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1930 Stevne

June 12         Curtis Hotel, Minneapolis MN

 

The 1930 Stevne was a done day meeting held in Minneapolis at the same time as the June 10-12 St. Olaf Festival which commemorated the 900th anniversary of the battle of Stiklestad and death of leader Olaf, later St. Olaf.  The lag meeting was held in one corner of the first floor of the Curtis Hotel. Thomas Walby, Hadeland Lag President, was also president of The National Council of Bygdelags (Bygdelagenes Fellesraad). 

 

In 1925 the Norse Centennial silver medals had been made and sold.  There were quite a few remaining and it was suggested that a supply be given to the Hadeland Lag (and other lags) for sale.  President Walby would follow up on the suggestion, and it can now be reported that Centennial medals were sold by the bygdelags.

 

A note at the end of the 1930 meeting minutes indicates second thoughts about the 1930 St Olaf Festival in Minneapolis. It was accepted only because the lags could have their meeting during the event and in less than good meeting conditions - the Hadelendings met in a corner of the Curtis Hotel! Further, if it had not been for the lags attending, the festival would have been a nonproductive effort.

 

The Memorial Fund is now 15 years old - a total of 9500 Nkr has been distributed.  This year 3900 Nkr was distributed, including 200 Nkr to Hadeland Folk Museum and to several other organizations.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"   

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1931 Stevne

June 18-20         Northwood ND

 

Memories of the good hospitality and arrangements for the 1924 Stevne brought the lag back to Northwood ND in 1931.  106 members were registered.

Income from the BRUA subscriptions was not enough to pay for the next issue.  Peder H. Nelson, Northwood ND became BRUA editor in 1931.  It was announced that if income did not improve soon, BRUA would have to be discontinued. (Note: the original Brua publication would continue for another 20 years.)

The Mindegavn fund contained 17,000 Nkr or $4590.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1932 Stevne

June 23-25         Spies Theatre, Pelican Rapids MN

 

The meeting was held in the Spies Theatre which was convenient for showing a Norway film.  225 people attended; 134 registered members.  There was discussion regarding the support of BRUA financially.  A resolution was passed encouraging participation in the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago.  After the banquet served by the Ladies Aid in the high school auditorium, local actors presented a play entitled "The New Ideas."  The two day meeting closed with an auto tour around the community of Pelican Rapids and nearby lakes.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1933 Stevne

June 16-17         Montevideo MN

 

During the very hot June weather, 200 Hadelendings met at Montevideo MN. The city did its best to entertain everybody in spite of the heat.  An appeal was made to continue support of BRUA; members were asked to send an extra dollar or two otherwise BRUA might have to be cut back to once per year.  Hard times - depression years!

Very little was contributed to the Mindegaven Fund. Jens Lynner, Clarkfield MN, was asked to work on a collection campaign.  The play "The New Ideas" which had been presented the previous year at the Pelican Rapids meeting was repeated at the Montevideo meeting.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1934 Stevne

June 7-9         Spies Theatre, Pelican Rapids MN

 

It was reported that this was not a good Stevne.  Attendance was poor, 67 Lag members were registered in contrast to over 200 the year before.  The group was welcomed by Dr. Theodore O. Hagen, mayor of Pelican Rapids, and Almer Meland, president of the Commercial Club.  The records indicated for the first time that these were difficult times and reflect in the lack of support for the BRUA.

The movie "100 Years in Vesterheim" was shown at the Spies Theatre with a very good attendance.

A resolution was passed unanimously to protest the possibility of stroking out the word "Norwegian" from the name of the Norwegian Evangelical Church in America.  A telegram was sent to the church meeting being held in Minneapolis.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1935 Stevne

June 14-16        Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile MN

 

This stevne was reported to be one of the best meetings held in recent years.  Oscar Jacobson and Joseph Melaas planned the program and made all the arrangements.  306 people registered for the Stevne.

