Events Gallery 2013

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Vonheim Julebord

Tuesday, December 17, 6:00pm Vonheim Julebord at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

We will have Rommegrot: Ris Cream; Fruit Soup, Meatballs; Herring and many other surprises.

All of these will be made by members. All we ask is that you find your favorite Norwegian cookie recipe and bring some to share.

Santa will also be coming to our party; so if you have children or grandchildren, please bring them along. If you are bringing children, please call Erling at 651-484- 5780. He has a special line to Santa so he can let him know how many presents to bring.

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Vonheim Potluck Dinner Speaker

November 19, 6:30pm Vonheim Potluck Dinner at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Please bring a dish to share for our annual potluck dinner. This is always a great meal with a wide variety of food items. This is also a time when we remember those less fortunate than us by bringing canned and dry good items for Marie Sandvik Center in Minneapolis.



Dr. Maureen Reed, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum will speak at our program. This dynamic global event brings Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, civic leaders, and scholars together with students and other citizens. Now in its 26th year, the Forum is permanently at home in the Twin Cities, jointly orchestrated by Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Reed practiced medicine for twenty years in the Twin Cities and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. With expertise in health care policy, she served on the 2007 Minnesota Health Care Transformation Task Force and has been a candidate for public office. .

With a passion for higher education, Dr. Reed was twice elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and served as its chair from 2001-2003. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine, and she is the immediate past chair of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Her business experience includes serving as President of Aspen Medical Group, Vice President and Medical Director of HealthPartners, and Executive Director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota.

Dr. Reed has worked for brief stints in Norway, Thailand, and Uganda. She and her husband Dr. Jim Hart live in Stillwater and enjoy ice skating, family gatherings, and cross-country skiing.

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District 0ne Bowling Jamboree

October 26, 9am District Bowling Jamboree at AMF Southtown Bowl in Bloomington, MN

Vonheim and Oslo Lodges hosted the District Bowling Jamboree on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The bowling was held at the AMF Southtown Lanes, Bloomington. The 3 games of singles cost $21.00 and 6 games of singles and doubles cost $27.00. The bowling was a handicap event and there was an option of just bowling the singles event. The fee included bowling, shoes, coffee, roll, and tax for the 3 or 6 games of bowling.

The banquet and awards program was held at 4 PM at the Fred Babcock VFW #5555, Richfield at a of cost $21.00

Vonheim Lodge reimbursed one half of the cost of the bowling and banquet for all Vonheim Lodge members that participated.

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Vonheim Torsk Dinner

October 15, 6:30pm Vonheim Torsk Dinner at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

This was Vonheim's annual scholarship fundraiser! Vonheim served torsk (Icelandic Cod), meatballs, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and other accompaniments to about 170 people. We met some of our younger members who have attended camps. Cost: $15 adult and $7 for 12 and under.

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Member Recognition

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Doely with Norwegian Clarence

September 17, 6:30pm Vonheim Member Recognition Dinner at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Catered dinner of two soups and salad from Magnolias and a celebration of our members achievements. Certificates distributed for membership milestones and achievements. Recognition made of members who have made significant contributions to the successful operation of the lodge.

We were entertained by musical ventriloquist Kevin Doely. We enjoyed laughs with Kevin's life-like figures and puppets. He uses a blend of comedy, storytelling, music and audience participation. Included clean humor and lots of laughter as Kevin recreated some classic acts!

Cliff Brunzell violinist from Golden Strings

Cliff Brunzell, Violinist

June 18, 6:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd— Vonheim Meatball Dinner featured Cliff Brunzell

Vonheim Lodge had about 150 people turn out for a delicious meal and our special musical guest. Cliff Brunzell, leader of the Golden Strings, and his three band members entertained us. They played a delightful repertoire of music from Scandinavian tunes, popular tunes and classical music interspersed with his wry humor. The expertise of the band members was awesome. It brought back memories for many people who were delighted by the program. Cliff is celebrating his 50th Anniversary of the Golden Strings which started in January of 1963.

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Michael Jorgenson

May 21, 6:30pm Metro Lodge Meeting at LCGS Featured Michael and Bonnie Jorgenson

Dr. Michael Jorgensen performed with Bonnie Jorgensen on the life and music of Norwegian-American composer Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922). Bonnie played piano scores that had been composed by Theodora while Michael sang pieces with lyrics. Theodora was born and educated in Norway and emigrated to Minnesota, where her family settled near St. Peter.

This program has been presented at Mindekirken (the Norwegian Memorial Church) in Minneapolis; Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa; St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota; and the Norwegian-American Historical Association biennial members meeting on the campus of St. Olaf College.

Michael serves as a Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he has taught voice and other music-related courses since 1991. He sings professionally as a bass singer with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers of Minnesota.

The meeting was sponsored by Nidaros, Oslo and Vonheim Lodges of the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Marty Bergland Master Gardener

Marty Bergland

April 16 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd


Our program for April was introduced. Marty Bergland is a retired professor and master gardener. Her program “Preserving Your Family Garden History” was focused on container gardening in Minnesota. She talked about the tremendous variety of plantings that can be made to create high yielding produce fresh from your own garden. She covered the planning of your garden from locations with different sun exposure, to maximizing yield through staged plantings based on plant height and time to maturity. There are several things that can be placed into a single container. Some of the immigrants’ Norwegian cooking utensils were on display. They were amazing. It was fascinating. Marty provided a handout for download from our website Preserving Family


paul wilson and mary abendroth

Folk Singing Duo Paul and Mary

March 17 at 2pm Vonheim Meeting at American Swedish Institute

Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth from Brainerd, MN, presented songs in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and "Swinglish" and provided translations and historical context for their songs. Mary played the pump organ, while Paul played a fiddle and a two row button accordion. The two also demonstrated various folk dances. Mary and Paul are dedicated to their musical lives and truly love what they are doing! Members of Vonheim were encouraged to organize a day trip to the Nisswa Stammen Scandinavian Festival on June 7-8 that Paul organizes.

Desserts and coffee were served after the program. It was a great day to get reacquainted with the American Swedish Institute since construction and remodeling.

beautiful 1100 mile passage of Hurtigruten coastal ships in Norway

Hurtigruten Ship Norway

February 19 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd


A video was shown called "A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage" about the 1100 mile coastal voyage that is taken from Bergen to Kirkenes, Norway by the Hurtigruten passenger and freight ships with daily departures. The Norwegian coast is one of the most picturesque in the world with its beatiful fjords, mountains and unique cities. This journey is one of those things that should rank high among those who wish to experience Norway.


Information about the voyage and online streaming of the video are at Hurtigruten website.


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University of Oslo

January 15 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd


Merle Tingelstad presented information on the International Summer School Program (ISS) through the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway. This is a 6 week summer program for college credit where students choose from a variety of class offerings that relate to the culture of Norway and its position in world leadership.


Merle Tingelstad's son, Erik, participated in the ISS program during the summer of 2012. It is a life changing experience. Erik roomed with a student from Belgium. As part of his classes, he toured extensively in the area of Oslo. He also went on optional excursions to Hallingdal area and Bergen areas. Scholarships are available through the ISS program office in St. Olaf College and through Sons of Norway. Even without scholarships, this was shown to be a cost-effective way to gain college credits, actually lower than the net room and board cost per college credit Erik is paying at Luther College.


Erik joined the presentation from Luther College in a video conference call to answer questions about his experience. The presentation can be downloaded at ISS Program.