Events Archive

Monthly Luncheon Meetings 2018-19

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 Reservations Director if you would like to register after that time. There will be a $10 late fee.

Leif and Janis Andol 

Leif Andol was 19 when he came to the United States with two friends, planning to return to Norway in two years.  He did visit Norway about five years later, and met a young woman and convinced her to come to the United States and marry him.  They were married 53 years and visited Norway many times. One month after arriving in the U.S., he had to register for the draft. Since English was not allowed to be taught during the Norway occupation, he learned most of the language after he was here, while serving in the U.S. Army. During World War II, Hitler’s army occupied Norway for five years. Leif was 15 when the war ended, so he has many memories of those years. Leif's wife, Jan will play a musical selection on her “saw” at the end of the program.

Event Date May 4, 2019 12:00 am
Event End Date May 4, 2019 12:00 am
Cut off date April 29, 2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00

Urban Growler® Brewing Company was opened in July 2014 by Master Brewer Deb Loch and co-head honcho Jill Pavlak. These two combined their complementary skills and passions to create great beer, food and space for everyone. When Urban Growler® Brewing Company opened, it was the first women owned brewery in the state of Minnesota. 

Event Date April 6, 2019 11:00 am
Event End Date April 6, 2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date April 1, 2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00

Major Georgette Danczyk will share her experiences participating in the Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX), in February 2013 and June 2016.

Major Danczyk was a Public Affairs Officer for the Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of MN. 

Event Date March 2, 2019 11:00 am
Event End Date March 2, 2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date February 25, 2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00
Lori joined Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center as Executive Director in May of 2016.  Prior to joining Norskedalen, Lori had a well-rounded career in both for-profit and non-profit organizations with positions ranging from corporate executive to entrepreneur, sole proprietor and professional fund raiser.  Outside of Norskedalen, Lori and her husband Jim have two children David and Chelsea, and a horse named Hugs.    Jim is the General Manager of Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe in Onalaska, David teaches Middle School in Iowa while operating his production company Conjunction Media, Chelsea has just completed as year as Miss Iowa in the Miss America Organization and is building her business REIGN Nutrition & Strength Coaching.  A horse named Hugs helps a very busy family keep their feet on the ground!  

Event Date February 2, 2019 11:00 am
Event End Date February 2, 2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date January 28, 2019 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00

Kari Tauring is a Nordic root musician, cultural educator, and spiritual leader living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A völva (staff/wand woman in Old Norse), Kari carries the staff of tradition within the folkway of her maternal Norwegian ancestry as it was given to her and as revealed through folk songs, stories, runes and ancient poetry, music and dance, and material culture. Kari shares her own unfolding journey as a kjærringa med staven through performance, education, recordings, and authorship. Kari (the Lady with a Stick) will help Norway House host a series of "sweat bathing" workshops and experiences during the 612 Sauna Society residency being held there this February, culminating in Kalevala day on the 28th.

Event Date January 5, 2019 11:00 am
Event End Date January 5, 2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date December 28, 2018 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00
Lorna Landvik is the author of eleven novels (twelve come next spring!) including the best-selling PATTY JANE’S HOUSE OF CURL, ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS and OH MY STARS.  In her talk, she’ll speak about the writing and publication process as well as give updates on the short film of OH MY STARS.
Event Date December 1, 2018 11:00 am
Event End Date December 1, 2018 2:00 pm
Cut off date November 26, 2018 8:00 pm
Individual Price $28.00

Katy Smith has spent a career engaging communities in transformative conversations. She is a keynote speaker, an educator, a trainer, and a valued resource for parents and educators. Katy is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood teacher in Minnesota, and the first parent educator nationally, to be honored with the award.

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

Event Date November 3, 2018 11:00 am
Event End Date November 3, 2018 2:00 pm
Cut off date October 29, 2018 12:00 am
Individual Price $28.00

Celebrate Norway in Music and Song!

After 15 incredible Upper Midwest tours, Norwegian Trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen is making his farewell autumn tour along with an all new troupe. Once again he brings the musical artistry from his home area of Østfold County in southeastern Norway.  Østfold County includes the picturesque cities of Moss, Fredrikstad, Halden and Sarpsborg, and the music he brings reflects their charm. We are privileged to once again have him perform for us along with Norwegian vocalist Ellen Karine Lanne accompanied by Jane Catlin Bracken. 

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

Event Date October 6, 2018 11:00 am
Event End Date October 6, 2018 2:00 pm
Cut off date October 1, 2018 8:00 pm
Individual Price $28.00

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.