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Knife River's Julebyen celebrates heritage

Gunny Skadberg and Aiden Sharp grab hold of their frozen herring with tongs as they prepare for the Sharon the Herring race at Julebyen on Saturday, Dec. 1. Sharon Shellerud is dressed in the eponymous Sharon the Herring costume. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 5
Attendees of Julebyen in Knife River on Saturday, Dec. 1, check out the various handcrafted items in the small, wooden vendor booths in the marketplace. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 5
Zane and Cadence Bardolph decorate their Dala horses in the kids' craft area in the Gnome Dome tent at Julebyen on Saturday, Dec. 1. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 5
Gunny Skadberg flips his herring over on the "stove" to cook it before placing it on a plate and racing back to the start in the herring races. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)4 / 5
Paul Odenbach and daughter Zoe sled down the slick but dirty hill next to Julebyen. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)5 / 5

Although temperatures were in the low to mid-30s on Saturday, Dec. 1, strong winds made for a blustery sixth annual Julebyen Christmas Market in Knife River. Chilling winds and icy surfaces didn't turn away crowds, however.

Julebyen is a Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, music and more.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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