culture and customs of Norway.”

Alex is one of approximately 9,500 young people ages 7 to 18 from all 50 states, Canada, and over 25 countries that attend the Villages each year.

The mission of the Language Villages is “to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community.”

The villagers are immersed in culture and language which includes reading, writing, and speaking. In Alex’s case it was all in Norwegian.

Alex’s interest in his Norwegian heritage was enhanced two years ago, when he went on a three-week trip to Norway with his grandmother, aunt, and mother.

The trip was a great opportunity to visit ancestral farms and practice the Norwegian Alex had learned at Skogfjorden the previous years.

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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

As the county board made their way through the morning’s agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"They’re starting," laughed Co ..... 
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Mandy Kay Vreeman, 24, Preston, charged with felony DWI from an incident on March 22, 2003. Alleged to have been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of having been convict ..... 
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Beef industry stands strong in light of general economy

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
Posted in Features

"Packers like farm raised finished cattle," notes Joe Nelson, owner of Lanesboro Sales Commission.

Nelson says the producers in the area have paid attention to their genetics, purchasing good quality bulls that help upgrade the ..... 
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3-2 split favors Heartland

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Council members Mike Gartner and Jerry Scheevel requested the special meeting of the Preston City Council held Tuesday, April 29. A large crowd again over-flowed into the entry way.   Scheevel made a motion stating that, base ..... 
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Public Hearings, but No Public

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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The Rushford City Council started out their April 28 meeting with two public hearings, but there was little sign of a public to hear from.   The first hearing of the night concerned the re-adoption of the Minnesota State Buil ..... 
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Have knives will travel

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Any farmer who raises cattle for his own meat knows that there are a number of small processing plants around Fillmore County that provide the valuable service of butchering and processing the homegrown stock.

When it’s time—wh ..... 
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