MINOT, N.D.- Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell, who has performed at Norsk Hostfest in Minot on several occasions, has been named to the 2018 Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame and will receive its humanitarian award.
O’Donnell was chosen as a tribute to his work with charitable causes - most notably the Romanian Challenge Appeal, which by 2015, had raised more than $800,000 to build houses for disabled and abandoned children in Romania. It was through this charity work that resulted in O’Donnell receiving Romania’s second highest honor “Officer of the National Order of Loyal Service” which he received in 2000 by the then-president of Romania.
O’Donnell will be honored with the award during the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 25 at the Grand Hotel in Minot. The next day, O’Donnell will be performing in the Great Hall of the Vikings at 7 p.m.
The Scandinavian American Hall of Fame was established in 1984 as a means of honoring those persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavor. Deserving individuals of other ethnicities may be honored with special awards as well. Recent honorees include Kris Kristofferson and Josh Duhamel.
Norsk Høstfest is North America’s largest Scandinavian festival and runs for four days form Sept. 26-29.