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Valdres Samband Stevne
June 20-22, 2013
Willmar, Minnesota

The 2013 Valdres Samband stevne was held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Willmar, Minnesota. This year's gathering included a bus tour, seminars, traditional crafts,  Nordic-themed vendors, coffee room with treats, and dining options with evening entertainment.  Seminar topics range from the US-Dakota War to hints for writing your family history.  With an on-site genealogist and a computer database, the genealogy room was a researcher's dream come true.  Children had the opportunity to attend Saturday's Barneborgen to learn basic Norwegian language skills, lore and crafts.

 

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Thursday, June 20
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kaffe Stua  
11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration  
11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Genealogy & Preservation
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own  
12:00 p.m. Bus tour: Loading  
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus Tour : Mona Gregersen and Arlene Quam will guide you around western Minnesota.  Current itinerary includes US Dakota War sites, Pope County Museum and the Starbuck Depot (which is the site of the World’s Largest Lefse).  
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arts, Crafts & Book Sales  
1:30 p.m. Craft Class: Julekurv Avis Rosenlund
3:00 p.m. Craft Class: Hardanger Jeanie Wills
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own  
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social: Build your own sundae with vanilla ice cream and assorted toppings (chocolate, strawberry, caramel, chopped nuts and whipped cream 
Program: Magician Arne Bangsrudlukken, a 1/3 and 4/5 generation Norwegian-American will perform 'close up' effects. He  once did laundry for the renowned Norwegian magician, Finn Jon and learned a few tricks from the master (or so he says).
 
 
Friday, June 21
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration  
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Genealogy & Preservation  
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arts, Crafts, and Book Sales  
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kaffe Stue  
9:00 a.m. Seminar: "All Things Øystre Slidre"  Earl Evenstad
10:00 a.m. Craft Class: Julkurv Avis Rosenlund
10:30 a.m. Seminar: "Migration and Adaptation: Norwegian Log Building Tradition in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota" Paul Cutting
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet (check-in required): Green Mill Pizza Buffet with a choice of three: single-topping pizzas, served with Caesar salad, fresh bread and herb butter  
1:00 p.m. Seminar: Norwegian-American Women Lori Lahlim
1:00 p.m. Craft Class: Hardanger Jeanie Wills
2:30 p.m. Seminar: "Norway House" John Pederson
2:30 p.m. Craft Class: TBD  
4:00 p.m. Seminar: "Valdres 2014" Linda McCormick
5:30 p.m. Dinner: Seating  
6:00 p.m. Dinner (check-in required):Norwegian meatballs with brown gravy served with Yukon gold potatoes, baby carrots, a house salad, and fresh bread and  butter. Dessert will be rice cream with raspberry sauce.  
6:45 p.m. Evening Program: Doors open to the public  
  Evening Program: Welcome, National Anthems
               Presentation: "Cemeteries of Minnesota"
Doug Ohman
 
Saturday, June 22
7:30 a.m. Board Meeting  
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Information (no registration)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Genealogy & Preservation  
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Art, Crafts, and Book Sales  
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Barneborgen (The Children's Castle)  
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kaffe Stue  
9:00 a.m. Seminar: "Crafting Your Family Narrative: Tips on Writing Your Family History Story" Bruce Weaver
10:30 a.m. "Norwegian Immigration and the Dakota Conflict" Dean Urdahl
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet (check-in required): Soup and sandwich, a cup of hot homemade soup with a croissant with turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato and served with chips.
1:00 p.m. Norwegian Sing-a-long Howard Lerohl
2:00 p.m. Annual Meeting and Memorial Service  
5:30 p.m. Banquet Seating
6:00 p.m. Festive Gjestebø:Traditional grilled salmon filet served with lemon dill sauce, a salad, fresh bread and herb butter. Also included are baby red new potatoes, asparagus, herring, Jarlsberg cheese and lefse. Rommegrøt will be served for dessert.  
6:45 p.m. Evening Program: Doors open to the public  
7:00 p.m. Evening Program: Parade of Bunads, Call of the Lur, National Anthems
Program: Kjell Nordlie and the Dassel Dancers
 
 

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