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2008 Stevne in Pictures

The 2008 stevne included a tour of local historical sites and a great time at the Austin MN Holiday Inn!

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Thursday Tour
Boarding the bus
Bear Creek Lutheran Church
Rural Mower County MN
Bear Creek
Bruce & Heidi Weaver
Bear Creek
Glen Warren greeted tour participants and introduced Pastor Glen Bickford
Bear Creek
Glen Warren speaks at Memorial site near original Bear Creek settlement
Bear Creek
Memorial to the first pioneers at Bear Creek and 41 settlers buried in the pioneer cemetery
Bear Creek
Memorial Service

Howard Lerohl plays the lur
Bear Creek
Dr. Andrea Een speaks about the Hardanger fiddle
Bear Creek
Church banner with "Valdres Stevne"
Bear Creek
Coffee and treats
Ice Cream Social
Howard Lerohl leads the Sing-Along
Ice Cream Social
Andy & Donna Karlsgodt and Ann & Al Stevens
Ice Cream Social
Members working on the Valdres Samband Quiz
Ice Cream Social
Members working on the Valdres Samband Quiz
Ice Cream Social
Steve and Jeannie Wills, Shirley Evenstad and June Nyberg
Ice Cream Social
Donna Karlsgodt receives a SPAM mug from President Evenstad for winning Valdres Farm Bingo
(Donna's dad worked for Hormel ... in the Spam department!)
Ice Cream Social
Five winners in the "Picture Frame" round of Valdres Farm Bingo
Seminars
Gail Dennison
"Cancer Research at the Hormel Institute"
Seminars
Dr. Joshua Liao
"Cancer Research at the Hormel Institute"
Kaffe Stua
Taking a break in the hospitality room

Photo by Bruce Weaver
Vendors
Shoppers Paul Rud, Heidi & Bruce Weaver
Vendors
James Olson
"James B. Olson Weathervane Antiques"
Sioux Falls SD
Vendors
June Nyberg
"Northwoods Rosemalling and Folk Art"
Superior WI
Vendors
Eleanor Johnson
"Rosemaling"
Faribault MN
Vendors
Gloria Hagen
"Troll House Needlework and Gift Shop"
Cottonwood MN
Vendors
Gerald Saetveit
played his fiddle and sold handmade knives
Vendors
Randy Trelstad
"UFF DA! merchandise"
Austin MN
Seminars
Jan and Harold Lerohl
"Sing-Along and Learn Some Norwegian Songs"
Registration
New secretary Glen Olson, retiring secretary Diane Lerohl, treasurer Tricia Lerohl, and Eleanor Schultz
Seminars
Dag Rossman
"Enchanting Tales from the Ancient North"
Genealogy
Lynn Hagen and Genealogist Be Gunelson
Genealogy
Researchers
Memorabilia
Paul Scheffel and June Adele Dolva
Land Transfer Display
Dissertation by Terje Joranger
Owen and Judy Anderson and Paul Scheffel
Friday Dinner
Greeting from
Austin Mayor Thomas Stiehm
Friday Dinner
About 80 people enjoyed good food and great company
Friday Evening Drawings
Diane Lerohl drew names with Glen Olson's assistance
Friday Evening Drawings
Heidi Weaver won the rosemaled Tine Box
Friday Evening Drawings
Rosemaled Tine Box
Friday Evening Drawings
Avis Rosenlund, who submitted a blank ticket, won a trivet with a Bergen street scene
Friday Evening Drawings
Paul Gast won a gift package that included Spam
Friday Evening Drawings
Arlene Nelson won some Norwegian recipe cards
Friday Evening Drawings
Tim Conklin of British Columbia won a prize decorated with bunads
Annual Meeting
President Earl Evenstad presided over the annual meeting on Friday night
Friday Evening Program
Photographer Doug Ohman
"Minnesota By-Ways"
Slideshow of churches, barns, courthouses, schoolhouses and cabins
Board of Directors
Valdres Samband board members after the board meeting
Seminars
"History of Bear Creek Church and Community"
Andrew Johnson
"Who Grinds the Coffee?"
A play featuring
Robert Lerohl, Doris Hayes, Tricia Lerohl, and Aaron Hanson

Photo by Bruce Weaver
Seminars
"Painting Valdres Roses"
Shirley Evenstad
Seminars
"Painting Valdres Roses"
Christmas Ornament Pattern
Meeting Room Sign
Created by Shirley Evenstad
Seminars
"Dance Workshop"
Ruth Sylte
Seminars
"Dance Workshop"
Those who attended really enjoyed themselves!
Festive Gjestebø
Greeters at the banquet
Mike & Muriel Hanson and Helen & Robert Lerohl
 
Festive Gjestebø
Retiring secretary Diane Lerohl received a recognition gift from past president Doris Hayes
Festive Gjestebø
Retiring membership assistant and past president June Adele Dolva received a recognition gift from Doris Hayes
Festive Gjestebø
Stephanie Hendrickson played the Hardanger fiddle and led the Bunad Parade
Festive Gjestebø
More prizes were awarded on Saturday, including a blue glass plate
Festive Gjestebø
Stephen Wills won a book called "The Food and Cooking of Norway"
Festive Gjestebø
Howard Lerohl played the "Call of the Lur" to begin Saturday's evening program
       
Festive Gjestebø
The musical group
Multe of Northfield MN
entertained
Festive Gjestebø
Stevne-goers danced the night away!

Photos by Aaron Hanson


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