Author: Laila Simon

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Laila Simon is a writer in Minneapolis. 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.
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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.

A matter of time

Becky and Mike Lusk celebrate and preserve traditional Scandinavian woodworking styles and techniques thorugh their business, Lusk Scandia Works.


Wedding in Kongsvinger

Laila Simon reflects on her experience attending her cousin’s Norwegian wedding in Kongsvinger, a celebration that mixed the traditional and the modern.


Fogelbo: a bird’s nest full of treasures

An interview with Ross Fogelquist, “Mr. Scandinavia,” inside his remarkable home Laila Simon Portland, Ore. Ross Fogelquist remembers the use and origin of each collected piece in his historic home, Fogelbo (“bird nest” in...