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Vining invites public to celebrate Syttende Mai on Sunday, May 15

Syttende Mai marks the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814

VINING — A community north of Urbank will celebrate Norway's Constitution Day with lefse, krumkake and a slide show on Sunday, May 15, at Folden Church near Vining.

The Syttende Mai Dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and the program begins at 2:15 p.m.

Norwegians signed their constitution in 1814, declaring independence after being ruled by Denmark and Sweden for hundreds of years. Syttende Mai translates to "17th of May," the date of the signing.

Leif Erikson, Sons of Norway, and Folden Church are teaming up for the event. The annual dinner of traditional Norsk foods begins at 11 a.m., followed by a program at 2:15 p.m.

Presenter Tim Peterson of Battle Lake will share his experience attending the 200th Anniversary celebration in Norway, including slides of the bicentennial and of Norway and Oslo where he lived for a year while serving as interim pastor of Oslo's American Lutheran Church. He is the executive director of Mt. Carmel Ministries near Alexandria on Lake Carlos.

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Cost for the meal is $14 for adults. Children under 7 years are free and children 7-12 are charged $7. There is no charge for the program. Much of the foods are donated by Folden members who do the cooking. Proceeds will be donated to the church. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Lands around Vining were homesteaded by many Nordic immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden beginning in the early 1800s. Folden is named for an area in Norway.

Folden Lutheran Church is at 48933 500th St. off County Highway 40.

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