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Syttende Mai edition

Thursday, May 16, 2019 • Vol. 137, No. 43 • Stoughton, WI • www.unifiednewsgroup.com • $1.25

A taste of tradition Decades of baking, memories at Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

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Margaret Arneson, 95, checks the lefse before packaging. Arneson has been a member of the Mandt Lodge since 1968 and has been baking with the group for just as long.

Some wait all year for the treats of Syttende Mai. K r u m k a ke , l e f s e a n d donuts, the lines for these N o r w eg i a n f o o d i t e m s often stretch all the way down Main Street – which, c o nv e n i e n t l y, o ff e r s a d e l i g h t f u l v i ew o f t h e parades. Behind the scenes, dozens of volunteers spend countless hours creating the traditional cookies and snacks that so many look forward to enjoying. While it’s not the only group that bakes for the festival, the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge has a tradition dating back to its inception. The lodge is a hub of activity on any given baking morning. “And we can’t get going without our coffee,” Rich Hosfeld said last week. Hosfeld and his wife, Fern, were preparing the kitchen in the basement of the lodge for a day of baking. The group was making cookies, specifically Krumkake, having made donuts the day before and lefse the week prior. T h e S o n s o f N o r wa y (Sønner av Norge) is a

Living on through rosemaling If You Go

EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

The spirit of the Norwegian rosemaling lives on through artist Ethel Kvalheim, even though she died on Nov. 16, 2011. You can already find relics of her in various places around Stoughton, most notably the Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main St., and Home Savings Bank, 400 W. Main St. Inside the bank, Kvalheim lives on in works that adorn the walls, as well

What: “The Artistic Life of Ethel Kvalheim” art exhibit When: Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 19 Where: Livsreise Main Hall, 277 W. Main St. Info: 873-7567 as designs that decorate the restroom door and beams above where tellers serve customers. She can even be seen on a road sign just outside the bank on its drive-thru lane – it’s not an official city street, but can be seen from South Prairie Street.

Livsreise already displays some of Kvalheim’s pieces year-round, but the center will host rosemaling exhibit “The Artistic Life of Ethel Kvalheim” starting May 10, showing Kvalheim’s art through Syttende Mai weekend, May 17-19. Ethel’s son Keith Kvalheim and his wife, Fanny, loaned all of the art for the exhibit, Marg Listug, Livsreise manager said. Kvalheim integrated many of the aforementioned forms into her rosemaling designs – on trunks, furniture, dishes, walls, doors and canvases – throughout her career as an artist. The artist was born on March 5, 1912, in the Town of Pleasant

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fraternal organization that principally represents people of Norwegian heritage around the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1895 as “The Independent Order of the Sons of Norway.” Stoughton’s Mandt Lodge, 314, was organized on Oct. 20, 1840. The group regularly hosts programs geared toward Norwegian culture and history, though it is not limited to individuals who are Norwegian. Hosfeld isn’t Norwegian, but he and Fern – who is very Norwegian – have been coming to the Mandt Lodge for years. And beyond being members, the two spend a lot of time baking in that basement kitchen.

This year, the group had four baking days for both lefse and donuts, which resulted in over 1,200 of each, and there are very few, if any, left after the festival every year. W h i l e d o n u t s h ave a rather defined cooking method, the group agreed that lefse is a divisive treat. “You could have a lefse contest and see 100 different kinds,” Todd Fossum said. Fossum was among the group baking lefse last month, when a group of a dozen people made roughly 400 pieces in one day. “Everybody has a lot of pride in their lefse,” Fern added.

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Inside Meet the royalty

A Viking contest Page 8

Page 2 Schedule of events Page 3

Sample Norwegian culture Page 10

What is Syttende Mai? Page 5

Parades, canoe race return

Stoughton Village Players return Page 6

Page 12 Norwegian Dancers performance schedule

Festive food

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‘The Artistic Life of Ethel Kvalheim’ art exhibit starts May 10

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

Lefse, made from a potato-based dough, is a Norwegian specialty that is treated like a tortilla. From start to finish, members of the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge prepare the dough, roll it out, fry it, cool and package it to be enjoyed during the Syttende Mai festival.


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Lapidakis’ to serve as Syttende Mai royalty AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

Karen and Jerry Lapidakis will have a different kind of involvement in the Syttende Mai festival this year. The two will have to take a step back from their regular series of tasks, from participating in the Stoughton Village Players show to making cream puffs and cheese curds with the Stoughton FFA Alumni, because the two are serving as the Syttende Mai royalty this year. The couple were announced as the King and Queen during the Norse Afternoon of Fun in February, which annually reveals “Stoughton’s best kept secret.” “I truly believe it’s the best kept secret,” Karen said. The two were surprised with the nomination with a scheming phone call, when one of their friends had said they were going to come over and talk about a SVP performance and instead the Syttende Mai Royalty Committee showed up at their door. The couple said they were “stunned,” but “honored” to accept the position. The Lapidakis’ aren’t Norwegian in heritage, and said their connection and reasoning behind the royalty nomination is their involvement in the community. The traditional bunads are usually selected depending on the Norwegian heritage of the couple, so the two decided to choose the Stoughton-styled bunad. “We chose the Stoughton bunad because we feel our connection is here and our involvement with volunteering in Stoughton, that seemed like the appropriate bunad for us,” Karen said. “It's amazing to me, the hand-done embroidery work,” Jerry added. “They spend a lot of hours working on these.”

Years of involvement The two have a lengthy history of volunteering and community service. They settled in Stoughton in 1972. Jerry was a member of the Stoughton Area School Board for 15 years, as secretary and president, a member of the Town of Pleasant Springs Planning Commission for four years and was also on the Stoughton Tree Commission. Karen worked as a Welcome Wagon hostess and secretary in the Stoughton High School guidance office until retiring after 32 years. She participated in many school activities, including assisting the FFA instructor, athletic director and other faculty and serving on the agricultural advisory council. The two continue to be involved with the FFA Alumni and have been

Karen and Jerry Lapidakis are the 2019 Syttende Mai King and Queen. involved with the SVP for more than 40 years. Those two activities in particular will be something they have to let go of this year, as they will have to forego their individual traditions and embrace the royalty role, which requires them to visit various schools and as many downtown businesses as possible, and attend almost all of the festival activities. “We’ve been involved with FFA for many, many years, so on Syttende Mai Friday, it has been our time to make cream puffs and cheese curds, and we can’t do that,” Karen said. “They don’t want you to do anything.” While Karen said it’s going to be a bit harder to step back that weekend, Jerry said he’s excited to see things from the other side. “A big thing for me is going to be going to the Village Players show, because we’ve been involved with them so much,” he said. “It’ll be fun for us to be there and in the audience because I’ve been in so many shows and I know all of those people.” The two will be introduced during the opening ceremony Friday and will be around the festival through the weekend, concluding with the parade on Sunday, when they’ll ride

