SynNor Brevet

norway-2068846_1920The SynNor Brevet is the monthly newsletter of the Synnøve-Nordkap lodge of the Sons of Norway. Each month it contains information and articles about upcoming lodge meetings & events, Scandinavian culture, and lodge announcements.

By scrolling down this page, you can find issue of the SynNor Brevet back to 2017. If you have any questions or comments about the lodge newsletter, you may contact Newsletter Editor Ingrid Bjorum.

March 2023 Brevet

A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all who helped with and attended Urban Expedition: Norway. The event would not have been successful without you. 

February 2023 Brevet

In this issue, you can read about the February 14th lodge meeting and chili dump (page 1), how Synnøve-Nordkap plans to lead the Landmark Center “Urban Expedition Norway” event and how you can help (pages 2, 4, and 6), “The Lofoten Cod Fishery” (page 5), the joy of unexpected connections (page 4), the annual junior lodge fish toss results (page 7), Sunshine News (page 6), and the lodge calendar (page 8).

We are so excited to be part of Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition Norway program on Sunday, February 26th. In order to make the event a success, volunteers will be needed for many different activities. You will find articles and notices throughout the issue about how you can participate.

January 2023 Brevet

The next lodge meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10. Our special guest Sandra Bestland will discuss Hansen’s Disease (also known as leprosy), its history, and scientific connections with Norway and Minnesota (page 1).

We are looking for volunteers! We would love to see 1 or more people come forward to coordinate the chili dump, which will take place at the February lodge meeting, if we have volunteers (page 1). We are also looking for a Sports and Recreation Director for the upcoming year (page 6).

As we begin 2023, Synnøve-Nordkap has a new President, Chuck Draheim. You can read about his goals for his role as president as well as for the lodge (page 2).  The Torsk and Meatball Dinner made a comeback in October 2022. Read about how it went and what it will take to keep it going into the future (page 7).

2023 Synnøve-Nordkap scholarship applications are now available (page 2), the Junior Lodge is as busy as ever (page 4), and lodge events are in full swing (page 6). I hope you also take the time to read this month’s cultural article “Little Norway, Canada” (page 5). 

December 2022 Brevet

If you are planning to attend the Julebord holiday celebration on Tuesday, December 13, please read the front page and let Dianne Anderson know what you will be bringing. You can read about Christmas traditions throughout Scandinavia on page 5 and “Sunshine News” on page 6. Please be sure to take a look at the nominations for lodge offices on page 4, because those present at the December lodge meeting (December 13) will be voting to approve lodge officers for 2023. There is so much more to see in this month’s newsletter, too! 

November 2022 Brevet

In this month’s issue, you will read about the upcoming November lodge meeting with special guest Joseph Grødahl, Director of Programs and Events at Norway House. This month’s cultural article shows “The Roman Connection” with Scandinavia. You will also find important meeting minutes, a Junior Lodge Update, and information about all of the upcoming lodge events.

October 2022 Brevet

The October issue of the SynNor Brevet focuses on Sons of Norway Foundation Month and the return of Synnøve-Nordkap’s Torsk & Meatball Dinner and Silent Auction fundraising event. 

You will read about the Sons of Norway Foundation, its mission, and how you can play a part in its continued success.

We are all excited for the return of the lodge’s Torsk and Meatball Dinner. You will find out how and when to RSVP for the event as well as how to donate your time, items, and/or homemade food items to raise money for Synnøve-Nordkap’s programming and scholarships. 

September 2022 Brevet

As we enjoy the remaining days of summer and feel the cooler, autumn days approach, our 2022-2023 season begins with an in-person lodge meeting on Tuesday, September 13th. Read about our special guest presenter, the upcoming disc golf outing, “Scandinavia’s Viking Revival”, gratitude for lodge scholarships, and the Junior Lodge plans for the upcoming year.

If that past year is any indication, the upcoming year for Synnøve-Nordkap is going to be full of activities and events. There will be something for everyone, so please watch the Brevet, your email inbox, and the lodge website for updates.

July/August 2022 Brevet

In the July/August issue of the lodge newsletter, you will see that it has been a very busy summer for Synnøve-Nordkap and its members! And, if you look further, you will see that September brings even more activities, events, and classes. If you have any questions about upcoming events, please reach out to the contact listed on the announcement or to or, and we will point you in the right direction!

June 2022 Brevet

On the front page, you will find all of the information you need about the June 21st Synnøve-Nordkap Midsummer Picnic at Island Lake Park. Make sure to get your reservation in by June 14th! The lodge will also be part of the first Nordic Midsummer Fest at Buck Hill on Saturday, June 18th. You can volunteer at the booth or just visit the event (page 2). You can walk in the monthly “It’s a Walk in the Park” on June 16th or July 21st (page 6). Read about Atlantic salmon on page 5, peruse the “Secretary’s Report on pages 3-4, discover what the district convention has in store for our lodge’s delegates on pages 2 & 7, and see a wrap-up and thank-you from the junior lodge on page 7. 

