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Sandra Olson, president of Valkyrien Lodge of Sons of Norway wears a bunad, a traditional woman's costume. This dress was given to Olson in 1996 when she visited Norway. It was originally a confirmation gift to a cousin, who is now 80. Also pictured are three small carvings made by Jimmy Miller of New Richmond and a clock carved by Auden Hogbrenna, a distant cousin of Olson's who is a well-known artist in Norway. (Photo by Judy Wiff)

Valkyrien Lodge promotes Norwegian culture

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More than 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.


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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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