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Natalie Zarnoth and Gage Sveum are the 2019 Syttende Mai Prince and Princess. the horse-drawn carriage down Main Street. “I’ll miss not being able to work with those people, to see people come into those places, but I think it will be fun and exciting to walk on Main Street and greet people in a different fashion, and while wearing a different fashion,” Karen said. – Amber Levenhagen

Past Syttende Mai royalty The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce is honored to present this list of all Syttende Mai Kings and Queens who have served the community of Stoughton since 1969. 2018: Bob and Jodi Coon 2017: Marty and Jean Lamers 2016: Marv and Bert Klitzke 2015: Dan and Jodi Hanson 2014: Sonny and Linda Swangstu 2013: John and Darlene Arneson 2012: Mike and Brenda Sherry 2011: Dick and Barb Entwistle 2010: Dave and Barb Kalland 2009: Rodger Roloff and Jo Laffey-Roloff 2008: Steve and Kris Christenson 2007: Kent and Judy Schroeder 2006: Bob and Becky Greiber 2005: Jerry and Judy Gryttenholm 2004: Orin and Dorothy Hermundstad 2003: Jon and Connie Blackman 2002: Olaf and Kathy Brekke 2001: Chet and Helen Johnson 2000: David and Carol Skavlen 1999: Vern and Bev Pieper 1998: Roger and Judie Nitzsche 1997: Rich and Susan Albright 1996: Doc and Dee Schammel 1995: Don and Carol Wahlin 1994: Norman and Helen Gerber 1993: George and Agnes Green 1992: Oscar and Pearl Elvegrog 1991: Eugene and Bea Kalland 1990: Tom and Philayne Chose 1989: Ralph and Wilma Baumbach 1988: Fred and Ruth Rushlow 1987: Al and Shirley Nygaard 1986: Myron and Dorothy Wilcox 1985: Art and Irene Sveum 1984: Don and Doris Helmke 1983: Palmer and Ellen Jacobsen 1982: David and Ann Nelson 1981: Doug and Ardys Pfundheller 1980: Oscar and Beverly Forton 1979: David and Janice Smedal 1978: Doug and Shirley Stokstad 1977: Dale and Yvonne Holzhuter 1976: Ron and Barbara Furseth 1975: Truman and Harmona Felland 1974: Bob and Marion Gilbert 1973: Jim and Kathy Anderson 1972: John and Sonia Holtan 1971: Norris and Carol Fosdal 1970: Warren and Ingrid Fessenden 1969: Odvar and Esther Haug

Junior royalty Natalie Zarnoth and Gage Sveum were selected as the 2019 Syttende Mai Princess and Prince. Zarnoth, 8, is the daughter of Matthew Zarnoth and Courtney Erickson, and has one brother, Leo. She attends Sandhill Elementary School and enjoys playing the piano, playing with friends, reading, doing

math and playing with her cat and dog. She also loves to sing, create art and dance, including ballet. Sveum, 8, is the son of Shayne and Brandi Sveum, and has an older brother, Wyatt. He attends Fox Prairie Elementary School, is a Cub Scout and enjoys playing with LEGOs and building model cars.


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• 6 a.m., 17 mile walk start, Summit Credit Union, 2424 Rimrock Road, Madison (finish at Mandt Park)‌ • 7:30 a.m., 20 mile run start, State Capitol, 2 E. Main St., Madison (finish at Mandt Park)‌ • 7:45 a.m., Lil 2 Mile Community Run start, Fox Prairie School, 1601 W. South St. (finish at Mandt Park)‌ • 8 a.m., 10 mile run start, Sand Hill Road, Town of Dunn (finish at Mandt Park)‌ • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rosemaling exhibit and sale, Fire Station training room, 401 E. Main St.‌ • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Quilt Show and Hardanger embroidery exhibit, Administration Building, 320 North St.‌ • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Stoughton Opera House tours, 381 E. Main St. (except during performances)‌ • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Scandinavian skill demonstrations and music, Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St.‌ • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Norwegian Dancer Parents luncheon, River Bluff School, 235 N. Forrest St.‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Stamp cancellation, downtown Post Office, 246 E. Main St.‌ • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Viking Games Strongman competition, West Jefferson and South Division streets‌ • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Craft beer and music tent, S. Division near W. Jefferson Street‌ • 10-10:45 a.m., Sid Boersma and Hardanger Friends, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St.‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Norwegian Buhund Dogs and Norsk Jaerhon Chickens, River Bluff School Grounds, 235 N. Forrest St.‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Stoughton Depot open house, Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, 532 E. Main St.‌ • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stoughton Historical Museum open, 324 S. Page St.‌ • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Fykerud’n Spe-


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• 9 a.m. to noon, Rosemaling exhibit and sale, Fire Station training room, 401 E. Main St.‌ • 9 a.m. to noon, Quilt show, Administration Building, 320 North St.‌ • 9 a.m. to noon, Hardanger Embroidery exhibit, 320 North St.‌ • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arts and crafts fair, River Bluff MIddle School, 235 N. Forrest St.‌ • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Food stands open, various locations‌ • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Norwegian Fjord Horses, River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St.‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Norwegian Heritage Center open, Livsreise, 277 W. Main St.‌ • 10:30 a.m., Norwegian church service, Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Hwy. B‌ • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stoughton Historical Museum open, 324 S. Page St.‌ • 1:30 p.m., Norwegian parade, starts at South Monroe and West Main streets‌ • 3-5 p.m., Stoughton Historical Museum open, 324 S. Page St.‌ ‌Sunday, May 19‌ • 7:30-11:30 a.m., Sunday breakfast with • 3:45 p.m., Norwegian Dancer performance, Community Building, 320 North American Legion Post 59, 803 N. Page St.‌ St.‌ St.‌ • 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., Stoughton Village Players performance (ticketed event), Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St.‌ • 2:30-4 p.m., Lakeside Ramblers performance, Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St.‌ • 3-5 p.m., The Old Tin Can String Band performance, craft beer and music tent, South Division near West Jefferson streets • 3:45 p.m., Norwegian Dancers performance, Community Building, 320 North St.‌ • 5:30 p.m., Norwegian Dancers and alumni performance, Community Building, 320 North St.‌ • 5 p.m., Norwegian bingo and food, Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St.‌ • 6-10 p.m., Piano Fondue: Dueling Pianos live performance, craft beer and music tent, South Division near West Jefferson streets


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Booster button Each year, the Syttende Mai Executive Committee holds a Booster Button design contest and selects a final design from the contest entries. This year’s Booster Button is designed by Brooke Rogers. She has worked as a graphic designer in southern Wisconsin since earning her BFA and has been a Stoughton resident for the past year. If you’re planning a trip to Norway, she recommends visiting Vigeland Park. The button can be purchased for $5 and is required for entry to most festival events. Booster buttons can be purchased at the chamber, as well as these locations of the blue information booths: • S. Division Street, one block south of Main Street near West Jefferson Street • Entrance to the Craft Beer and Music Tent and Viking Games

• Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main Street • Corner of E. Main and S. Forrest streets, near Viking Brewpub, 211 E. Main St. • S. Division and Main Streets ∙ Near McGlynn Pharmacy, 100 E. Main Street • River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St. • Entrance to the Arts and Crafts Fair • Division Street Park, between North and Forton streets. (Friday only) Booster Buttons are available at the entrance to these official festival locations: Livsreise, 277 W. Main St.; Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St.; Community Building, 320 North St.; and the Administration Building, 320 North St. Children 5 and under will be admitted to most festival events for free.

