The promise of spring

We can’t wait for what’s to come!

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At The Norwegian American, we love children. That is why we always include content for them and are continually planning activities for them. This year, why not make your Easter celebrations with them extra special by incorporating Norwegian traditions? We’ll bet they can’t wait for what’s to come this spring!

Dear readers and friends,

By the time you receive this issue, spring will be well on its way, with its colorful flowers. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to say goodbye to winter and welcome the flowers and sunshine—with a few refreshing rain showers mixed in, of course.

With spring comes the Easter holidays, a very special time in Norway and throughout Norwegian America—and for us here at The Norwegian American, too.

In Christian belief, the sins of humanity were paid for by the death of Jesus and that his resurrection represents the anticipation believers can have in their own resurrection. But whether you are religious or not, Easter carries a very special message: that no matter what has happened in your life, you can start anew and embrace life to its fullest. This is also the promise of spring.

With this issue, I invite you to join in on this celebration of life, and as usual our team and has stepped up to the plate to bring you delightful new content to enjoy. Ranging from coverage of the World Cup in Minneapolis to Easter decorations and delicious recipes for your Easter table, we are ready to embrace the spring season.

And then there is that strange but very entertaining custom of påskekrim from Norway, the tradition of reading crime fiction during the Easter holidays. Here our favorite professor of crime writing, Jerry Holt, has made his recommendations. Recently, Jerry has faced some challenges in his personal life with illness in his immediate family, so we want to give a special shout-out to him.

And if you’re not into crime, Christine Foster Meloni, our beloved professor emerita of literature, and I also have our own book recommendations for your holiday reading.

And then there are movies. Our resident film critic, John Smistad, is also on hand with a new review to enjoy. Set in the Middle East, it has an almost eerie relevance today. You can also read about the inspiring story of Ibelin, a handicapped youth who made friends all over the world as a champion in video games. This Norwegian film made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we can’t wait to see it when it releases on Netflix on this side of the Atlantic.

With this issue, we are also pleased to bring you this month’s opinion page, featuring a committed young person from Bergen, Norway, who knows the value of holding on to tradition. Whether you are a royalist or not, it’s hard to argue with the value of holding on to your heritage.

For the future

With this theme of spring and renewal, I also think of children and what this time of year means for them. I expect that many of you will celebrate Easter with your children and grandchildren, and I hope that you will feel inspired to make it extra special for them.

In general, children are very important to us here at The Norwegian American, which is why we run special content for them on a regular basis. We are so lucky to have Bill Halverson, an expert on the Norwegian national composer Edvard Grieg, to help us with his column that is equally interesting to adults. I love contributing to the Barneblad page, too, and want to remind you that you can visit our archives online to find more things to do with your kids on a rainy day—or any day for that matter.

It is not just a cliché to say that children are our future—and they are also the future of our newspaper. That is why we believe in investing in them, not only with content but with special events. Last winter, we sponsored a very successful “Kids’ Corner” at Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House in Minneapolis, and this spring, we will be back to host a “Democracy Center,” designed to teach young people about the principles of freedom and quality, with a special emphasis on Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17. This will be something to look forward to, and the best thing about our children’s events, is that the activities are always available online to be enjoyed anywhere.

Getting ready for 17. mai

Believe it or not, it is not too early to begin thinking about the 17th of May, especially if you are running a Norwegian-American newspaper. While we are busy planning content for our May issue, we are asking you to place your orders for your 17th of May greetings early this year. This can be done online at norwegianamerican.com/17-mai-greeting. The space is limited, so we urge you not to wait too long—and, as always, we are very grateful for your support.

Dugnad

If there is one word that comes to mind when I think about The Norwegian American, it is dugnad, that marvelous Norwegian word that can’t really be translated. It about a spirit of volunteering, of donating, of giving of yourself for the common good. Our paper would simply not exist without it. You can be proud about coming together to make this paper happen, be it sending us an interesting story, making a donation, volunteering your time, or simply subscribing to the paper. We are so grateful for all you do.

At that, from our team, I wish you a very joyous Easter and a glorious spring, We just can’t for what’s to come—GOD PÅSKE!

Lori Ann Reinhall
Editor-in-chief
The Norwegian Amer

This article originally appeared in the March 2024 issue of The Norwegian American.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.