On March 17, people of many backgrounds will claim to be a little Irish as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But the day before that, others will toast the Scandinavian saint who was completely made up in Minnesota — St. Urho.
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.
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.