Syttende Mai Festival Commemorative Coin Every year the Syttende Mai cultural committee issues a collectible, commemorative coin as a keepsake. They’re a remembrance of the festival, and they honor both Stoughton’s and Norway’s heritage, designed by the festival’s cultural committee. One side illustrates what makes Stoughton special while the other side represents Norway’s land and culture. The two sides come together to embrace Stoughton’s Norwegian heritage and its long Syttende Mai festival tradition. The entrance of the Veterans Memorial Park begins beneath a wrought iron arch supported on granite pillars. On the pentagon shaped patio, there is a broad walkway with flags of the branches of service running down the center. The flags are set


in individual granite bases and flanked by granite benches. The outer edges of the walkway have two rows of granite pillars, depicting in text and engraved images, historic moments in the military history of the United States. The centerpiece monument has a granite depiction of the U.S. flag in the center of the base and a large bronze statue of an American eagle crowning the top. Radiating from the center to the five apexes of the pentagon is a series of black granite markers engraved with the names of all Stoughton area veterans. The Coat of Arms for the Norwegian Armed Forces is a standing golden lion on a red shield, bearing a golden crown and axe with silver blade. Behind the shield are two angled swords. The Coat

of Arms has its origin in the 13th century. Initially it was just a golden lion on a red shield. The silver axe was added late in the century, symbolizing Olaf II as the Eternal King of Norway. The Lion of Norway (Den norske løve) has been a popular and embraced symbol for centuries and is visible in older folk art. The Norwegian Armed Forces (Norwegian: Forsvaret, “The Defense”) is the military organization responsible for the defense of Norway. It consists of four branches: the Norwegian Army, the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Home Guard. The principal task of the Norwegian Armed Forces is to safeguard Norway’s sovereignty and defend the country against external attacks.


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Festival’s opening ceremony is Friday Unified Newspaper Group

Let the Syttende Mai celebration begin. The festival is back for another year, and will be kicked off during the opening ceremony from 6-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. The ceremony will be held in the festival tent on South Division Street and Main Street. The aforementioned streets will be blocked off through most of the festival. Ceremony chairperson Julie Nygaard said Mayor Tim Swadley will start off the event by reading the official State of Wisconsin proclamation. She said musical acts will include the Kegonsa Elementary School thirdgrade class performing the American national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Norwegian national anthem, and the River Bluff Middle School eighth-grade orchestra playing a Norwegian medley. The third-grade performance will be directed by Lissa Benson, accompanied by John Beutel. The eighth-grade performance will be directed by Kristin Falk.

If You Go What: Syttende Mai 2019 Opening Ceremony When: 6-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 Where: Festival Tent on South Division Street and Main Street Info: nygaardjulie@ yahoo.com “The Norwegian music helps (attendees) get in the mood for Syttende Mai festivities,” Nygaard told the Hub. The Syttende Mai King, Queen, Prince and Princess will be introduced, as they will serve as festival ambassadors throughout the weekend, Nygaard said. This year’s sponsors and dignitaries will also be announced, including Black Hawk Community Credit Union, King Oscar and Conant Automotive. “The Opening Ceremony is pretty well-attended,” Nygaard said. For more information, email nygaardjulie@ yahoo.com. – Emilie Heidemann

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Evan Dorman waves Norwegian and American flags while riding on the LakeView Viking ship youth parade float in 2018.

What is Syttende Mai?

Syttende Mai, pronounced “sootin-demy,” means the 17th of May in Norwegian and is comparable to America’s Fourth of July independence holiday. The American Syttende Mai celebration dates back as far as 1868, when Norwegian immigration to this part of Wisconsin reached its highest percentage. But it wasn’t until about 20 years ago – when the City of Stoughton Common Council decided to revive Syttende Mai as a city-wide festival – that the large-scale celebrations began. Syttende Mai was seen as a way to celebrate Stoughton’s Norwegian heritage and has become a yearly event. The Constitution of Norway was enacted by the National Assembly at

Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814, and Norway was given independence from its 500-year union with Denmark, according to the site stoughtonwi pages.com. The community of Stoughton is home to a large population of Norwegians, many of whose ancestors traveled to the area beginning in the late 1870s to work in the tobacco houses and at the wagon companies. By the 1900s, Stoughton was one of the most Norwegian towns in the country, with over 75 percent of the town’s citizens being of Norwegian descent. Although the percentage of Norwegians in Stoughton is not as high today, the pride is still prevalent. During Syttende Mai weeke n d , a t t e n d e e s w i l l ex p e r i e n c e

Norwegian-flavored demonstrations, exhibits, food and activities. Traditional events include a festive feast featuring lefse, Norwegian meatballs and more. Each year, nearly 6,000 sheets of lefse are consumed at the festival. Many attendees and volunteers dress in bunads, which are the formal or festive Norwegian costumes made of wool or brocade in various styles representing different areas of the country. This includes the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers, a group of students that perform Norwegian folk dancing throughout the weekend. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been attending for decades, Syttende Mai is a time to celebrate – and explore – the Norwegian culture.

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Bingo, Norwegian style People are invited to experience the Norse way calling a bingo game at the of Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge on Saturday, May 18. The lodge, 317 South Page St., will begin serving food at 5 p.m., with Bingo starting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to play, though anyone under 18 years old must have an adult family member present to play. Bingo is open to everyone – not just lodge members, with sessions at the lodge held the third Saturday of each month. Mandt Lodge is handicap accessible with a lift located on the south side of the building. There is parking on the street, a public parking lot behind the Stoughton Senior Center, or in the Livsreise parking lot if the

‘A Ship of Fools’ sails into town As with past Syttende Mai shows at the Stoughton Village Players Theater, our intrepid townspeople are in the middle of a crisis and somehow Ole Olson (Merlin Luschen) is in the middle of it. This time, a 1,000 year-old Viking ship, here as a Livsreise exhibit, goes missing at the same time the city is being flooded with counterfeit Norwegian artifacts. As always, miscommunication and outrageous events make things even worse in “Lost Ship of Fools” (Savent Skip av Tosker) or “Stool Pigeons.” Ole’s wife Lena (Arlene Minor) is

too busy to get involved since she and her friends (Kristin Rosenberg, Sheri Meland, Carol Gunnelson) are tasked with writing a new Syttende Mai production with some ridiculous ideas. Add in a nefarious couple of shady characters (Jon Conour, Raven Jensen) and some not-too-bright Viking re-enactors (Leo Endres, Bryan Wenc, Trygve Haglund) and Stoughton’s simple life gets messy in a hurry. Even the symbols of authority like FBI Agents (Jon Klingenberg, Evan Jensen) and the judge (Tracy Markle) are out-of-control despite the best efforts of Ole’s buddy Lars (Warren Kmiec) and the wise police secretary (Angy Gagliano). Others in the cast contributing to the fun and confusion include: Georgean Pentel-Nicholson, Amelia Rhinerson,

What: Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge Bingo When: 5 p.m. food available; 6 p.m. Bingo begins Where: Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St. Info: call Becky Lunde at 205-2234 building is closed. Donations to the Stoughton Food Pantry are always encouraged. For information, call bingo chairperson Becky Lunde at 205-2234. – Scott De Laruelle

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Ole is confused by the shady characters trying to buy his wooden stool. From left, Raven Jensen, Merlin Luschen and Jon Conour.

