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Norwegian Heritage Event in Stoughton

Mandt Lodge and Leadership Stoughton will be hosting a Norwegian Cultural event for 3rd grade students on Tuesday, April 15. Approximately 300 3rd grade students from Fox Prairie, Yahara, and Kegonsa Elementary Schools, St. Ann’s Catholic School and Martin Luther Christian Schools will visit the lodge. Mandt Lodge is located at 317 South Page Street in Stoughton.

The students will be welcomed by Dale Volenberg of the Leadership Stoughton committee and Lodge President Darlene Arneson. A short presentation on the Norwegian flag, anthem and map will be presented by Jens Arneson.

The students will have 15 minute rotations to three different cultural tables. The tables will be staffed by volunteers sharing their knowledge of Norwegian heritage and culture. The stations include: Lefse- Mike and Ruby Hauge; Lefse- Nancy Holzhuter; Krumkake- David Nelson; Krumkake- Janis Wegner; Rosettes- Pearl Elvekrog; Norwegian Cheese- Donna Maurer; Vikings- Crystal Lokken; Bunads- Marcia Seybold; Christmas Traditions- Lois Pieper; Norwegian Language- Gen Wilberg and Jens Arneson; 17 Mai- Virgil Martinson; Rosemaling- Ann Nelson; Hardanger- Susan Slinde; Folklore and Trolls- SallyJo Quamme; Genealogy and Family History- Colette Van Gilder; Famous Norwegians and Inventions- Don Amundson; Immigration- Mike Bovre and Lorraine Hawkinson; and Norwegian Dancing- Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers. Rodger Hansen, Darlene Arneson, Sue Showers and Dale Volenberg will also be assisting with the event.

After the students finish their rotations, Dave Kalland will give a tour of the Stoughton Historical Museum. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the museum and observe some of the exhibits and displays.

The event is a project of the Leadership Stoughton Program. The program helps develop leadership skills and community awareness in Stoughton. The committee consisting of Dale Volenberg, Sue Showers and Rhonda Garfoot have coordinated the activity with Sons of Norway- Mandt Lodge President Darlene Arneson. Sons of Norway offers an Adopt-a-School program.