Vegas Viking Lodge 6-152 of Sons of Norway, January 2016 News
— Lutefisk Dinner Saturday, January 30 2016 - SOLD OUT - — > Click here for flyer
photo by Erik Pappa
Membership Meeting - First Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM
Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N Torrey Pines Dr, Las Vegas NV
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President Bob Sturgeon
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Well, good news from Gwen, we have sold out both seating’s for the Lutefisk Dinner! Now all we need is for all of the volunteers to show up and help out! There are potatoes to clean today, 11 bags of the nice red ones and must make a trip to storage and Costco this weekend. Then to Smart&Final for peas and carrots, paper products and plastic items. Remember not to bring any alcoholic beverages for personal consumption per our contract with the Elks. Try to keep the line moving because Lutefisk waits for nobody and 3 minutes can make the Lutefisk like Fish Jell-O. Set up and kitchen prep starts at 10 AM. There will be a sign in sheet in the kitchen. Please sign in and out so we will have an accurate record for Kathy.
I have been informed by Elaine Halvorson our Bazaar will be on October 22, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM with Friday night set up starting at 6 PM. November 5 was available but that is the date for Desert Troll’s Lutefisk dinner and I didn’t want to possibly disrupt their dinner. October 29 is Halloween so that was a no go. October 22 was the next best date so we will have our Bazaar on that date and it will be a very good event this year. Sometimes you get a good date and sometimes you don’t but WE WILL MAKE IT WORK! This reminds me of trying to rent the Pavilion at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, sometimes things don’t work the way you want. I don’t mind telling you I’m still ticked off at the state for the crap they pull on the public. Anyway it seems advertising is the way to go for our two major money making projects.
Please get your hours in to Kathy. They are very important in helping SON keep their nonprofit status.
Thanks to Erik for getting a guest speaker for the February meeting "a Norwegian and the Mob". It’s on Facebook so the February meeting might be full.
My printer broke this morning so that’s one more thing to hassle with and DARN IT! There goes the garbage truck! I forgot to put out the garbage. Har Det garbage truck! Now my Birget and Rolf are insisting on going for a walk.
Special Guest Speaker For February Is Geoff Schumacher
Our February lodge meeting will feature speaker Geoff Schumacher, a longtime Las Vegas writer and editor who is now director of content for the Mob Museum. Before joining the museum, Geoff culminated a long newspaper career with a stint as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune and it was there, in Iowa, that Geoff discovered, to his surprise, that he was part Norwegian! Surely there are worse things to be!
Geoff authored two books: Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue. Also, he edited Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial, and 20-plus other books.
Geoff has worked in the newspaper business for 25 years. He was a reporter, editorial writer and city editor for the Las Vegas Sun, editor of Las Vegas CityLife and the Las Vegas Mercury, and director of community publications and a weekly columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is married and has two daughters. The older one attends the University of Iowa College of Law. The younger studies math at Iowa State University.
John "Snowshoe"" Thompson U.S. Postage Stamp
Most of us would probably agree that Norwegian immigrant John “Snowshoe” Thompson should be recognized with a U.S. postage stamp. After all, for 20 years until his death in 1876, he delivered the mail and supplies twice monthly between Genoa, Nevada, and Placerville, Calif. (and other locations) – all without a dime from the federal government.
For the residents of Genoa, who previously would lose all contact with the outside world during the winter months when the snow-clad Sierra Nevadas became impassable, Thompson was a life-saver.
Now may be the best chance Thompson will ever have for a stamp. Former Nevada Congressman Jim Bilbray is the chairman of the Board of Governors for the United States Postal Service. He knows Thompson’s story and is an advocate for naming a stamp for the mailman of the Sierras. To lend support for this cause, Lodge President Bob Sturgeon has signed a letter of support addressed to Mr. Bilbray and it’s been co-signed by the presidents of the Sons of Norway lodges in Henderson/Boulder City, Reno and Yuba City, California, on the other side of the Sierras (the lodge is named for Thompson). It’s unclear when a decision may be made.
For those who don’t know Thompson’s story: he immigrated with his mother and a brother to the United States at the age of 10. He and a brother moved to California during the gold rush. In response to a newspaper article, Thompson applied for the job of delivering the mail over the Sierras, something that no one was able to do during the winter. But Thompson cobbled together some crude skiis, practiced with them and finally began twice-monthly service over the 90-mile route, astonishing everyone. Thompson deliveries began just seven years after the Donner Party disaster in these same mountains.
Thompson should have been paid by the Postal Service but that never happened. People who asked him to make deliveries of medicine, supplies and other items would sometimes pay. Those receiving mail also would sometimes pay, but very often some of those same people refused to provide financial support since Thompson was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and they probably assumed he was being paid by Uncle Sam.
Along the way, he sometimes saved those stranded by the snows of the Sierras. He saved the life of at least one person. Significantly, Thompson also delivered the type for the first edition of The Territorial Enterprise, Nevada’s first newspaper perhaps most famous for its association with Mark Twain. Thompson also delivered in 1859 the first sample from Nevada’s famed Comstock Lode to Sacramento for assaying. It turned out to be silver, and the rush was on.
"Snowshoe Thompson’s courage, determination, sense of service, can-do spirit and strength of character exemplify the best attributes of this nation," the Sons of Norway presidents wrote in their letter to Bilbray.
If anyone deserves a stamp, it is Thompson.
Box Tops and Education Labels and Stamps for Tubfrim.
January Box Tops and Education Labels 25 Box Tops and 72 Education Labels were sent to Robert Taylor Elementary School on January 10, 2016. Thanks to everyone for saving their Box Tops and Education Labels and bringing them to our lodge meeting on January 7.