SVP performs new show for Syttende Mai

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Cheryl Krueger, Vivian Metcalf and Anneka Haglund. The show is directed by Tony Hill and Gary Smithback, who also wrote the script with Jeff Horton and Dan Prueher. Audiences will be treated to a performance with some entertaining video elements and a few surprises. Performances will be held at the Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St. Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17; 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at McGlynn Pharmacy and stoughtonvillage players.org. – Submitted by the Stoughton Village Players

Public toilet locations Several businesses will have bathrooms open to patrons, but for those looking for public bathrooms can find outdoor toilets at these locations: • 320 North St., near the Administration Building • West Washington and South Division streets, near the festival tent • West Main and South Monroe streets • West Main and South Page streets • West Main and Gjertson streets • South Fourth and 400 Mandt Pkwy., Mandt Park • South Fourth and East Main streets, near the library • South Division and West Jefferson streets • South Fourth and Isham streets, near the open lot past Mandt Park • South Division and Forton streets, Division Street Park • 248 W. Main St., senior center parking lot

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Food stands

Lukas Christensen enjoyed a Chocolate Shoppe icecream cone during Syttende Mai 2017.

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Sit down meals In addition to the food stands, some organizations will provide sitdown meals during the festival. For information, visit stoughtonfestivals.com. Saturday • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until sold out, Norwegian Dancer Parents luncheon, River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St., choice of UffDa Special (Norwegian meatballs, lefse, Norwegian treat and herring) or Varme Polse • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge Syttende Mai luncheon, 317 S. Page St., a la carte buffet featuring Norwegian and American items such as meatballs, BBQ, lefse, rommegrot, sot suppe and riskrem Sunday • 7:30-11:30 a.m., Stoughton American Legion Post 59 Sunday Breakfast, 803 N. Page St., eggs, sausage, ham, pancakes, french toast, biscuits, sausages, homemade gravy and beverages

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

Colt Ossman rotates corn for the Stoughton Rotary Club food stand last year.

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until sold out, Norwegian Dancer Parents luncheon, River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St., choice of Uff-Da Special (Norwegian meatballs, lefse, Norwegian treat and herring) or Varme Polse

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge Syttende Mai luncheon, 317 S. Page St., a la carte buffet featuring Norwegian and American items such as meatballs, BBQ, lefse, rommegrot, sot suppe and riskrem

There are multiple food stands throughout the festival that benefit Stoughton area nonprofit organizations. Everything from cream puffs and cheese curds, to corn on the cob and chicken wraps, will be available for purchase. For a full list of options, visit stoughtonfestivals.com. • American Cancer Society Relay for Life, open all weekend, South Division Street, north of Main Street, Stoddard brats, veggie brats, hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, beverages • Buddy of Mine and Kingluv Tacos, 3-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, South Division and West Jefferson Streets, Korean short ribs, pulled pork, ginger garlic and sweet potato tacos, beverages • First Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 310 E. Washington St., Uff Da Dogs, BBQ pork, brats, hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, Rommegrot, apples with caramel, krumkake, other sweets and beverages • Friends of the Stoughton Public Library pie sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, 304 3. Fourth St., plain or a la mode pies, hot and cold beverages • Stoughton High School Key Club, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, River Bluff Middle School Grounds, 235 N. Forrest St., Cottage Grove Kettle Corn • Norwegian Dancer Parents, open all weekend, Main and South Division Streets, Norwegian meatballs, lefse, varme polse, warm deep-fried chocolate chip cookie bites, brats, cotton candy, snow cones, soda and water • Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge bake sale, 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, West Main and South Water streets, lefse and donuts, rommegrot, Norwegian and American bakery, coffee and cold beverages • Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge outside stand, 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 317 S. Page St., lefse and donuts, rommegrot, Norwegian and American bakery, coffee and cold beverages • Stoughton Area Youth Soccer Association, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, West Main and South Water Streets, Pizza Pit pizza, Kona-Ice Italian shaved ice, beverages • Stoughton FFA Alumni, open all weekend, East Main and South Forrest streets, deep-fried cheese curds, fresh cream puffs and water and soda • Stoughton Lions Club, open all weekend, South Division and West Main streets, cheese curds, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, grilled pork loin sandwiches, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda and water • Stoughton Rotary Club, open all weekend, Main and South Forrest streets, roasted corn, Viking dogs, chicken salad wraps, grilled cheese sandwiches, brats, steak sandwiches, frozen desserts, water and soda • Stoughton Youth Hockey, open all weekend, South Division and West Main streets, hot dogs, nachos, walking tacos, jumbo cotton candy, soda and water • World of Change Leaders and RMN Donuts, open all weekend, East Main and South Forrest streets, funnel cakes, mini-donuts, white and chocolate milk, coffee, cappuccino, tea and iced coffee

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Pedal to the medal Runs under new management KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

In addition to their race shirts, Syttende Mai run p a r t i c i p a n t s w i l l h ave another form of memorabilia to show off their finish this year. For participants in the 10-mile and 20-mile runs, as well as the 17-mile walk, they’ll get a finisher’s medal as they complete the race, Abbey VanValkenburg, director of project management for Fitchburg-based Race Day Events, said. Unfortunately, participants in the Lil’ Syttende Mai Run won’t be eligible for a medal, she said. Race Day Events took over the coordinating of the event this year, VanValkenburg said, as the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce was looking for a new entity to manage the event. The company was already contract with the Chamber to conduct the timing services for the race, she added, so handing the reins over to Race Day Events made sense. Va n Va l k e n b u r g s a i d

that despite changed management of the race, the Chamber still in “ownership” of them. All four races will end at the same place, at the entrance to Mandt Park on Fourth Street. For the second year in a row, the races are all taking their traditional course – for a few years prior, construction projects took some races in a different direction, causing spectators to miss watching the runners go past their homes, former organizers told the Hub last year. The 20-mile run will begin on the Capital Square with a start time of 7:30 a.m. The 10-mile run will start at 8 a.m. on Sand Hill Road in the Town of Dunn. The walk, starting at Summit Credit Union, 2424 Rimrock Road, Madison, is a “rolling start” meaning participants can start anywhere between 6-7 a.m., and the Lil’ Syttende Mai Run will start at 7:45 a.m. at Fox Prairie Elementary School. Registration for all four races is still open through the day of and can be found at stoughtonfestivals.com/ athletic-competitions.

