Lakselaget meets the first Saturday of each month October through May (unless otherwise noted) to network, mentor, eat salmon, and receive information from a variety of noteworthy speakers. Topics range from the arts to health, to history, to sports, to heritage and beyond. Members gather to exchange greetings, network, and meet new friends. Wine and drinks are available for purchase. Only Members may register for luncheons and invite friends to join them. Online registration (or click here for a downloadable PDF for email reservation) will close at 7:55 p.m. the Monday before the luncheon. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to register after that time. There will be a $10 late fee.


August 14, 2019 - August 31, 2020
$40.00 dues + $1 Pay Pal Service Fee

October 5, 2019 11 am -2 pm
$27.00 + $1 Paypal Service Fee
Twin Cities Hardingfelelag

Three members of the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag will perform for us in October. Tor most performances they wear bunad (Norwegian traditional festive costume) and other traditional clothing from the regions of their heritage or from places in Norway with special meaning. The group was founded in 1996 by the master fiddler Olav Jørgen Hegge of Valdres, Norway. He was regarded by many as the leading tradition bearer of the Hardanger fiddle and the dance style from the Valdres valley. He played and danced for more than 40 years.

*Please note that due to limited space, registration for this luncheon is currently being offered to members only.*


November 2, 2019 11 am -2 pm
$27.00 Luncheon + $1 Paypal Service Fee
Shelly Boyum-Breen

Children’s book author, Shelly Boyum-Breen is a native of Brainerd, MN, where she grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports.  She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997 and her MS in Leadership from Capella University in 2016. She spent five years in the education field, coaching college and high school basketball and tennis.  Boyum-Breen then worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization. Shelly later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.


December 7, 2019 11 am -2 pm
$27.00 Luncheon + $1 Paypal Service Fee
Gingerbread Wonderland

Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns to the Galleri in all of its cinnamon coziness. You’ll recognize familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities and beyond, created by friends and neighbors—everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts. All are encouraged to enter their dream cookie creation, regardless of their baking level! So get your friends together to bake, laugh, frost, and celebrate the warmth of the Holiday season—and the oven!


January 4, 2020 11 am -2 pm
$27.00 Luncheon + $1 Paypal Service Fee
John Munger - Loppet Foundation

John Munger is a former attorney, he has a masters degree in teaching, he is an experienced non-profit executive, he has created dozens of successful partnerships, and he is a proven entrepreneur. In 2002, after R.T. Rybak came into office and called for a focus on “silent sports,” John started the Loppet Foundation, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, and the outdoor-oriented programming that forms the core of the non-profit organization. He left his law practice in 2005 in order to lead the organization as its first executive director. The Foundation now hosts numerous major annual events, with over 17,000 participants per year. It has hosted national and international events and has led the effort to revitalize Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The organization recently completed a $5 Million+ capital campaign and opened its new Trailhead facility. More than 12,000 youth, including more than 10,000 from North Minneapolis, have learned to ski, mountain bike, paddle and generally enjoy the outdoors through Loppet programming. The Foundation receives support from a wide array of corporate and philanthropic partners and is now a $5 million annual operation, with 1,900 members, over 1,000 volunteers, and some thirty full-time and seventy part-time staff members.


February 1, 2020 11 am -2 pm
$27.00 Luncheon + $1 Paypal Service Fee
Julie Steller - Steller Handcrafted Goods
Julie Steller loves wool sweaters! Eight years ago she bought a pair of mittens made from repurposed wool sweaters and was captivated!  This began her journey searching for wool sweaters that were damaged or not wanted any more and making them into mittens that were both beautiful and useful. Beginning as a one-woman shop, Steller Handcrafted Goods now employs 14 women who help create not only mittens but hats, coats, vests and purses that are sold In shops around the country. Steller Goods has a dedicated line of products using Norwegian sweaters, valued because of their high quality and stunning designs. Julie is married, has six children and five grandchildren. 

We are a vibrant group of professional women
who are interested in contemporary Norwegian
issues and all things Norwegian. 


The Lakselaget Scholarship and Opportunity
Fund was established to celebrate, encourage
and advance the organization's motto,
women who swim against the current. 


Lakselaget holds monthly luncheons where
members gather to network, share news, and
take part in a traditional Norwegian meal
of salmon, potatoes and cucumber salad.