When planning a summer road trip around Minnesota this year, consider checking out the world’s largest lutefisk, ball of twine or floating loon. They’re among the many unique roadside attractions waiting for those willing to stray off the main highway. Seth Hardmeyer, 31, grew up traveling Minnesota’s back roads in his parents’ station wagon. Now, he’s made it a year-round hobby.
Every holiday season, thousands of Minnesotans will eat lutefisk dinners in church basements, restaurants and VFW posts across the state. On Friday night, Minneapolis’ Mount Olivet Church will hold one of the largest in the state with 1,600 people.
Dozens of Minnesota Scandinavians and the people who love them flock to the VFW Club in Litchfield every Thursday from November through January, where a $20 bill will get you a big steaming hunk of the frequently mocked fish dish known as lutefisk. It comes with meatballs, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and the potato flatbread known as lefse — all of which helps to make up for the dubious entree.
The meat counter at Ingebretsen’s on Lake Street is already swarming with hungry Scandinavians, planning their festive feasts.
It’s a dish you either love or hate, and in Minnesota the trend seems to lean toward loving it.
Any true Minnesotan with an ounce of Viking blood knows that 16th and Lake Street in Minneapolis is their final stop before the Christmas feast! For the past 90 years, the south Minneapolis street corner has been anchored by Ingebretsen’s meat market and gift shop.
With Christmas less than a week away, you would expect hams, pies and cookies to be the top sellers in grocery stores.