May 2022 Brevet

In this month’s issue, you will find information about upcoming lodge activities and events, such as the May lodge meeting with guest speaker Jeff Huset on the topic of historical Norwegian folk medicine practices (front page), Peer Gynt dancers Syttende Mai performance on May 14 (page 8), and the lodge Midsummer picnic on June 21 (page 2). You can also read about how to participate in one of the lodge’s first fundraising opportunities since 2019 at the Nordic Midsummer Fest (page 7).

It’s almost time for the Sons of Noway District 1 Convention. Read about Synnøve-Nordkap’s delegates, what they will be doing at the convention, and how you can lend a hand (page 8). 

You will also read a touching Mother’s Day tribute in the “President’s Letter” (page 2), this month’s cultural article “The Post Horn” (page 6), and the Junior Lodge Update (page 8). You will see photos of how some members have been keeping busy over the last month (page 5). Don’t forget to take a look at the “Secretary’s Report” (pages 3 – 4), the “Bulletin Board” for notices and upcoming activities (page 7), and the lodge calendar (page 9).

April 2022 Brevet

On the front page, you will see that on Tuesday, April 12, Synnøve-Nordkap members will come together at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church for an in-person lodge meeting featuring guest speaker Lars Walker. 

In the “President’s Letter” on page 2, President Lowell Johnson tells us about Norwegian Easter traditions and how mystery novels fit in. On page 7, you will “Meet Our Member”, Audrey Waage.

Synnøve-Nordkap has some additional events to put on your calendar, too. The Peer Gynt Dancers will perform for Syttende Mai at Washington Square Park in Stillwater on May 14 (page 4), and the Midsommer Picnic is making its return at Island Lake Park in Shoreview on June 21 (“Bulletin Board”notice on page 6 with more information forthcoming). 

Of course, you will also find the “Secretary’s Report”(pages 3-4), a cultural article (“Little Norway, Scotland” on page 5), the “Junior Lodge Update” (page 4 and  7), the “Bulletin Board” (page 6), and the “Calendar” on page 8.

March 2022 Brevet

On the front page, you will see that during the March lodge meeting via Zoom, we will view a presentation by Rick Steves as provided by Vesterheim.

This issue also contains articles about Norman Borlaug (page 4), “Viking Chess” (page 5), and how to enter your own creations in the Nordic Folk Art Competition  at the Sons of Norway District 1 Convention (page 2).  Also, take a close look at the “Bulletin Board” on page 6 for upcoming events (“It’s a Walk in the Park!”) and fundraisers (Norwegian sweaters for sale).

You will also find the “President’s Letter” (page 2), “Secretary’s Report” (pages 3-4), “Junior Lodge Update” (page 7), and “Calendar” (page 8).

Please take note, too, that the Synnøve-Nordkap Board of Directors is paying close attention to  local COVID-19 conditions and requirements at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church for social gatherings. We hope to meet again in-person very soon.

February 2022 Brevet

You will find information about the virtual lodge meeting for the month of February, which will feature guest speaker Dr. Lawrence Moe who will tell a story about family tragedy and turmoil in a time of pandemic and how the past meets the present. 

The Winter Olympics and outdoor winter activities are featured in this month’s issue, from trivia and history about Norway’s Olympic participation to Norwegian sweaters for sale (page 6) to keep you warm on your own adventures and the Junior Lodge’s annual winter fish toss and sledding party.

You can also keep up on all of the lodge activities by reading the “Secretary’s Report” and “Bulletin Board”.

January 2022 Brevet

On the front page, you will see that the special guest for the January virtual lodge meeting will be local author Eric Dregni. Eric will join us to discuss his latest book, For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness. This is sure to be a fun evening!

Synnøve-Nordkap scholarship information and applications for 2022 are now available on the lodge website. See page 4 for details.

On page 5, you can read the fascinating story of the Norwegian town of Rjukan, its history, role in World War II, and how “Solar Mirrors Bring the Sun to Rjukan.” 

The Junior Lodge held their annual holiday baking day later than planned this year because of bad weather, but you will have to read the article on page 7 to find out how that unexpected change made their event brighter than ever!  

In this issue, you will also read how the lodge leadership truly works as a team (“President’s Letter, page 2). You will also find a special invitation to attend a Minneapolis lodge’s virtual meeting on page 6. As always, you will also find the “Secretary’s Report” on pages 3-4, the “Bulletin Board” on page 6, and the lodge calendar on page 8. 

