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Nordic News

Nordic News introduces you to experts on Nordic and Nordic-American heritage.

It is a “radio show” produced by the Fifth District, on every Tuesday at 6:20 PM (Central), 7:20 PM (Eastern).

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RADIO PROGRAMS - 2021
May 18, 2021 -  A presentation on Norwegian sweaters.

May 11, 2021  - No Nordic News 

May 4, 2021 featured Dana Kelly's outstanding talk on "The Evolution of Language for Norwegian-Americans." We will be playing Dana's insightful lecture from Week 14 of the D5 settlement history course.  Kelly the Executive Director at the Norwegian-American Genealogical Society and Naeseth Library and member of Mandt lodge (Stoughton WI).
Watch this presentation at: https://www.screencast.com/t/kGJCL1ZG

4/27/2021 - "So Ole Says to Lena" covers the life work of folklorist Jim Leary as he documented ethnic humor in the upper Midwest. Bob and Louise Giles (Nordkap-Detroit MI) regale us with Ole-and-Lena jokes, such as originally told by Oljanna Venden Cunneen of Blue Earth, Wisconsin, who was a Little Norway docent, proud of her Norwegian-American heritage. To learn more about the development of Ole as a Norwegian-American immigrant icon, watch (33:06) https://www.screencast.com/t/yAHMWeq3c

4/20/2021 - Billy the Cook: The True Story.
Billy the Cook was a character in Waldemar Ager's book Sons of the Old Country. She dressed as a man to have more economic opportunities in Eau Claire Wisconsin's lumber era. She came to Iowa from Norway in 1850 as Ingebjorg Amundsdotter and was jilted by the childhood friend who she was engaged to. She then left home to work as a lumber camp cook. She disappeared from Eau Claire when her identity was discovered and turned up working as a cattle ranch cook in North Dakota and Montana. There, no one suspected her true identity until she died in 1908. Tusen takk to David Nelson (Mandt-Stoughton WI) for sharing this story from the Hallingen lag newsletter and Barb Johnson (Polar Star-Montgomery IL) for her Billy the Cook storytelling. (41:58) 
https://www.screencast.com/t/OUdHO5utJW65

4/13/2021 - Ole Knudtson Dyrland's Norwegian Calendar Stick.
Nordic farmers used the two-sided calendar stick to guide them as to when to plant and harvest crops, make cheese and butter, butcher animals and have celebrations. Symbols on the calendar refers to church holidays from the past two millennia. Learn more about Ole's prized family heirloom. View some Knud Knudsen's photographs (the "Norwegian Ansel Adams"(34:50)  
https://www.screencast.com/t/KzOWd7kc8OC

March 30, 2021 - Lumberjack Frontier - Participants of the D5 Virtual Norwegian-American Settlement History Course gave a presentation of the Lumberjack Frontier on Nordic News on Tuesday, March 30. For many 19th century Norwegian-Americans farmers in northern Wisconsin, working as lumberjacks in the winter provided needed cash income. This content came from oral history interviews of lumberjack Louis Blanchard. Tusen takk to readers Ruth and Dave Amundson (Solvang – Westby WI) and Bill Schalk, Barb Earnest and Beth Nelson (Nordlyset – Racine WI). (21:35) 
Link: https://www.screencast.com/t/rbLk0gxN3f

March 23, 2021 -  Norwegian Folk Tales and Storytelling  -  Joy Bashara (Gronnvik – Green Bay WI)
Joy shared her storytelling expertise to a packed meeting room at the 2016 District 5 Convention. Joy shared some of her tips on Nordic News, which you can use whether telling stories to your grandchildren, friends, or fellow lodge members. Joy will teach the newest D5 virtual class in Norwegian Folk Tales and Storytelling, for four weeks, beginning Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM (CT) / 7:30 PM (ET). Watch FFFN and the D5 Facebook Page for more details.
See Joy’s presentation here: https://www.screencast.com/t/JhmsGAteD

For the course, Joy will use Astri my Astri’s two-volume set “Norwegian Folk Tales, Fairy Tales and Trolls: Tuss og Troll. You can order it here: https://www.astrimyastri.com/products/norwegian-folktales-fairy-tales-and-trolls-tuss-og-troll-2-volume-set