If you go What: Syttende Mai 20-mile run When: 7:30 a.m. start time Saturday Where: Capital Square, Madison, to Mandt Park What: 10-mile run When: 8 a.m. Saturday Where: Sand Hill Road, Town of Dunn, to Mandt Park What: 17-mile walk When: 6-7 a.m. Saturday, rolling start Where: Summit Credit Union, 2424 Rimrock Road, Madison, to Mandt Park What: Lil’ Syttende Mai 2-mile run When: 7:45 a.m. Saturday Where: Fox Prairie Elementary, 1601 W. South St.

– Kimberly Wethal

ATM locations • River Bluff Middle School campus Seven ATMs will be around the festival grounds, 320 North St. grounds during Syttende Mai. • Home Savings Bank, 400 W. Main St. • Craft beer and music tent, South Division Street, near West Jefferson Street • Kwik Trip West, 517 W. Main St. • McFarland State Bank, 207 S. Forrest • South Division and West Washington streets, near the Cinema Cafe St. (in the drive-thru) • Viking Brew Pub, 211 E. Main St.

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

Derek Miller, in the heavy weight class, lifts 515 lbs. during the 2018 Syttende Mai Strongman competition, earning 6th place. He also earned sixth in the Viking Press, third in the Atlas Stones, sixth in the Truck Pull and fifth in Tire and Farmer.

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You don’t have to look like a burly extra from “Game of Thrones” to participate. But you might have more people taking photos and videos of you. Dozens of people of all shapes and sizes from all over the area compete in the event – now in its sixth year – which is a United States Strongman nationally sanctioned competition, organizer Tim Strandlie said. Winners qualifying for the national event. While many competitors are from the Stoughton area, more are coming from surrounding areas and states, Strandlie said. “ We h a v e b e c o m e a regional competition,” he wrote the Hub in an email. The competition is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and will be stationed downtown along Jefferson Street, between Division and Water streets. Strandlie said Strongman is a sport with “high camaraderie,” where competitors give each other honest

If you go What: Syttende Mai Strongman competition When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 Where: Downtown Stoughton on Jefferson Street between Division and Water streets Info: Email Tim Strandlie at tim.strandlie@gmail. com advice and will loan equipment out to each other. “It is such a cool part of the sport,” he said. Of course, another part is “amazingly strong humans doing cool things,” he said. Competitors, divided by weight, gender and experience, go head-to-head in five contests: Atlas Stone (lift concrete balls to a predetermined height), Truck Pull (60-foot, fastest time), Loading Medley (flip a large pole, pick up/carry/load two kegs), Frame Hold (lift a frame until knees/elbows are straight)

and Viking Press (lift press to shoulder height, full lockout). Strandlie said the events challenge competitors’ “strength, stamina, and heart,” and of course, it’s all made more fun – and intense – with a good, cheering crowd. “Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, these games will pump you up and bring out your inner Viking warrior,” Strandlie said. “People should come watch.” To watch the competition, spectators will need to purchase a booster button, available at the event site, as well as through the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce before the event, or at booths throughout downtown Stoughton during the festival. The competition is limited to the first 50 registrants, who must complete a USS Membership Application prior to registering. For participation information, visit stoughtonfestivals.com. – Scott De Laruelle


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Historical museum opens for season Features special WWII exhibit While much of Syttende Mai focuses on Stoughton’s Norwegian roots, the Stoughton Historical Society opens to all aspects of the community’s history. The museum, located at 324 S. Page St., will open for the season during Syttende Mai weekend, offering festival attendees the opportunity to learn more about World War II with the museum’s new, special

exhibit, “World War II – The Home Front.” The exhibit includes artifacts from that era, including ration books, clothing items, war propaganda and even issues of the Hub from October 1945. The exhibit is just one way the museum includes all aspects of Stoughton’s history, which includes artifacts and items from the Luke Stoughton family and other wars as they relate to Stoughton. The Stoughton Historical Society was organized in 1960. It operates three

different locations – the museum on Page Street, the Stoughton Railroad Depot, which is also the headquarters for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, and the Luke Stoughton House, 315 N. Division St. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Labor Day. To learn more about the museum and its offerings, visit stoughtonhistorica lsociety.org or email info@ stoughtonhistoricalsociety. org. – Amber Levenhagen

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From Hardanger fiddlers to Viking weaponry

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Strung with eight or nine strings instead of a v i o l i n ’s u s u a l f o u r strings, the often richly decorated Hardanger fiddle – Norway’s national instrument – has a haunting, resonant quality. In Stoughton, the musical group Fykerud’n Spelemannslag keeps this traditional instrument and its melodies alive. The group will perform from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. They take their name from 20th-century Norwegian immigrant brothers Lars and Hans Fykerud, who popularized the instrument when they toured the U.S. Before the brothers returned to their homeland, they settled in Stoughton and established the instrument and its music in the Norwegian community. A spelemannslag is the Norwegian term for a group of fiddlers, who usually play and pass down folk music by ear, from one generation to the next. Fykerud’n Spelemannslag has played at Stoughton’s Syttende Mai since 2009. Group membership is free and open to fiddlers of any experience. Stoughton Hardanger fi d d l e a fi c i o n a d o a n d group member Sid Boersma said they have musicians from all around Dane County, featuring b o t h n ew e r a n d ve r y advanced players. “We hope many will enjoy these interesting and beautiful instruments and fine Norwegian tunes,” he wrote to the Hub in an email.

What: Fykerud’n Spelemannslag hardanger fiddle group performance When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 Where: Chorus Public House 154 W. Main St. Info: 843-3647

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Dozens of quilts weave around the room in the administration building.

Also on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. people can get an up-close look at skills demonstrations from artisans, crafters and musicians who are preserving traditional Scandinavian art for the next generation. Some of the participants include Don Rorvig, Roger Odalen, Sarah Burkey, Gerald Loosehelm, Sandy Fleming, Ingrid Frances Stark and Rodger Hansen. People are welcome to ask questions and learn more about what the artisans do. The styles of artistry include acanthus carving, Hardanger fiddle playing, weaving and modern knitting. Other activities and exhibits include flat plane wood carving, Viking weaponry, chevalets and marquetry, The Lakeside Ramblers, a Hardanger embroidery demonstration, lefse making, a K r o k b r a g d w e av i n g demonstration, Celtic and Viking knotwork, Norwegian knitting and hand-stitching, a Sami bracelet-making demonstration and an Osberg wagon replica. C o ff e e a n d p a s t r i e s will be for sale. A Booster Button is required for entry and may be purchased at the door or at red-and-blue stands throughout the festival grounds.

