-Nordmanns Forbundet-
-The Norse Federation-
Ski for Light teaches blind and mobility-impaired adults how to cross-country ski, while exposing them to Norwegian heritage.


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1. Bildene av januar 2016 "HILSEN"
2. Bildene av desember 2015 "HILSEN" .
3. Bildene av october 2015 "HILSEN"

Embassy News and events
(Klikk på mus å se:) Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
- News & Events
UND Art Exhibit: 1814-2014 Red, White, and Blue: Norwegian Constitution, American Inspiration
Klikk på mus
 å se det YouTube As Norsemen row the serpent,
the riveted down the icy stream,
it is like a sight of eagle's wings
Royal House of Norway (Klikk på mus å se:) The Royal House of Norway
--Home Page--
Norwegians usually say: "Thanks for the food after a meal."Nordmenn
pleier å si:
"Takk for maten"
etter et måltid.

Norsk bokmål 
med oversettelser
 til amerikanisk engelsk. -TAKK FOR MATEN--
I Jesu navn går vi til bord at spise og drikke på ditt ord.
 Deg, Gud til ære, os til gavn, 
Så få vi mat i Jesu navn.

In Jesus name to the table we go
 to eat and drink according to His word.
 To God the honor, us the gain,
So we have food in Jesus name

In the name of Jesus we go to dinner, Eating and drinking in your word, You God for honor, for our profit, So we get food in the name of Jesus. Amen
I Jesu Navn går vi til bords,
At spise og drikke på dit Ord,
Dig Gud til ære, os til gavn,
Så far vi mat i Jesu Navn.
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Margell, Bernell, Mary Ann, Linda, Darlene and Meredith
The Bunads represent Sunnfjord, Hardanger, Hallingdal, Oppdal, and Østerdal.
More Bunads appear on the June clendar page.
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Lodge 4-021
1401 9th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201-4347
Phone 701-772-9963
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Margy Gabrielsen

FRA PRESIDENTEN, June, July, August 2016,

The April 30th UND BIG EVENT workday gave us nine hardworking girls to help do a thorough Spring Cleaning-both inside and out of the Lodge. Four of the Lodge TRUSTEES (Building Corporation) members came to assist & direct what needed to be done. Ruth B.’s soup & Joyce B.’s sandwiches were a big hit for lunch.

The awesome Syttende Mai festivities held yesterday at our lodge is giving me smiling thoughts as I ponder writing this article. THANK YOU to the fifty plus members, (plus at least two non- members,) for pitching in and making everything function so smoothly. Irene Shores and Karen Knudsvig were the main coordinators- - -and Arden & Everett were their right and left hand assistants. The beautiful weather was a wonderful asset to the day as well!!!

Food preparation started in early May. Several dedicated, faithful members helped with baking and cooking all the traditional Scandinavian delicacies. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Last week as I was searching my files, I came across a write up in the July 5, 1981, Grand Forks Herald, written by Chuck Haga entitled “NORWAY/Old Country Revisited” “Brothers Divided by Two Countries”

(Haga lived in Norway the year of 1978-79 while on a fellowship at University of Oslo. In June of 1981, he spent three weeks back in Norway gathering information for this series.)

The article featured my dad’s younger brother Einar that chose to remain in Norway. When Haga met Uncle Einar, he felt a tug at his heart. As he looked into that rugged face he could see the images of so many that did leave that pretty valley. He said you wouldn’t think twice if you saw him holding a cup of black coffee at the Corner Café of Hatton, Park River or Grafton- - -he would blend right in!

Einar was 19 when my dad, age 22, and Uncle Hans, age 16, received the letter carrying their immigration papers to the U.S. They tried to talk him into coming with them, but he said he was satisfied where he was. He said he would never leave Norway!

The two brothers sang & sang & sang as they walked to the area where they boarded the ship to go to America, AND - -as they waved good bye to their mother. They were perhaps somewhat consoled by the fact that they would be joining an older brother & two older sisters who were already living in the USA. Dad never saw his mother again.

His father had died when Dad was 7 yrs. old. So he wasn’t very old when he started working in the woods to help earn a little money for his mother & two little brothers. In their growing up years they all managed to do a lot of skiing- and play a lot of soccer football.

June is the month we celebrate Father’s Day, so- - - probably because of the GF Herald feature article this story came to mind. I‘m sure many of your families have similar stories.

