It’s a centuries-old holiday tradition that one Minnesota family has been doing it for about a decade. The Ovre family gets together every year to make dozens and dozens of lefse, a Norwegian flatbread made out of flour and cream, and cooked on a griddle. The family estimates they used 100 pounds of potatoes for their 700 rounds. Their system is so strong that two of the kids, Tom and Paula Ovre, teach lefse baking for community education programs.
In the land of lutefisk and Uff-da, it appears there are fewer Sven and Oles. According to new data released by the U.S. Census, the faces of Minnesota are changing.
Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja have taken their American tour to Iowa, renewing their country’s emotional ties with the American descendants of Norwegian immigrants.
Minnesota is the unofficial Norwegian capital of the United States: More Norwegians live in Minnesota than in any other state. So on the eve of the visit of Norway’s king and queen, it seems appropriate to ask: How Norwegian are we?