June 26: Birthplace of the Sons of Norway

Ted’s professor from his PhD studies in Norway, Tore Undeland, took us out for a long twisty trip to find the stone marker at the birthplace of the founder of the Sons of Norway. He had hiked in that area many years ago and come upon it by accident, so he wanted to find it again with us. It was quite a search through farms and grassy meadows, but after a tip from a local we found it! SoN magazine, here we come.

First drove to the end of the road and we checked out the area, hoping to find the farm with the stone. The houses and cabins appeared to be in use, but no one was home. Anders took the chance to get some nice pictures. Not having any luck, we drove back the way we had come in and looked around a few other places. Tore flagged down a passing car and asked about the stone, so we finally knew where to go! We walked down to this place, still in very nice shape but it doesn’t seem to be used as a living space or farm. The barn looked more like a meeting room. And the stone was there, between the house (middle structure) and the loft/shed (on the right). Tore took a picture of the whole family, so we should be getting that. Sending that one to the Sons of Norway magazine! We will be norsk-famous!

We also enjoyed a visit with Tore and his wife Mona, lunch of innherredsodd, a very traditional tr√łndersk soup (although they both come from Bergen, I guess they have embraced the local foods), and coffee in the sun.

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About Christy Anderson Brekken

In no particular order... Instructor and Researcher, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University. Educational background: University of MN Law School, 2005. MS in Ag and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, 2011. Teaches: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law. Mother: brilliant 9 year old boy; brilliant 6 year old girl with benign myoclonic epilepsy on a modified ketogenic diet therapy. Married to: Ted Brekken, OSU Department of Electrical Engineering. Ride: Xtra-cycle Edgerunner with kid seat; 400-pound cargo capacity. Grew up: Devils Lake, ND. Lived in: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Pohang, South Korea, Trondheim, Norway, Corvallis, OR. Interests: Cooking, knitting, eating, yoga, laughing, hiking, traveling, staying sane.
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