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Sons of Norway: 20 years in a Swiss town and going strong
Gary Wilhelms plays the Norwegian game of Kubb at a Sons of Norway picnic last week at Northeast Park. Wilhelms has been with the Sons of Norway for about 14 years but this was his first time playing Kubb. To order either of these photos, click here. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Despite a tradition of Swiss-centric cheesemakers and descendants proclaiming Monroe as their own, a small group of people are keeping their allegiance to lefse and lutefisk. Sons of Norway President Maren Nelson has been a part of the Monroe chapter since it was founded two decades ago by Marion Boynton. The lodge, titled "Ostestaden," which means "cheese city" or "cheese place," has been a point of Norwegian pride for its roughly 80 members.