December 2021 Brevet

Please make note that the Julebord has been indefinitely postponed. The December lodge meeting will take place using Zoom on Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00 PM. We will be hearing how members celebrate the winter holidays with Scandinavian food, stories, and activities. Please join us and consider sharing your special cultural traditions. You will receive an email detailing how you can connect to the meeting. Lodge President Lowell Johnson shares a special holiday memory in his monthly “President’s Letter” on page 2. It’s a lovely story and a must-read.

Travel to Drøbak, Norway on page 5 to celebrate Christmas any time of year. Perhaps Drøbak will make your list of must-see attractions on your next trip to Norway. If a trip to Norway isn’t in your future anytime soon, though, visit the links provided in the article to see and learn more about this interesting Norwegian town.

You will also meet member Jana Stow Velo in the return on the “Meet Our Member” column this month. Read about Jana on page 7 to learn more about how she weaves Norwegian culture into her life and about her new role in Synnøve-Nordkap.

Of course, you will also find the “Secretary’s Report” (Pages 3-4), “Bulletin Board” (page 6), and a “Junior Lodge Update” (page 4).


November 2021 Brevet

As always, this issue is filled with activities, events, and volunteer opportunities. The virtual November lodge meeting on November 9th will focus on L’Anse aux Meadows and visiting the historic site (front page). At this meeting, lodge members will also vote for the 2022 Board of Directors. See page 4 for more information about this year’s slate of nominees.

The Julebord is set to return on December 14! Read page 2, “President’s Letter” and “’Tis the Season for Julebord”, to find out what this year’s celebration will look like, what to bring, how to help, and how to follow our COVID-19 guidelines to attend. 

With the holidays approaching, Scandinavian calendars and note cards are once again available for sale. You will find details about how to order on page 6.

You will also find the “Secretary’s Report” (pages 3-4), the cultural article “Finding Norwegian Shipwrecks” (page 5), lodge announcements on the “Bulletin Board” (page 6), “Junior Lodge Update” (page 7), “District 1 Update” (page 7), and the lodge calendar (page 8).

October 2021 Brevet

On the front page, you can read about the October 12th virtual lodge meeting which will focus on L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and what it’s like to visit. Watch your email for information about how to join the meeting.

There are numerous ways to get involved in Synnøve-Nordkap and Sons of Norway: Volunteer to be an officer of the lodge (page 8), volunteer to be a delegate to the District 1 Convention (page 5), enter the Folk Art Competition at the convention (page 5), donate to the Sons of Noway Foundation (page 5), or donate an item for a future lodge fundraiser (page 2). 

You will also see photos from the lodge’s summer picnic (page 4) and discover what the Junior Lodge has been doing (page 9). You should also read this month’s cultural article about “Haunted Norway” on page 6, especially if you’re interested in staying in a haunted Norwegian hotel or wonder why sailors and fisherman fear the Draug. 

Of course, you can also find the “President’s Letter”, “Secretary’s Report”, and “Bulletin Board” in this issue. 

September 2021 Brevet

As much as we hoped to resume in-person lodge meetings in September, the current surge of COVID-19 means that the next meeting will be virtual. The September 14th lodge meeting, held via Zoom, will focus on the Sami people, their contemporary society and reindeer culture. Watch your email for details to connect to this meeting.

We remain hopeful that the Torsk and Meatball Dinner, which is planned for Saturday, October 23, will be held. On page 4, you can read about our plans, as they stand today. We will be looking for not only the talent and donations but also the flexibility and patience of our members as we move toward that date, knowing that health and safety is our priority.  Please watch your email inbox, the lodge website, and the October issue of the SynNor Brevet for updates about this important lodge fundraiser.

On page 2, along with the Lowell Johnson’s “President’s Letter”, you will see that lodge officer nominations are opening early this year, and we are in need of a lodge Vice President. Please read this notice and reach out if you have any interest in or questions about this position. It is critical for the success of the lodge to have a full complement of officers and to include members who have not yet served on the board.

2022 brings a Sons of Norway district and international convention to Minnesota. Synnøve-Nordkap needs delegates and alternate delegates. You can also submit art to the folk art competition at the district convention. Read all about these opportunities on page 5.

In this issue, you will also find a Junior Lodge Update (page 5), Secretary’s Report (pages 3-4), cultural article about “The Norwegian Special Forces” (page 6), and Sunshine News on the Bulletin Board (page 7).

Summer 2021 Brevet

Synnøve-Nordkap is hosting a “Welcome Back” picnic on Tuesday, August 10th at Island Lake County Park in Shoreview. Details and RSVP information can be found on the front page of the newsletter. Reservations are required. At the picnic, membership anniversary pins for 2020 and 2021 will be distributed to those who qualify and will be present at the summer picnic (page 5). As the lodge board of directors prepares for a return of in-person meetings and events for the upcoming year, members are also asked to start thinking about how to get involved in the return of the annual Torsk and Meatball Dinner in October (page 2). Norwegian language classes will also begin to meet again this fall (page 7). The genealogy group will continue to meet via Zoom (page 7). This month’s cultural article, “The Flag of Freedom” (page 6) leads us through the fascination evolution and history of the Norwegian flag. 