3/16/2021 - The Norwegian Crop: Tobacco Raising in Wisconsin- Glenn Borreson (Wergeland – La Crosse WI)
For many NorwegianAmericans farmers in Wisconsin, when wheat depleted the soil, they turned to tobacco as the next cash crop. Maps in this presentation showed the correlation between tobacco farming and Norwegian settlement areas in Wisconsin. Many listeners asked questions and shared stories about back-breaking work of tobacco farming in their own families. This is Glenn's fourth Nordic News presentation..
Watch it here: https://www.screencast.com/t/1OOFs5oTZWu 

3/9/2021 - Vesterheim Museum.  Mike Palecek gave a guided tour of Vesterheim Museum on Nordic News on Tuesday March 9. Vesterheim is a premier Norwegian-American museum in Decorah, Iowa.  It has perhaps the best collection of rosemaled items anywhere.  We also saw a collection of Slooper personal belongings, an exhibit on Norwegian spoons, learned about Norwegian textiles and unique religious artifacts, saw Norwegian-American folk architecture and visited the gift shop.

Link: : https://www.screencast.com/t/ewVcP7bHkdn

3/2/2021: NO Nordic News Radio Show

2/23/2021 - Putting Up The Lavvu at the Sami Cultural Center.   Marlene Wisuri of the North American Sami Center gave us an understanding of Sami culture.  Sami is northern Scandinavia’s native people. Over 30,000 Sami immigrated to the United States, and most assimilated completely into Norwegian-American communities. Some Sami were hired to teach reindeer herders by the U.S. government to teach this skill to Alaska native tribes in the late 1800s. Duluth Minnesota’s North American Sami Center has a collection of Sami artifacts, including these carved reindeer bone knives. Learn more about Sami culture and traditions (37:17)
 https://www.screencast.com/t/LNWSF68yQKc

2/18/2021 - Nils Otto Tank was this week's Nordic News presentation.
Tank's wealthy father was the equivalent of Norway's prime minister in the early 1800s, and wanted Nils Otto to be king. Instead, Nils Otto rebelled, became a Moravian protestant missionary and eventually founded a religious colony in Green Gay, Wisconsin. He came to America in 1850 with $1.5 million in gold and bought land between what is now Lambeau Field and downtown Green Bay. Thanks to Gronnvik members Joy Bashara and Matt Agen, and Norse Valley members Karen Madrigal and Corey Olson for reading this story (15:04)
https://www.screencast.com/t/RvtotqNbKWv

2/9/2021- Hardanger Embroidery. Donna Olson, Oregon, will share her expertise of a lifetime of doing this intricate needlework.  Donna Olson did an absolutely wonderful presentation about Hardanger Embroidery. It was one piece of "Hardanger eye candy" after another. Donna is teaching D5's newest virtual class which begins on March 4 and lasts for six Thursday evenings (6:30 PM Central / 7:30 PM Eastern). (51:05)
https://www.screencast.com/t/C6oDmvsN

2/2/2021 - The Hardanger Fiddle Explained by Robin Fossum. Robin is president of Dovre lodge in Barron, Wisconsin and District 5’s representative on the International SofN Board. Robin has been a professional violinist and is president of the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra in Rice Lake. Robin gives an excellent presentation to help you understand what is special about a Hardanger fiddle and its heritage and cultural significance to Norwegians and NorwegianAmericans. Because Robin lives in a rural area with poor internet connectivity, the audio and video quality of this program is less than ideal. In the Zoom screen, you see Robin (top center) showing off her Maltese dog Loki. (24:07)
https://www.screencast.com/t/FQ8H1dBslSB

1/26/2021 - Syn slagene (seven types of cookies)  Connie Aiello presented on ... Fattigmann, Knekk-Kaker, Brune Pinner, Sandbakkel, Pepperkaker, Rosette, and Berlinerkranser. Listening to Connie's expert cooking advice, it was clear why the D5 Cultural Director selected her to teach the upcoming virtual Norwegian cooking class.  (21:34)
https://www.screencast.com/t/xpK0T9DPmvE

1/19/2021 - "Current Events in Norway" by Dennis Flessland.
Dennis is Michigan’s Honorary Consul for Norway and a member of Norkap lodge in Detroit. Topics Dennis discussed included 2021 travel advisories and how to keep up to date on travel restriction news, new dual-citizenship rules, Norway being a member of the U.N. Security Council and its impact on Norwegian foreign policy, the recent avalanche near Oslo and more. (14,08)
 https://www.screencast.com/t/hBMLxvJtQ8sK 

1/12/2021 - Sandy Brehl - Author of a World War II historical fiction book "Trilogy" (49:26)
https://www.screencast.com/t/4v1JHkQwxdB

1/5/2021 - Mike Palecek (Nordlyset - Racine WI) "Trip to Heg Park and Old Muskego" (16:45)
https://www.screencast.com/t/7i1LmWE7Nvr

Nordic News

Nordic News introduces you to experts on Nordic and Nordic-American heritage.