Some of the very old Hadelendings were recognized with great applause:

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eid, Gary MN (ages 85 & 80)

Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Eggebraaten, Twin Valley MN (90 & 85)

Mrs. Johannes Daehlin, Fergus Falls MN (90)

Anders Halbakken, Pelican Rapids MN (89)

Mrs. Hans Johnsrud, Fertile MN  (87)

All were active and well preserved and seen often at Hadeland Lag meetings.

A fine entertaining program was planned. It centered around these people (mostly local citizens): Mrs. Alice Skeim, Mrs. Orpha Gullickson, Mrs. Theresa Austinson, Mrs. Leo Haydnet, Mrs. H. S. Dahl, Mayor Hjalmer Erickson, Mrs. Hans Johnsrud, Arne Eide, Theodore Bergen, Mrs. Jonas Johnson, Emil Forsythe, and director Ted Thorson of Grand Forks. There were several orchestral selections.  Pastor G. W. Tolo and Pastor Halvorson of Gary MN brought inspirational messages to the members.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1936 Stevne

June 18-20        Kindred ND

 

This stevne was noteworthy because 100 people attended from other states surrounding North Dakota.  135 people were registered.  Again BRUA finances were discussed and the secretary announced that members must pay up promptly for their BRUA subscriptions.

The first day's activity ended with a "Svingom" dance program.  Six people were presented who were at least 80 years old and had lived in the USA for over 60 years:

Ole Dahlen

Anders Olerud

E. A. Blilie

Amund Trangerud

Marie Skjonsby

Ole Stene

Hans Ryen, treasurer, couldn't meet the next year but agreed to be treasurer of the Mindegaven Fund.  Louis Blegan, Lag secretary, then reported that he could assume both offices as the Mindegaven treasurer's job was not involved now.  This was approved by the Lag members.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1937 Stevne

June 18-20        Minot ND

150 people were registered from all over North Dakota.

At this meeting in Minot, Governor R. A. Nestos gave a very colorful talk in Norwegian about the current times (assumed to mean the "hard times" financially).  He also was toastmaster at the banquet and was given an honorary membership in the Hadeland Lag at this Lutheran Church function.

Extra copies of the 1921 Hadeland Yearbook were available.  It was voted by the members to send the BRUA only to those who paid their dues for the current year.  The stevne voted to send a special greeting to all the people in Hadeland, Norway through the newspaper, "Hadeland."

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1938 Stevne

June 18-20        Fertile MN

 

  Over 500 people attended the stevne, 134 registered members and over 360 visitors.  Oscar Jacobson and Joseph Melaas were in charge of the program and arrangements.

Thomas A. Walby was recognized for 28 consecutive years service as president of the Hadeland Lag.  Louis Blegan was recognized for 18 years service as secretary and Hans Ryen for 15 years as treasurer.

Mayor Hjalmer Erickson welcomed the members and there was special music and singing.  A delicious banquet dinner was served.

Hans C. Ryen of Moorhead Mn was elected as Vice President.

 From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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1939 Stevne

June 8-10       Pelican Rapids MN

 

This particular meeting at Pelican Rapids was very poorly attended with only 69 members registered.  It was reported that there were various festivals in the surrounding towns for the occasion of the Midwest Visit by Crown Prince Olaf of Norway.  President Walby suggested that the whole group forego the meeting and go to Fargo to see the prince.

There was a moment of silent prayer for former treasurer Hans C. Ryen, Moorhead MN, who had passed away.  He had been a member for 30 years.

Hadeland Lag members were very concerned about their families, relatives and friends in Norway during the Nazi occupation.  There was a virtual "black out" on communications; coming in and going out.  Until the restrictions were lifted, it was not known if the Hadelanders were alive and well, starving, or even prisoners of war.

Outside of being deprived of a few personal things, the people of Hadeland, especially those on the farms, came through World War II quite well, although they lived in fear and had to be careful about what they said and did..  The Lag is eternally grateful for that.

   From "History of the Hadeland Lag in America, 1910-1989"             

 

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