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Piecemakers Quilter’s show May 17-19 EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

The craft of quiltmaking involves sewing patches of different textiles and fabrics together to make a pattern that keeps its creator, or a lucky recipient, warm at night. And attendees of this year’s Piecemaker Quilter’s quilt show will be reminded the works are much more than that, as the event has been a Syttende Mai tradition for over 30 years. Spectators will see quilts of all kinds on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and 9

If You Go What: Piecemakers Quilter’s quilt show When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 19 Where: SASD administration building, 320 North St. Info: olsonwdm@litewire. net a.m. to noon Sunday, May 19 at the Stoughton Area School District building, 320 North St. The show, on

average, draws between 75 and 100 quilts every year. Designs come in all colors and patterns, featuring both abstract and traditional designs, chair of the quilt show committee Mary Olson said. Olson said area quilters of all levels can apply to display their creations until May 6, though entries will still be accepted after that deadline as well. At that point, they can still try to get into the fair, something Olson said she’s run into during previous shows. At the show, visitors will be able to vote on their favorite quilts through an informal judging process Olson said. Upon Syttende

Mai’s conclusion, Viewer’s Choice ribbons will be awarded to the three most popular quilts, whose creators will be invited to display their pieces in next year’s show. Each year’s quilt show features a different artist. Olson said this year’s featured quilter is Phyllis Gullickson, of Stoughton, who is an active member in the city’s quilting community. “It’s amazing the (quilting) talent you get in the area,” Olson told the Hub. For more information about the Piecemaker Quilter’s quilt show, email olsonwdn@litewire.net. – Emilie Heidemann

Shuttle services and off-site parking • 304 S. Fourth St., near the corner of East Main Street Continuous service shuttle stops occur approximately ev- • River Bluff Middle School, corner of North and South ery 20 to 30 minutes at select locations throughout the Forrest streets festival on Saturday and Sunday. • West Washington Street, near South Division Street The shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May Public parking lots include: 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19. A disability-friendly parking lot will be at the Opera House • North side of Main Street parking lot, 381 E. Main St., which is also a shuttle stop. • Stoughton Area Senior Center parking lot (enter from South Page Street, behind the center) The stops include: • West Washington Street public parking lot (enter from • Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave. South Water Street, West Washington Street or South Divi• Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St. sion Street) • Fire Department, 401 E. Main St. • Fourth and East Main street

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Above and below: Dozens of area artists display their crafts at the Syttende Mai River Bluff Arts and Crafts Fair.

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From left, Mary Sundby, Ruth Fortney, Marcia Seybold and Marg Listug wear their bunads. The four will wear their bunads again during the Norse Costume Style Show on Saturday, May 18.

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Costume Style Show is Saturday KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

See Norwegian tradition firsthand with the Norse Costume Style Show on Saturday, May 18. The show, which starts at 2:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington St., will feature 40 models spanning three generations, organizer Marg Listug told the Hub. The dresses have either been made or inherited by the women, she added, and are often representative of the area of Norway their ancestors emigrated from. There are 19 counties in the country, Listug said, and between them share 200 “officially sanctioned” bunads. The show will feature those bunads, as well as others that haven’t been deemed official but are still just as beautiful, she added.

What is a bunad? The term “bunad” is a blanket term for traditional Norwegian costume. The folk costumes became popular in the 19th century, as romanticism began to spread throughout the country, and are often closely tied to a region of Norway, and its traditions. Bunads are often worn for celebratory occasions such as weddings, Christenings, folk dances and Syttende Mai.

If You Go What: Syttende Mai Arts and Crafts Fair When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19 Where: River Bluff Middle School gym, cafetorium and grounds, 235 N. Forrest St. Info: stoughtonfestivals.com

Attendees of the Arts and Crafts Fair of Syttende Mai will be able shop for pieces that reflect the spirit of the Norwegian-themed festival. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. It will be held in both indoors and outdoors at the River Bluff Middle School in the gymnasium, Forrest St. Attendees will be able cafetorium and the surrounding grounds, 235 N. to absorb works of art t h r o u g h m e d i u m s l i ke

rosemaling, which is a style of Norwegian decorative folk art. Designs usually feature flowers with lining and geometric elements with mostly primary and secondary colors. Spectators will also see pieces made through wood carving, painting, pottery and ceramics, w e av i n g , j ew e l r y a n d photography. For more information about how to be a vendor or attending the fair, email Brett or Cheryl Schmumacher at smaiartfair@gmail.com or call 225-2654. – Emilie Heidemann

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Many of those bunads became “official” more than a century ago, Listug What: Norse Costume said. Style Show “It’s a tradition that startWhen: 2:30 p.m. Satured when romanticism hit day, May 18 most of Northern Europe, including Norway, in the Where: Christ Lutheran late 1800s,” she said. Church, 310 E. WashingIn addition to garment ton St. descriptions, models will Info: stoughtonfestivals. be telling the stories of com each garment they’re wearing, Listug said. “That’s an important part of it,” she said. “The gar- visit stoughtonfestivals. ments mean so much to com. the people that are wearing them.” – Kimberly Wethal For more information,

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Jason Johnson and Patrick Regan run with their canoe.

Canoe race returns

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Members of the Stoughton High School Band perform during Sunday’s Syttende Mai parade.

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A pair of parades N e s t l e d i n t h e bu s y schedule of events this weekend, both the Syttende Mai Youth Parade and Sunday Parade return this year with familiar routes. The youth parade will start at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, beginning at South Monroe and West Main Streets, heading east. “Celebrating our Norwegian/American colors, red white and blue” is the

theme for the year. The youth parade highlights local youth organizations. The Syttende Mai prince and princess are also featured during the parade. “It’s a great way to witness the next generation c o n t i n u e S t o u g h t o n ’s proud Norwegian traditions and culture,” the chamber website said. The Sunday parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday,

Photo by Kimberly Wethal

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beginning at Mandt Park and heading west towards Stoughton Plaza. It starts with law enforcement, safety and military veterans’ color guards, as well as dozens of floats dedicated to students, music groups, athletes and local organizations. For more information about the parades, visit stoughtonfestivals.com.

One of Canoe Race organizer Joni Dean’s favorite parts of the event is all of the yelling. The yelling, of course, that comes from all of the viewers of the race, especially at the portage portion. “The best part is seeing how excited people get,” she told the Hub. “Everyone knows someone in the races.” The canoe race, in its 44th year – 24 of which Dean has led the charge on organizing – will be exactly the route as years prior. The 3.5-mile race will start in the Town of Pleasant Springs, at 2714 Yahara Road, and ends in the City of Stoughton, across the street from Mandt Park. Canoers paddle for the majority of the race, but get out of the water just before the Forton Street bridge, and carry their boats through Division Street Park back into the water. The race features six different age and gender

If you go What: 2019 Canoe Race When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 Where: starts at 2714 Yahara Road, Town of Pleasant Springs Info: stoughtonfestivals. com categories, some of which are mixed, with an average of 150 boats going down the Yahara River, Dean said. The first-place winners in each category receive a rosemaled paddle created by local artists, Dean said, and second- and third-place finishers receive plaques. “The adults are always excited about the paddles,” she said. “The kids more so want the trophies.” Registration for the event is still open. The entrance fee is $30, and two race T-shirts are included. Dean encourages people to sign up sooner than later to ensure they receive a shirt. For more information, visit stoughtonfestivals. com.

How to register To register for the canoe race, visit stoughtonfestivals.com and go to the “Athletics” tab.