Take a look at the lodge calendar on page 8 for upcoming lodge events. We can’t wait to see you!

June 2021 Brevet

Over the last year, Synnøve-Nordkap lodge and its members have remained busy and engaged. Now, as summer nears, COVID-19 retreats (for now, at least),  and pandemic-related restrictions ease, we all are hoping for more back-to-normal lodge activities and events. You will see as you read this month’s newsletter that the lodge board of directors is working hard to carefully plan for our lodge’s “re-opening” with in-person activities.

There will be a June lodge meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 8th. This meeting will be virtual using Zoom but promises to be an interesting presentation by our guest Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, who will discuss traditional silver Norwegian jewelry (see front page).

On May 15th, the Peer Gynt Dancers gave a wonderful performance outdoors to celebrate syttende mai (page 4). It was hard to believe they rehearsed only once in over a year! The support from senior lodge members in attendance was special, too. Synnøve-Nordkap awarded four post-secondary scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year (page 2). You can read about the recipients and their plans.

In this issue, you will also find the “President’s Letter” (page 2), “Secretary’s Report” (page 3), “Meet Our Member” (page 5), cultural article “Norway’s Hardanger Fiddle” (page 6), “Bulletin Board” (page 7), and the lodge calendar (page 8). Take special note at the top of page 7 that the lodge is looking for a Sport/Recreation Director. 

We hope to see you all soon!

May 2021 Brevet

On the front page, you will be introduced to Doug Swenson, who will give a presentation at the virtual lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 11th. Doug is the owner and operator of Goose Prairie Forge and will tell us all about the art of Scandinavian blacksmithing. You will receive an email with details about how to use Zoom to join in on this wonderful program. 

You will also be reminded throughout this issue that Syttende Mai is almost upon us and how you can celebrate, with the Peer Gynt dancers on May 15th in Stillwater (see page 4) or virtually on May 17th with Syttende Mai Minnesota (see page 2). On page 5, you will meet Connie Chrissis in a returning column “Meet Our Member”.  In this month’s cultural article on page 6, “The Secret of XU”, we learn about a Norwegian resistance group during World War II called XU, which wasn’t publicly acknowledged until 1988. 

Please pay close attention, too, to the “Bulletin Board” on page 7 for notices about upcoming meetings, a lodge volunteer opportunity, and other ways you can help and support Synnøve-Nordkap. Take note that there will be a virtual lodge meeting in June this year (June 8) and a lodge picnic in August (August 10). We’ll see you soon!

April 2021 Brevet

In this issue, you will find signs of spring — spring flowers and the optimism that we will soon be together again in person. Note on page 5 that the Junior Lodge is planning to perform outdoors in Stillwater on May 15th. All members are invited for a masked and socially-distanced casual gathering. Until then, though, lodge meetings will continue to take place virtually over Zoom. On the front page, you will see that the April lodge meeting will feature special guest speaker Dixie Hansen who will share her expertise about using DNA testing to further genealogy research. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM. You will receive an email with details about how to participate. 

Be sure to browse the rest of the Brevet for the familiar columns, like “President’s Letter”, “Secretary’s Report”, and “Bulletin Board”. You can also learn about the history of “Gamle Stavanger” in this month’s cultural article. 

March 2021 Brevet

This month’s newsletter represents the hope that we all will be able to see each other in person soon. Until then, though, Synnøve-Nordkap continues to meet via Zoom and to thrive as a lodge. Our members are busy with online classes and gatherings as well as outdoor activities. You can find many ideas in this issue! You will also learn about the March lodge meeting (Norwegian-American food), get a taste of spring from lodge President Lowell Johnson, and discover the magic of “Viking Age Tapestries”.

February 2021 Brevet

On the front page of this month’s issue, you will see that our February lodge meeting program, via Zoom, is a webinar developed by Vesterheim about the first Norwegian emigrants to the United States in 1825, who arrived in New York City on the Restauration. On page 2, you can read messages exchanged between Synnøve-Nordkap President Lowell Johnson and Ole Hillestad, president of the Christiana Lodge in Oslo, Norway, following a devastating landslide in the village of Gjerdrum, Norway in December 2020. Lowell sent a message of support from our lodge to theirs. This is an example of this organization’s fraternity at its best. This month’s cultural article on page 6 also shows how Minnesotans and Norwegians share culture and knowledge for the betterment of all. 

