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Sons of Norway celebrates event

Svenska Vanner, or Swedish friends, joined the Sons of Norway in celebrating Midsummer’s Eve on June 17 with a potluck at the home of Elden and Mary Englund. The Englunds and John and Judy Hatlewick were the hosts.

Midsummer’s Eve is traditionally celebrated in Norway with food, music, dancing and bonfires. It was believed fire had special cleansing powers and was also used to drive away evil powers and witches. Medical herbs also had special powers at midsummer night and so did water. Dew that fell on that night was believed to have healing properties, particularly for eye ailments.

President Linda Mohn presented Verney Jorgenson with a Golden Member award for 50 years of membership in Sons of Norway.

Members and guests enjoyed lumpia, a hot dog in lefse, and homemade ice cream along with a potluck. Later in the evening games of bean-bag toss, ladder ball and ring toss were played. Corrine Zabel successfully defended her title as a two-time winner of the bean-bag toss. Prizes were awarded to all participants.

The next gathering of Sons of Norway will be participation in the White Cloud parade with the Viking ship on July 5.

If anyone is interested in becoming a SON member or would like more information on any of its activities, contact Linda Mohn at 252-8495.