Where to watch If you’re not looking to take part in the canoe race, but want to watch, the “portage” portion of the race can be viewed from the Forton Street bridge and the Division Street Park adjacent to it. To see the canoers in the water, viewers can get a good view from the Main Street bridge next to the senior center, the footbridge over the river off of Jefferson Street and at the finish of the race off of Riverside Drive near Mandt Park.

– Kimberly Wethal

Syttende Mai 2018 Prince and Princess Hunter Johnson and Jordyn Bradford ride down Main Street in the youth parade.

Parade road closures Syttende Mai Youth Parade. US Hwy. 51, from Fifth Street to Gjertson Street, will be closed from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19 for the Sunday afternoon parade. Detours signs will be in place during the parades.

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Canoers won’t be the only thing going down the Yahara River on Friday night. The 5th annual Viking Duck Race will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, where 1,500 rubber ducks will be dropped into the water to “race” to the finish line. The owner of the first-place duck will get $1,000; second-place $500; third, a $100 Kwik Trip gas card. Entry into the duck race costs $10 per duck, and can be done in advance or the day of. Run by the SHS baseball team, the proceeds will go to support the summer baseball program for students grades 7-12.


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Sons of Norway offers Norwegian fare for all

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The best part of the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers’ year is also always the most bittersweet. Syttende Mai week is the last time each year that the current group of Dancers and its musicians will perform together, director Staci Heimsoth told the Hub. “The whole week is super fun and exhilarating, but it’s also sad,” she said. “It’s the end of a great year. I tell the dancers that Syttende Mai is our ‘state tournament.’ Athletic groups go to state when they have had a really good year. The Dancers go to state every year….it’s called Syttende Mai.” You can see the best part of the group’s year in the days leading up to Syttende Mai, and throughout the weekend, at various times and locations. On Wednesday, May 15, the Dancers perform at noon on the State Capitol grounds with the reading of a joint resolution to officially declare the weekend Syttende Mai by Rep. Gary Hebl, and dance at 2 p.m. at Skaalen Home. On Friday, the group will perform at Sandhill Elementary School and St. Ann’s Catholic School at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., respectively. The group will perform three times on Saturday, May 18, at 2, 3:45 and 5:30 p.m., with the last performance known as the “Alumni Performance,” Heimsoth said. “This is the only time of the year where we set aside an entire hour for people to come back and play the

SHS Norwegian Dancer Schedule Wednesday, May 15 • Noon, Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E. Main St. • 2 p.m., Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, Skaalen Nursing Home, 400 Morris St. Saturday, May 18 • 2 p.m., Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, festival tent, corner of Main and South Division streets • 3:45 and 5:30 p.m., Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, Community Building, 320 North St.

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Mandt Lodge has over 215 members and has been recognized on the District and International level as a leader in cultural and youth programs, outreach in the community, and offering a variety of sport and social activities. The public is always welcome at any Mandt Lodge activity or trips they host. The lodge also plays bingo the third Saturday of each month, plays kubb throughout the summer, and has a variety of other activities, classes, bake sales, and baking clinics. They also host many bus tours and groups as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and continues to facilitate the Stoughton Norwegian Summit Group. The lodge meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., except during Lent and December when it meets on the second Thursday. A variety of other cultural meetings are scheduled for the other months and will vary in dates. Anyone is welcome to attend any lodge meetings or events. Membership information is available at www.sofn.com or by contacting Jane Conner at 873-1696, or Darlene Arneson at 514-4951 or arnesonfamily5@gmail. com. – Submitted by the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge

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Sunday, May 19 • 1:30 p.m., Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, parade route starting at Mandt Park on Fourth Street up to westbound Main Street and ending at Stoughton Plaza • 3:45 p.m., Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancer performance, Community Building, 320 North St. keyboard, play the accordion (for musicians prior to 1994) and dance,” she said. “Partners can reconnect and alumni can see each other again. It’s like a big reunion.” The final performance takes place on Sunday, 3:45 p.m. in the Community Building, 320 North St., where Heimsoth said the male dancers can show off their gymnastic skills – a feat not so easily achieved during their Division St. performance. Heimsoth said she plans out the shows to get all 48 of

the dances the group knows to be performed, including the new dance highlighted at the group’s Norse Afternoon of Fun a few months earlier in February. Heimsoth said viewers of the Dancers’ performances will “never be disappointed.” “The Dancers will bring energy, enthusiasm and excitement to Scandinavian dances from centuries past,” she said. “There is nothing boring about these dances as you watch the bunads twirl and hear the beautiful, live music.”



luncheon buffet offers Norwegian and American items and baked goods, meatballs, red cabbage, wieners, lefse, rømmegrøt, søt suppe, riskrem and beverages. Bulk sales will be available after the parade on Sunday outside of lodge. The lodge also offers bingo on Saturday at 6 p.m. Join the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge as they host an evening of bingo and fellowship. Bingo with cash and door prizes. Food will be offered after 5 p.m. and during the bingo break at the lodge. Sons of Norway is a fraternal organization for people with an interest in Norwegian heritage and culture. At Mandt Lodge, those opportu nities include fish boils, Norwegian cooking clubs, reading groups, sending youth to a summer heritage camp, participating in District events, Norwegian movie nights, bowling and sporting events, card parties and much more. The lodge is involved in many community events including hosting Chamber of Commerce bus tour dinners, Relay for Life Team Sponsor, and donating to various groups and organizations. You can learn more about Sons of Norway by visiting sofn. com or sonsofnorway5. com. We also have a Facebook page: Sons of Norway Stoughton WI.


Sam McHone and Libby Brown dance together.

Sons of Norway- Mandt Lodge will showcase Norwegian foods for all tastes and ages this Syttende Mai as it offers sit down meals featuring meatballs, herring and a variety of baked goods. With their signature donuts and lefse as staples in the bake sales, the lodges will offer rømmegrøt all three days at its outside stand by the lodge. Mandt Lodge will have food sales in three locations during Syttende Mai. Outside of the lodge building at 317 S. Page St., rømmegrøt, baked goods, and varme polse will be open 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It will also be the location for bulk sales after the parade of foods offered on the serving line if there is any left. The lodge will continue its bake sale and beverages at the Slinde Interiors tent location offering Norwegian and American baked sale items, packages of lefse and donuts, coffee and cold b eve r a g e s . T h a t l o c a tion will be open on from 1-7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Syttende Mai Lunc h e o n s w i l l b e s e r ve d inside the lodge at 317 S. Page St., serving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. S u n d a y. T h e a l a c a r t e


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Lefse: Norwegian potato-based traditional food item can be served in a variety of ways Continued from page 1 Fo s s u m m e n t i o n e d a family trip where he and his mother went head-tohead on who made the better lefse. The recipes varied, sparking a debate about “real potatoes” and how different griddles can impact the taste. “My dad said, ‘You’re just rolling yours too thin,’ b e c a u s e h e l i ke s t h e m thicker,” Fossum said. “It depends on what you’re using them for, if you’re putting your lutefisk in it to eat it like a wrap or tortilla, you want them a little thicker. If you’re using them for dessert, then thinner is better.”

