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Sons Of Norway Liquidates Hall

Auctioneer Jeff Owens, left talked with Chris Garras of Spokane before auctioning off the contests of the Sons of Norway Lodge and Banquet Hall in Spokane on Saturday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

 

To step into the Spokane Sons of Norway banquet hall is to step back in time. The rich, red walls and the dark beams across the ceiling are reminiscent of a Viking ship. Paintings and maps of ancient Norway dot the walls. But after this week, nothing will remain in the lodge the fraternal order has called home since 1979. The space will be gutted to make room for a pediatric clinic. The club hosted a complete liquidation auction Saturday, selling all but the most valuable furnishings in the lodge. Sons of Norway Cultural Director Anne Molstead said declining membership and increasing costs made it impossible for the club to continue at 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. It costs about $7,000 a month just to maintain the space, she said/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Any of you ever belong to a Sons of Norway lodge?

Lutefisk, Anyone?

It’s repulsive to some. Others find it to be a fond flashback to their youth. While some people just avoid lutefisk all together. More than 200 people indulged in the Norwegian treat of lye-cured cod on Sunday afternoon. “I was raised on it. We had it every holiday,” said Dennis Huck, president of the Sons of Norway Hovedstad Lodge #4-528. “It’s one of the foods I love,” he said. A Norwegian-American saying is that about half the Norwegians who immigrated to America came in order to escape the hated lutefisk, and the other half came to spread the gospel of lutefisk’s wonderfulness/Angela Brandt, Helena Independent Record. More here. (Wikipedia photo: serving of lutefisk)

Question: Has anyone out there eaten lutefisk? Reaction?

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