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Concordia College brings a little bit of Norway to Wisconsin

HUDSON, Wis. - Concordia College of Moorhead hosted a Norwegian "mini-village" in the Hudson Middle School cafeteria Saturday. The free event was held to promote the Concordia Language Villages program, which offers language immersion camps in 15...

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Friends Anna Feigan, left, and Amanda Larson of Moorhead, Minn., brought samples of their Dapper Beasts artwork, “creatures with whimsy and style to make you smile.” The greeting cards and wall hangings can be purchased at www.etsy.com/shop/DapperBeasts. RANDY HANSON / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

HUDSON, Wis. – Concordia College of Moorhead hosted a Norwegian “mini-village” in the Hudson Middle School cafeteria Saturday.
The free event was held to promote the Concordia Language Villages program, which offers language immersion camps in 15 languages at its permanent site near Bemidji, Minn., and at other lakeside camps and resorts around Minnesota.
The Turtle River site near Bemidji is home to seven authentically built, year-round village facilities (Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian and Spanish).
“We are builders of globally minded communities and guides to world fluency. Our cultural immersion programs in the North Woods of Minnesota engage our participants in learnful play to develop language proficiency,” says the program’s website, www.concordialanguagevillages.org .
The event at Hudson also featured area residents of Norwegian heritage who had products to sell or skills and information to share.
Guests had the opportunity to learn some Norwegian words through games and activities, to experience Nordic culture and to taste authentic Norwegian food.

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Jo-An Saathoff plays a psalmodikon, a one-stringed instrument used for teaching hymn singing in churches in Norway and Sweden in the 1800s. Saathoff and Floyd Foslien, in the background, own several of the instruments and are trying to keep the music alive. Both are from Hudson, Wis. RANDY HANSON / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

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