Margy Gabrielsen

Board Meeting: Thursday, August 4, 4:30 PM
Rosemaling, August 13, 9:00am
Membership Meeting: Thursday, August 11, 7:00 PM, Memorial Service
Rosemaling, August 27, 9:00am

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June 22, 1903 the Varden Lodge of Sønner av Norge was founded. "Varden" means "beacon" or "lookout," and is also a masculine name."Gyda" Gyda VIKING TALES - FULL AudioBook - Greatest Audio is the ninth century princess who first had a vision of a united kingdom of Norway. The Gyda Døtre av Norge Dotre av Norge was established two years later in 1905. The Gyda Lodge merged with the Varden Lodge in 1951, to be known as The Gyda Varden Lodge #21. See the Centennial web page (klikk på mus å se: HUNDREÅRSDAG siden contributed by Helny Ohnstad).

Sharon MyronCindy DahlSharon Myron publishes NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY in the lodge newsletter, "HILSEN", edited by Cindy Dahl. Contact
Sharon to get access to her archives which include an article, "THE TITANIC", and an article about "Andrew Honve & the Honve House".

Today lodge members are mostly second generation Norwegian-Americans and have a desire to to explore what they know -- and what they don't know -- about their own heritage. The previous generation of lodge members had, mostly, been born in Norway. They've left many keepsakes (paintings, photos, music, books) in the lodge to tell us what they have known and loved about Norway. To understand our ancestors requires a passion for their Norwegian heritage and sense of adventure, and their curiosity. Although Norwegians are people who like to have fun and try new things, language differences and technology have conceived a generation that will tell you, "When I was a kid I didn't listen to my parents' stories," or "I didn't pay attention when they taught me the dances."

Every day online resources become available. Our Gyda Varden Lodge believes that as people learn more about themselves, they even become more confident. Norway has a stunning landscape and a wonderful community and our Gyda Varden Lodge brings the past back into our everyday life at our meetings, classes, and the online resources you will find available at this website. Listed are some of the online activities available at this time:

Melissa GjellstadYou may like to connect online to Norwegian studies offered by UND, such as Norwegian American Weekly_an online first-year Norwegian course. The courses: NORW 101 and 102, taught by Dr. Melissa Gjellstad, associate professor at UND, attract diverse students from the local campus and tri-state region as well as learners from across the U.S. and Canada. Melissa is active in growing the Norwegian program in ways that involve students and the greater campus community As Associate Professor at UND, Melissa teaches Norwegian language classes. Melissa's specialty is contemporary Norwegian literature (1990s-today).. Melissa's specialty is contemporary Norwegian literature (1990s-today).
Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelvar talk about their new translation of the Norwegian book "The War with the Sioux: Norwegians Against Indians 1862-63". Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelvar talk about their new translation of the Norwegian book: "The War with the Sioux: Norwegians Against Indians 1862-63".
Ønsker du å lære norsk på nettet?_Ønsker du å lære norsk på nettet?
Chester Fritz Library – Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections_Chester Fritz Library – Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
NORSK CLUB Monthly Meeting at UND. NORSK CLUB Monthly Meeting at UND.
UND News

As you explore this website you will see many links to Norway images, videos of Norwegian culture, and links to Norwegian cities, businesses, blogs, museums and libraries. Because the language may be a concern, I've linked "Google Translate" or its icon to the Norwegian text. Click on the icon and enter the Norwegian text. Notice the on-screen Norwegian keyboard in the bottom left of the text box. The icons for translation looks like: https://translate.google.com/ or Good Wishes, Phrases, Days of the Week
Also, there are many links to language learning videos throughout our site. Try this link to the YouTube video titled "how to learn norsk with english conversation". Click here: Learn Norwegian on YouTube

Flip though digital versions of Viking, from November 2009 to the current issue. On the Sons of Norway home page, click on Viking Magazine Online. Be sure to log in as a member to view the whole issue. -

About Norway's Geography
Char Brekke Char Brekke offers cultural, educational, & heritage tours with her association with Brekke Tours. -You may not need a lodge member ship to travel to a lot of places, including festivities, conventions. Watch both the yearly calendar & each month's calendar on the Brekke web page for places & cost. Brekke_Tours

Sons of Norway provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. Contact Ann Krause, FIC, our financial benefits advisor, for information.

