Tagged: Barbara K. Rostad

From Sognefjord to Sandpoint to Shanghai

Harp guitars make connections across two oceans for Norwegian Americans from Idaho Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Harp guitars, largely credited to Norwegian immigrant Chris Knutsen from Sogne­fjord, and a century later...

Music, beating heart of Syttende Mai

Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Parades, children, flags, russ, and bunads from all corners of the nation are all key elements for Syttende Mai—but what would these be without music? While the...

Why skiing with dogs is the cat’s meow

A look at skijoring and other unique forms of animal-powered locomotion Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Barkie Birkie may sound like the latest tongue twister or look like a mangled version of...

An immortal icon

Where’s his new bio? Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho How are Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and George Balanchine, father of American ballet, linked to the longest-running operetta on Broadway? Easy peasy. Ibsen...

Culture, cookies, and camaraderie

Viking Spirit United shows in multiple ways at district convention in Coeur d’Alene Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Culture, cookies, and camaraderie encapsulated the entire District Two Sons of Norway Convention hosted...

June 7: why Norwegians honor it

Part 2 of the Ola Ljødal story, with connecting material by Barbara Rostad Ola Ljødal Moelv, Norway Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho The first significant June 7 in Norwegian history was over...

We are not forgotten: a WWII memoir

Excerpts from Ola Ljødal’s unpublished memoirs with connecting passages by Barbara Rostad Ola Ljødal Moelv, Norway Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Imagine you’re 13 years old and trudging toward the police station...

The five Ws of Waffle Day

Enjoy some heart-shaped waffles this March 25—or any day Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Waffles: the ultimate comfort food. That’s how author and waffle entrepreneur Stine Åsland describes this ubiquitous heart-shaped edible...