Throughout this issue, you will also see a reminder that language camp and postsecondary scholarship applications are available (page 5), the Peer Gynt dancers are planning an outdoor performance in May, if COVID-19 conditions and restrictions allow (page 5), the Genealogy Group continues to meet virtually (page 7), a variety of online classes can keep you engaged (page 5), indoor and outdoor exercise opportunities abound (page 4), and proceeds from the sale of some Norwegian clothing benefit the junior lodge (page 7). 

The SynNor Brevet staff sends you wishes for continued friendship and good health.

January 2021 Brevet

Lowell Johnson will be installed as Synnøve-Nordkap’s president for 2021-2022 at the  January 12th lodge meeting via Zoom, along with the other lodge officers who were elected by members in December 2020. Lowell introduces himself and his goals for the lodge in his first “President’s Letter” on the front page.  You can read more about the January lodge meeting theme, “Learning During the Pandemic”, and the installation of officers on page 4. “My Nordic Experience” on page 3 describes how one member applied for and used a lodge Nordic Experience Scholarship for virtual classes. All 2021 scholarship applications, Nordic Experience, Language Camp, and Postsecondary, are currently available on the lodge website. You can read about them in this Brevet and on the lodge website    In this issue, you will also find brief articles about the Norwegian winter solstice, Norwegian American Norman Borlaug, and Norway’s World Heritage Sites. And, as always, this issue contains the “Secretary’s Report”, “Bulletin Board”, “Calendar”. 

The SynNor Brevet staff wishes all Synnøve-Nordkap members a Happy New Year with the hope that we will meet in person again soon. 

December 2020 Brevet

In this issue, you will find Chuck Draheim’s final “President’s Letter” as his 2-year term as lodge president comes to an end. President Draheim shared so much of himself as he led Synnøve-Nordkap during his tenure, including the postcards from his family archive that he shared each month in the Brevet.

On Tuesday, December 8, the monthly lodge meeting will again be held virtually via Zoom. On page 3, you will see an invitation to show off a gingerbread creation at that meeting. Also, at the December lodge meeting, members will vote on 2021 lodge officers, which are listed on page 4.

Scandinavian culture shines through in this issue, as well, at the bottom of page 3 and in a full article about “The Tradition of the Yule Log” on page 6. In this issue, you will also find more information about applying for Sons of Norway Foundation scholarships (page 5), “Sunshine News” (page 7), Scandinavian calendars still available (page 7), reaching out if you need a helping hand (page 5), and board & lodge meeting minutes (pages 2-3).

As 2020 comes to a close, the SynNor Brevet staff wishes you happy holidays, peace, and good health until we see each other again.

November 2020 Brevet

Nominations for 2021 lodge officers are listed on page 3. Voting will take place at the December virtual lodge meeting. Information about Sons of Norway Foundation grants can be found on page 5. Grants are available to individual members and to lodges for special programs. This month’s cultural article on page 4 explores Nordmarka, a recreational area near Oslo, Norway. If you haven’t already, you will want to visit Nordmarka after reading this article!

Find details on page 6 about how to order Norwegian and Swedish calendars and note cards. On page 6, you will also find information about Tuesday’s virtual lodge meeting, however you should have received a separate email with specifics about how to connect. 

Synnøve-Nordkap Brevet staff wishes all of our lodge members peace and good health during these challenging times until we can meet in person again.

October 2020 Brevet

October is Sons of Norway Foundation Month. On the bottom of page 3, you can read about how you can make a tax deductible donation directly to the foundation. This issue is full of Scandinavian culture, too, with articles about trolls, VIKING.TV, Leif Erikson, movies, and musical theater! 

On page 6, you will find details about how to order Norway or Sweden calendars and/or note cards. Mary Beth Mutchler will be taking orders via email or phone. Your order will be delivered to you this year, too.

As always, you can also find a message from lodge president Chuck Draheim, meeting minutes, the lodge calendar of upcoming events, and the “Bulletin Board”.

September 2020 Brevet

As we approach another change of seasons during the COVID-19 health crisis, Synnøve-Nordkap continues to pursue engaging methods for members to socialize with and to support each other. With members’ health and safety being the top priority, this issue of the Brevet reflects how lodge members have been maintaining their participation in Nordic-inspired activities.

President Chuck Draheim’s letter on page 1 discusses lodge meetings, past and present. After an August break, monthly lodge meetings resume on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. You will receive a separate email with specific information regarding this meeting. 

On page 3, you will see a special notice about an exciting recognition for Synnøve-Nordkap. The junior lodge under the leadership of Susan Stow has helped win another “Family Lodge of the Year” award for  2018. Junior lodge members act as ambassadors for Synnøve-Nordkap and represent our lodge with all the enthusiasm, good will, and graciousness that we could hope to see. On page 6, you can see how some of the junior lodge members attended virtual language camp this summer. While not the same experience as in previous years, Skogfjorden 2020 was fun and engaging with music, crafts, and, of course, a lot of Norwegian language!