It is a “radio show” produced by the Fifth District, on every Tuesday at 6:20 PM (Central), 7:20 PM (Eastern).

To download any of these programs, click on the link.  Then click on the "Details" button on the upper right corner of the TechSmith Screencast
screen page.  A menu opens up on the right side of the page.  Under "Media" you will see the file name and a "Download" icon (down arrow
with a line underneath).  This will let you download the file to your computer.

We would appreciate your comments on these programs. 
To make a comment about the program,
click on the "Comments" button on the upper right corner of the TechSmith Screencast screen page. 
In the "Add a Comment" form, enter your name, email address and comment.  Then click on the "Submit" button.

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RADIO PROGRAMS - 2020

12/30/2020 - Jim Secora (Skjold - Palatine IL) "Northern Norway and Lillehammer" (31:28)
https://www.screencast.com/t/4o2W5PRka

12/23/2020 - Mike Palecek (Nordlyset - Racine WI) "Onan Dahle - Norwegian Gold Rush Success Story" (15:55)
https://www.screencast.com/t/1wzJLGq3fdr

12/16/2020 - Sloopers First Christmas - Bill Injerd (Nordkap lodge - Detroit MI)
The Sloopers formed the first Norwegian immigrant colony to the U.S. in 1825 and settled in far northwest New York state. Bill tells the story
of the hardship they faced the first winter, with 52 colonists cramped into two log cabins
View it at: https://www.screencast.com/t/T4XOP2yT9a

12/08/2020 - Kreative Krumkaka - Mark Storsteen and Cheryl Miller (Nordlyset lodge - Racine WI)
Learn the secrets of making that wonderful dessert treat from a 30-year master, including how to prepare and ship krumkaka cross country,
different ways to spice up your recipe and how to make gluten-free krumkaka.
View it at: https://www.screencast.com/t/ItxzNWFjW1d
 
12/01/2020 - Viking Age Animals - Their Descendants Today - Glenn Borreson (Wergeland lodge - La Crosse WI)
Learn about horses, cows, goats and sheep, most of which are living in isolated Iceland. Horses were important to Vikings as work tools and for
fighting. Cows, goats, sheep and pigs were food and clothing sources.
VIEW IT AT: https://www.screencast.com/t/GSnOGhVx

11/24/2020 - "Oleana – Ole Bull’s Ill-fated Pennsylvania Colony" 
World famous violinist Ole Bull wanted to help the common Norwegian come to the U.S. and bought a large tract of land in the Pennsylvania wilderness to start a colony. Problem was that Ole Bull was swindled by crooked land agents who didn’t really own the land they “sold” him. Ole Bull played benefit concerts to try to keep the colony going, but it eventually failed, and some of the colonists resettled in the Midwest, including northwest Wisconsin.
View it at: https://www.screencast.com/t/anr3LMs0QSx.

11/17/2020 -  "Christmas Traditions in Norway"  Olivia Cook is a member of Vennelag lodge in Mount Horeb WI. Her talk helps us understand the cultural differences between holiday celebrations in Norway and the U.S.
View it at: https://www.screencast.com/t/dn5gqdf7my0Z

11/10/2020 - "The Norwegian American newspaper" - Lori Ann Reinhall (Editor-in-chief) (52:30)
https://www.screencast.com/t/fnDPWFJka83

11/6/2020 - No program- Election Day

10/27/2020 - Norwegian Naming Conventions by Carmen Collins Nordkap lodge in Detroit MI (26:44)
This is a must-watch presentation for anyone wanting to study Scandinavian naming conventions. It is great background information for genealogy or Nordic-American history studies.
https://www.screencast.com/t/rrpm14WXcr

10/20/2020 - Tracing Norwegian Immigrant Journeys by Kayak - Dave Ellingson is a Sons of Norway member in Edmonds, Washington. (36:46)
Dave shared phenomenal views of two of his kayak trips, one on the fjords of Norway and the other on the Erie Canal and Hudson River to New York’s Statue of Liberty.  It is a most unique story, which few people have ever experienced.  Dave is an outstanding storyteller with a great sense of humor, insight on people, mixed with an awe of nature and a bit of spirituality.  Ellingson is the author of Paddle Pilgrim books.  His website is https://www.dellingson.com
https://www.screencast.com/t/LrygYQrU

