Norwegian Constitution  Day is May 17 or the Syttende Mai. Time for the Nortonna Lodge of the Sons of Norway to service their annual Syttende Mai dinner on Monday, May 20 at the Owatonna Elks Lodge. Serving time is 6pm.

The menu features torsk(cod fish), meatballs, potatoes, vegetable, cucumber salad, lingonberry sauce, lefse, rice creme with strawberry sauce and krumkake. For those who don't know, krumkake is pronounced kroom-ka-ka.

You need to make reservations by Monday, May 13 by calling Trudy at 507-451-7865. The cost is $12. Guest speaker will be author, Janet Letnes Martin who will speak on Growing up Rural in a Scandinavian Lutheran Community. She'll discuss the smell of the barn and remembrances of hot pads and hot dishes. Yah, that all sounds familiar to this guy who is 7/8ths Norwegian. Growing up my Sunday School Superintendent was Mrs. Carlson, my grade school Pastor was Hanson, I was confirmed by Olson and Larson buried my father and grandfather. Got the picture?  My great grandma married a Dane otherwise I'd be a purebred.

Happy Syttende Mai.