Through fund-raising projects, lefse baking, and the fantastic support of members and the community, Gyda Varden has engaged in unlimited cultural, social, and charitable activities. Each June an impressive service is conducted to honor the memory of departed members.

Gyda Varden contributes through fundraisers sponsored by the Sons of Norway Foundation, and has benefited from the Humanitarian Fund, which began in 1997 in response to the Red River Flood.
---1. Disaster relief.
---2. Outreach grants for the lodge.
------------ (see: Officers page)
---3. Scholarships for Norwegian-American education exchange. Norwegian Students Talk About Their UND Experience
------(See: King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund)

Evelyn Hensrud
Within our lodge a sunshine committee seeks to cheer the sick and bereaved with flowers or a sympathy card. If you hear about a member in the hospital or a death in a family, please notify
Evelyn Hensrud -772-1970 or 317-385-9730 cell

John ShafferGyda Varden is looking forward to providing aid for the handicapped by supporting the TUBFRIM is owned by the
Norwegian Health Association
(Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen).Klikk på mus å sende et par ord
til John Shaffer med e-posten.TUBFRIM PROJECT. E-mail John Schaffer to receive credit. --Klikk på mus ENGLISH or NORSK for information.

With your used phone cards & stamps the lodge provides medical aid for children in Norway because we give them a
"new" value. "Several hundred handicapped children benefit from the fund raised by TUBFRIM -- every year!"

Princess Märtha Louise at a 2006 book signing in Minnesota, USA. TUBFRIM was established in Nesbyen in 1928. Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen took the initiative to collect
and sell used stamps to fund a better quality of life for handicapped children and youth and to support tuberculosis research. Prinsesse Märtha Louise is a strong advocate for TUBFRIM.
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The Gyda Varden Lodge supports many other commitments, including Trollfjorden Language Camp, a scrapbook, and the Nordic Initiative, among others. See the Jr. Lodge page for many different available scholarships. See the FOUNDATION REPORT for the Gyda Varden Lodge on the Officer page.

-Klikk på mus for
see calendar) We invite you to come to a lodge meeting.
Viking Tales by Jennie Hall (1875-1921) Through the years, lodge members have discovered intangible friendships fostered when enjoying traditional Norwegian activities together, including: (Videos) literature and history -- Norsk Lese Lag (book club), Norwegian language classes, rosemaling, wood carving, genealogy research, ethnic programs, pancake breakfasts, chili suppers, corn feeds, lefse baking, bløtkake demonstrations, pot-luck meals, tours, and celebrations. The meetings contain some business content, but also some youth-oriented cultural and social events. Norwegian-Americans are passionate about their heritage, and like to practice many of the traditions that have been handed down generation to generation.
Klikk på mus.
 Slik søker du etter ord
       i norsk bildesider. On "Movie Nights" at the lodge we show movies from Norway. We have a great time and enjoy pop & popcorn. Check the Gyda Varden Lodge events Klikk på mus for 12 månader KALENDERÅR side on this website. YouTube has free Norwegian movies:
______Movies with Norsk subtitles (norsk tekst).
______Free Movie Title: Løperjenten - 1981
Free Movie Title: Løperjenten - 1981
______Torres Snørtewoll (norsk film fra 1940 med Alfred Maurstad) Torres Snørtewoll - 1940 med Alfred Maurstad
______Tante pose 1940 norsk tale og tekst Tante pose - 1940

______Faneflukt - 1974 Norsk film Faneflukt - 1974 Norsk film

Norway 10 Kroner, 1964, Constitution sesquicentennial Circulated Coin
SYTTENDE MAI: 1814 "the year of miracles"
The coins edge is lettered with the phrase “ENIGE OG TRO TIL DOVRE FALLER“ or Agreed and true until Dovre falls. For those not familiar with Norway, Dovre is chain of Mountains in Norway. May 17 YouTube everyone is invited to celebrate Syttende mai at the Gyda Varden Lodge. Noon Lunch: 11 am - 2 pm we'll be serving smorbrød, rømmegrøt, lefse, søtsuppe, riskrem, bløtkake, flatbrød. Afternoon coffee: 2 pm - 4 pm and entertainers will be performing.

If you want to attend Syttende mai and are coming to the lodge during your lunch break from school or work you have our permission to go to the head of the line!

