Author: Laila Simon

Laila Simon is a writer in Saint Paul. She is a dual citizen of Norway and the United States and has been writing for The Norwegian American since 2017. When she’s not attempting ambitious recipes, Laila translates Norwegian poetry and adds to her houseplant collection.
Lori Erickson

A pilgrimage home

Laila Simon reports on Lori Erickson’s book, The Soul of the Family Tree, which took her on a genealogical journey to discover her roots.

Mendel

Mandel

Laila Simon interviews owners of Mandel, a company committed to making Norwegian kransekaker to ship to customer around the country.

Scream bandage

Marketing Munch

Laila Simon shares some of the fun things you can buy that showcase Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream,” everything from bandages to socks.

Oleana “pops up”

Laila Simon reports on Lori Anderson, who
presents Norwegian sweater company Oleana’s designs to customers in the
United States through pop-up shops.

Ingebretsen's

100 years of Ingebretsen’s

Laila Simon talks to Julie Ingebretsen about Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace’s past and future in Minneapolis, as it celebrates 100 years in business.