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TH Sons of Norway named lodge of the year

Ed McMahon, Two Harbors Sons of Norway vice president, Coral McMahon, historian, Walt Sve, delegate, Ralph Jacobson, president and Barbara Olson, District 1 president, pose with the 2012 Lodge of the Year award. Submitted photo.

At the biannual Sons of Norway District 1 convention in June, held this year in Duluth, the Two Harbors Sons of Norway group was named the 2012 Lodge of the Year. The award is given out at each conference for the year of the preceding conference.

“This is absolutely incredible that little Two Harbors is worthy to receive it,” president Ralph Jacobson said.

The group in Two Harbors, the Terje Viken Lodge 1-017, was named the best lodge of more than 90 lodges in the 10-state area that District 1 covers. Each lodge submits a summary of its activities and a panel chooses the winner based on the programming and the lodge’s attendance and growth, among other factors.

The Two Harbors group meets monthly to celebrate Norwegian and other Nordic cultures. In the past five years, the group has grown from five active members to 100 total, with a typical attendance of 40 at each event.

“Everybody pulled together,” Jacobson said of the group’s revitalization. He became president five years ago.

Other members, including vice president Ed McMahon and historian Coral McMahon, have created a newsletter, recruited new members, worked on interesting programming and worked on getting their name out in the community.

“We try to keep the culture and heritage of Scandinavian and Nordic culture alive,” Ed McMahon said.

They have had exchange students from Nordic countries speak, served traditional Nordic food and hosted choirs and bands. Their Christmas social is an annual favorite for members.

Coral said anyone can join or attend meetings.

“You don’t have to be Norwegian or a man,” she said.

Upcoming events

The group will be hosting a Belgian waffle breakfast as a fundraiser on July 26 at the Two Harbors Community Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Aug. 12 at 6 p.m., they will host their annual potluck and ice cream social at Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors and on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., they will host a potluck at the Split Rock Lighthouse. Watch Shore Things on page B1 of the Lake County News-Chronicle for postings of their monthly meetings.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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