Check out the announcement on the bottom of page 3 if you are interested in sharing a favorite Nordic recipe, book, author, piece of music, etc. Sometimes the best way to discover something new is with a positive review by someone you know and trust. Share yours and watch future Brevet issues for what others love!

In this month’s issue, you will also find an article about “The Ice Front”, some recipes, poetry, the August board meeting minutes, and other general lodge announcements. We hope you keep reading!

Summer 2020 Brevet

Take note on page 1 in the “President’s Letter” that, as much as we want to meet together in-person for lodge events, the summer picnic has been cancelled.  The Synnøve-Nordkap board of directors continues to meet and is following local and state guidelines regarding the health and safety of our members. Board members also continue to communicate with the leadership at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church as the decisions they make about reopening their building also impact future lodge meetings. A lodge preparedness plan surrounding the COVID-19 health emergency is also in the works. This and information about lodge social gatherings will continue to be communicated to members in this and future newsletters, on the website, and in the mail for those members who are not online.

On page 3, you will see some of the members who joined in on the July lodge meeting which took place online. Some members have been keeping themselves busy with creative endeavors and had the opportunity to show off their results during the virtual lodge meeting. Also look on the bottom of page 3 to see if your name is listed as having a membership anniversary this year. If so, please take a moment to contact Ron Stow ( 651-439-7255 or ), so he can order a pin to give you the next time we are able to safely gather.

On pages 4 – 6, Scandinavian culture takes the stage. You can read an article about the Stalheim Hotel and its fascinating history, discover a fun summer recipe, read some poetry, play a game, and have a laugh.

And, of course, in this issue you will find board meeting minutes, lodge notices, and the lodge calendar. We thank you for taking the time to read the Brevet each month and extend our wishes for good health to you all.

June 2020 Brevet

On page 1, you will find a letter from lodge president, Chuck Draheim. Along with his supportive words to members is a link to a special message from headquarters titled, “A Message on Racism from Sons of Norway CEO Chris Pinkerton”. This message describes how the Sons of Norway finds itself in the unique position to be “a positive force” in this moment and how each of us can learn and be a part of the change we wish to see in our world.

In this issue, you will also find member anniversaries, notes of thanks from lodge scholarship recipients, member updates from home, and an article on “The Legacy of Viking Women”. We also find ourselves with more daylight than at any time during the year, so that can mean only one thing — midsummer celebrations! Ron Stow crafted a brief article on page 5 about midsummer celebrations in Norway. So, speaking of celebrations, how about we meet via Zoom on Tuesday, June 23rd to celebrate midsummer in our own way! You will be receiving another email about how and when to connect with us on Tuesday night. 

Because we hope to see you all in person very soon, we have a summer picnic on the calendar for Tuesday, August 18th. However, before we get too excited, we are going to wait a little bit longer before we commit to that in-person get-together. The lodge board of directors continues to communicate and hold virtual meetings, so you will be notified when a final decision about the summer picnic is made.

It has also come to our attention that, as we want to connect with each other via phone, email, or even letters, many people don’t know just how to find the lodge member directory. The Synnøve-Nordkap lodge directory is available on our website. You can reach the page by clicking on the link below. The directory itself, however, is password protected. If you are a current lodge member, you can request the password by contacting Connie Chrissis at .

May 2020 Brevet

The May issue of the SynNor Brevet is now available.

In this issue, we hear words of encouragement from lodge Vice President Lowell Johnson on the front page as well as how lodge business is being conducted when we cannot hold meetings in person. 

On page 3, lodge member Gary Hanson shares his family’s experience with the 1918 flu pandemic. Gary’s story about his grandmother Lizzie is a wonderful example of how larger historical events come to life with family stories. During these not-so-normal times, when we all are requested to stay at home, what are you doing? Are you writing your story? Are you thinking about your family’s past? Susan Stow and Mary Beth Mutchler have been calling members just to check in, say “Hello,” and offer some cheer. As they talk to members, they’ve discovered that, indeed, life does look a little bit different these days. And, these activities and details will be part of our family stories. You can read what some of our members have been doing if you look for ❤︎ ❤︎ in this issue.

And, the May newsletter wouldn’t be quite right without a nod to Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day. On pages 4 & 5, Ron Stow shares a special Syttende Mai he was fortunate enough to celebrate with his relatives in Norway. 

