Category: Features

The Norwegian American strikes back

Hello, dear readers! It’s that time again. Spring. Easter. Fundraising season. It’s been two years since this paper—the only Norwegian-American newspaper still publishing—almost shut down. We kept going thanks to the generous support of...

Lily of the Valley

fiction by Jessica Laine-Mork It was a fixer-upper in a nice neighborhood where nothing ever happened. At the closing, Harold shook hands with Marjorie and James. “I hope you’ll be as happy as Lilith...

From provider to survivor

One writer’s cancer experience uncovers compassionate care Larrie Wanberg Features Editor As a retired health-care provider and cancer survivor, I can share good news in cancer treatment from a unique perspective. One day, I...

Barneblad: Making a birth announcement

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway When babies are born in Norway, it is normal to put their picture in the local newspaper. Most of the time, the mother and the father are also in...

Care for the later years

Two Norwegian institutions founded over a century ago are Brooklyn’s current leaders in elder care Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It is amazing to me that one can be considered a senior from age 55...

A tale of two systems

Doctors from the US and Norway discuss the issues in their respective medical systems John Erik Stacy The Norwegian American Once again, Americans are forced to endure health care talking points ricocheting through the...

Clenched fists in the sagas

The crippling, hereditary “Viking Disease” has new treatments, but still no cure Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles My 22-year-old granddaughter has the early signs of Viking Disease—a hereditary affliction of the hands that can...

Barneblad: Cupcakes… or muffins?

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway It is so confusing in Norway because in Norwegian, cupcakes are muffins and muffins are muffins—at least for older people. Younger people call cupcakes, well, cupcakes. You know the...

Guns in Norway

Restrictive rules, traditional uses for firearms M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway As in the U.S., many residents of Norway own guns. But the statistics and culture of gun ownership differ between the two countries....