Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame

Three new inductees to join the ranks of famous Scandinavian Americans at this fall’s Norsk Høstfest

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Norsk Høstfest

The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame is proud to announce inductees for the Class of 2014. The SAHF is the most distinguished event held in conjunction with Norsk Høstfest. Bobby Vee, Doc Severinsen, and Sig Hansen will be enshrined in ceremonies in Minot, North Dakota, October 1.

“The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame pays tribute to men and women of Scandinavian descent who have excelled in their chosen fields, and we have some truly accomplished inductees for 2014,” said Norsk Høstfest President David Reiten.

Tickets for the SAHF Awards Banquet are $46 and available online at or by phone at (701) 852-2368. The banquet will be held 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot, N.D., with a social held beforehand.

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest Sig Hansen

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest
Sig Hansen

Sig Hansen has made a splash in the entertainment world through his exploits on board the fishing vessel Northwestern. Hansen is a star and technical advisor on the television series Deadliest Catch. He caught the fishing bug at age 14 and began working on the family’s fishing boat. After high school he began year-round fishing and, at age 22, became a relief skipper, filling in on the Northwestern. Two years later, he was in charge of the boat and winning a following on the hit TV show.

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest Bobby Vee

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest
Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee, born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota in 1943, first hit the charts with “Suzie Baby” in 1959. He went on to chart 38 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, including ten that hit the top 20. His 1961 classic, “Take Good Care of My Baby” went all the way to number 1 and he followed with memorable hits including “Rubber Ball,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” and “Come Back When You Grow Up.”

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest Doc Severinsen

Photo courtesy of Norsk Høstfest
Doc Severinsen

Another legend of music will also become a member of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. Grammy Award-winner Doc Severinsen, leader of The Tonight Show Band for thirty years will be enshrined for his contributions to the music industry. Severinsen continued his musical mastery after his last appearance on the Tonight Show in 1992 by taking his big band on the road. Doc Severinsen and His Big Band have played around the world as he expanded his musical horizons.

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 29, 2014 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly.

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