Tagged: Barbara K. Rostad

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Choral singing: the perfect tranquilizer?

Singing in a choir—especially a heritage choir—benefits every aspect of wellness Barbra K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Solvguttene. Sangerfest. Mannskor. Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College. For folks who lay claim to Norwegian heritage,...

The magic of the missing nisse

We may never know where this gnome roamed on his four-decade-long journey Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho With Christmas almost here, it is a certainty that julenisser in Norway are everywhere, prancing across...

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Exile Air tells the story of Little Norway

Book review Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho “We Norwegians who are present have no more homes—our dear ones whom we left behind in Norway live under tyrants. But we stand here today resolved...

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...