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1940 Stevne

June  20-22       Knights of Columbus Hall, Minot ND 

        

 86 people registered for this stevne.  North Dakota governor R. A. Nestos gave an interesting talk on patriotism which was timely and appropriate.

Arrangements were made by the brothers Andrew and Hans Baalerud of Minot.  The Friday evening banquet and program featured a play by the Minot Daughters of Norway. It was entitled "Papgutten og Mamagutten."  Dr. C. C. Swain, a gifted speaker from the State Teacher's College spoke on Norway's future.

During a discussion regarding Norwegian relief, it was pointed out that the greatest effort of the Hadeland Lag members had been to make gifts and donations at home, which seemed perfectly natural.  It was emphasized however that the Lag people should make every effort to support the Mindegaven Fund and the war torn people of Norway, too. 

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

 

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1941 Stevne

June 19,20 & 22          High School Auditorium, Fertile MN

 

 The meeting was held in the new High School Auditorium, 158 people were registered.  Joseph Melaas made the necessary arrangements.  Bjorgulf Bjornson, president of the National Council of Bygdelags, was the speaker.  He was famous as well as a good orator and his talk and stories were well received and enjoyed by all.  The invitation to meet in Rothsay next year was given by Steffen Hauger and Martin Halbakken.  There was special music and singing by a girls' trio and by Joseph Bak, Ardis Duckstad, and Conrad Amundson.

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

 

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1942 Stevne- CANCELLED

  War time travel restrictions were no doubt the reason for the cancellation of the 1942 Stevne.

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

 

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1943 Stevne

June 17-19       Hamar Lutheran Church, Rothsay MN

 

The Hadeland Lag convened in Rothsay with 102 members registered.  Martin Halbakken and Edward Roe were in charge of the arrangements.  Joseph Melaas, Fertile MN, was elected president, succeeding Thomas A. Walby who had served from 1910-1942 for a total of 33 years.

The banquet was held at Hamar Lutheran Church with 125 present.  Considering that the Lag had not met for two years, they had a very good convention.  Edward Raw, S. S. Hauger, Martha Ulvik, Andrew Elken, Andrew Haga, and E A Duggerud were on the program.  John Flemt, Underwood ND talked about the Norwegian Tales, and showed a Norwegian film.  A fine Norwegian banquet was served.

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

 

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1944 Stevne

June 17-19       Mayville ND

 

The 1944 stevne was not very well attended, only 67 were registered.  The brief report of the minutes indicated that the business meeting was held and that there was local entertainment at the meeting.  Pastor Nelson of Mayville gave a very interesting talk and showed movies at the banquet.  He had been in Norway the previous year. 

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

 

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1945 Stevne

June 15-17       High School Auditorium, Rothsay MN

 

The Hadeland Lag met again in Rothsay MN and 80 people registered.  Usual business meeting and program was held.  Two of the oldest people in attendance were Jens Lynner (age 86) Clarkfield MN and Anton Anderson (age 85) who had come by train from Riceville WI.

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

 

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1946 Stevne

June 13-15       Devils Lake ND

 

It was reported that people came from Duluth MN, southern South Dakota, central Iowa, western Montana, and Canada to this particular convention.  65 people were registered.  Officers were elected.  There were extra copies of the recent issue of the BRUA available.  Members were encouraged to write stories about their families for the BRUA yearbook.

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

 

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1947 Stevne

June 12-14       Sons of Norway Hall, Minot ND

 

There were 83 registered at the Hadeland Lag (78 members).  Attorney H. L. Halvorson of Minot gave an interesting talk about the Missouri River Diversion Project for distributing water through North Dakota river systems.  Mrs. Lars Hammer, Scobey MT, gave a very interesting report about the trip to Norway taken by her and her husband the previous year.  At the closing of the minutes, it was reported that the 1947 Hadeland Yearbook was prepared and ready for distribution.

Report of the Mindegaven Fund from the Gran Sparebank, Norway:  There was 19, 072.76 Nkr total in the account and 410 Nkr had been distributed to the needy in that area.

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

 

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1948 Stevne

June 12-14       Comstock Hotel, Moorhead MN

 

   The business meetings were held in the Comstock Hotel.  Records show that 89 attended.  Olaf Drovdal showed some very interesting color slides from Lunner, Gran, and Brandbu.  Master of Ceremonies for the program was Mr. Iverson from Fargo.  Two high school students from Abercrombie performed.  Miss Donata Arnholt sang Edvard Grieg's "Solveig." She was accompanied by Mrs. Gunness.  Dean Sorum played several selections on the piano including "Rustle of Spring" by Christian Sinding.  The following people from Hadeland were also on the program:  Charles Tangen, Ole Ringens, Mrs. O. Fylling, Thom. Bjorka, Ed Raiv, Olaf Drovdahl, and Mrs. Albert Anderson

The best attendance was from Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Copies of the 1947 Hadeland yearbook were available for $.50 each.

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

 

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1949 Stevne

June 16-18       Wahpeton ND

 

74 people registered for this stevne.  The only records available regarding the stevne were a copy of the resolution passed. It read:

 "A special thanks to Wahpeton for their hospitality and flag decoration on the streets and for the good programs and good service generally."

Resolutions committee members were Olaf Drovedahl, Iver Haakenstad, and Ed Haugen. 

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

 

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