10/13/2020 - "The Sloopers" - Bill Injerd (Nordkap lodge - Detroit MI) (39:32)
https://www.screencast.com/t/91svAwpyn2D4

10/06/2020 - Carving the Animals of Scandinavia (James Ray Miller, Valkyrien lodge) (1:01:38)
https://www.screencast.com/t/SqQX6rnnj

09/29/2020 - Norwegians in WI logging (Glenn Borreson, Wergeland lodge) (20:12)
https://www.screencast.com/t/kjxrd83fO

09/22/20_D5 Photo Contest: Lodge Winners (38:50)
https://www.screencast.com/t/0wu2ByW8Lc

09/15/20 - Starting a New Lodge: Shawnee Skogen - One Year Later (Wendy Winkelman) (35:16)
https://www.screencast.com/t/2QGrya4kwSL

09/08/20 - Norw-Am Genealogy Library (Dana Kelly) (27:58)
https://www.screencast.com/t/VDpJM4Jghg

09/01/20 - Magnus Swenson: Norwegian-American Inventor (12:32)
https://www.screencast.com/t/A96SBSqR7vG

8/25/2020 - Mount Horeb - Troll Capital of America (36:16)  (Cheryl Wille-Schlesser, Vennelag lodge, Mount Horeb WI) (36:16)
https://www.screencast.com/t/zuGRBFR4

08/18/2020 - Rosemaling at Masse Moro (50:48) (Carol Bender, Elvedal lodge, Wisconsin Rapids WI) (50:48)
https://www.screencast.com/t/oiC9OnDV

08/11/2020: Stavern Folkehøgskole: Norwegian Folk School 2019-20 (Mathea Diedrich) (48:31)
https://www.screencast.com/t/DYoadXAav2

8/4/2020 - D5 Scandinavian Photo Contest Award Ceremony (23:48)
https://www.screencast.com/t/lNRHbm1LI

7/28/2020 - The Viking Ship sailed to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition - Samantha Simera Bamberger (Friends of the Viking Ship - Geneva IL) (30:33)  https://www.screencast.com/t/kxnvEbIne

7/21/2020: Erie Canal: Immigrant Gateway to the West - Daryl Wunrow (Fosselyngen-Milwaukee WI) (29:16)
https://www.screencast.com/t/0H0nDA3h

7/14/2020 - Viking Ship funeral - Debra Kraft (Nordkap lodge - Detroit, MI)  (21:44)
https://www.screencast.com/t/0mhVsh3z9s

07/07/2020: Norskadalen Norwegian-American Cultural Center (Lori Dubczek)  (38:10)
https://www.screencast.com/t/naQjRXxDtaV

6/30/20 - Norsk Museum - Norway IL - Dave Johnson (Cleng Peerson lodge - Norway IL)  (47:47)
https://www.screencast.com/t/StcaC8Qq

6/23/20 - Norwegian Tales to Tell: The Art of Storytelling - Joy Bashara (Gronvik lodge - Green Bay WI)  (46:36)
https://www.screencast.com/t/K6hAGpJ5

June 16 "Joy of Norwegian Woodcarving"  by James Ray Miller: (46:44)
https://www.screencast.com/t/pHmG8uZXqUxI

6/9/20 - Trip to Western Norway and Oslo (Jim Secora) (28:49)
https://www.screencast.com/t/7oKQxBl54

06/02/2020: Coffin Ships -  Death on the Ocean Crossing and One Family’s Story (Glenn Borreson) (21:41)
https://www.screencast.com/t/l8Ubb1ZAQ

05/26/2020: Ole Evinrude: Norwegian-American inventor (9:41)
https://www.screencast.com/t/UYf4AvIyOU

05/19/2020:  75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Norway: Eyewitness Accounts (29:40)
https://www.screencast.com/t/n9nAgEWJ1A8l

05/12/2020:  Project Heimatt: Norway Stave Church (Cheryl Wille-Schlesser)  (20:56)
https://www.screencast.com/t/BKDOPd32

05/05/2020: Norwegian-Americans in Michigan: A Short History (Nordkap lodge)  (21:45)
https://www.screencast.com/t/7t8XNGPj

04/28/2020: Norwegian Midwives in the Midwest (Glenn Borreson)  (21:31)
https://www.screencast.com/t/8Je3j1rmLa