Let’s make our own history by coming together to celebrate each other and Syttende Mai in a virtual lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 via Zoom. The Board of Directors has held two meetings like this, and we hope that meeting this way can begin to satisfy at least a couple parts of that “food, fun, and fellowship” that we miss. You’ll have to grab your own snack, though.  All you need is a computer (with camera and microphone) or phone (the smart kind or even a landline) and follow the directions that will be sent out in a separate email. There will be detailed instructions there. We hope to see you!!

As we look forward to seeing each other again face-to-face, we hope to meet on Tuesday, August 18th for a picnic at Island Lake Park in Shoreview. This replaces our cancelled midsummer picnic which happens in June. Please watch your inbox and lodge website for more information as the lodge board of directors continues to follow state health department guidelines for social gatherings.

Thanks to all of our members for making Synnøve-Nordkap part of your story.

April 2020 Brevet

Like so many things right now, this edition of the lodge newsletter is just a little different than usual. Please read the special message on the front page from lodge president, Chuck Draheim. As President Draheim reminds us, “Sons of Norway began as a fraternal organization to assist Norwegian immigrants in their times of need, and this is still true today.” He offers some suggestions for us to stay connected and to lend a helping hand. 

You will be reminded throughout the newsletter that all lodge activities are cancelled until further notice. The Synnøve-Nordkap board will continue to pay attention to recommendations regarding social gatherings and will keep members updated via email, the lodge website, and the next issue of the Brevet. 

March 2020 Brevet

The March edition of the SynNor Brevet, Synnøve-Nordkap’s monthly newsletter, is now available. The front page gives you a sneak peek at the monthly lodge meeting on March 10th. Mike Lynch will be our special guest speaker and will give a presentation on northern lights and the night sky. You can read about animals in Viking art on page 5 in this month’s cultural article and find out what some of our lodge members have been doing to stay busy on page 4. You will also find all of the usual columns, such as the Secretary’s Report, Junior Lodge Update, Bulletin Board, and Calendar. There are big changes afoot at the Norway Café this year, Synnøve-Nordkap’s contribution to the World Café at the Festival of Nations. Discover this exciting news and how you can participate in our lodge’s largest fundraising event of the year on page 2 from lodge president Chuck Draheim. Happy reading!

February 2020 Brevet

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the February 11th lodge meeting will feature Jenn Hovland, local florist and horticulturist, whose presentation will be “Flowers and Gardens of Norway”. You can read a little bit about Jenn and her presentation on page 1 of the Brevet. If you’ve been wondering what’s new with Sons of Norway financial services, take a look at page 4. At the bottom of page 4, you will also see how you can get involved in this year’s district convention. You can read about Norway’s North Cape on page 5, its cultural history and what you’ll find if you visit today. On page 7, you will discover who Ole and Torkel are and how lodge members of any age can benefit from our lodge scholarship programs. And, as always, peruse the newsletter for a word from lodge president Chuck Draheim, counselor Sharon Amann, meeting minutes, and important meeting dates.

January 2020 Brevet

The annual lodge Chili Dump dinner will be held during the January lodge meeting, January 14th at 6:30 p.m., this year rather than at the February meeting as it has been in previous years. The cover page will give you all the details and how to sign up to participate. We need volunteers to make the event a success! 

Speaking of volunteers, if you read the article on page 4, you will see that our lodge needs member representation at the 2020 District 1 Convention, which will take place in June at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. This is an exciting opportunity to share, learn, and meet new people. Throughout the newsletter, you will see many other ways in which lodge members volunteer their time and represent Synnøve-Nordkap in the community. Our members put themselves out into the world with enthusiasm and pride in their Norwegian heritage! 

Since it’s never too early to begin planning for our lodge’s biggest fundraising event, page 9 contains some exciting news about Synnøve-Nordkap’s participation in the Festival of Nations this year. There are some BIG changes coming, and we hope you will play a part!

On page 5, you will learn about the “Evolution of Skiing in Norway”. And, as always, look for fun and beneficial information in the other regularly published columns, such as the “President’s Letter”, the “Secretary’s Report”, and the “Bulletin Board”.

Throughout the newsletter, in the columns lovingly written by fellow lodge members each month, you get to know our members and also discover things about the lodge that you may not have known, as well as, of course, learn about past and upcoming lodge events. Stay warm and enjoy this month’s SynNor Brevet.

December 2019 Brevet

The December edition of the SynNor Brevet is now available. In this issue, you will find all you need to know about our annual holiday dinner, the Julebord, which will be held on Tuesday, December 10th. All who wish to come are asked to bring a dish to share and arrive at Gustavus Adolphus with your contribution at 6 p.m. On page 6, you can see the signup sheet to help you decide what to bring, as well as the contact information to sign up. It’s going to be a festive gathering!
Please also take a look at page 4 to see a list of nominated lodge officers and appointed positions for 2020. Voting to elect lodge officers will take place at the December lodge meeting. Take special note that we are still looking for someone to take over the position of lodge Recording Secretary. If you have any questions or are interested in the position, please contact lodge president, Chuck Draheim, for more information.
The cultural article in this issue is all about “Norway’s Christmas Markets”, in which you’ll discover, among other things, the Norwegian city that displays a gingerbread replica of itself at its Christmas market.  And, of course, the Brevet wouldn’t be complete without meeting minutes, announcements on the “Bulletin Board”, and an update on the Junior Lodge.
We hope to see you at the Julebord!

