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Some of participants in Woodville’s 2013 Syttende Mai Parade are, left to right, Sandra Olson, Gladys Knutson, Carol Meyer, Audrey Severson, Betty Norvold, Judy Johnson and Samantha Albrigtson. The children in front are Abby and Emma Olson and Dylan and Jackson Wigant. (Submitted photo)

From arts and crafts to language, lodge promotes Norwegian culture

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Over 100 years ago, the organization was founded to help Norwegian immigrants facing financial hardships in their new country. Today the area Sons of Norway lodge welcomes men and women with some, or just a little, Nordic ancestry to learn about their heritage and celebrate its culture and arts.


The Valkyrien Lodge, based in Woodville, boasts about 75 members and hopes this month to attract more.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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