Please continue to save so can assist the students at Robert Taylor Elementary School.
Tubfrim Report Thanks to everyone for all the stamps donated at the January 7, 2016 meeting.
All the lodge donations totaled a pound of stamps...continue to save the stamps and bring them to the lodge meetings.
A special thank you to Svein Jacobsen for taking our last 5 boxes of stamps for 2015 to San Pedro, Califfornia the middle of December 2015.
May Edmondson and I have been busy sorting and clipping stamps recently. May will not be going out of town January - March this year. She is keeping busy with Tubfrim. May got a call last week that our lodge was drawn as a winner by Sons of Norway Tubfrim committe.
You may recall a couple of years ago we won and we sold Raffle tickets at $50.00 toward your a round trip to Norway. The profits from the raffle went to the Scholarship Fund which was wonderful. Henny Morse was the lucky winner. For those of you planning a trip to Norway this is a great way to help fund your trip and increase our Vegas Viking Scholarship Fund! We plan to sell tickets at the February, March and April meetings with the drawing being held at our April meeting so we can use the funds for our scholarship winners. The winners will be selected mid April by the committee.
The lodge winners for our Tubfrim drawing last month were Gerri Grant, Lynelle Aanestad, Karen Holien and Marilyn Dille. Remember to put your name on your donation. May Edmondson keeps a record of all the members who donate stamps and puts their name in for the drawing at our January meeting for the past year.
Thanks to all the lodge members for your donations. Special thanks to you if you take the time to clip as you really assist the committee. Many thanks to all who have helped the committee clip the past year, May Edmondson, Jeanette Grove, Henny and Jerry Morse, Seton and Arlon sibert...sorry if I missed someone...
Box Tops & Education Labels
More information about these events can be found in the current Newsletter Click here for January 2016 VegasViking Newsletter
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Rømmegrøt by Microwave - Serves 16 (this is not actually rømme grøt because it does not use any sour ceream, but still very good)
1 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups half & half
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
Melt butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in
flour with wire whisk. Cook until mixture bubbles;
cook 30 seconds longer. Heat half & half and milk
together, slowly add to flour mixture. Stir with wire
whisk while mixing. Return to microwave until
mixture begins to boil, about 2 minutes. Remove
from microwave; stir in sugar and salt. Microwave
30 seconds longer. Add more hot milk if necessary
to reach desired consistency.
Serve with melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, if
This rommegrøt recipe was taken from the Global
Gourmet, Concordia Language Villages,
Moorehead, Minnesota. Recipe submitted by Amy
Erickson, longtime Concordia College Food Service
Thanks to Victor Tiden
so many inquiries for a super good lefse recipe, so here it is............
8 cups Russet potatoes, boiled and riced
1 cup whipping cream
2 tsp salt
3 tsp sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 cups flour
Directions - Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight. Makes it easy to roll out.
Next day add flour and mix well. Measure out about 1/4 cup of mix per lefse. Form into balls and keep in refrigerator until ready to roll.
Roll on pastry cloth to about 10-12 inch in size, fry both sides on hot lefse grill at 450°.
Butter the lefse and sprinkle with a mix of cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy!!
If you need a lefse grill, just do a search on Google. I have the non-stick Teflon grill.
Where to find Scandinavian foods in Las Vegas:
The international Market, just South on Decatur by Tropicana. I just went there last week and found multer (cloud berries), Vestland Lefse,
Daim sjokolade. I am a happy camper!!! Also bought gul ost, geit ost, sursild and blueberry and black currant juice. Fiskeboller and knekkebrød. You have to do some searching to find the Scandinavian foods, most are in the back just before the fresh vegetables but they really do have some goodies.
They will also order special items if you fill out a request. The more people that go there and purchase Scandinavian food, the more they will get and keep re-stocking. So, if you want to be able to buy Scandinavian foods in Las Vegas, please go there. It is an amazing store and great prices.
Total Wine & More now carry Linie Aquavit here in Las Vegas. I know many people have asked where to find that. Stop in and tell them how great this is and get some for that special occation.
Total Wine & More, Boca Park
730 S. Eampart Blvd.
Chef Flemming's Bake Shop - A European Style Bakery
7 Water Street, Suite B. Henderson, NV 89015
Danish (Scandinavian) Day at Chef Flemming's Bake Shop is the first Saturday of every month. 8am till closing!
If you are Scandinavian, come in and have a taste of home.
Below are the Danish and Scandinavian specialty items that the chef usually bake for Saturdays.
Rugbrød Danish pumpernickel bread
Kringle Coffee cake in the shape of a pretzel, filled with an almond paste filling, custard, and raisins, and is topped with sliced almonds and granulated sugar.
Smør kage A traditional Danish coffee cake also called the seven sisters cake. It is baked in a round mold, each roll is filled with a rich custard and raisins and is topped with a white icing.
Wienerbrød Various traditional Danish pastries.
Tebirkes Danish breakfast pastry with an almond filling topped with poppy seeds.
Kransekage/Almond Horns/Napoleon Hats ? Rich pastries made with almond paste.
Limpa Bread Traditional Swedish bread.
Princess Cake Layers starting with sponge cake, strawberry jam, and bavarian cream, it is topped with green marzipan.
Rumsnegle A cinnamon roll topped with rum icing and colorful sprinkles.
Scandinavian furniture - Modern LV
Check out IKEA
If you know of other places to find Scandinavian foods and goodies in Nevada, please email the Webmistress - Lollo.
Monthly Pictures - Send me a photo to place here
Our Famous Viking Ship - Ormen Korte - photo by Lollo
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