The SISTER-LODGE of GYDA VARDEN: BIRKEBEINER. Birkebeiner Lodge - Lillehammer - Images
"Medlemsavis" (Members' newspaper): B-nyttnr.12012pdf..pdf (1250k)
Demonstrating the unique bond of sisterhood, after the devastating flood of 1997, Birkebeiner made a generous financial contribution which helped Gyda Varden Lodge members to refurbish our beautiful lodge building. Like coming home again, our sister-lodge believed in our dreams and wanted to live them with us.
Wikipedia In 1174 a rebellious Birkebein Party formed in Norway.

Knud Larsen Bergslien (May 15, 1827 – November 27, 1908) was a Norwegian painter, art teacher and master artist. In his art, he frequently portrayed the lives of the Norwegian people, their history and heroes of the past. "Today, the Birkebeins are popularly celebrated for having escorted the two-year-old Haakon Haakonsson, an heir to the Norwegian throne, to safety from Lillehammer to Østerdalen to Trondheim, a long and perilous journey through treacherous mountains and forests."

This is commemorated through Birkebeinerrennet (a ski race), Birkebeinerrittet (a bike race), as well as the American Birkebeiner. The Norwegian marathons start at Rena Rena, Norway - imagesand ends at Lillehammer near their lodge.
(klikk på mus å se: "Birkbeinerrennet 2015 Live" Birkbeinerrennet 2015 Live ).
(klikk på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrennet English version" Birkebeinerrennet English version ).
(klikk på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrittet 2015" Birkebeinerrittet 2015).
(klikk på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrittet 2015" Birkebeinerrittet 2015).

Gyda Varden Lodge member Helny Ohnstad and others exchanged lodge newsletters each month with Arne Halvorsen, and he is still the Lodge President. Some are posted on this website's Sister-Lodge web-page. I hope to find a collection of her letters in the lodge library and post whatever I can find. A friendship with Birkebeiner Lodge had been built to learn from our similarities.

The benefits of sisterhood come from immersion and personal interactions which become easier each year with on-line translators, Norwegian classes, and student exchange programs. Typically, by developing our communication skills and economic interests, as members we can ask questions like:
Why heritage?
How do we engage our youth in our Norwegian heritage?
In what ways can our two lodges gain from being partners?

In this way we can improve our understanding of our ancestors and the world.

Birkebeiner Lodge - Lillehammergoogle
PO Box 484, 2600 Lillehammer
Established 01/17/1987
Meeting point: Glomstad Gaard & Pension, 2635 Thirteen
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month - 19:00.

Sister cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota
A SISTER-CITY of GRAND FORKS: SARPSBORG. googleGoogle Images of Sarpsborg The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Sarpsborg.
The Norwegian City ( Sarpsborg ) in 4K -aerialIn addition, on October 10, 2005,
"Grand Forks City established a Sister City Agreement with the city of Sarpsborg, Norway to demonstrate support for diversity, educational opportunities, openness to different peoples, cultures and ideas and to foster a world-view approach necessary for next generation business." The city became interested in building a relationship with Sarpsb
org because many Grand Forks residents have Norwegian heritage, the school district plans to teach Norwegian language classes, and a student exchange program began in 2007. Our lodge is an important player in a the success of the relationship.


Viking Ship Parade The Lodge Viking Ship gets ready to set sails in the EGF Heritage Days Parade. Riding the ship are Teressa Wilde, Kendrik Wilde and Darlene Holien. Cindy Dahl, standing, proudly boasts: "It's a good Viking ship".
Olger & Lucille Langheid

Olger & Lucille Langheid at the Rosemaling display at EGF Heritage Days.

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With a bit of joy & vanity, Gyda Varden hopes you will join with us and eat and celebrate the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic countries around the North Sea. We think of each member, as when one thinks of a brother who has been lost and forgotten but found again in discovering a beautiful source of identity. If you are not a member of Sons of Norway we hope that after seeing all of the activities we offer you will consider joining our organization. SOFN

WikipediaNewspapers in Norway ------------Kingdom of Norway Kingdom of Norway

Wikipedia Norwegian National Anthem
Click to hear the Norwegian National Anthem: YouTube.

Click to hear the Norwegian violin.
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and provide quality insurance
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og samtidig tilby de beste forsikrings
og finansprodukter til alle medlemmer.

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