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Bethel Lutheran hosts annual Scandinavian Food Festival

The crew working in the bake shop Friday morning included, front from left, Cole Ober, Gloria Johnson, Norma Newberg, bake sale co-chairs Carol McConaughey and Janet Johnson, Connie Fisk, Holly Orf, Ceanne Hustad, Pat Cameron; back, Floy Dahl, DeeAnn Swaverly, Diane Carter, Jake Marvin, Judy Rodgers and Afton Eisch. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)1 / 11
Scott Snyder of North Hudson was one of hundreds of people who had lunch at Bethel Highlands Church on Friday. The festival extended to Saturday.2 / 11
Tom Hugdahl, right, tries to keep up with the demand for the krumkake he is making. The name means bent or curved cake. It’s a Norwegian waffle cookie made on a special decorative two-sided iron griddle. 3 / 11
Carol Horn, left, and Jenny Olson serve Scandinavian open-face sandwiches. Carol is holding a rullepolse sandwich. Rullepolse is rolled meat, often pork, seasoned with herbs and spices.4 / 11
Sisters Marlene Weiss, left, and Ginger Spinks wear their parents’ traditional Norwegian clothing to the Scandinavian Food Festival. Marlene is in her mother’s outfit, and Ginger, in her father’s. The late Ingvald and Olga Teigen raised nine children at Glenwood City. “We’re both 100-percent Norwegian,” Ginger proudly declared of herself and her sister. 5 / 11
A crew makes rosette cookies Friday morning in preparation for the lunch rush at the Scandinavian Food Festival. From left are Jerry Peterson, Carolyn Carlson, Ben Lunzer, Bill Francois, Ralph Swenson and Keith Carlson. Eggs, sugar, flour and milk are the main ingredients for the thin, flower-shaped, deep-fried pastry. 6 / 11
The Rev. John Lestock, senior pastor at Bethel Lutheran, decides which Scandinavian foods and desserts to sample.7 / 11
Joe Mulvhill entertains diners with Scandinavian folk tunes played on a concertina. 8 / 11
Marlys Anderson wears traditional Norwegian clothing as she serves fruit soup. “I’m Norwegian, 100 percent,” she said. 9 / 11
Ken Jewell, left, and his mother, Donna, were among the first customers in the bake shop at Bethel Highlands on Friday morning. They were stocking up on homemade Scandinavian baked goods.10 / 11
Pam Mulvihill wears a Norwegian bunad made by her mother, whose family came from the province of Voss in Norway. The gown is the traditional dress for women of that region. 11 / 11

Bethel Lutheran Church, founded in 1873 by Hudson families of Norwegian descent, held its annual Scandinavian Food Festival at the church’s Bethel Highlands campus last Friday and Saturday.

Hundreds of church members and friends turned out to sample the fare, which included open-face rullepolse sandwiches, fruit soup, rice pudding, meatballs, lefse, aebleskivers, sugary cookies and more.

Home-baked goods were also available for sale, and went fast.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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