Events Archive

Alice O'Brien grew up on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul.  The daughter of a wealthy family, she had no need to work, let alone go to war - yet in WWI, she joined hundreds of other women who served as nurses, clerks, drivers and canteen workers in war-torn France.  Her letters home "full of breezy gossip and telling detail" were edited and published by her grandniece Nancy O'Brien Wagner.  Ms. Wagner is co-founder of Bluestem Heritage, LLC, which does research, program development, interpretive planning, and project management for historical organizations. (source: Minnesota Historical Society)



Event Date Saturday, 06 May 2017
Event End Date Saturday, 06 May 2017
Cut off date Monday, 01 May 2017
Individual Price 27.00

Who knew learning Norwegian as a Forestry major would ever be useful to a Swede destined for a career as a cop? Not fellow Lakselaget member Jane Laurence. But as fate would have it, things came together magically. On topics from hostage negotiation to homicide investigation to intelligence analysis for the RNC, her interest and esteem for Nordic culture and methods led to exchanges of knowledge and tactics (in both directions) between Minnesota and Norwegian police for many years. Any career can be invigorated and enriched by sharing experiences with colleagues in other cultures. Jane hopes her presentation will inspire you to reach out and make a connection with a Nordic counterpart!

Event Date Saturday, 01 April 2017
Event End Date Saturday, 01 April 2017
Cut off date Monday, 27 March 2017
Individual Price 27.00

The Tiny House movement, which has grown in popularity in the United States in recent years, encourages homeowners to downsize.   Financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle, and a reduced environmental footprint are all motivating factors. Kim Kasl’s family, which includes her husband and two children, took that challenge and downsized from a 2,000 square foot home to one that is 267. Come hear more about this family’s unique journey!



Event Date Saturday, 04 March 2017
Event End Date Saturday, 04 March 2017
Cut off date Monday, 27 February 2017
Individual Price 27.00

What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of rune stones existing today, primarily in Scandinavia, but some in North America.  

Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization based in Roseville, MN, promoting scholarly research on runes and runic inscriptions in Europe and North America.    Jensen became intensely interested in rune stones and runic inscriptions when working as a consultant for the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation while living in Alexandria, MN.  She is currently an education specialist for the Minnesota Dept. of Education. 

Event Date Saturday, 04 February 2017
Event End Date Saturday, 04 February 2017
Cut off date Monday, 30 January 2017
Individual Price 27.00

As invasive plant species like buckhorn and garlic mustard spread quickly throughout Minnesota parks, an innovative approach is being taken to address the problem in an eco-friendly way: Jake Langeslag, and his wife Amanda, own Goat Dispatch, a company that specializes in land management/brush removal with the use of goats.  The goats naturally clear-away bothersome plants, reduce the production of more seeds, and decrease the habitat of mosquitos and wood ticks – and they’re cute to boot!

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Event Date Saturday, 07 January 2017
Event End Date Saturday, 07 January 2017
Cut off date Monday, 02 January 2017
Individual Price 27.00

Founded in Minnesota in 1946 by Dorothy and H. David Dalquist, Nordic Ware began by selling specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products.  Soon, the company expanded into Bundt pans, microwave cookware, bakeware, cookware and grilling accessories. Jennifer Dalquist carries on her family's legacy as Director of Sales and marketing, and is recognized as a leader and innovator in her industry.  Since many of our members will once again use their Nordic Ware to prepare traditional fare over the holidays, it's the perfect time for Jennifer to present on this important company's 70 years of history. 

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Event Date Saturday, 03 December 2016
Event End Date Saturday, 03 December 2016
Cut off date Monday, 28 November 2016
Individual Price 27.00

Gwen Daniels, the creator of NorSari, invented the woolly outer-skirt to survive the cold Minnesota winter.  “I started wrapping a blanket around my waist before heading out the door to get in my cold car to drive to work.  I couldn’t believe how warm it kept me!  Soon, I was wearing the blanket even at work.  At that point I decided I needed to make myself a wrap that looked a little more stylish”.  Daniels shared her idea with family and friends, refined her product over the course of a couple winters, and NorSari was born. Now she offers the wrap in three sizes and an assortment of wool fabrics. So warm! So easy! Why didn’t I think of that?    (text courtesy blog , Amy Boxrud)

Event Date Saturday, 12 November 2016
Event End Date Saturday, 12 November 2016
Cut off date Monday, 07 November 2016
Individual Price 27.00

Please join us at the home of Linda Jo Stuckey for our annual June Pot-Luck Picnic!  Linda Jo has graciously agreed to host this year's event.  Due to space limitations, the picnic is for Lakselaget members, only.  Please sign up your dish at the meeting in May, or by registering here with your dish in the 'COMMENTS' section.

(Please note: you must select a Salmon, Vegetarian, or Gluten meal to complete online registration for this event, however, this is indeed a pot-luck.) 

Linda Jo Stuckey

8122 W 109th Street Circle

Minneapolis, MN 55438-2295

Event Date Saturday, 04 June 2016
Event End Date Saturday, 04 June 2016
Cut off date Saturday, 28 May 2016

Please join us in May to hear a seasoned Can Do Canine speaker! She will present how Can do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.  

Event Date Saturday, 07 May 2016
Event End Date Saturday, 07 May 2016
Cut off date Monday, 02 May 2016
Individual Price 26.00

Deb Nelson Gourley, owner of Astri My Astri Publishing, will display her abilities as researcher, author and publisher.  "An old trunk, a handwritten note, cemetery and courthouse records---these become the skeletal framework which the author then clothes with flesh, blood and bunads.”  Astri My Astri Publishing specializes in bilingual English Norwegian books on Norwegian Heritage, Culture, History, Language and Genealogy.  The books have won National Awards including the prestigious G. K. Haukebo Heritage Resource Award for Historical Emphasis.

Event Date Saturday, 02 April 2016
Event End Date Saturday, 02 April 2016
Cut off date Monday, 28 March 2016
Individual Price 26.00

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.