Sons of Norway celebration May 16

Join the Valdres Lodge of the Sons of Norway for a Syttende Mai (seventeenth of May) celebration to be held on Tuesday, May 16.

The evening’s events, held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall, begin at 6 p.m. with a catered Norwegian dinner. The public is invited to share in this dinner with Lodge members and guests by making their reservations before Tuesday, May 9. The cost for the dinner is $15 and payment may be brought to the event. To reserve dinner(s), contact Carol Maki by phone (563-277-1197) or by email (


Following the dinner, Rachel Faldet, a well-known local essayist, will present The Norwegian People’s Royals. In honor of Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, Faldet will offer biographical portraits of the first king and queen of modern Norway, Haakon VII and Maud, as well as modern Norway’s second king, Olav V, and his wife Crown Princess Martha. The presentation will highlight Olav and Martha’s two-day visit to Decorah, on May 6-7, 1939. She will also speak about current Norwegian royalty.

An essayist, Faldet has written about the Norwegian royals for Vesterheim magazine and theBritish royals for Decorah Newspapers. Other local projects include co-editing From My Perspective: Essays about Disability and De-Isolation: Voices from a Small Town in the Early Days of Covid. Her work as co-editor of Our Stories of Miscarriage: Healing with Words landed her on NBC’s Today show. She is assistant professor emerita of English at Luther College.


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