November 2019 Brevet

Once again, this month you will see that the lodge newsletter reflects our active and vibrant member community! Come to our November lodge meeting on Tuesday, November 12th and listen to Tegan Godfrey discuss the 99th Infantry Battalion, an elite unit of Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans who fought to liberate Norway during WWII. You can find out more about the 99th on the front page of the Brevet. On page 2, Lodge President Chuck Draheim provides a wrap-up of the Torsk & Meatball Dinner/Silent Auction fundraiser and an update about lodge membership goals. Food, fellowship, and fun are in full color on page 4 in photos from the Torsk & Meatball Dinner. Page 7 updates lodge members about the activities of the Junior Lodge and Peer Gynt Dancers, along with words of thanks from Junior Lodge scholarship recipients. These thank-you notes give insight into how our lodge fundraising efforts are spent and enjoyed! Read about the Norse settlement of Greenland in this month’s cultural article, “Gunbjørn’s Rock”. And, as always, the meeting minutes, “Bulletin Board”, and calendar give you a heads-up about exciting lodge activities, groups, and meetings.
Please also take a moment to peruse notices on pages 2 and 6 to see how your participation could benefit all our members by volunteering your time as lodge secretary or as a co-chair for the biggest lodge fundraiser of the year, the Festival of Nations Norway Café. You, our members, are the heart of Synnøve-Nordkap! Filling these positions is critical for the continued success and growth of our lodge. Please consider reaching out to lodge leadership if you would like more information about how you could lend a hand. Contact President Chuck Draheim ( ) or Nominating Committee Chairperson Ron Stow (

October 2019 Brevet

The Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge is bustling this October, and you can find out about all of the goings-on in this month’s issue of the SynNor Brevet. On page 1, you can read a bit about the guest speaker for our October 8th lodge meeting Ethan Bjelland, who will discuss life in Modern Norway. On page 7, you will find news from the Sons of Norway District 1 as well as how the phrase, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” can serve our lodge. There is an invitation, also on page 7, from our lodge Sports Director Jacqueline Carlone to join others from our lodge on Saturday, October 5th at the Spring Café at Como Lakeside Pavilion. Take a look at page 11 for a member profile, which features Dolores Jacobson and her spectacular Hardanger embroidery. There are also some important announcements on the “Bulletin Board”.

You won’t be able to miss, though, all of the excitement about Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge’s annual fundraiser The Torsk & Meatball Dinner, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction! Page 5 will give you all of the information you need about dining options and reservations, while page 6 mentions many different opportunities to get involved. Peruse the entire newsletter, though, for ideas, opportunities, and other tidbits about this fabulous event!

September 2019 Brevet

In this issue, you will find information about the September 10th lodge meeting (Bunads, Bunads, Bunads), a cultural article about “The Legend of Peer Gynt”, a recap of summer lodge happenings from Lodge President Chuck Draheim, as well as other interesting and useful lodge information. One important notice you will see on the “Bulletin Board” (page 7) is that Pat Carlson is stepping down after many years as chairperson of the Norway Café at the Festival of Nations. We are looking for lodge members who would like to act as co-chairs for this essential lodge fundraiser. If you are interested or would just like more information about these positions, please contact Chuck Draheim . 

We are thrilled to begin another season of Synnøve – Nordkap events and activities with our members. See you soon!

Summer 2019 Brevet

In this edition, you will find photos from the Midsummer Picnic in June as well as some more photos from the Festival of Nations in May. Our lodge community is active and vibrant, as you can see by taking a peek at this latest newsletter. Also look for an article about “Viking Navigation” and a fun read about one of our lodge’s newest members. We hope you enjoy it!

June 2019 Brevet

On Tuesday, June 18th, our lodge will celebrate Midsummer with a picnic. There will be food, games, and entertainment. May was an incredibly busy month for Synnøve – Nordkap with the Festival of Nations and syttende mai celebrations. In the June edition of the Brevet newsletter, you will find details about the Midsummer picnic, discover the record number of krumkake made for the Festival of Nations, and so much more!

May 2019 Brevet

In this edition of the lodge newsletter, you will find important information about volunteering for our lodge at the Festival of Nations, about our lodge syttende mai celebration, and about other upcoming lodge events & classes.

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