From starch to finish Lefse is a traditional soft flatbread made from potatoes and flour. It can be enjoyed as is, with butter, sweet toppings like cinnamon or sugar, and it’s also a main ingredient in meals like Varme Pølse, which are hot dogs wrapped in lefse. Over in Norway, it’s served with jam and cream, or herring and eggs, as well as salmon, liver paste, cottage cheese and even mayonnaise. Don’t worry, the stands at the festival will offer the regular sugar and cinnamon options. It’s hard to say when lefse originated, but potatoes were introduced to Norway around 1750, so it’s safe to guess that lefse came shortly after, though the first lefse in Norway was mostly made from flour. Because everyone has their own preferred way of making lefse, there are multiple ways to do it, but the basic recipe includes potatoes, butter, heavy cream, salt and flour. Not required (depending on whose grandmother or grandfather you ask) are a lefse stick – a long, thin wooden spatula – and a griddle. The group at the lodge prepares the dough the day before baking, as it needs to rest for up to 12 hours. During the baking morning, the group splits into teams that fill the entire kitchen. Some roll the dough and others fry, while some organize the lefse for cooling and more still package it all up. “When it comes to rolling, ‘Start round, end round,’ that’s what the older people always said,” Fern said. She was one of

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Volunteers at the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge work together to bake lefse during one of the four baking days.

Lefse, made from a potato-based dough, is a Norwegian specialty that is treated like a tortilla. From start to finish, members of the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge prepare the dough, roll it out, fry it, cool and package it to be enjoyed during the Syttende Mai festival. at the lodge ever since, which makes her as much of an expert as any of the team that either grew up baking or was introduced by people at the lodge. Joyce Foss, the unofficial leader of the group, learned how to make lefse after moving to Stoughton with her husband, who she said had always been a member of the Sons of Norway and convinced her to come one day. She showed up, coaxed to the baking party by Jane Conner. It was a small group of just a few people Family ties during that 2003 afternoon, A r n e s o n h a s b e e n a and Foss said she was feelmember of the lodge since ing nervous. Conner and her mother, 1968 and has been baking

the rollers during one of the last lefse baking days, paying particular attention to the edges while making sure the pre-fried lefse was perfect. Some aren’t, though, as even the most skilled lefse friers make mistakes. Margaret Arneson, 95, was checking the completed lefse for those that should be lovingly discarded, shared among the team as a midday snack. “They aren’t rejects,” she said. “We just have a very high standard.”

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Todd Fossum rolls the lefse dough before frying.

Volunteers at the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge work together to bake lefse during one of the four baking days held in spring 2019. Pearl, who had been baking her entire life, helped guide Foss through the process. “(Pearl) had her lefse rolled out and she used her stick to put it on the griddle, browned one side and flipped it, browned that side, and she said, ‘Okay, the next one I roll, I’ll let you fry it,’” Foss said. “And there was stunned silence. Because that doesn’t usually happen.” Being encouraged to s t a r t s o q u i c k l y, e s p e cially by someone with a long-standing family tradition, was a shock, Foss said. She jumped in and quickly learned the ropes, though not without a few

mistakes at first. “I tried rolling the dough and I rolled too hard and got the lefse stuck to the board, and that’s a big no-no,” she said. Fossum shared that he grew up baking with his family and has since passed it down to his children. “I did it with my grandmas and great grandmas and I still do, whether it’s lefse or krumkake or sandbakelse. We never made fattigmann, grandma made that,” Fossum said. He said his entire family is Norwegian, for the most part, and that baking together is “just part of the family.” “As a little kid, I would

run the lefse stuff from one house to the other house to make sure everyone had enough,” he said. “We made lefse and then my uncle would come down and make the lutefisk.” W h e t h e r y o u ’r e N o rwegian or not, the baking memories at the lodge are for everyone. “It’s really a great group of people,” Hosfeld said. “It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of. We all have our traditions, you don’t have to be stuck in one, you can come and try something new.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@ wcinet.com.

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Rosemaling: SHS graduate Kvalheim inducted into Stoughton Hall of Fame in 1990 Continued from page 1

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Ethel Kvalheim’s rosemaling designs can be seen on a variety of surfaces, including pottery.

What is rosemaling? Marg Listug, Livsreise manager, said rosemaling is a decorative Norwegian design style that is ornamental in nature. Traditional works of rosemaling depict natural forms like flowers, leaves and vines presented in flowing and curved patterns. The designs are mainly painted and carved in S- or C-shapes, and also incorporate lining and geometric elements. The style of painting was popularized in the 18th century, and is traditionally done on wood. I n 1 9 8 1 , s h e r e c e ive d S t o u g t o n ’s C o m m u n i t y Appreciation Award. Kvalheim received the National Rosemaling Exhibition at Vesterheim Museum’s best of show award twice, in 1982 and 1985, according to the biography. In 1989, she received a heritage fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts – the first rosemaler to be recognized, the bio states. According to a Livsreise document, Kvalheim was inducted into the Stoughton Hall of Fame in 1990. Kvalheim’s works have been featured in “countless newspapers, magazines and books,” the bio states.

“Closer to home, her rosemaled trunks are among the most coveted of the items raffled as part of Stoughton’s Syttende Mai celebration,” the bio states. “One of her happiest experiences as a rosemaler was in 1976, when she painted the interior of Stoughton’s Home Savings and Loan.” For more information about the exhibit, call 8737567. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie. Many of Ethel Kvalheim’s designs hang inside Home Savings Bank

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Springs, a Livsreise biography states. At age 10, Kvalheim found inspiration in watching cows graze along the roadside when “pasturage was short,” and was “so impressed by the richness of color” that she had to paint it. That’s when her art career began, though it wasn’t without hard work and curiosity that Kvalheim came to be regarded as a “premier” United States rosemaler, according to the biography. Kvalheim graduated from Stoughton High School in 1930. She took her first inspiration in rosemaling from Norway native Per Lysne, who sparked the revival of rosemaling in the Norwegian-American community. The bio states Lysne turned to rosemaling during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, using designs from his father’s works and “adapted them to wooden objects.” “Among many of the young Norwegian-Americans who would come and watch (Lysne) paint in his studio in Stoughton, was a neighbor, Ethel Kvalheim,” the biography states. “She became the key link in the American revival of the art form.” K va l h e i m l e a r n e d b y observing Lysne in his studio and studied examples of rosemaling that came to the United States from Norway, and did some traveling of her own to “broaden her exposure” to the style. “Whenever I heard of someone having old, original rosemaling, I asked to see it,” Kvalheim said in the bio. “Sometimes, friends or a neighbor would let me borrow the piece.” Kvalheim’s willingness to master the style of rosemaling paid off with awards she won for her artistic skills. According to the bio, she was the first recipient of the rosemaling gold medal at the National Rosemaling Exhibition at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, in 1969. In 1971, the King of Norway granted Kvalheim the Medal of Saint Olaf, which is the second-highest honor conferred by that country.

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